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Graduate Studies Graduate Policies and Procedures
Many policies in the Academic Information section of
J. Randall Koetting Ph.D., Dean of this bulletin are common to both graduate and
Graduate Studies undergraduate students. This specific section contains
policies specific to graduate study requirements and
Stayer Center for Technology & Executive Learning, procedures. Some graduate programs may have
Room 304 additional requirements, which must be met by
(920) 923-8109 graduate students.
Marian University offers advanced degree programs Admission to Graduate Study
with a variety of degree emphases and professional
development opportunities in the fields of business, Refer to individual sections for Admission Policies and
education, criminal justice, grief and bereavement, Procedures for the Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
leadership, and nursing. Since courses are regularly degree; the Master of Science in Leadership (MS)
offered in the evenings, weekends, or online students degree; the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
are able to pursue graduate study while working full degree; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.).
Undergraduates Taking Graduate Credit
Marian University undergraduate students with
Graduate Studies has as its central purposes:
advanced standing, with special permission, may be
- To provide support for graduate programs
allowed to take courses at the graduate level. Refer
through the leadership of the Dean of Graduate
to the Academic Information section of this bulletin
Studies and the Graduate Council, representing
for the Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate
the graduate faculty;
- To ensure the quality of graduate programs
through support for program self-assessment
and through regular program review;
- To meet the needs of qualified students by
For each fall/spring semester, the maximum credit load
providing access to graduate programs and
for full-time students is 12 graduate credits; the
opportunities for continued professional and
maximum credit load for part-time students is 6
personal development; and
credits. For summer, the maximum credit load is 12
- To stimulate and support creative, scholarly, and
credits. Permission from Graduate Studies is required
for any student to take more than the maximum load.
Graduate students who are in good academic standing
and who are involved in undergraduate coursework to
The purpose of the Graduate Council is to promote remediate deficiencies, or those who have exceptional
the University Mission by providing guidance and circumstances resulting in special hardship, must
direction for graduate programs. To accomplish this appeal to the Dean of Graduate Studies for permission
purpose, it oversees and supports programs based on to carry more than the maximum credit load. Each
high standards and academic and professional individual student appeal must be submitted to the
performance. Graduate Studies prior to the beginning of the
Degree Time Limits
Students who enroll for more than the maximum
Refer to individual sections for graduate degree credit load without permission will have credit loads
requirements and time limits for the Master of Arts in adjusted by Graduate Studies to reduce their course
Education (MAE) degree; the Master of Science in load to the maximum load allowed.
Leadership (MS) degree; the Master of Science in
Nursing (MSN) degree; and the Doctorate in Deviations from this policy may be determined by the
Educational Administration and Leadership (Ph.D.). Dean of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the
chair or director of a particular program.
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Add/drop/withdrawal from courses 1. Students must be accepted and in full standing
in the Master’s level degree program, unless
See University Refund Policy in the Tuition and Fees the Independent Study is required to make up
section. an admission deficiency.
2. Work may be done off campus provided
Students assume all responsibility for adding, regular meetings are held with the faculty
dropping, and withdrawing from courses including the member directing the study.
full completion and submission of Course Drop forms. 3. The faculty member and Dean of their
The drop date shall be the date upon which the Academic School must give approval to the
Registrar’s Office receives the Course Drop form. study request and amount of credit being
Students should refer to the University’s Refund Policy granted.
for specific policies governing withdrawing from 4. Full-time Marian University faculty guide
courses after the start date. To avoid an “F” grade, Independent Study.
student must drop any courses not attended. 5. No more than one Independent Study per
semester (3 credits maximum) is allowed and
Students who receive federal financial aid funding no more than six credits of Independent Study
should check with the Financial Aid Office when any may be counted for graduation.
changes are made in course registration for the
1. The student discusses the need for an
Administrative withdrawal from courses Independent Study with the Dean who
approves or denies the request.
An instructor may request that the Registrar 2. The student requests an Independent Study
administratively withdraw a student from a course if from a full-time Marian University faculty
the student has not attended the first session of a member who is qualified to teach the course.
course that meets once each week, or the student has 3. The student develops an outline for the study
attended neither of the first two sessions of a course including study objectives, learning activities,
that meets more frequently than once a week, and has outcomes and evaluations. The student then
not notified the instructor. Students who are presents this to the faculty member for
administratively dropped by the instructor of the approval. (His/her guidance can refine the
course will be assessed a 10% tuition penalty and have student's proposal)
a WD grade recorded on their transcript. This policy 4. Once the student has completed the
does not negate the responsibility of students for their Independent Study Application, the faculty
schedule of classes. member recommends amount of credit (1-3) to
be received and signs it.
Courses for Audit 5. The student submits the Independent Study
Application and the approved outline for the
Enrollment in courses for audit requires admission to course to the Academic Dean.
graduate study at the University, approval of the 6. The Independent Study Application is
appropriate Dean, and the instructor involved. circulated for signatures.
Audited courses are assessed at 50 percent of the 7. If approved, the student registers for the class
regular tuition rate. Audit is available on a “space- and gives a completed registration form to the
available” basis. Students auditing courses are subject Academic School.
to the same regulations as other students with regard
to registration, but they do not take examination or Academic Probation and Suspension
receive credit for the course.
Students admitted unconditionally or students who
Independent Study have been admitted to candidacy are considered on
probation for the following semester if the cumulative
Independent Study is an intensive study of a chosen grade point average drops below 3.00. If the semester
subject not available through regular courses. Since grade point average for the following semester is 3.00
an Independent Study requires extra responsibility on or greater and cumulative grade point average is 3.00
the part of the faculty member, no graduate faculty or greater, the student is removed from probation. If
member is required to accept a request for an the cumulative grade point average remains below
Independent Study course. Independent Study is listed 3.00, the student is continued on probation. A
on student records as XXX 614. student on probation having a semester grade point
average below 3.00 for the following semester is
subject to suspension from Graduate Studies.
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Students admitted conditionally or on a non-degree Principal
basis are subject to suspension from Graduate Studies Superintendent
after attempting 12 semester hours if they earn less Teacher Education Certification Program
than a 3.0 grade point average.
Students admitted to candidacy who lack a 3.00 grade
Graduate Certificate Programs
point average at the time of completing the minimum Grief and Bereavement
number of hours required for the degree program Online Teaching
may attempt no more than six additional hours to Nursing Education
attain a grade point average of 3.00. A maximum of
six hours of courses with grades of “C” may be applied
to degree requirements. Students may submit no Master of Science in Leadership
more than six hours above those needed to meet 36 credits required for graduation.
degree requirements. Grades below “C” (2.0) are not 18 credits in Core Leadership Curriculum plus 18
counted toward meeting degree requirements. All credits in specific concentration area of applied
graduate courses taken are considered in computation leadership.
of the grade point average.
CONCENTRATION IN ORGANIZATIONAL
A student suspended from Graduate Studies may LEADERSHIP AND QUALITY
apply for readmission after one year. Reinstatement
to Graduate Studies does not necessarily mean The Master of Science in Leadership with a
reinstatement to a particular graduate program. concentration in Organizational Leadership and
Where policy of a School is more restrictive, students Quality is designed for individuals to assume or
are held to the more restrictive policy (see Student enhance their leadership roles in organizations. It is
Handbook for Master of Science in Nursing Degree). customer-focused, learner-centered, and founded on a
The accelerated program consists of twelve courses of
Financial aid is available to graduate students at three credits each. It may be completed in
Marian University in the form of Federal Stafford approximately two years. Classes meet for four hours,
Loans. Scholarships and grants are not available one night each week, for seven weeks. The courses are
through the University. project-based and, with an emphasis on team and
peer learning, integrate the functional disciplines of
University Refund Policy business with the development of implementation and
process skills. Organizational learning and the quality
See University Refund Policy in the Tuition and Fees philosophy comprise the program’s two fundamental
section of this bulletin. concepts, grounded on leadership. On average,
students may expect to devote weekly, outside of
Degree Programs class, approximately six to eight hours to accomplish
individual or team assignments.
Master’s Degree Programs
Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Program Outcomes
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Master of Science (MS)
• Be exposed to leadership and quality concepts
Doctoral Degree Program
• Increase/instill fitness of leadership skills;
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
• Problem solving;
• Development of a quality program;
Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Licensure • Be able to use leadership tools (recognizes
Programs problems, diagnostic abilities, resolve
Alternative Program Licensure (952) problems, present solutions).
Director of Instruction
Director of Special Education and Pupil
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Admission Requirements 18 credits:
OLQ 617 Building a High-Performance Organization,
To be considered for admission into the 3 cr.
Organizational Leadership and Quality degree OLQ 635 Globalization and the International
program, the applicant must submit the following: Perspective, 3 cr.
OLQ 655 Managerial Finance and Budgeting, 3 cr.
• A completed Marian University application OLQ 675 Human Resources Strategies, 3 cr.
form. OLQ 695 Operations Management, 3 cr.
• A $50 non-refundable application fee. OLQ 701 Consulting Team Project, 3 cr.
• An official undergraduate transcript showing a
bachelor’s degree from an accredited MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL
• Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
Students may be considered for admission on a
The Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice
probationary status with less than a 2.75 GPA.
Leadership (CJL) is designed to promote leadership
• Three years work experience, preferably in a
through critical thinking, social justice and civic
managerial or supervisory position.
responsibility. The curriculum is designed to ensure
• Two confidential recommendations.
that students master the theoretical and
• Two essays. methodological underpinnings of criminal justice
through a multi-disciplinary approach. The program
All students are admitted on probation (some are addresses not only the pedagogy of criminal justice,
admitted on special circumstances probation but also the fundamentals of leadership and
dependent upon admission requirements). As a managerial science as applied to a criminal justice
quality control measure, all students apply for setting. The program is designed to appeal to and
candidacy after the completion of 3 courses. Students educate professionals in both the theory and
must have achieved a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in order application of criminal justice in leadership,
to receive full admission. management and administration of criminal justice
Transfer of Credit Policy
Marian University’s MS CJL is intended for students
Students can transfer up to 9 credits into the graduate who have a variety of career and life experiences.
program; each possible transferable course is reviewed Ideally, students have worked in the criminal justice
individually. Each course must be less than 7 years old. system and have an academic degree in a related field.
Students who earn an MS CJL degree are prepared for
Degree Requirements a range of positions including criminal justice
administration and public safety agency management.
To receive the Master of Science in Organizational
Leadership and Quality, the candidate must meet the These courses, combined with the six core courses in
following criteria: leadership including a capstone project, make up the
program of studies.
• Completion of coursework with at least a 3.0
grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Admission Requirements
• Submission and approval of the final research
project. To be considered for admission into the MS CJL, the
• Grades below “C” (2.0) are not counted toward applicant must submit the following:
meeting degree requirements.
• A completed Marian University application
Required Coursework form.
• A $50 non-refundable application fee.
18 credits Core Leadership Curriculum: • An official undergraduate transcript showing a
LDR 605 Leadership Foundations, 3 cr. bachelor’s degree from an accredited
LDR 607 Ethical Leadership, 3 cr. institution.
LDR 625 Organizations and Systems, 3 cr.
• Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
LDR 635 Intercultural Communication and
Students may be considered for admission on a
Leadership, 3 cr.
probationary status with less than a 2.75 GPA.
LDR 645 Quantitative Methods, 3 cr.
• Two confidential letters of recommendation.
LDR 647 Research Foundations, 3 cr.
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• Letter of Intent (500 words or less describing combines rigorous study across the spectrum of end-
applicant’s goals relative to a graduate degree of-life studies with content in spirituality, leadership
in Criminal Justice Administration). theory and practice. The grief and bereavement
• One sample of scholarly writing. specialty emphasis includes study in the medical
aspects of death and dying (palliative and hospice
Transfer of Credit Policy care); end-of-life decision making; communication
with service providers and families; grief and
Students can transfer up to 9 credits into the graduate bereavement; program development, management
program; each possible transferable course is reviewed and assessment; sudden, violent and traumatic death;
individually. Each course must be less than 7 years old. clinical ethics; and death education. The Grief and
Bereavement Core consists of four required
Degree Requirements foundation courses (12 credits) and two electives (6
To receive the Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Leadership, the candidate must meet the following These courses, combined with the 6 core courses in
criteria: leadership and a capstone project, make up the
program of studies.
• Completion of coursework with at least a 3.0
grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Admission Requirements
Submission and approval of the final capstone
project. To be considered for admission into the Grief and
Bereavement concentration, the applicant must
Required Coursework submit the following:
18 credits Core Leadership Curriculum: • A completed Marian University MSL
LDR 605 Leadership Foundations, 3 cr. application form;
LDR 607 Ethical Leadership, 3 cr. • A $50 non-refundable application fee;
LDR 625 Organizations & Systems, 3 cr. • An official undergraduate transcript showing a
LDR 635 Intercultural Communication & Leadership, bachelor’s degree from an accredited
3 cr. institution;
LDR 645 Quantitative Methods, 3 cr. • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
LDR 647 Research Foundations, 3 cr. Students may be considered for admission on a
probationary status with less than a 2.75 GPA;
18 Credits Criminal Justice Leadership • Two confidential recommendations;
Curriculum: • Letter of Intent (500 words or less describing
applicants goals relative to a graduate degree
CRJ 600 Contemporary Issues in Criminal in grief and bereavement);
Justice, 3 cr. • One sample of scholarly writing.
CRJ 610 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
Administration, 3 cr. Transfer of Credit Policy
CRJ 620 Administration and Management of
Criminal Justice Agencies, 3 cr. Students can transfer up to 9 credits into the graduate
CRJ 630 Managerial Finance For Criminal program; each possible transferable course is reviewed
Justice, 3 cr. individually. Each course must be less than 7 years old.
CRJ 650 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis, 3 cr.
CRJ 695 Capstone Project, 3 cr. Degree Requirements
CONCENTRATION IN GRIEF AND To receive the Master of Science in Leadership with a
BEREAVEMENT concentration in Grief and Bereavement, the
candidate must meet the following criteria:
The Master of Science in Leadership with a
concentration in Grief and Bereavement is designed to • Completion of coursework with at least a 3.0
prepare individuals to assume or enhance their grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
leadership roles and skills base in organizations that • Submission and approval of the final capstone
focus on the delivery of care for individuals and project.
families confronting the end of life. The program
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Required Coursework Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
18 credits Core Leadership Curriculum:
LDR 605 Leadership Foundations, 3 cr. The School of Education offers degrees at the
LDR 607 Ethical Leadership, 3 cr. master and doctoral level, many post-
LDR 625 Organizations and Systems, 3 cr. baccalaureate license programs, and continuing
LDR 635 Intercultural Communication and professional development opportunities for
Leadership, 3 cr. teachers and educational leaders.
LDR 645 Quantitative Methods, 3 cr.
LDR 647 Research Foundations, 3 cr. Admission Requirements
12 credits: To be considered for candidacy into the School of
GRB 650 Palliative and Hospice Care: History, Education, the applicant must present the following:
Theory, and Practice, 3 cr. - completed Marian University Graduate Studies
GRB 655 Grief and Bereavement: Theory and application form
Practice, 3 cr. - $50 non-refundable processing fee
GRB 660 Walking with the Bereaved: Practical
Helping Skills, 3 cr. In addition, to be considered for acceptance into the
GRB 665 Making Sense of Death: Personal, Spiritual, Master of Arts in Education, the applicant must
and Theological Perspectives, 3 cr. present the following prior to the completion of 6
credits through Marian University.
6 elective credits from the following: - official college/university transcripts sent directly
GRB 700 Death in the Lives of Children and from the registrar verifying completion of a
Teenagers, 3 cr. baccalaureate degree and any other course work
GRB 705 Grief and Bereavement after Traumatic completed at the undergraduate or graduate
Death, 3 Cr. level (Marian University alumni need not submit
GRB 710 Bereavement Education for Professionals Marian University transcripts)
and Communities, 3 cr. - 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the
undergraduate program (Applicants having less
0 credits as follows: than a 3.0 may be admitted on probation)
GRB 720 Capstone Project, 0 cr. - completed course sequence plan signed by an
GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT CERTIFICATE - copy of WI teaching license or evidence of
eligibility to hold such a license (required for
admission of all programs except out of state
A graduate certificate in Grief and Bereavement may DIAL students who must provide a copy of a
be earned by fulfilling the following 18 credits and teaching license from any state or evidence of
capstone requirement. eligibility to hold such a license)
12 credits: At the time students submit an application, a faculty
GRB 650 Palliative and Hospice Care: History, advisor is assigned. For academic and professional
Theory, and Practice, 3 cr. advising, students pursuing a Master of Arts in
GRB 655 Grief and Bereavement: Theory and Education degree or licensure must meet with the
Practice, 3 cr. Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and/or a faculty
GRB 660 Walking with the Bereaved: Practical advisor and complete a course sequence plan prior to
Helping Skills, 3 cr. acceptance. Students should submit the completed
GRB 665 Making Sense of Death: Personal, Spiritual, signed course sequence plan to the Graduate
and Theological Perspectives, 3 cr. Admission office for inclusion in their application file.
6 elective credits from the following: Applicants who have not met Wisconsin Human
GRB 700 Death in the Lives of Children and Relations Requirements (PI34) as part of their initial
Teenagers, 3 cr. teaching license, may be required to make up the
GRB 705 Grief and Bereavement after Traumatic deficiency. This usually applies to applicants who
Death, 3 cr. received an initial Wisconsin teaching license before
GRB 710 Bereavement Education for Professionals July 1, 1972 or to applicants who received a license
and Communities, 3 cr. from another state.
0 credits as follows:
GRB 720 Capstone Project, 0 cr.
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Admission with Full Standing of course work in the program. Completion of the 9
To be admitted in full standing to the Master of Arts credits with grades of B or higher automatically
in Education degree program, degree-seeking removes the students from probationary status.
applicants must have the following:
- a bachelor’s degree in education or related area Applicants whose undergraduate grade-point average
from a regionally or nationally accredited is between 2.5 and 2.75 may be admitted on
program; probation and required to complete at least 12 credits
- a Wisconsin teaching license or evidence of of course work in the program. Completion of the 12
eligibility to hold such a license (required for credits with grades of B or higher automatically
admission of all programs except out of state removes the students from probationary status.
- an overall undergraduate grade-point average Alternative Admission
of at least 3.0 (4.0 basis) or a minimum GPA of An applicant whose undergraduate grade-point
3.3 in the last 60 credits of their undergraduate average is below 2.5 must submit an application and a
program. written appeal to the Dean of the School of
Education. If admitted, the student is admitted with
Admission with Deficiencies probationary status and must complete 12 credits of
Applicants may be admitted with deficiencies on coursework in the program with grades of B or higher
School of Education recommendation. Students to be removed from probation.
admitted with deficiencies may be required to
complete up to twelve credits of academic work in Failure to meet the requirements of the probationary
Education or, in special cases, in related areas. admission plan will result in the student being
Applicants who seek licensure but who have not met dropped from the graduate degree program.
the Wisconsin Human Relations Requirements are
required to complete a modified experience. Students Non-Degree Seeking Admission (Special Student)
are expected to make up deficiencies by the end of Students with baccalaureate degrees who want to
the first full year of enrollment, and a student earn graduate credit but presently may not wish to
admitted with deficiencies may expect to spend more pursue a graduate degree or administrative license
time completing the program. No course credits may be admitted as a "Special Student." No formal
earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as pre-admission process is involved before the first class.
program credits required for the degree. However, at the time of registration during the first
class the new student must formally apply for "Special
Admission of Non-Licensed Applicants Student" status by completing the appropriate forms
Applicants who have baccalaureate degrees and can and present the following:
demonstrate a record of successful teaching and/or 1. an admission application form
administrative experience in private/parochial K-12 2. a degree verification form
schools or who are employed in post-secondary 3. a $50.00 non-refundable (one time only)
schools where teacher licensure is not required may be application fee.
admitted into the graduate program if all other The degree verification form will be sent by the School
criteria are met. Upon completion of the Educational of Education Admissions office to the degree-granting
Leadership Program, the applicant is not be eligible institution. The student may not register for a second
for licensure until all other DPI and/or Marian course (or the 4th credit or more) until Marian
University requirements for licensure are met. Each University has received verification of the
applicant must place on file with the School of baccalaureate degree.
Education a written statement acknowledging this
restriction. Students with "Special Student" status may also enroll
in courses required in the degree program if they have
Admission on Probation a baccalaureate degree and special permission from
An applicant whose undergraduate grade-point the School of Education. If, at a later time, the
average is below 3.0 may be recommended by the student wishes to pursue a graduate degree and/or
School of Education for probationary admission, administrative license, the student must formally apply
provided other substantial evidence of capacity to do for admission to the specific program. A maximum of
satisfactory graduate work is presented. 6 credits earned as a "Special Student" may be
accepted into the graduate degree program.
Applicants whose undergraduate grade-point average
is between 2.75 and 3.0 may be admitted on
probation and required to complete at least 9 credits
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Deviations from this policy may be determined by the of the application for admission. This statement
Dean of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the must be provided in English and signed by the
director of a particular program. student applicant and any financial sponsors.
- Foreign students are required to pay to the
Waiving Probationary Status University, in U.S. dollars, one-half of the first
The Academic Standing Committee considers semester’s tuition before arriving at the
successful graduate work at other institutions as University. The remaining tuition for the first
documenting the ability to do graduate work. Waiving semester is due when classes begin.
probationary status is considered only if:
- the last 30 credits in the applicant’s Admission to Administrative Licensure Only
undergraduate program are completed with a Programs
grade point average of at least 3.0; Students who already have a master degree and do
- graduate coursework from other institutions not wish to receive another, may seek additional
must meet the criteria normally used for licensure as a principal, director of instruction, or
“transfer of credit”; director of special education/pupil services,. To apply
- if an applicant with an undergraduate grade for approval to enroll in a licensure only program,
point average of 2.75-2.99 has completed up to students must complete the application process as
9 credits of graduate coursework, a outlined under “Degree Admission” and meet the
corresponding number of credits to remove criteria for admission into the degree program.
probationary status may be waived; “Licensure Only” students must also meet the
- If an applicant with an undergraduate grade following specific admission criteria :
point average of 2.5-2.74 has completed up to - Possession of a master’s degree;
12 credits of graduate coursework, a - Three years of successful full-time classroom
corresponding number of credits to remove teaching experience
probationary status may be waived. - Successful completion (grade B or higher) of a
course at the graduate level in educational
Admission of International Students research comparable to EDL 735 Research
Additional admission requirements for international Application to Practice. (Students are admitted
student applicants to the Master of Arts in Education with deficiencies if they have not met this
degree program include the following: criterion and are required to take additional
- Every foreign applicant whose native tongue is coursework to remediate the deficiencies.)
not English is required to take the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), given Individuals who have earned a Master of Arts in
through the Educational Testing Service of Education from Marian University in Educational
Princeton, New Jersey. The TOEFL must be taken Leadership and wish to seek additional licensure,
at least three months before the proposed date should contact the Director of Graduate Admissions at
of enrollment if the application is to be (920) 923-8118 or 1-800-2-MARIAN, ext. 8118.
processed in time for admission. If an applicant’s
TOEFL score is below 580, the applicant may be Transfer of Credit
denied admission to the program or may be All college and university course work, including
required to take steps to upgrade language graduate credits, earned prior to admission must be
proficiency. reported on the application for admission and
- In addition to the TOEFL, foreign applicants must documented by means of an official transcript
send (with English translation) official records requested by the student from the registrar of each
(transcripts) from each previous undergraduate institution previously attended. All transcripts must be
or postgraduate institution. Academic sent directly from the institution(s) to Marian
transcripts must have a seal and signature in ink University.
of an authorized official of the institution(s) such
as the registrar or recorder of records. A “Transfer of Credit Application” must be filed in
- Foreign students are required to pay for any conjunction with the application for admission.
costs incurred by the University for the Official syllabi/course descriptions must be provided
evaluation of equivalencies of academic course upon request. Graduate credits earned prior to
work. admission, but not reported on the Transfer of Credit
- Every foreign student applicant must provide Application are not considered for transfer after
evidence of adequate financial resources admission. No more than 9 credits are accepted in
(including support for any family members who transfer. Individual programs may have additional
accompany the student to the university) as part restrictions.
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To be considered for transfer, credits must be: degree may seek licensure in the Alternative
- Earned at an institution regionally or nationally Education Licensure Only program.
accredited at the graduate level;
- Acceptable to the master’s program in education Graduate students in the program examine current
of the transferring institution; educational theory and practice and explore a variety
- Completed within the last 10 years; however, the of viewpoints to reflectively develop their professional
school reserves the right to deny transfer of competence and teaching style. They explore social
credit for courses in which the content or issues affecting students and expand their awareness
practice has significantly changed in the last 3 of and respect for the unique development of each
years; student. During their course work, they consider
- Grade of A or B (a “B-” grade is not acceptable); effective collaboration with and accountability to
however, such grades are not included in the students, parents, colleagues, and the community.
computation of grade point average; Reexamining the development of values and
- Equivalent to or as rigorous as Marian University professional ethics, students gain greater intellectual
and ethical insight. Students are prepared to assess
themselves on established professional standards and
- Appropriate for the student’s proposed graduate
to develop professional growth plans.
program at Marian University.
At the end of their program all students need to
The following are not transferable: undergraduate
demonstrate their proficiency in a portfolio based on
courses, continuing education units (CEU), workshops,
the ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards in PI 34.02.
or credit for prior learning.
Students may also complete documentation in
preparation for submission of a National Board
Students admitted to the Master of Arts in Education
portfolio or the Wisconsin Master Educator portfolio.
program at Marian University who wish to take a
Students in the Alternative Education Licensure only
course at another institution must have prior written
program will complete a portfolio to reflect
approval from the School of Education before
completion of specific licensure requirements.
enrolling in the course if the credit earned is to be
considered for transfer.
Educational Technology Strand
When a student changes emphasis within the Master
of Arts in Education, graduate courses already The Curriculum and Instruction, Educational
accepted in transfer are not automatically accepted Technology strand program’s focus is on the use of
into the student’s new emphasis. Such courses must technology in support of student learning and
be reevaluated and processed according to the above integrating technology into the curriculum. This
outlined procedures. program will provide students with an opportunity to
reflect on classroom practice and identify ways to use
Degree Time Limit Requirements technology effectively. Classes in the program are
both face-to-face and on-line. More information is
All work applying to the Master of Arts in Education available on the Web site
degree must be completed within a seven-year time http://cw.marianuniversity.edu/edt/
period. The time period begins with formal
acceptance into the degree program. 30 credits:
EDT 650 Foundations of Educational Technology,
Department of Curriculum and EDT 652 Innovations in Education, 3 cr.
Instruction EDT 654 Educational Telecommunication, 3 cr.
EDT 656 Developing Action Research Using
The Master of Arts in Education degree in the Educational Technology, 3 cr.
Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers EDT 657 Action Research Using Educational
course work in one of two programs including Technology: Presenting the Findings, 1 cr.
Differentiated Instruction for At-Risk Learners (DIAL) EDT 658 Teaching and Learning with Multimedia,
and Educational Technology. Completion of the 3 cr.
Differentiated Instruction for At-Risk Learners strand EDT 661 Educational Hardware & System Support,
leads to an Alternative Education License (WI code 3 cr.
952) with three credits of designated electives. EDT 672 Teaching and Learning On-line for All
Students who do not wish to complete a master’s Students, 3 cr.
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EDT 674 Learning with Technology: Effective TDE 658 Analyzing Student Achievement in Diverse
Strategies, 3 cr. Learning Contexts, 3 cr.
EDT 678 Electronic Portfolio: Development & TDE 642 Creating the Professional Portfolio, 1 cr.
Assessment , 3 cr. TDE 604 Summer Institute – Stars designated
EDT 6XX Using iPods in the Classroom, 3 cr. electives, 3 cr.
Online Teaching Certificate Program Coursework Completion of the Differentiated Instruction for At-
Risk Learners strand leads to an Alternative
This program is a graduate level certificate program Education License, which allows a person who
with Marian University School of Education providing already holds a Wisconsin teaching license to teach in
the certificate to the graduates who complete all alternative education programs in grades 6-12.
requirements. Candidates who complete the four- Individuals with an initial teaching license who do not
course graduate certificate will demonstrate the wish to complete a master’s degree may seek the
knowledge and skills to effectively teach or train Alternative Education License only (WI DPI code 952).
online and serve as leaders in distance learning
initiatives. EDT652 and EDT672 can be applied towards Alternative Education License Only Coursework
a Master of Arts in Education Degree in Educational (WI DPI code 952)
Technology. 12 credits:
TDE 628 Classroom Strategies and Practices, 3 cr.
10 credits: TDE 636 Understanding At-Risk and Nontraditional
EDT 652 Innovations in Education, 3 cr. Learners, 3 cr.
EDT 672 Teaching and Learning On-line for All TDE 638 Effective Schools Research: What Works,
Students, 3 cr. 3 cr.
EDT 604 Special Topics in Educational Technology, TDE 604 Stars Designated Electives, 3 cr.
3 cr. Portfolio
EDT 794 Online Teaching Practicum, 1 cr.
Curriculum and Instruction Degree
Differentiated Instruction for At-Risk Requirements
Learners Strand—Online Program
To receive the Master of Arts in Education degree with
The DIAL Master’s degree program prepares educators a Curriculum and Instruction emphasis from Marian
to meet the diverse learning needs of all students, University, the candidate must meet the following
including those who are at risk of not reaching their criteria:
educational and personal potentials. Upon - Completion of the course work or its equivalent
completion of this masters program, Wisconsin with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0
Students will also qualify for an Alternative Education scale
License (952), which allows a person who already - Grades below “C” (2.0) are not counted toward
holds a Wisconsin teaching license to teach in meeting degree requirements.
alternative education programs in grades 6–12. Please - Successful completion of all three program gates
note that the DIAL program is designed for online - Submit an application for degree completion
delivery, however we provide opportunities for
students to meet face to face and in site-based cohort
Department of Teacher Education
30 credits: TEACHER EDUCATION
TDE 610 Advanced Professional Development, 1 cr.
TDE 612 Action Research, 3 cr.
TDE 613 Action Research: Presenting the Findings,
The teacher education certification program offers an
alternative pathway to certification for non-traditional
TDE 616 Perspectives in American Education, 3 cr.
students who possess a baccalaureate degree and are
TDE 618 Advanced Educational Psychology, 3 cr.
interested in making career changes. The program
TDE 628 Classroom Strategies and Practices, 3 cr.
prepares students for teaching grades one through
TDE 636 Understanding At-Risk and Nontraditional
eight and qualifies them for the Middle Childhood
Learners, 3 cr.
through Early Adolescence license offered through the
TDE 638 Effective Schools Research: What Works,
Department of Public Instruction.
TDE 640 Education in the Age of Technology, 2 cr.
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Upon completion of the licensure program, students b. Completion of a Marian University Teacher
can choose to apply to the master degree program, Education Certification Program Application Form
complete 8 additional credits, and earn a Master of and payment of application fee.
Arts in Education degree.
c. 2.75 cumulative GPA from undergraduate degree.
This standards-based program reflects the integration
of content, pedagogy, and professional studies and is d. Designation of area of concentration of non-
comprised of 35 credits, which include field licensable minor.
experiences and clinical practice. Classes are held on
evenings during the fall, spring and summer e. Verification of Written Communication and Oral
semesters, to meet the needs of students presently Communication classes with a grade of “C” or
working in other careers. Following course schedules better, from transcripts.
and meeting program requirements, students should
complete the program in two years. f. Passing scores on Praxis I (PPST – Pre-Professional
Teacher Education Certification Courses:
g. Approval for acceptance by the School of
Education Department of Teacher Education
TCH 600 Orientation to the Program, 0 cr.
TDE 616 Educational Foundations, 3 cr. Department of Leadership Studies
TDE 618 Advanced Educational Psychology, 3 cr.
TDE 640 Education in the Age of Technology, 2 cr. The Educational Leadership Program provides students
TCH 620 Literacy in the Primary Grades, 3 cr. opportunities for enrichment and growth in a collegial
TCH 621 Literacy in the Intermediate Grades, 3 cr. environment. Relevant coursework motivates growth
TCH 626 Principles of Curriculum and Assessment, in personal and professional competence in leadership
3 cr. roles. As students develop critical thinking skills and an
TCH 628 Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction, attitude of self-reflection, they are encouraged to
3 cr. define the valuing process, its foundations, and its
TCH 630 Science and Health Curriculum and applications. Throughout their coursework, students
Instruction, 3 cr. explore the interface of current theory with practical
TCH 632 Social Studies and Multicultural applications.
Curriculum and Instruction, 3 cr.
TCH 601 Field Experience One, 0.5 cr. The Master of Arts in Education program in
TCH 602 Field Experience Two, 0.5 cr. Educational Leadership is a 32-credit program
TCH 645 Clinical Practice and Seminar (grades 1-3), designed to meet the needs of administrators who
4 cr. want to continue developing their professional
And competence in leadership roles under the Wisconsin
TCH 655 Clinical Practice and Seminar (grades 4-8), Department of Public Instruction Teacher Education
4 cr. Program Approval and Licenses: (Chapter PI 34).
Or Strands within the Educational Leadership Program
TCH 665 Clinical Practice and Seminar, 2-8 cr.* lead to licensure as School Principal (WI code 51),
Director of Instruction (WI code 10), or Director of
*Number of credits may be reduced for second licensure Special Education and Pupil Services (WI code 80).
students. - Students may seek licensure in one to three of
two of the above licensure areas as part of their
Admission to the Teacher Education Certification 32-credit program.
Program - Students who seek only one licensure may select
from a range of elective courses to supplement
Full status: their program of study.
- Students with a master’s degree who do not
a. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four- wish to complete an additional master’s degree
year college or university, including submission of may seek licensure only. A separate course of
original transcripts from that institution and any studies is established for this option.
institution from which transfer of credit for All students in the Educational Leadership degree or
application requirements are used. licensure only program are required to complete an
On-line Portfolio to demonstrate their performance on
130 Graduate Studies
the applicable standards specified in the relevant parts Educational Leadership Degree
of Chapter PI 34, Teacher Education Program Approval Requirements
and Licenses (Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction, 2000). Extensive documentation relating
To receive the Master of Arts in Education degree in
to the On-line Portfolio is distributed at the
Educational Leadership and be licensed as a principal,
appropriate time. All students seeking a Master of Arts
director of instruction, and/or director of special
in Education degree in Educational Leadership will
education and pupil services, the candidate must meet
take a master’s comprehensive exam. requirements 1-6 listed below.
1. Completion of the course work or its
Students seeking administrative licensure through
equivalent with at least a 3.0 grade point
Marian University are reminded that they must hold a
average on a 4.0 scale;
valid Wisconsin Teaching License and three years of
2. Grades below “C” (2.0) are not counted toward
teaching experience or State of Wisconsin licensure as
meeting degree requirements;
a School Counselor (54), School Psychologist (61 or 62)
3. Completion of the Professional Progress Path;
or School Social Worker (50). All of these must include
4. Meet the requirements of Wisconsin
three years of successful experience and evidence of a
Department of Public Instruction Human
minimum of 540 hours of successful classroom
5. Submit an application for degree completion;
Educational Leadership Coursework 6. Be eligible to hold a Wisconsin license to
To be eligible for licensure as a Principal, Director of teach; and
Instruction, and/or Director of Special Education and 7. Provide evidence of three years of successful
Pupil Services, students must complete the following classroom teaching.
Candidates for the degree and/or license may need to
28 credits: meet additional state and university requirements as
EDL 705 Educational Leadership, 3 cr. determined at the time of admission.
EDL 715 Educational Administration, 3 cr.
EDL 725 Curriculum and Assessment, 3 cr. Doctoral Studies Program
EDL 735 Research Application to Practice, 3 cr.
EDL 745 Student Support Services for Divers Program Description
Student Populations, 3 cr.
EDL 755 Supervision and Personnel Development, Marian University offers the Doctor of Philosophy
3 cr. degree coordinated through the School of Education.
EDL 765 Communication, School-Community The program supports study for professionals in a
Relations and Strategic Planning, 3 cr. wide range of sectors including business, government,
EDL 775 School Finance and Collective Bargaining, k-12 education, higher education, health care, social
3 cr. services, and non-profit organizations. Based on the
EDL 785 Law and Politics of Education, 3 cr. university’s mission of educating the whole person the
EDL 790 Values Development for Educational doctoral program emphasizes an inter-disciplinary
Leaders, 1 cr. program promoting research, scholarship, increased
Masters Examination (degree-seeking leadership capacity, and developing reflective leaders
students only) with a deepened commitment to service.
The Ph.D. program has three areas of emphasis,
Students seeking the Master of Arts in Education must Curriculum and Instruction Leadership, Educational
complete a minimum of 4 credits from the following Administration (including district administrator
to fulfill the 32 credit program requirement. Licensure licensure), and Leadership Studies. This Ph.D. program
only students must complete appropriate practicum. provides participants the opportunity to enhance their
knowledge, skills, and leadership ability for
4 credits from the following: increasingly demanding leadership roles in complex
EDL 797 Principal Practicum (120 hours), 2 cr. organizations. Participants examine and investigate
EDL 798 Director of Instruction Practicum (120 theoretical concepts as well as engage in application
hours), 2 cr. of those concepts to issues and problems of the field.
EDL 796 Director of Special Education and Pupil Participants develop expertise in both qualitative and
Services Practicum (120 hours), 2 cr. quantitative research methods as they develop their
Electives approved by advisor if only one sense of what researchable issues need to be
practicum is desired, 2 cr.
Graduate Studies 131
addressed in their fields, and how they can impact the Apply for Admission to Graduate Studies:
debate on these issues.
- Completed Doctor of Philosophy Application
The Ph.D. program is based on the model of a scholar- - $75 non-refundable, non-waivable application
leader, one who endeavors to lead by example and to fee
take unimpeachable ethical approaches to all issues - Official transcripts (non-returnable) sent directly
pertinent to the scholar-leader’s field and to research from each college/university attended.
and social issues in general. - Official Millers Analogy Test (MAT) scores
With the scholar-leader model at its foundation, - Official TOEFL scores – International students
participants examine and investigate inter-disciplinary only
theoretical concepts pertaining to leadership. This
orientation to rigorous scholarship demands that the Apply for Admissions to Doctoral Studies:
participant develop a high level of competence in
research skills. By the time participants progress to the Letter of Application - Include academic and
latter phases of the Ph.D. program, they will be able professional goals. Approximately a two-four
to choose and use the tools they need to critically page answer to the following open-ended
analyze leadership models and practices in their fields questions:
from a range of points of view and various
perspectives. The integration of theory and practice • What are some issues or problems in
throughout the program equips participants with the your area of professional specialization
necessary skills to succeed personally and that you feel are most important? Why?
professionally in complex organizational • Explain how the reading you have done in
environments. the past two years has had an effect on
your personal and professional growth.
The Ph.D. program seeks to:
• What aspects of doctoral level study you
- Evolve a community of participants striving to find most intriguing; and the
attain the ideal of the scholar-leader model, led significance/impact of formal study during
by a faculty who ascribe to the scholar-leader your master's program and beyond; and
model by word and example. your expectations of a doctoral program.
- Provide advanced study and professional
development to participants who are either - Current resume or vitae
preparing for or currently working in leadership - Three letters of recommendation.
positions a variety of professional sectors. Download recommendation form from
- Provide a inter-disciplinary approach to the study the PhD website. This form must be filled
of leadership that affords participants the out and given to person writing the
opportunity to learn from the diversity of recommendation letter. At least one
concepts, theories, and practices pertinent to a recommendation from someone who can
range of fields in today’s complex and attest to your ability to pursue advanced
challenging workplace. academic study.
- Contribute to what is known regarding the - Two writing samples. Individual writing
theoretical and practical implementation of of master’s thesis or graduate paper,
leadership concepts across various disciplines final project or other review/synthesis of
through study, research and practice, thereby the literature with bibliographic
creating scholar leaders. references.
- Successfully negotiate the complexity and
diversity inherent in leading in their fields. Following receipt of complete application: Doctoral
Admissions Committee reviews applications. Selected
Admission Requirements applicants are invited for an on-campus interview
session with other candidates and doctoral faculty.
To be considered for admission into the Doctoral Candidates may need to complete in person writing
Studies program, the applicant must have a bachelor’s sample as part of the admissions process. Following
and master’s degree from an accredited four-year the interview and final review by the doctoral
college or university. Applicants for the district committee, notification of admissions decisions will be
administrator license must have or be eligible to hold received from the Director of Doctoral Studies.
a Wisconsin license as a principal.
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Applicants With District Administrator Licensure Leadership Studies Concentration
This program area is inter-disciplinary and designed
Candidates who possess the district administrator under the scholar-leader model to develop scholarship
licensure from another institution, may apply to and professional competencies which encourage and
transfer those credits to the doctoral studies program emphasize self reflection and strengthen a
at Marian University. Candidates who are accepted commitment to leadership. This emphasis is designed
into doctoral studies, will need to take 9 credits of to engage participants in the practice of study of
emphasis courses in addition to the leadership and leadership. The program concentrates on continued
research core. development of leadership skills of the practitioner
applicable to a broad array of professions.
All candidates are reviewed for admission must have a
complete application on file with Graduate The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 45 credits
Admissions. The Doctoral Studies Admissions Review of coursework above the master’s degree, as well as 15
committee completely assesses each complete credits of dissertation research.
application to determine which candidates are
forwarded for the interview portion of the admissions Leadership Core, 9 cr.
process. Upon completion of the interview, the Research Core, 12 cr.
Doctoral Studies Admissions Review committee Concentrations, 24 cr.
determines which candidates are admitted into Dissertation, 15 cr. minimum
provisional status. Provisional status allows candidates
to demonstrate performance through successful Students must maintain a minimum over-all grade
completion of the first six (6) credits of doctoral point average of 3.25 in all academic coursework and
studies. complete the requirements of the degree within eight
years after being admitted to the program.
Curriculum and Instruction Leadership
Concentration Ph.D. Course Offerings
Thesis area prepares professional to take informed, Leadership Core, 9 credits:
reflective, and active leadership roles in studying and EDL 811 Art and Practice of Leading, 3 cr.
transforming learning and education in the broadest EDL 812 Leadership and Ethics, 3 cr.
sense. Emphasis includes investigating the relationship EDL 813 Leadership Foundations, 3 cr.
between theory and educational practice, and the
contours of society and cultures in which educational Research Methods, 12 credits:
institutions are located. The program focuses on EDL 810 The Research Endeavor, 3 cr.
issues that transcend the various areas of educational EDL 900 Foundations of Research, 3 cr.
inquiry as they impact upon the design, EDL 901 Advanced Qualitative Research, 3 cr.
implementation, and evaluation of a broad range of EDL 902 Advanced Quantitative Research, 3 cr.
Dissertation, 15 credit minimum
Educational Administration Concentration EDL 903 Dissertation Research Seminar, 3-6 cr.
EDL 920 Dissertation, 12 cr.
This area is inter-disciplinary in its core course
requirement while specifically oriented to the school Concentrations
district administrator or superintendent licensure
requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Curriculum and Instruction Leadership Concentration,
Instruction (DPI) Chapter PI 34. The program focuses 24 credits as follows:
on leadership and demands high levels of scholarship. EDL 853 Organizational Culture, 3 cr.
This program aims to graduate educational EDL 856 Advanced Program Planning and
professionals and district administrators who will Evaluation, 3 cr.
provide leadership based on strong values and a EDL 857 Curriculum and Leadership, 3 cr.
thorough grasp of educational, fiscal and legal EDL 860 Advanced Curriculum Theory, 3 cr.
principles. EDL 861 Instructional Leadership: Theory and
Practice, 3 cr.
EDL 862 Teacher Education and Development, 3 cr.
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EDL 863 Sociocultural Concerns in Education and Degree Time Limit Requirements
Leadership, 3 cr.
EDL 864 Philosophical Concerns in Education and All work applying to the Ph.D. degree must be
Leadership, 3 cr. completed within an eight-year time period from their
first semester of enrollment.
Educational Administration Concentration, 24 credits
*EDL 850 The Superintendency, 3 cr.
*EDL 851 Personnel Administration, 3 cr. Internship
*EDL 852 Technology & Educational Reform, 3 cr.
*EDL 853 Organizational Culture, 3 cr. Students complete a field-based component of the
*EDL 854 Superintendent Internship, 3 cr. Educational Administration concentration under the
*EDL 855 Advanced Law and Education, 3 cr. supervision of a School of Education supervisor and a
*EDL 856 Advanced Program Planning and field based administrator. Specific licensure
Evaluation, 3 cr. requirements will be the focus of the field-based
*EDL 857 Curriculum and Leadership, 3 cr. assessment. Students complete a project which may be
research-based, and present their findings at the
* These courses constitute the district conclusion of the internship.
administrators/superintendents licensure program.
Dissertation Research Seminar
Leadership Studies Concentration, 24 credits as
follows: The goal of this seminar is to guide and facilitate the
EDL 814 Developing Leader Capacity, 3 cr. development of the dissertation research proposal
EDL 816 Leadership Assessment and Evaluation, with supervision of the Dissertation chair and
3 cr. committee. The student will identify the dissertation
EDL 817 Organizational Development and Change, research question(s), select the method of research
3 cr. used to investigate the problem, define, state, and
EDL 821 Organizational Behavior, 3 cr. justify the thesis or theory, outline the proposed study,
EDL 824 Human Resource Development, 3 cr. and submit the proposal to the Dissertation
EDL 819 Adult Development, 3 cr. Committee for formal approval. Students must
EDL 826 Intercultural Leadership, 3 cr. maintain continuous enrollment in subsequent
EDL 827 Leadership for Social Change, 3 cr. seminars until they have successfully completed and
defended their dissertation proposal. (May be
Program Assessments repeated)
Assessments throughout Doctoral Studies program are Dissertation
compatible with the Marian University assessment
system. Assessments are linked to the Critical Elements The dissertation is supervised by a faculty committee
of Scholarly Inquiry and Student Learning. Assessments to guide the doctoral candidates in completion of
take place at multiple critical points in the students’ original research concluding in written dissertation
progression through the program and involve an and oral defense.. Minimum of 12 credits to complete
online electronic portfolio as well as in person dissertation with continuous enrollment of 3 credits
consultation with doctoral faculty. Assessments take until completed. The continuing role of the student’s
place at the following points: Doctoral Committee is to ensure that the student is
- Program entry achieving, in a timely manner, the level of academic
- At the end of each semester of coursework excellence and technical maturity expected of a Ph.D.
- Annual review of progress graduate.
- Assessment of doctoral studies portfolio at
various points during coursework Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Dissertation Research Seminar
- Dissertation progression-positive progression
The School of Nursing provides a graduate program of
- At the end of program - oral defense of
study for registered nurses (RNs). Graduates with a
Master of Science in Nursing degree are prepared to
- For candidates for licensure through completion
assume educator roles and advanced practice roles.
of Wisconsin Administrator Exam, coursework,
The program offers two specialties:
internship, and portfolio
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Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP); consists of foundations of education, curriculum
Nurse Educator (NE). planning, instructional design, assessment and
evaluation as well as a clinical practicum. Graduates
The MSN program of study is structured for registered are eligible to sit for the NLN Nurse Educator
nurses who previously earned a bachelor of science in certification exam once they have met the NLN
nursing degree. criteria.
The MSN program of study is also offered to RN to BSN/MSN
registered nurses that meet the criteria for progression
from RN to BSN/MSN. Studies include baccalaureate RNs who have previously earned an associate in
and graduate nursing education and culminate in a nursing degree or a nursing diploma may earn a MSN
MSN degree in either of the specialties offered. degree without first earning a BSN degree. This
curriculum, combining baccalaureate and graduate
Adult Nurse Practitioner Specialty nursing studies, includes options for RNs to earn a BSN
degree, or both BSN and MSN degrees. Refer to the
The Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Specialty consists undergraduate School of Nursing section for details
of a program based in nursing theory, research, and about admission, progression, and course sequencing.
primary care for adult clients. The program is
accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Degree Admission
Education (CCNE) and is guided by the core
competencies set forth by National Organization for Students seeking candidacy for admission to the
Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Students Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program are
complete a total of 600 clock hours of clinical practice required to submit a completed admission packet to
with certified nurse practitioner or physician the Marian University Admission office at least three
preceptors. Graduates are eligible to write the ANP weeks prior to the first class.
certification exam offered through the American
Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American The RN without a BSN degree shall complete all
Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). They may prerequisite credits; all liberal arts and science
also complete the Wisconsin exam for prescriptive requirements; all articulated nursing credit; and NUR
authority and the Drug Enforcement Agency Exam for courses 211, 303, 309, 310, 435, 455, 511, 540, and 545
authority to write prescriptions for scheduled drugs. in the RN to BSN/MSN program prior to admission for
graduate studies. Admission to graduate studies is
Nurse Educator Specialty granted according to the requirements set forth by
the University, Graduate School, and the School of
The NE Specialty consists of a program based in Nursing.
nursing theory, research and educational theory and
practices. The program is accredited by the The RN to BSN/MSN student who has not earned a BSN
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) degree, if accepted to graduate nursing studies, shall
and is guided by the core competencies set forth by proceed with the balance of core graduate nursing
the National League for Nursing (NLN). Students courses (25-28 credits) and the courses required in the
complete one 225 clock hour nursing focus practicum declared specialty (17 credits).
with clients in a specific area as well as 225 clock hours
of practice teaching in classroom and clinical settings. A $50 non-refundable application fee must accompany
Students are prepared to teach in academic settings, the application(this fee is not required for continuing
staff development settings, and organizations which RN to BSN/MSN students). An official transcript from
plan and provide client educational offerings. the college or university where a BSN degree was
Graduates are eligible to sit for the NLN Nurse earned must be forwarded to the Admissions Office.
Educator certification exam once they have met the Official transcripts are also required to document
NLN criteria. acceptable grades for prerequisite courses.
Entrance decisions are based on the following criteria:
Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing - A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from a
NLNAC or CCNE accredited program or all
Education baccalaureate nursing requirements successfully
completed at Marian University.
This certificate prepares nurses with their Master of - Current licensure or eligibility for licensure as a
Science in Nursing degree with the knowledge and Registered Nurse in Wisconsin.
experience necessary to assume educator roles in the
academic or non-academic setting. Coursework
Graduate Studies 135
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of based on the information obtained in the background
3.00 on a 4.00 scale on all undergraduate courses check. Agency refusal to accept a student may result in
RN to BSN/MSN students must meet this the student not being able to complete the
minimum requirement on cumulative credits requirements necessary for progression in and
earned at Marian University. Completion of an graduation from the School of Nursing. Cost is
acceptable undergraduate course in Statistics student’s responsibility.
with a grade of C (2.00 GPA) or better within the
past five (5) years. Transfer of Credit Policy
- Completion of an undergraduate Physical
(Health) Assessment course with a grade of C All college and university coursework, including
(2.00 GPA) or better. graduate credits, earned prior to admission must be
- Completion of an undergraduate Research reported on the application for admission. All credits
course with a grade of C (2.00 GPA) or better. earned relating to the BSN degree, including all MSN
- A minimum of one year of clinical nursing prerequisite courses must be and documented by
experience as a Registered Nurse is required. means of an official transcript requested by the
- Three academic and/or professional student from the registrar of each institution
recommendations. One of these previously attended. All transcripts must be sent
recommendations will be accepted from a directly from the institution(s) to Marian University.
previous instructor if the applicant has
A “Transfer of Credit Application” must be filed in
graduated in the past 3 years.
- A resume describing responsibilities and function conjunction with the application for admission to
of all nursing experiences. request transfer of graduate credits earned prior to
- An essay (500 words or less) clearly describing application for admission. Official syllabi/course
the applicant’s educational and professional descriptions must be provided upon request. Graduate
goals relative to graduate study and professional credits earned prior to admission, but not reported on
career. the Transfer of Credit Application are not considered
- A personal interview, if requested by the School for transfer after admission. No more than 9 credits
of Nursing. are accepted in transfer. Individual programs may
- Completion of background check. have additional restrictions.
Qualified applicants must have continuing CPR To be considered for transfer, credits must be:
certification throughout the MSN Program and meet - Earned from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited
university and clinical agencies health, safety, and program at the graduate level;
personnel requirements as specified by individual - Acceptable to the master’s program in education
agencies. In addition, students must demonstrate of the transferring institution;
proof of malpractice insurance. - Completed within the last 10 years; however, the
school reserves the right to deny transfer of
Progression Policy credit for courses in which the content or
practice has significantly changed in the last 3
Students must earn a B (3.0) or better in all graduate years;
nursing courses. If a grade below a B (3.0) is earned in - Grade of A or B (a “B-” grade is not acceptable);
any course they may repeat this course one time only. however, such grades are not included in the
They must pass it the second time with a B (3.0) or computation of Marian University grade point
higher. Students may repeat only one course one average;
time. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. - Equivalent to or as rigorous as Marian University
Background Check Policy - Appropriate for the student’s proposed graduate
program at Marian University.
Background checks of nursing students are The following are not transferable: undergraduate
implemented through the Marian University School of credit, continuing education units (CEU), workshops,
Nursing in order to be in compliance with state laws or credit for prior learning.
and regulations as well as clinical agency regulations.
Although Marian University and the School of Nursing Nursing Degree Requirements
do not exclude students based upon the results of this
background check, clinical agencies reserve the right To receive the Master of Science in Nursing degree the
to refuse admittance of any student to their facility candidate must meet the following requirements.
136 Graduate Studies
- Completion of the coursework or its equivalent NUR 650 Medical Surgical Nursing Across the Life
with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 Span II, 2 cr.
scale and a minimum of a B (3.0) earned in each NUR 652 Nursing Focus Clinical Practicum, 3 cr.
course NUR 672 Nurse Educator Theory I, 3 cr.
- Completion of 600 clock hours of practicum NUR 673 Nurse Educator Theory II, 3 cr.
experience for the ANP program or 450 hours of NUR 675 Nurse Educator Practicum and Role
practicum experience for the NE program Development, 4 cr.
- Write a comprehensive final exam scoring 87.5%
or higher Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing
- Completion of a competency-base Portfolio Education
- Completion of Graduate Project or Thesis
(optional) 10 credits:
NUR 672 Nurse Educator Theory I, 3 cr.
Master of Science in Nursing Required NUR 673 Nurse Educator Theory II, 3 cr.
NUR 675 Nurse Educator Practicum and Role
Coursework Development, 4 cr.
MSN Core Courses
RN to BSN/MSN Program
25-28 credits as follows:
Through innovative restructuring, Registered Nurses
25 credits prepared with an associate degree in nursing or a
NUR 500 Health Care Systems, 2 cr. nursing diploma may complete a MSN degree. The
NUR 511 Theories in Nursing, 4 cr. new, stream-lined program of study provides RNs with
NUR 520 Advanced Nursing Research, 3 cr.
options to earn a master’s degree in less time than it
NUR 526 Quantitative Data Analysis, 2 cr. would take to earn a BSN degree and then a MSN
NUR 527 Qualitative Data Analysis, 2 cr. degree. For RNs who desire a BSN degree, the RN to
NUR 531 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention BSN degree option continues to be offered.
Among Diverse Populations, 3 cr.
NUR 540 Advanced Pathophysiology, 3 cr. Pre-set group schedules are structured to include the
NUR 545 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment, following options: a culmination of studies ending in a
3 cr. BSN degree, a culmination of studies ending in a MSN
NUR 605 Advanced Pharmacology, 3 cr. degree, or fulfillment of both degrees.
3 credits from the following: Graduates with a BSN degree may return to continue
NUR 695 Graduate Project, 1 - 3 cr. (optional) graduate (MSN) studies at a later date, having fulfilled
NUR 699 Graduate Thesis, 1 - 3 cr. (optional) 10 credits of graduate nursing studies (NUR 511, NUR
540 and NUR 545). BSN graduates who wish to return
Adult Nurse Practitioner Specialty to graduate studies at a later date should contact the
admissions office to determine re-admission
17 credits: requirements and program locations.
NUR 624 Adult Nurse Practitioner Theory I, 3 cr.
NUR 625 Practicum I: Adult Nurse Practitioner Refer to the undergraduate School of Nursing section
and Role Development, 2 cr. for details about admission, progression, course
NUR 629 Adult Nurse Practitioner Theory II, 3 cr. requirements, and sequencing.
NUR 630 Practicum II: Adult Nurse Practitioner
and Role Development, 3 cr.
NUR 633 Adult Nurse Practitioner Theory III, 2 cr.
NUR 635 Practicum III: Adult Nurse Practitioner
Practicum & Role Development, 3 cr.
NUR 640 Practice Management for Nurse
Practitioners, 1 cr.
Nurse Educator Specialty
NUR 645 Medical Surgical Nursing Across the Life
Span I, 2 cr.