Graduate Programs

Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Certificate

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate certificate program is ideal for graduates of master’s or DNP accredited primary care nurse practitioner programs in family or adult-gerontology population focus.  Certificate graduates are eligible to apply for either the AANP, ANCC, or AACN certification exam for this role. 

The eight-course (21 credit hour - five semesters) program includes two semesters of didactic coursework and three semesters (540 hours) clinical experiences.   Clinical opportunities may be available in your region. The program is financial aid (student loan) eligible, with competitive scholarships available for  post-graduate certificate students, the application is available after the first semester. 

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2022–2024
2023–2024
2024–2025
2025–2026

 

Counselor Education and Supervision (EdD)

Developed with the working professional in mind, the EdD is a 60-credit hour, evening and weekend, year-round program that can be completed in four years, taking as little as six credits per semester. An accelerated track is also available, completing nine credits per semester over a three-year period. Successful completion of the program includes a written and oral examination and the dissertation sequence.

Cross-categorical Special Education (WI 1801)

An online program that brings educators from across the state together to learn best practices in the field of special education. Our classes view individuals with disabilities from a strengths-based model, and help educators work toward successful inclusion of individuals with disabilities. We focus on working with culturally and linguistically diverse families, empowering our educators to honor all abilities, and providing familiarity with local community resources.

Dietetic Internship

Viterbo's Dietetic Internship is open to students who have completed the knowledge requirements as defined by the 2017 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics' Standards of Education as part of a DPD program and who have completed a bachelor's degree.

Director of Instruction (WI 5010)

A program that prepares school administrators to have more focused instruction and preparation in the area of Curriculum and Instruction.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Viterbo University’s graduate nursing program is specifically designed to be relevant and responsive to the needs of practicing professional nurses who wish to formally advance their knowledge and skills and seek an advanced nursing role. The curriculum is based on the expressed needs for all nursing professionals in advanced roles to have increased knowledge of informatics and health care technologies, quality improvement and safety, organizational and systems leadership, inter-professional collaboration for improving patient/population outcomes, and advocacy, as well as an advanced scientific and humanities-based background for practice (AACN, The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, 2006).  

Ethical Leadership (EdD)

Students will explore various philosophies of leadership and ethical decision-making skills to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. Our ethical leadership post-master's doctorate is a transformative program building on Viterbo University’s rich history in developing servant leaders.  Graduates with this leadership degree will go on to be chief diversity officers, senior management, and change-makers within their organizations.

  • Credit hours: 48
  • Location La Crosse, WI

Ethical Leadership (EdD) with Superintendent license

The superintendent track of the EdD in Ethical leadership brings together Viterbo University's expertise in servant leadership and education to instill ethical leadership in education to support our future administrators. Graduates of this track will receive their EdD in Ethical Leadership and the coursework and practicum necessary for the Wisconsin (WI 5003) Superintendent licensure.

Candidates must possess a principal licensure for admission.

  • Credit hours: 48
  • Location: La Crosse, WI

Graduate Certificate Ethical Leadership in Organizations

Ethical Leadership in Organizations is designed for people who want to learn how to lead effective, ethical change within their organizations. Participants will acquire practical knowledge of servant leadership and ethical decision making. They will also learn specific leadership strategies, based upon a proven training program that will establish long-lasting and significant transformation of the workplace culture. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows participants to tailor the program to their particular professional needs.

Graduate Certificate Health Care Management

Following our rich tradition of developing health care professionals and leaders, this certificate enables today’s health care professionals to develop a holistic business approach to leading a rapidly evolving and regulated industry. Participants will acquire practical knowledge of leadership, change, business strategies, process improvement, legal and ethical issues, finance, and/or population health. Flexible elective credits allow participants to tailor the program to their particular professional needs or specialty area within the health care setting. 

Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching (Wisconsin)

An online certificate program that prepares teachers to think beyond their current instructional practices. Research-based practices and student-centered coaching techniques are emphasized. Teachers will cultivate an astute ability to collaborate with fellow educators while providing mentorship, encouragement, and personalized support. Communicating and demonstrating instructional practices, shown to result in increased student engagement and achievement, are highlighted throughout the program. Servant leadership, social justice, and working for the common good are intertwined throughout the curriculum.

Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching Certificate (Iowa/National)

This online certificate is an interdisciplinary program ideal for instructors from academic to business settings, teaching traditional and nontraditional students. The curriculum focuses on adult learning theory and is designed to increase instructor capacity to improve universal instruction and foster interpersonal relationships. Evidenced-based practices combine with adult learning strategies to create environments where student engagement and achievement thrive. Servant leadership, social justice, and working for the common good are intertwined throughout the curriculum. The Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching certificate is designed as an enhanced learning opportunity, it will not lead to an Iowa Endorsement or License.

10-credit certificate (4 courses) - fully online

Pair with the Master of Arts in Education, an additional six credits for a total 31 credit hours.

  •  6 credits of core master's coursework (two courses) - online with one four-day residency in La Crosse, WI culminating with commencement

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Master of Arts in Education (Generalist)

The Master of Arts in Education Generalist Degree is designed for educators who aspire to work at the forefront of change and reform in education. Coursework will challenge educators to explore the changing role of the teacher in an educational context. Academic study is flexible and educators will have considerable choice in selecting courses that will meet their individual need and interest.

Master of Arts in Education with PK-12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education (IA 189)

This Master of Arts in Education prepares educators to become school leaders following the standards set by the Iowa Department of Education. When PK-12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education (IA 189) is chosen as your area of emphasis, your master's degree will be 17 courses (36-credit hours).

  • 24-credits core coursework (8 courses)

  • 6-credits clinical/internship (6 courses)

  • 6-credits (electives or Curriculum Leadership emphasis)

Master of Arts in Servant Leadership (MASL)

The Master of Arts in Servant Leadership is designed for individuals who aspire to deepen their leadership skills or become servant leaders. By promoting ethical decision making, theological reflection, leadership skills, and public activity, the program supports and affirms people who seriously embrace their vocation to serve. Our classrooms provide an opportunity for students to engage in conversations that provide a language of articulating and promoting servant leadership philosophies and practices. If you care about growth and development of others, building healthy communities and thriving cultures, encouraging ethical decision making, and integrating faith or a higher purpose with your work this is the right program for you.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Our on-campus MBA program is fully accredited by the ACBSP and recruits talented students with diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Non-business majors can prepare for our MBA program by completing four online academic leveling modules. The Viterbo MBA is the program of choice for professionals in our region. Students in the program choose to complete a general MBA program or one of the optional emphasis areas: accounting, arts administration, business education, health care management, marketing, nonprofit leadership, project management, or servant leadership.

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSMHC)

The Viterbo University Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling degree is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The program is designed to meet state requirements for licensure as mental health counselors in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. The key content areas include professional identity, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, helping relationships, career development, group work, assessment, diagnosis, research, program evaluation, and evidence-based counseling, prevention, and intervention skills.

Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics - Dual Master’s with Dietetic Internship

This pathway is designed for students with a degree from an accredited DPD program. Students will complete a dietetic internship and also further their nutritional knowledge and skills through graduate-level coursework. Students will have the option of numerous electives in order to cater their degree to their particular area of interest. Dual Master’s and Dietetic Internship students can choose from a non-thesis clinical focus (48 credits) or a thesis track (39 credits). The clinical focus provides intensive supervised practice hours for students wanting additional patient care experience. The thesis track meets accreditation requirements for supervised practice hours while providing students with experience working one-on-one with a research advisor and conducting their own research.

Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics - Initial RDN License Prep/Direct Entry

This 63 credit hour pathway is designed for students that require foundational coursework to become a registered dietitian.  Further, students will obtain advanced nutrition skills through graduate coursework with an emphasis in their particular area of interest.  In addition, this track includes supervised practice, providing students with all experiences needed to take the registration exam to become a registered dietitian.  

Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics - RDNs

This 30 credit hour pathway was designed to support dietetic/nutrition professionals with the advanced skills, knowledge and behaviors to grow within the field. This is an evidence-based program placing emphasis on disease prevention and management, while offering electives that allow you to focus in areas such as sports nutrition, a systems approach to obesity, nutrigenomics, or one that accentuates your current work. The variety of electives, and subsequent research project, offer you the flexibility to enhance your current practice or develop the expertise in a specific area of personal interest.

Master of Science in Nursing-Direct Entry

This Master of Science in Nursing (Direct Entry - DE MSN) degree at Viterbo University received approval from The Higher Learning Commission to launch in fall 2021.  

The DE MSN program is a 63-credit-hour program that blends online coursework with residential clinical experiences.  Designed in an accelerated full-time format the program is a lock-step sequence cohort model. 

Delivery:

  • 46-credits of Nursing and Scholarly Research Project coursework online
  • 17 -credits of Clinicals and Skills Labs in-person in the La Crosse region throughout each semester

Master of Science in School Counseling

This M.S. in School Counseling degree at Viterbo University has received approval from The Higher Learning Commission. The program does not have Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) or Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) approval at this time.

Masters with Cross-categorical Special Education (WI 1801)

Our Cross-categorical Special Education emphasis brings educators from across the state together to learn best practices in the field of special education. Our classes view individuals with disabilities from a strengths-based model, and help educators work toward successful inclusion of individuals with disabilities. When chosen as your area of emphasis, your master's degree will be 13 courses (34-37 credit hours).

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Online delivery:

  • 15-credits of core coursework (6 courses)
  • 19-21 credits of coursework specific to the Cross-categorical Special Education (7 courses)

Masters with Director of Instruction (WI 5010)

Our Director of Instruction program prepares school administrators to have more focused instruction and preparation in the area of Curriculum and Instruction. When chosen as your area of emphasis, your master's degree will be 14 courses (39-credit hours).

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Blended delivery, with M.A. core coursework online:

  • 12-credits of M.A. core coursework (5 courses)
  • 21-credits of Educational Leadership core coursework (7 courses)
  • 6-credits of required Director of Instruction coursework (2 courses)

To add Principal Licensure (WI 5051), students will take an additional 3 credit hours.

Masters with Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (WI 5080)

Our Director of Special Education and Pupil Services program prepares school administrators to have more focused instruction in the areas of Special Education and Pupil Services at the district and site levels. When chosen as your area of emphasis, your master's degree will be 16 courses (45-credit hours).

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Blended delivery, with M.A. core coursework online:

  • 12-credits of M.A. core coursework (5 courses)
  • 21-credits of Educational Leadership core coursework (7 courses)
  • 12-credits of required Director of Special Education and Pupil Services coursework (4 courses)

To add Principal Licensure (WI 51), students will take an additional 3 credit hours.

Masters with Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching (Iowa/National)

This Masters of Arts in Education program builds educator capacity to strategically and purposefully improve universal classroom instruction and reinforce interpersonal relationships among educators. When chosen as your area of emphasis, your master's degree will be 12 courses (31-credit hours).

  • 15-credits of core coursework (6 courses)
  • 10-credits of coursework specific to the Innovative Teacher Leadership certificate (4 courses) - fully online
  • 6-credits of approved elective credits (2 courses) - varied delivery modes

Masters with Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching Certificate (Wisconsin/National)

Our Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching program builds educator capacity to strategically and purposefully improve universal classroom instruction and reinforce interpersonal relationships among educators. When chosen as your area of emphasis, your master's degree will be 12 courses (31-credit hours).

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Online delivery:

  • 15-credits of core coursework (6 courses)
  • 10-credits of coursework specific to the Innovative Teacher Leadership certificate (4 courses)
  • 6-credits of approved elective credits (2 courses) - varied delivery modes

Masters with Principal Licensure (WI 5051)

Our Principal Licensure 51 program prepares educators to become school leaders at the Dean, assistant, or Principal level.  When chosen as your area of emphasis, your master's degree  will be 13 courses (36-credit hours). 

Blended delivery, with M.A. core coursework online:

  • 12-credits of M.A. core coursework (5 courses)
  • 21-credits of Educational Leadership core coursework (7 courses) 
  • 3-credits of required Principal coursework (1 course)

To add Director of Instruction (WI 5010), students will taken an additional 6 credit hours.

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Masters with Reading Specialist (WI 5017)

Our Reading Specialist (WI 5017) prepares educators to lead and supervise district-wide reading programs. Educators will increase their knowledge of assessment tools and diagnostic practices to plan and develop reading programs that increase student learning and achievement. When chosen as your area of emphasis, your master's degree will be 11 courses (31-credit hours).

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Online delivery:

  • 15-credits of core coursework (6 courses)
  • 10-credits of coursework specific to the Reading Specialist 17 license (3 courses)
  • 6-credits of approved elective credits (2 courses) - varied delivery modes

Masters with Reading Teacher (WI 1316)

Our Reading Teacher (WI 1316) emphasis is designed for practicing educators who wish to increase their instructional skills and expand their knowledge and expertise in areas of literacy and reading. Coursework will focus on preparing teachers to utilize research-based practices to assess, diagnose, and remediate struggling readers. When chosen as your area of emphasis, your master's degree will be 10 courses (30-credit hours).

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Online delivery:

  • 15-credits of M.A. core coursework (5 courses)
  • 19-credits of coursework specific to the Reading Teacher 316 license (5 courses)

PK-12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education (IA 189)

Our Iowa PK-12 Principal -Supervisor of Special Education 189 is a two-year, six-semester program which requires an internship during each of the six semesters. The internship is conducted onsite with an approved mentor, which is usually the student's principal. This program meets the standards set by the Iowa Department of Education.

  • 24 credits of core principal coursework (8 courses)

  • 6 credits of clinical/internship (6 semesters/courses)

Pair with the Master of Arts in Education, an additional six credits for a total 36 credit hours.

  •  6 credits of core master's coursework (two courses) - online

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Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure (Non-Degree)

The post-baccalaureate licensure program is an accelerated program for students who already have an undergraduate degree and would like to pursue an initial teaching license. Viterbo University offers programs that can lead to initial teaching licensure in three primary paths: Elementary Education, Cross-categorical Special Education, and nine different content areas - art, business, English language arts, math, music, social studies, science, technology, and spanish.

Principal (WI 5051)

Our Principal Licensure 5051 program prepares educators to become school leaders at the Dean, assistant, or Principal level. 

Reading Specialist (WI 5017)

An online program that focuses on the social and political aspects of literacy, language variation, and the cultural and community influences on language acquisition and learning. Strength-based approaches to servant leadership, mentoring, coaching, and staff development emphasize positive change and contribution to the common good. Through a sociocultural lens, reading specialist candidates explore district literacy policy to identify and draw upon the literacies and strengths of the educators, parents, and the communities they serve.

Reading Teacher (WI 1316)

An online program that brings educators from across the state to share and unite through a progressive, modern approach to teaching and learning. Educators will develop a deep understanding of authentic instruction and assessment that focuses on the students’ lived experiences, literacies, and funds of knowledge. Asset-based approaches to understanding the influences of Global Englishes, family and community literacies, and social justice will provide educators with the ability to design instruction and assessment, and create spaces of possibility for students.

School Business Administrator (WI 5008)

A program that develops well-prepared and dedicated educators who are willing to work in tandem with other members of the administrative team to achieve educational excellence through their work. Our program focuses on School Business Administrators as being central to the successful operations of a school district through their development of being proactive decision-makers who bring together knowledge and experience to make the best decisions for district funding.

Superintendent (WI 5003)

A program that prepares educators who are grounded in Franciscan values and possess the knowledge and skills to be reflective decision-makers. The centerpiece for this two-year licensure program is ethical leadership, taught by our nationally recognized servant leadership professors who provide a unique blend of theory and practice in their courses. The PK–12 license permits the holder to serve as a superintendent (district administrator) in a PK–12 school district.