Graduate Admissions Cost and Aid


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Graduate Tuition & Fees

Graduate - Tuition & Fees 

All graduate tuition is charged at a per-credit-hour rate.                             





Doctoral Programs




   Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




   EdD in Counselor Education and Supervision




   EdD in Ethical Leadership (inc. with Superintendent)





   Master's Programs




   Master in Business Administration (MBA)

$690 $730

   MA in Education (MAE)

$425 $455


   MA in Servant Leadership (MASL) $440 $470
   MA in Teaching (MAT)   $455

   MS in Community Medical Dietetics (MSCMD)

$640 $700


   MS in Mental Health Counseling (MSMHC) $600 $635
   MS in Nursing (MSN - Direct Entry) $720 $760

   MS in School Counseling (MSSC)




   MS in Speech-Language Pathology    $750

Dual Degree Programs












Licensures | Certificates




   Education:  Superintendent Licensure




   Education:   Principal (all tracks) Licensure




   Education:   Director of Instruction Licensure




   Education:  Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure




   Education: Cross-categorical (all tracks) Licensures




   Education:  Reading Teacher Licensure




   Education:  Reading Specialist Licensure $425 $455

   Education:  Innov. Teacher Lead. & Instruct. Coaching Cert.




   Education:  Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure 

$425 $455  
   Business:  Ethical Leadership Certificate  $440 $470
   Business:  Health Care Management Certificate  $690 $730


   Humanities:  Community Interpreting Certificate (undergrad) $425 $460
   Mental Health: Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate  $600 $630

   Nutrition:  Dietetic Internship

$640 $700


   Nursing:  Post Graduate Certificate (AGAC-NP) program








   Student Resources Fee (all graduate programs -per credit hour)



per credit

   Audit Fee (per credit hour)



per credit

   Comprehensive Exam Fee



   Background Check(s )(Price varies based on type, number of States)  Price varies Price varies

 Education Program Fees




     Ed Leadership:  Practicum Portfolio 

            (WI EDUL 767/768/ 769/770/771)




     Ed Leadership:  Internship Portfolio (IA EDUL620)








Business Program Fees




   Courses:  MGMT 511/512




    Course:    MGMT 582




   Course:    HMGT 690



   Course:    MHGT 695 $100




DNP Course Fees – (DNP)


    Course:   NURS 540




    Courses:  NURS 602 and 688 (each course)

$100 $100  

    Courses:  NURS 615, 616, 692, and 693 (each course & per credit)

$100 $100 per credit
    Courses:  NURS 800, 810, and 820 (each course & per credit) $150 $160  per credit
    Course:   NURS 801 (per credit) $250 $260  per credit
    Course:  NURS 825 $500 $530   








MSN (DE) Fees    
     Nurse Tech and Clinical/Skills Lab Resource Fees  ($40 per credit)



per credit

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher License Program Fees    

    Courses:  EDUP 531

$150 $160


   Courses:  EDUP 559, EDUP 563 (each course) $100 $100

   Courses:  EDUP 582

$50 $50


   Course:  EDUP 583 








Additional Business Office Student Information




Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Financial Aid

Pursuing your personal and professional goals through graduate school is exciting. Navigating how to make the dream a reality starts with exploring your financial aid options. All of Viterbo's master's and doctoral programs are eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Some licensure and certificate programs are also eligible for federal aid, contact graduate admissions for qualified programs.    

Graduate Students may elect to borrow federal student loans to assist in paying for graduate school.  Students wishing to explore financial aid are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the Viterbo University Additional Information Form.  The Viterbo Univesity FAFSA code is 003911.  For additional information or to speak to your Graduate Financial Aid Counselor please click on the appropriate Financial Aid page for your program below.  Contact Financial Aid at 608-796-3900 or visit the Financial Aid Contact Us page. 

Explore Financial Aid students and begin the application process today!

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Military Education Benefits

Military Education Benefits

If you are exploring utilizing veteran benefits at Viterbo University please visit the Military Education Benefits page. The University's School Certifying Official is Ms. Carey Jennings, Financial Aid and Military Education Benefits Advisor located in Murphy Center Suite 218 Financial Aid|  608-796-3900 |

Military Education Benefits Information


Military Student Success

Viterbo University celebrates the contributions made by members of the armed forces and their families and we find it an honor that you are considering Viterbo to pursue your education. Whether you are a veteran who is transitioning from military service, still serving as a member of an active or reserve component, or you are a family member seeking to continue your education, the staff and faculty at Viterbo are here to ensure your success!  Schedule a time to speak with Sam Morrris, Director of Miliary Student Success  | 608.796.3039 | for support throughout your time at Viterbo. 

Visit our Military Student Success Office

Graduate Student Work Opportunities

Graduate Student Work Opportunities:

Watch the Viterbo University Employment page for full- and part-time administrative and hourly positions on campus. The below positions are some of the graduate assistant-specific positions that open annually or every other year.  In addition, to Graduate Assistant specific positions many other opportunities open regularly, which may be a great match!  We encourage you to "sign up for job alerts" to receive job posting updates in your email to stay on top of Viterbo job opportunities.  

Graduate Assistant - Athletics, Part-time (open to MBA or MASL graduate students only)

Graduate Assistant for Residence Life, Part-time 

Up to Two Positions Available: The position starts in the Summer and continues throughout the academic school year.  Includes housing.

700 residential students call Viterbo University's on-campus housing ‘home’ every academic year. Under the supervision of the Area Coordinator, this position will serve in the professional staff on-call duty rotation and will be work to ensure an approach of equity and safety in all incident responses. Responsibilities aligning with the graduate assistant’s talents and interests may be assigned as desired.



  1. Provides on-call duty coverage on a scheduled basis. Carries duty phone during all on-call duty hours and responds immediately to all calls.
  2. Assists and accompanies Resident Assistants and Campus Safety with incidents and emergencies when on call.
  3. Is not permitted to leave campus between 10 pm and 6 am or consume alcoholic beverages during on-call hours.
  4. Spends on-call overnight hours in campus housing to adhere to the live-in and quick/emergency response nature of the position.


  1. Responds to campus incidents and emergencies including, but not limited to alcohol and drug use/abuse/overdose, vandalism, incivility, and mental health crises Respond to all inquiries, problems, and complaints from students and staff.  Refers inquiries, problems, and complaints to the Assistant Dean of Student Community as necessary.
  2. Maintains a lead role when responding to incidents and crisis situations.  Meets with Resident Assistants at the scene of each incident to lead and expedite effective response and follow-up appropriately.
  3. Maintains confidentiality and follows all on-call processes and procedures.
  4. Maintains complete, accurate, and updated records, including comprehensive submission of incident reports in a timely manner.
  5. Works an average of 5 hours per week in the Residence Life Office during weeks not on call.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

Compensation: Private on-campus apartment; $600 V-Hawk Bucks/semester for use in on-campus dining facilities. 

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree, strong communication and administrative skills required. Previous residence life experience preferred.  Must live on campus and respond to requests/emergencies while on call.  The position is security-sensitive and will require a background check.  

For more information, please contact:

Matthew J. Jurvelin

Office: 608.796.3842 


Graduate Assistant - Campus Ministry

Viterbo University is seeking a Graduate Assistant for Campus Ministry. As an extension of Campus Ministry, the Graduate in Ministry helps students become faithful servants and ethical leaders. The Graduate in Ministry will support the planning, prep, and facilitation of retreats, service trips, liturgy and worship services, social activities, leadership development, and creating an inviting space that fosters a deep sense of Franciscan Community.

Schedule: This is a part-time 12-month position. This position is required to work 20 - 29 hours per week including flexible evening and weekend hours.


  1. Assists with university-wide Campus Ministry events and programming (e.g., weekly events, Agape Latte programming, liturgies and worship, retreats, and service opportunities).
  2. Assists in the coordination and supervision of CM student work-study students and volunteers.
  3. Cultivate servant leadership skills in students primarily through student retreat teams, faith-sharing groups, bible study groups, liturgical leadership, and other campus ministry opportunities.
  4. Assists in creating and maintaining a campus community that fosters a deep sense of Franciscan Community through the development of hospitality, faith-sharing, bible studies, social activities, etc.
  5. Assists in the coordination and facilitation of Campus Ministry Retreats, weekly program events (worship, formation, and social), service trips, and other campus ministry opportunities for students.
  6. Assists in the promotion and marketing of Campus Ministry activities, including Campus Ministry website and social media accounts.
  7. Makes oneself available as a resource to students by scheduling office hours, developing ways to cultivate relationships with students through 1:1 mentorship/discipleship and being present during on-campus events, etc.
  8. Plan other activities with students based on student needs and interests (trips, concerts, talks, socials, etc.).
  9. Be an active member of Campus Ministry -attend regularly scheduled Campus Ministry/Liturgy Team meetings and hold regular office hours.
  10. Works collaboratively with other campus partners, students, and staff to promote all Campus Ministry programs and services.
  11. Schedule weekly meetings with the Director of Campus Ministry.
  12. Other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required, with 1-2 years related experience in ministry/leadership preferred. Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check. Possess superior interpersonal skills and the ability to develop an effective rapport with a variety of personalities. Ability to manage complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously, mixing long-term projects with urgent or immediate demands. Ability to work effectively, decisively, and flexibly in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Ability to work independently and as part of a team; confident in making independent decisions yet aware of when supervisory assistance is required. Capacity to manage stress and maintain personal and emotional stability in a demanding work environment. Possess a knowledge of the campus community. Have a deep understanding of Catholic, Franciscan Traditions and embody these ethics and values. Have a healthy and active practicing spiritual life. Ability to appropriately share one's experience of faith and invite students to explore their sense of spirituality. Is passionate about fostering the growth of the Christian community. Must be authorized to work in the United States. Viterbo University is unable to sponsor or take over the sponsorship of the Employment Visa.


  1. Act as a role model for the campus community by exhibiting a healthy, integrated, faith-based lifestyle.
  2. Exercise sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  3. Ability to handle highly confidential material, understanding that all University information should only be disclosed to others who have a need-to-know status for legitimate business reasons.
  4. Establish and maintain effective communication & working relationships with internal and external constituents.
  5. Accept supervision, new assignments, change, and constructive correction.
  6. Carry out all responsibilities professionally and maintain professionalism when dealing with all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.
  7. Adhere to the policies and procedures established by Viterbo University.
  8. Must be enrolled in a Viterbo University Graduate Program and maintain good academic standing.


  1. Maximum 18 credit hours for the 2023 - 2024 academic year (6 - Fall, 6 - Spring, 6 - Summer).
  2. Stipend of $12,000 for the year, ($1,000 per month)

To Apply: Please complete the online employment application form and upload a letter of interest, CV/resume, and three professional references.

About the University: Viterbo University is a Catholic, Franciscan, liberal arts institution with an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students. Viterbo is located in scenic La Crosse, Wisconsin, which has been rated as one of the top places to live in the US. The region features an attractive cost of living, beautiful bluffs and coulees, three major rivers including the Mississippi River, world-class health care and education systems, and easy access to major cities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement: At Viterbo University, we value our inclusive climate and understand that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, constituencies, and those who will help us advance our diversity and inclusion initiatives aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Viterbo University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, encourages nominations and candidacy of historically underrepresented groups, and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Viterbo University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages nominations and candidacy of historically underrepresented groups.

External Funding Opportunities | Health Care

Exploring additional resources to help you fund your nursing goals is a great idea.  We first want to encourage you to explore any options your place of employment may offer, many healthcare employers offer great opportunities from release time to partial or full tuition reimbursement. Next, search for community or organization-specific scholarships and loan forgiveness programs. 

Below are a few helpful hints.

Loan Forgiveness/Repayment programs:

Scholarship and Grant programs: