Graduate Catalog

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Welcome to Viterbo University’s graduate studies programs.


This catalog has been prepared to acquaint you with the five graduate programs at Viterbo, especially regarding topics pertinent to all the programs such as requirements, admission processes, registration, tuition, student services, and university policies and procedures. You are invited to consult relevant sections of the university Web pages for more detailed information, particularly sections about requirements for completing the Viterbo University masters degree.


Viterbo University is accredited by:

  • The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, 800-621-7440 (V); 312-263-7462 (F);;
  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 339-9356;
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL  60606-6995; 312-899-5400;
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; 202-887-6791;,
  • Council on Social Work Education, 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457; 703-683-8080;
  • National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248; 703-437-0700;
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; 202-466-7496;  Other

Other Approvals and Recognitions

  • Its chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society.
  • The nursing program is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing for the licensure of registered nurses.
  • The education program is recognized by the Iowa Department of Education and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the certification of teachers in the elementary and secondary schools and for the training of veterans.
  • Viterbo University is recognized and approved by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to offer degree programs in education. 
  • Viterbo University is recognized and approved by the Iowa State Board of Education for the K-12 Principal licensure/Supervisor of Special Education (189) and is recognized approved by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to offer the following endorsements: Early Childhood (106), Middle School (182), Reading Teacher (148,149) and the Reading Specialist (176), and Talented and Gifted (107).
  • Viterbo University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statues, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

It is the policy of Viterbo University not to discriminate against students, applicants for admission, or employees on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disabilities unrelated to institutional jobs, programs, or activities. Viterbo University is a Title IX institution.


The information contained in this catalog is subject to change without published notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. Its purpose is to provide students with information regarding programs, requirements, policies, and procedures to qualify for a degree from Viterbo University. A student follows the catalog in effect at the time of entry and should retain the catalog for the duration of stay provided attendance is uninterrupted.


There may be changes in university policies unrelated to specific programs which affect the health, safety, and welfare of the Viterbo University community that take effect immediately. Those changes will be reflected in the online catalog.


The university catalog is normally revised every year and changes are announced. When changes occur, either the original or the most recent catalog may be followed.