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Professional Studies FAQs

For whom is this program best suited?

The professional studies program works best for returning adult students who have completed a large number of credits in the past or who have a great deal of experience in a particular field. In the professional studies program, students can maximize the value of their previously earned credit and experience by transferring in all credits earned at a regionally-accredited institution and by completing a portfolio through our credit for prior learning program. This program is also designed for the adult learner who needs to take courses online for the flexibility of schedule it allows.

What are the admission requirements and how do I apply?

The professional studies major is designed for students who have a significant amount of college coursework completed. Students need a minimum grade point average of 2.25 to transfer to Viterbo. To apply, submit the online application and request your official transcripts from all college coursework be sent to Viterbo University Admission Office, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601. We accept electronic transcripts from Parchment, National Clearinghouse, and Credentials Solutions. Select "Office of Admission - Traditional Programs" as your destination, if given more than one option when ordering electronic transcripts. Complete the online Education Loan Agreement and Disclosure Statement.

Will my previous college coursework transfer?

Viterbo has a very generous transfer policy. Students with a completed associate degree will generally transfer between 60–72 credits; leaving approximately 60 (or fewer) credits remaining. You must earn a grade of C or better to transfer. Computer courses that are more than five years old will transfer but will not fulfill major requirements.

How do I obtain credit for previously earned credit and experience?

If you have earned professional certifications, completed training in your workplace, or have a number of years of experience in your field, you may qualify to receive credit for prior learning, which can help you earn your degree more quickly and lower the overall cost. To find out whether or not you might be eligible, use our Credit Predictor Tool.

What courses will I be taking?

Check out the program requirements for the online professional studies degree.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

Every student is different, but most students who transfer in an associate degree or 60+ credits will complete their bachelor’s degree in two to three years. You can attend either full or part-time, whatever works for your personal situation. If you want to attend school on a full-time basis, you must carefully think through the work load and discuss your options with your academic advisor.

How much study time is required when taking an accelerated class?

You should expect to spend 15–20 hours a week in preparation for each online class.

How do you create a classroom atmosphere in an online class?

Our faculty provide you every opportunity to convey your perspectives and insights through discussion boards and group projects. They encourage you to share your passion and enthusiasm for the subject, foster a sense of respect and belonging within the "classroom," promote active engagement, and create a welcoming environment.

Can I apply for financial aid?

Every student who is enrolled in a minimum of six credits each semester is eligible to apply for financial aid. More information is available from the financial aid office.