Graduate Programs

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).  

Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

Developed with the working professional in mind, the Ed.D. 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.

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. 


Graduate Education Licensures and Certificates

These options do not include a Master of Arts in Education degree and consist of curriculum used to obtain an educational licensure or certificate.

  • Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching
  • Superintendent (WI 03)
  • Principal (WI 51)
  • PK–12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education (IA 189)
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (WI 80)
  • Director of Instruction (WI 10)
  • Cross-categorical Special Education (WI 801)
  • Reading Teacher (WI 316)
  • Reading Specialist (WI 17)
  • School Business Administrator (WI 08)


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 Licensures and Certificates

This option offers a Master of Arts in Education degree with academic study that aligns with licensures and certificates in one of the following areas:

  • Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching
  • Principal (WI)
  • Principal/Supervisor of Special Education (IA)
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (WI)
  • Director of Instruction (WI)
  • Cross-categorical Special Education (WI)
  • Reading Teacher (WI)
  • Reading Specialist (WI)
  • School Business Administrator (WI)

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, health care management, marketing, nonprofit leadership, project management or servant leadership. 

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MSMHC)

Viterbo University's 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 Nutrition Sciences (MSNS)

Viterbo’s Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences degree program prepares nutrition professionals to be innovative leaders in fields such as disease prevention, health promotion, and nutritional interventions. Program curriculum integrates critical thinking, scientific writing, and evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics, which provides a foundation for students to complete a research project in their specific area of interest or practice. Requirements for graduation include successful completion of 30 credits, including a research defense and presentation of a research project.

MBA/DNP Dual Degree

Registered nurses with a BSN or MSN degree can prepare for leadership roles, educate future nurses, and influence systems of care with Viterbo University's MBA/DNP program. This integrated dual degree program provides registered nurses a direct path to their career goals with critical business and management skills needed by successful health care leaders. Students save time and money by completing this integrated program.

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 a teaching license. For most content areas, the program can be completed in as little as one year. Content areas include:

  • Art Education
  • Business Education
  • English Language Arts Education
  • Math Education
  • Music Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Science Education
  • Technology Education
  • Spanish Education