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Viterbo University offers three great ways to enroll and offers admissions in the fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May) semesters allowing you to enroll when you are ready!

Whether you are interested in our residential MBA program, our MBA in Health Care Leadership which is online with a weekend residency, or are a current Viterbo BBA student looking to enroll in the 4+1 program; the following information will assist you in navigating the application process. 

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Prerequisite Competencies 

Viterbo University is proud of its students' diverse backgrounds and welcomes students from all walks of life into its MBA and MBA in Health Care Leadership programs. Non-business majors can prepare for our MBA program by completing four online academic leveling modules to gain competency in core business areas. The modules allow non-business students to be successful in understanding key business concepts while building confidence in business acumen to enhance class dialogue for all. 

A student who holds an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited business school generally fulfills the prerequisites by virtue of previous coursework. Students who have not developed these skills in their undergraduate coursework may still enter the MBA program; however, they are considered to be "conditionally admitted" into the program until completion of the leveling modules within the first year of admission into the program. 

Contact Cullan Lucas, assistant director, Graduate Admissions, College of Business and Leadership, or 608-796-3031 with any questions regarding your demonstration of foundation requirements.

MBA Admissions

Admission Requirements

To be considered for acceptance into Viterbo University’s M.B.A. program, an applicant must satisfy the following minimum criteria. These criteria are considered along with all items in the application submission packet in making the determination on acceptance.  Applicants may be granted full acceptance or conditional acceptance. 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university (It is understood that students applying to the 4+1 MBA program will be seeking the bachelor degree);
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 for the last two years of the undergraduate degree. Exceptions may be made to this requirement if the applicant (1) submits a work experience portfolio describing significant organizational experience OR (2) has taken the GMAT examination OR (3) has successfully completed other graduate-level coursework.
An application submission packet is only considered complete upon receipt of the following items:  
  • An official transcript evidencing the baccalaureate degree sent directly from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution. Transcripts must be requested and sent directly from the institution to Viterbo University Admission Office, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601. We also accept electronic transcripts from Parchment, National Clearinghouse, and Credentials Solutions. Please select "Office of Admission - Traditional Programs" as your destination, if given more than one option when ordering electronic transcripts. Faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered transcripts are not acceptable.
  • Sign the Student Financial Responsibility Agreement - The link will be available on your supplemental items list inside your application portal, after the application is submitted.
  • One recommendation from an individual attesting to the applicant’s ability and potential for successfully completing graduate-level coursework. The recommendation shall be from a direct supervisor, if possible. Have your reference complete the online Graduate Degree Recommendation form located in your application portal. You will need their email address to request to have the form emailed to them.  
  • A two to three-page personal essay setting forth:    

1) the reasons why you desire to attain an M.B.A. degree;

2) what you can add to Viterbo University’s M.B.A. program, and

 3) what you hope to get out of Viterbo University’s M.B.A. program.  

Admission to Other Graduate Programs: Admission to a specific degree or certificate program does not imply admission to any other degree or certificate program. A separate application must be submitted to apply for admission to another program. 


The 4+1 MBA Program Admissions

Applying to the 4+1 Program

Viterbo University’s 4+1 M.B.A. option offers achievement-oriented, highly motivated students the opportunity to obtain their bachelor degree and their M.B.A. in five years.   

Application to the 4+1 M.BA. program occurs during the junior or senior undergraduate year with an online application. Students are admitted on a provisional basis and will be advised during the remainder of the junior and senior years by their undergraduate advisor and an M.B.A. advisor. Provisional admittance will become full graduate admission if the student maintains a minimum grade point average of 3.0, receives no grade lower than a 'BC' on the graduate coursework taken, and earns the undergraduate degree.   

Students in the 4+1 M.B.A. program must meet all undergraduate degree requirements. This coursework is completed in the first four years of the program. Up to nine graduate credits of the graduate program are taken during the student’s fourth year (senior year) of undergraduate work (see undergraduate catalog criteria). A student concurrently enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate coursework in a semester may take no more than 16 credits in that semester. The remaining credits of the graduate program are taken during year five of the program, and the M.B.A. is generally earned after the fifth year. The work toward the M.B.A. degree may be pursued part-time over a longer period of time, not to exceed five years of graduate coursework. Non-continuous enrollment is subject to curriculum changes of the catalog currently in place. 

To be considered for acceptance into Viterbo University’s 4+1 M.B.A. program, an applicant must satisfy the same requirements as outlined above in the “Admission Requirements” section.

International Admissions

International Applicants

International applications are processed in conjunction with Kenneth Felts, Director of International Admission. Contact Kenneth at, or phone 1-888-VITERBO (1-888-848-3726) and 608-796-3171.

International applicants who are non-native English speakers will need to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language, showing a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the Internet-based exam. Alternatively, you may submit an International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of at least 6.5 or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 53. English language (ESL) courses are also offered at Viterbo University and may be required as a condition to acceptance into the MBA program.

Viterbo University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant it deems unfit to participate in its MBA program.

Internationally Educated but not an International Student

You are only considered an International Student if you will need an F-1 Visa to enroll at Viterbo University. However, if you obtained your undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. you may need to submit your transcripts for an official evaluation to an evaluation agency such as or  Please contact your admissions representative for guidance. 

MBA/DNP Dual Degree Program Admissions

Admission Requirements MBA/DNP Dual Degree Program

To apply, fill out the free online  application for admission 

  • For the post-BSN to MBA/DNP, choose the Graduate Nursing - Post BSN MBA/DNP Leadership option on the application.  
  • For the post-MSN to MBA/DNP, choose the Graduate Nursing - Post MSN MBA/DNP Leadership option. 


To apply for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, the applicant must have graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or greater on a 4.0 scale. Recent professional practice is preferred and recommended. 

The following list of documents can be found with the Supplemental Items list once an application is started. Documents must be submitted to the School of Nursing Graduate Program Committee by either uploading them or mailing them:

  • Transcripts from ADN and BSN and any graduate education (see instructions on application).
  • Evidence of current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Three recommendations. Recommendation form can be found in your online application portal. You will need their email to request the form be email to the individuals providing the recommendations.
  • A short essay describing Professional and Life Experience Information.
  • Official scores on Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Alternatively, Graduate Record Exam results are acceptable. MAT is waived if student has previous graduate credits (5) (B or better) at admission. Information on taking the MAT exam in La Crosse can be received by calling UWL 785-8074. Advance arrangements are necessary at all sites.

After receipt of these materials, a personal interview may be requested of the applicant. 

Additional requirements:

  • At least one year of recent, relevant direct patient care as an RN prior to beginning the program, positive interview and recommendations indicating potential as nurse leaders, potential opportunities for clinical preceptorships/practicum experiences within the student's home area, and the ability to commit to the blocked practicum hours necessary.
  • Satisfactory completion of an introductory statistics and a research course (undergraduate).
  • Evidence of current CPR throughout program.
  • Applicants must have the ability to meet both university and clinical agency health and personnel requirements, including specified immunizations and satisfactory criminal/caregiver background check throughout the program.

See Admission to the Grad Nursing Program for more details of the admission review process.

Post-Master's to MBA/DNP

  • Master's degree in nursing or related field from accredited program with a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or better GPA.
  • Admission documents and requirements are the same as above with the exception of the MAT, which is not required.
  • Choose post-MSN to MBA/DNP as the program on the online application.