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2014–2015 Graduate Catalog

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General Information


Welcome to Viterbo University’s graduate studies programs.  

This catalog has been prepared to acquaint you with the five graduate programs at Viterbo, especially regarding topics pertinent to all the programs such as requirements, admission processes, registration, tuition, student services, and university policies and procedures. You are invited to consult relevant sections of the university Web pages for more detailed information, particularly sections about requirements for completing the Viterbo University masters degree.   


Viterbo University is accredited by:

  • The Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, 800-621-7440 (V); 312-263-7462 (F); info@hlcommission.org; www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
    11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 339-9356; www.acbsp.org

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
    120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL  60606-6995; 312-899-5400; http://www.eatright.org/students/education/accreditedprograms.aspx

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; 202-887-6791; www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation/

  • Council on Social Work Education
    1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457; 703-683-8080; www.cswe.org

  • National Association of Schools of Music
    11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248; 703-437-0700; http://nasm.arts-accredit.org

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; 202-466-7496; www.ncate.org/

Its chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society.  

The nursing program is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing for the licensure of registered nurses.  

The education program is recognized by the Iowa Department of Education and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the certification of teachers in the elementary and secondary schools and for the training of veterans.  

Viterbo University is recognized and approved by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to offer degree programs in education.   

Viterbo University is recognized and approved by the Iowa State Board of Education for the K-12 Principal licensure/Supervisor of Special Education (189) and is recognized approved by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to offer the following endorsements: Early Childhood (106), Middle School (182), Reading Teacher (148,149) and the Reading Specialist (176), and Talented and Gifted (107). (https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/2014-5-15%20Viterbo%20Tab%20M.pdf)

Viterbo University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statues, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.  

Degree Offerings

Viterbo University offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Servant Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Undergraduate Offerings:



Mission, Vision, Identity – Core Values – History



Campus Facilities and Grounds



Mission of Graduate Studies



Graduate Student Expectations


1.    Learn research methods, ethical dimensions, and historical knowledge bases of the discipline.

2.    Provide accurate and honest reporting of research results.

3.    Read, reflect, research and write critically in a disciplined manner.

4.    Dedicate the appropriate time and energy to accomplishing academic excellence and completing the degree in a timely fashion.

5.    Learn the historical and theoretical context of the discipline.

6.    Generate new ideas and ways of viewing things.

7.    Discover new ways of serving and leading.

8.    Initiate inquiry to advance your understanding of the discipline.

20.  Develop a contemplative approach to synthesis of theory and praxis.


11.  Develop personal and professional accountability in both theory and praxis.

12.  Understand and practice GPAE policies and procedures, specific program requirements, and standards of performance established by the specific discipline(s).

13. Behave in a professional and mature nature in all interactions with faculty, staff and other students.

14. Create an ethos of collegiality and collaboration through high levels of contribution and participation.

15. Demonstrate a commitment to the common good.

16. Participate in the university community to the extent able.

17. Develop, to the extent possible, a broad network of professional relations.



9.    Exercise the utmost integrity in all facets of the graduate program.

10. Commit to the personal & professional development of virtue and character.

18.  Contribute to the University’s and the program’s mission as appropriate.

19.  Develop a disciplined approach to integrating mind, body and spirit.

21. Apply ethical leadership humbly and diligently.


Practicing Academic Integrity as a Graduate Student

Violations of academic integrity at the graduate level can be either intentional or unintentional; however, even unintentional violations are subject to disciplinary action. (See Academic Integrity Policy.)  The following are some examples of how students can avoid academic misconduct:

  • Learn how to cite sources properly. There are several excellent guides to proper citation available in the Viterbo University library and bookstore. Students should always ask in advance if they are uncertain which citation style is required.
  • When in doubt as to whether to cite or not cite a source, the rule of thumb is to make the citation. Students should ask the professor if they are unsure about what is acceptable and what is not. In general, it is better to err on the side of over-citation than under-citation.
  • Take careful and complete notes when conducting research, and keep the notes in case the work’s integrity is challenged. Also keep copies of successive drafts of work to keep track of the revisions made.
  • Students should make sure they understand the professor’s expectations about collaborating with others in the course or on a given assignment. Students should not assume that because collaboration was permitted on one assignment it is permitted on another. And students should not assume that each professor has the same standards; students should be sure to understand what “collaboration” means in each. The professor should be asked, if there is uncertainty about the given.
  • Manage time. Most students who commit academic misconduct were tempted to do so when the deadline for an assignment was approaching, and they were unprepared and made a bad choice. If students run into unforeseen obstacles in completing an assignment and need more time, ask the professor for more time. Students should not take short cuts or call into question their integrity for one course or one assignment. The Academic Resource Center offers time management workshops that can help students with those skills.  

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Viterbo University values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Viterbo University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status in the administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admission policies; scholarship or loan awards; athletic, or other university administered programs; or employment. The Office of Human Resources has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy and may be contacted at Viterbo University, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601; 608-796-3930.     

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