Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Graduate Studies is to serve as a centralized advocate for graduate programs at Viterbo University.

Graduate studies at Viterbo is based upon the founding Franciscan values of contemplation, hospitality, service, integrity, and stewardship as set forth by the Board of Trustees. The university began offering graduate education courses for teachers in 1973. An accredited Master of Arts in Education program was introduced in 1987. In 1998 the university received approval to offer a Master of Science in Nursing. In 2001 a Master of Arts in Servant Leadership was accredited, followed in two years by the Master of Business Administration. Each of these programs grew out of their sponsoring schools. They provide an alternative approach to their field by the strong focus on ethics, service, and leadership.


Graduate Studies Goals 

  • Support the mission and philosophy, strategic plans and strategies, policies and procedures of the university.
  • Provide support and guidance in the development and implementation of dynamic graduate programs.
  • Work to foster, enrich, increase, and create greater opportunity for graduate research on campus.
  • Provide leadership in strategic, academic, and assessment planning and in implementing and reviewing programs at the graduate level.
  • Advocate for all graduate programs and collaborate with other university leaders to secure necessary resources for program growth and quality assurance.
  • Collaborate with other deans, program directors, and the Cabinet regarding policies and procedures for admissions, marketing, recruitment, and graduation at the graduate level.
  • Develop, implement, and supervise policies, procedures, and requirements affecting all graduate programs and faculty in consultation with the deans and program directors.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with internal and appropriate external constituencies in order to facilitate excellence and growth in graduate programs.

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