University welcomes applications for admission from all students who have
prepared for a competitive collegiate program. Admission to Viterbo University
is offered to those for whom academic and personal success seems likely. Each
candidate is evaluated individually. Evidence of ability to do graduate-level
work is essential. All qualified students, regardless of sex, race, religion,
color, national or ethnic origin will be extended an offer of admission on a
first come, first served basis as long as space remains available. Students
will be evaluated for admission in accordance with the general admission
criteria stated below.
All programs require:
- A completed application (online).
- An earned bachelor’s degree from a
regionally accredited college or university.
- Minimum cumulative undergraduate
grade point average as indicated by the specific program requirements.
- Official transcripts, sent directly
from the institution, from all post-secondary schools attended.
- An essay or professional statement
as specified by the program indicating why the applicant wishes to attain a graduate
degree at Viterbo University.
- Letter(s) of recommendation
attesting to the applicant’s aptitude and attitude, values and ethics as specified
by the program of study.
- Evidence of strong ability to do
graduate level work successfully.
timelines will be defined by the specific program. Enrollment limits apply in
some programs and part-time students are admitted on a space available basis.
Applicants and/or students needing assistance with, or a determination of fulfillment
of the prerequisites, should contact the director of the specific program.
submitted to Viterbo University must be true, complete, and accurate.
Withholding any pertinent information may result in denial of admission or
Viterbo University reserves the right to deny or place
conditions on the admission, re-enrollment, or continued enrollment of any
applicant, former student, or current student, who in the judgment of the
university officials has failed to maintain satisfactory academic progress, would
be disruptive of the orderly process of the college’s programs, would interfere
with the rights and privileges of other students or employees, is not prepared to benefit from the
course of study offered, participated in academic dishonestly, or places a risk
to the safety or well-being of the campus community. The university may
consider criminal, juvenile, and disciplinary history in admission and
Categories of Admission
There are three
categories of admission to graduate programs. Each one requires the completion
of the above admission process.
- Fully accepted to a program: the
student is admitted directly into the program and begins core classes with the
next cohort or next term.
- Provisionally admitted to a program: the
student is provisionally admitted because of some deficiency in meeting the
admission criteria; this status will be reviewed after two semesters or the
completion of 12 credits in the program. After two semesters of achieving a B
or better in all courses the provisional status will be reviewed, and the
student will either be fully admitted or asked to leave the program.
- Conditionally admitted to preliminary
coursework: this category of admission applies to students needing to
satisfy some or all the prerequisite competencies or some other condition
placed upon the student by the program director. Once the student satisfies all
the conditions he/she is fully accepted into the program.
Students are required to
disclose in writing to the vice president for student development criminal
convictions occurring since completing the application for admission. This policy applies to all Viterbo University incoming and current
Transfer Students and Transfer Credit Policy
graduate programs welcome applications from students attending, or having
attended, other regionally accredited graduate programs. Transfer students will
be considered for admission as long as they have a cumulative grade point
average of 3.0/4.0, are free to return to their previous college or university,
and are considered to be in good academic standing both at their previous
school and at Viterbo University. Transfer applicants shall follow admission
requirements set forth above.
consideration will be granted in the awarding of transfer credits by the specific
program. Transfer credits must be graduate credit taken from a regionally
accredited institution of higher education completed within the timeline specified
by the specific. In order to be considered for transfer, the grade earned must
be at least a B and fulfill program requirements. Only letter-graded coursework
is accepted in transfer. Students who wish to transfer credits must seek
permission in writing from the program director prior to enrolling. In
addition, the student must have an official transcript sent to the program
director after the completion of the graduate course. Courses will be evaluated
for equivalency and the director will provide written notification of
acceptance of transfer credit to the student. Students enrolled in a graduate program
at Viterbo University who wish to take a course at another institution must
obtain prior approval from the program director to ensure the course will be
transferred into the program.
Reentry and Readmission
University students who wish to reenter the university should contact the Office
of the Registrar for a reentry application form, or obtain the form on the office’s
Web page. Students need not resubmit copies of records already on file.
However, a reentering student who has attended one or more schools since
leaving Viterbo University must have official transcripts sent directly to the
Office of the Registrar before a readmission decision can be made.
have additional entry requirements and/or students may need the approval of the
school dean or program director prior to re-admittance. A student follows the
catalog in effect at the time of reentry, and the curriculum requirements
contained therein remain in effect as long as the student attends Viterbo
University on an uninterrupted basis and completes a degree within a period as
per program. The application deadline for the fall semester is August 1, April
1 for the summer session, and December 15 for the spring semester.
International Student Admission
international students are welcome and actively sought. Scholastic achievement,
use of the English language, and financial resources are given particular
attention in reviewing applications to a graduate program from international students.
Students who are
not U.S. citizens who wish to apply should request an International Student
Application form from the Office of Global Education and return it along with a copy of their official
transcripts. International students are also required to attain a minimum score
of 525 for paper-based, 69 for computer-based, and 193 for Internet-based TOEFL
exam prior to being admitted. Each international student will be required to take an English as a Second Language placement test. The results will be used to ensure academic success and to determine if ESL courses are needed. A Declaration of Finances form indicating the financial
resources available for financing the costs of the education at Viterbo University
is required and must be on file in the Office of Global Education before the
Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 form) is issued. International students are
also required to complete the immunization record document from the health
services office. Viterbo University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant
alien students. Foreign students must have all admission materials submitted to
Viterbo University 90 days in advance of the term in which they wish to enroll.
Non-degree Student Admission
to audit or take selected courses for credit, but who do not expect to earn a
degree or complete a program at Viterbo University, may be enrolled, at the discretion of the graduate program, for such
courses as a non-degree-seeking student. Complete transcripts of college
records need not be submitted, but an earned bachelor’s degree, or its
equivalent is required. Students may be admitted as a degree-seeking student at
a later date although admission is not guaranteed. Students interested should
complete the non-degree student application available online. A minimum number
of credits taken as a non-degree student may be applied to degree requirements
as appropriate. See specific program for maximum credits. A grade of B or
better must be earned in coursework.
For Applicants with Acts, Crimes, or Offenses That May Prohibit
or Restrict Admission
for admission or re-admission with criminal or disciplinary records must
disclose information about their prior records. Failure of the applicant to
accurately and completely provide information and records may result in denial
of admission, revocation of admission, or discipline, up to and including
permanent dismissal from the university.
Information to be disclosed includes: (1) criminal offenses, pending criminal charges, and diversion
agreements (felonies and misdemeanors), (2) adjudicated delinquencies, (3)
information on any behavior resulting in a suspension or expulsion from any
high school or post-secondary institution, (4) information about less than
honorable discharges from the military, (5) other pertinent offenses and/or
violations. (Minor traffic violations should not be included.)
Fully qualified applicants for some academic programs are
required to complete a disclosure form prior to admission and may be subject to
a criminal background check conducted by an outsourced agency.
Certain affiliates associated with Viterbo require that
students placed in their facility for clinical/internship/field placement
experiences clear a criminal background check prior to placement. Students
whose background check reveals criminal history may be prevented access to the
clinical site, and as a result, the student will not have sufficient clinical
experience to successfully complete the program. Additionally, licensing boards
for certain professions including health care occupations may deny the
individual the opportunity to sit for an examination if an applicant has a
committee will evaluate the application, the disciplinary and criminal history
disclosure form and all explanatory materials, of any student who indicates any
of the aforementioned convictions, charges, records, etc. Prior to making a
decision on admission or re-enrollment, the review committee may request
additional materials from the applicant, conduct a phone interview with the
applicant and/or request that the applicant appear before the review board to
discuss his/her application, etc.
review committee will recommend admission or denial of admission in one of
three ways: (1) admit or re-enroll the applicant without conditions, (2) admit
or re-enroll the applicant with condition (i.e., restrictions on location or
place, denial of option to live in university housing facilities, etc.), or (3)
deny admission or re-enrollment of the applicant. Recommendations on admission
or re-enrollment will be forwarded from the review committee to the appropriate
university administrator who will formally admit or deny admission to the
applicant based on the recommendation from the committee. The recommendation of
the review committee is final and not subject to appeal. The review committee
is typically comprised of the vice president for student development, the vice
president for academic affairs, human resource director, or the vice president
of finance and administration, the dean of admission and the director of campus safety, or
their respective designees.
Convictions Occurring After University Admission
Students are required to disclose in writing to the vice president for student development criminal convictions occuring since completing the application for admission. This policy applies to all Viterbo University incoming and current students.