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Graduate Studies The Dean recommends qualified persons to the Dean
of Graduate Studies, who, upon approval of the
Graduate Council, makes the official appointments.
J. Randall Koetting Ph.D., Dean of
Graduate Studies Temporary Associate Appointments
Marian University offers advanced degree programs When appropriate, Deans may assign other full or
with a variety of degree emphases and professional part-time faculty who do not meet the above criteria
development opportunities in the fields of business, to teach a graduate course. In addition, adjunct
education, leadership, and nursing. Since courses are faculty may be employed in graduate programs. Such
regularly offered in the evenings, weekends, and individuals may hold appropriate terminal degree
online students are able to pursue graduate study and/or hold an appropriate masters degree; they must
while working full time. have exceptional expertise, such as possession of
special technical skills or knowledge in the specific
content of the course.
Adjunct faculty, part-time faculty, visiting scholars and
The Graduate Studies Program has as its central Marian University professional staff members are not
purposes: eligible for Graduate Faculty membership, but they
- To provide support for graduate programs may contribute to the graduate program under
through the leadership of the Dean of Graduate
Studies and the Graduate Council, representing
the graduate faculty; Privileges and Responsibilities
- To ensure the quality of graduate programs
through support for program self-assessment Graduate faculty members:
and through regular program review; - provide graduate instruction, direct student
- To meet the needs of qualified students by research in graduate programs, advise graduate
providing access to graduate programs and students, supervise graduate field and practicum
opportunities for continued professional and experiences, and perform other functions
personal development; and specific to graduate education within each
- To stimulate and support creative, scholarly, and division/school;
research activity. - serve on graduate committees charged with the
development of graduate curriculum and
Graduate Faculty policies; and
- may direct master’s theses and terminal degree
Graduate Faculty are members of the university
dissertations, and serve on master’s and terminal
academic schools who have been recognized and degree committees.
approved as qualified to teach courses carrying
graduate credit, to serve on examining committees
who have advanced degrees, and to advise graduate
students and direct their research. To be considered as
The purpose of the Graduate Council is to promote
a member of the Graduate Faculty, an individual must
the University Mission by providing guidance and
hold the doctorate degree or the terminal degree
direction for graduate programs. To accomplish this
appropriate to the discipline, or shall have
purpose, it oversees and supports programs based on
demonstrated, through experience or other
high standards and academic and professional
achievements, qualities that qualify him/her for
membership in graduate faculty and be recommended
by the school dean.
Degree Time Limits
A recommendation for Graduate Faculty status
Refer to individual sections for graduate degree
includes a judgment of the faculty’s competency in
requirements and time limits for the Master of Arts in
graduate instruction, the supervision of student
Education (MAE) degree; the Master of Science in
research, and scholarship and professional activities. A
Leadership (MS) degree; the Master of Science in
school may adopt or assess requirements for graduate
Nursing (MSN) degree; and the Doctorate in
faculty under its jurisdiction.
Educational Administration and Leadership (Ph.D.).
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Graduate Policies and Procedures Add/drop/withdrawal from courses
Many policies in the Academic Information section of See University Refund Policy in the Tuition and Fees
this bulletin are common to both graduate and section.
undergraduate students. This specific section contains
policies specific to graduate study requirements and Students assume all responsibility for adding,
procedures. Some graduate programs may have dropping, and withdrawing from courses including the
additional requirements, which must be met by full completion and submission of Course Drop forms.
graduate students. The drop date shall be the date upon which the
Registrar’s Office receives the Course Drop form.
Admission to Graduate Study Students should refer to the University’s Refund Policy
for specific policies governing withdrawing from
Refer to individual sections for Admission Policies and courses after the start date. To avoid an “F” grade,
Procedures for the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) student must drop any courses not attended.
degree; the Master of Science in Leadership (MS)
degree; the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Students who receive federal financial aid funding
degree; and the Doctorate in Educational should check with the Financial Aid Office when any
Administration and Leadership (Ph.D.). changes are made in course registration for the
Undergraduates Taking Graduate Credit
Administrative withdraw from courses
Marian University undergraduate students with
advanced standing, with special permission, may be An instructor may request that the Registrar
allowed to take courses at the graduate level. Refer administratively withdraw a student from a course if
to the Academic Information section of this bulletin the student has not attended the first session of a
for the Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate course that meets once each week, or the student has
Courses policy. attended neither of the first two sessions of a course
that meets more frequently than once a week, and has
Credit Load not notified the instructor. Students who are
administratively dropped by the instructor of the
For each fall/spring semester, the maximum credit load course will be assessed a 10% tuition penalty and have
for full-time students is 12 graduate credits; the a WD grade recorded on their transcript. This policy
maximum credit load for part-time students is 6 does not negate the responsibility of students for their
credits. For summer, the maximum credit load is 12 schedule of classes.
credits. Permission from Graduate Studies is required
for any student to take more than the maximum load. Courses for Audit
Graduate students who are in good academic standing Enrollment in courses for audit requires admission to
and who are involved in undergraduate coursework to graduate study at the University, approval of the
remediate deficiencies, or those who have exceptional appropriate Dean, and the instructor involved.
circumstances resulting in special hardship, must Audited courses are assessed at 50 percent of the
appeal to the Dean of Graduate Studies for permission regular tuition rate. Audit is available on a “space-
to carry more than the maximum credit load. Each available” basis. Students auditing courses are subject
individual student appeal must be submitted to the to the same regulations as other students with regard
Graduate Studies prior to the beginning of the to registration, but they do not take examination or
semester. receive credit for the course.
Students who enroll for more than the maximum Independent Study
credit load without permission will have credit loads
adjusted by Graduate Studies to reduce their course Independent Study is an intensive study of a chosen
load to the maximum load allowed. subject not available through regular courses. Since
an Independent Study requires extra responsibility on
Deviations from this policy may be determined by the the part of the faculty member, no graduate faculty
Dean of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the member is required to accept a request for an
director of a particular program. Independent Study course. Independent Study is listed
on student records as XXX 614.
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1. Students must be accepted and in full standing average below 3.00 for the following semester is
in the Master’s level degree program, unless subject to suspension from Graduate Studies.
the Independent Study is required to make up
an admission deficiency. Students admitted conditionally or on a non-degree
2. Work may be done off campus provided basis are subject to suspension from Graduate Studies
regular meetings are held with the faculty after attempting 12 semester hours if they earn less
member directing the study. than a 3.0 grade point average.
3. The faculty member and Dean of their
Academic School must give approval to the Students admitted to candidacy who lack a 3.00 grade
study request and amount of credit being point average at the time of completing the minimum
granted. number of hours required for the degree program
4. Full-time Marian University faculty guide may attempt no more than six additional hours to
Independent Study. attain a grade point average of 3.00. A maximum of
5. No more than one Independent Study per six hours of courses with grades of “C” may be applied
semester (3 credits maximum) is allowed and to degree requirements. Students may submit no
no more than six credits of Independent Study more than six hours above those needed to meet
may be counted for graduation. degree requirements. Grades below “C” are not
counted toward meeting degree requirements. All
Procedures graduate courses taken are considered in computation
1. The student discusses the need for an of the grade point average.
Independent Study with the Dean who
approves or denies the request. A student suspended from Graduate Studies may
2. The student requests an Independent Study apply for readmission after one year. Reinstatement
from a full-time Marian University faculty to Graduate Studies does not necessarily mean
member who is qualified to teach the course. reinstatement to a particular graduate program.
3. The student develops an outline for the study
including study objectives, learning activities, Financial Aid
outcomes and evaluations. The student then
presents this to the faculty member for Financial aid is available to graduate students at
approval. (His/her guidance can refine the Marian University in the form of Federal Stafford
student's proposal) Loans. Scholarships and grants are not available
4. Once the student has completed the through the University.
Independent Study Application, the faculty
member recommends amount of credit (1-3) to
University Refund Policy
be received and signs it.
5. The student submits the Independent Study
See University Refund Policy in the Tuition and Fees
Application and the approved outline for the
section of this bulletin.
course to the Academic Dean.
6. The Independent Study Application is
circulated for signatures. Degree Programs
7. If approved, the student registers for the class
and gives a completed registration form to the Master’s Degree Programs
Academic School. Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Academic Probation and Suspension Master of Science (MS)
Students admitted unconditionally or students who Doctoral Degree Program
have been admitted to candidacy are considered on
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
probation for the following semester if the cumulative
grade point average drops below 3.00. If the semester
grade point average for the following semester is 3.00 Post-Baccalaureate License or Certificate
or greater and cumulative grade point average is 3.00 Programs
or greater, the student is removed from probation. If
the cumulative grade point average remains below Education
3.00, the student is continued on probation. A Alternative Education Licensure
student on probation having a semester grade point Director of Instruction Licensure
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Director of Special Education and Pupil Admission Requirements
Principal Licensure To be considered for admission into the
School Business Manager Licensure Organizational Leadership and Quality degree
program, the applicant must submit the following:
• A completed Marian University application
• A $50 non-refundable application fee.
• An official undergraduate transcript showing a
Master of Science in Leadership bachelor’s degree from an accredited
36 credits required for graduation. • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
18 credits in Core Leadership Curriculum plus 18 Students may be considered for admission on a
credits in specific concentration area of applied probationary status with less than a 2.75 GPA.
leadership. • Three years work experience, preferably in a
managerial or supervisory position.
CONCENTRATION IN ORGANIZATIONAL • Two confidential recommendations.
• Two essays.
LEADERSHIP AND QUALITY
All students are admitted on probation (some are
The Master of Science in Leadership with a admitted on special circumstances probation
concentration in Organizational Leadership and dependent upon admission requirements). As a
Quality is designed for individuals to assume or quality control measure, all students apply for
enhance their leadership roles in organizations. It is candidacy after the completion of 3 courses. Students
customer-focused, learner-centered, and founded on a must have achieved a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in order
generalist orientation. to receive full admission.
The accelerated program consists of twelve courses of Transfer of Credit Policy
three credits each. It may be completed in
approximately two years. Classes meet for four hours, Students can transfer up to 9 credits into the graduate
one night each week, for seven weeks. The courses are program; each possible transferable course is reviewed
project-based and, with an emphasis on team and individually. Each course must be less than 7 years old.
peer learning, integrate the functional disciplines of
business with the development of implementation and
process skills. Organizational learning and the quality
philosophy comprise the program’s two fundamental To receive the Master of Science in Organizational
concepts, grounded on leadership. On average, Leadership and Quality, the candidate must meet the
students may expect to devote weekly, outside of following criteria:
class, approximately six to eight hours to accomplish
individual or team assignments.
• Completion of coursework with at least a 3.0
grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
• Submission and approval of the final research
• Be exposed to leadership and quality concepts
• Increase/instill fitness of leadership skills; 18 credits Core Leadership Curriculum:
• Problem solving; LDR 605 Leadership Foundations, 3 cr.
• Development of a quality program; LDR 607 Ethical Leadership, 3 cr.
• Be able to use leadership tools (recognizes LDR 625 Organizations and Systems, 3 cr.
problems, diagnostic abilities, resolve LDR 635 Intercultural Communication and
problems, present solutions). Leadership, 3 cr.
LDR 645 Quantitative Methods, 3 cr.
LDR 647 Research Foundations, 3 cr.
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18 credits: • Two confidential letters of recommendation.
OLQ 617 Building a High-Performance • Letter of Intent (500 words or less describing
Organization, 3 cr. applicant’s goals relative to a graduate degree
OLQ 635 Globalization and the International in Criminal Justice Administration).
Perspective, 3 cr. • One sample of scholarly writing.
OLQ 655 Managerial Finance and Budgeting, 3 cr.
OLQ 675 Human Resources Strategies, 3 cr. Transfer of Credit Policy
OLQ 695 Operations Management, 3 cr.
OLQ 701 Consulting Team Project, 3 cr. Students can transfer up to 9 credits into the graduate
program; each possible transferable course is reviewed
CONCENTRATION IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE individually. Each course must be less than 7 years old.
The Master of Science in Leadership with a
concentration in Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) To receive the Master of Science in Criminal Justice
is designed to promote leadership through critical Administration, the candidate must meet the
thinking, social justice and civic responsibility. The following criteria:
curriculum is designed to ensure that students master
the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of • Completion of coursework with at least a 3.0
criminal justice through a multi-disciplinary approach. grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
The program addresses not only the pedagogy of • Submission and approval of the final capstone
criminal justice, but also the fundamentals of project.
leadership and managerial science as applied to a
criminal justice setting. The program is designed to Required Coursework
appeal to and educate professionals in both the
theory and application of criminal justice in 18 credits Core Leadership Curriculum:
leadership, management and administration of LDR 605 Leadership Foundations, 3 cr.
criminal justice agencies. LDR 607 Ethical Leadership, 3 cr.
LDR 625 Organizations & Systems,3 cr.
Marian University’s MS CJA is intended for students LDR 635 Intercultural Communication &
who have a variety of career and life experiences. Leadership, 3 cr.
Ideally, students have worked in the criminal justice LDR 645 Quantitative Methods, 3 cr.
system and have an academic degree in a related field. LDR 647 Research Foundations, 3 cr.
Students who earn an MS CJA degree are prepared for
a range of positions including criminal justice 18 Credits Criminal Justice Administration
administration and public safety agency management Curriculum:
These courses, combined with the six core courses in CRJ 600 Contemporary Issues in Criminal
leadership including a capstone project, make up the Justice, 3 cr.
program of studies. CRJ 610 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
Administration, 3 cr.
Admission Requirements CRJ 620 Administration and Management
of Criminal Justice Agencies, 3 cr.
To be considered for admission into the Criminal CRJ 630 Managerial Finance For Criminal
Justice Administration concentration, the applicant Justice, 3 cr.
must submit the following: CRJ 650 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis, 3 cr.
CRJ 695 Capstone Project, 3 cr.
• A completed Marian University application
form. CONCENTRATION IN GRIEF AND
• A $50 non-refundable application fee. BEREAVEMENT
• An official undergraduate transcript showing a
bachelor’s degree from an accredited The Master of Science in Leadership with a
institution. concentration in Grief and Bereavement is designed to
• Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. prepare individuals to assume or enhance their
Students may be considered for admission on a leadership roles and skills base in organizations that
probationary status with less than a 2.75 GPA. focus on the delivery of care for individuals and
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families confronting the end of life. The program
combines rigorous study across the spectrum of end- Required Coursework
of-life studies with content in spirituality, leadership
theory and practice. The grief and bereavement 18 credits Core Leadership Curriculum:
specialty emphasis includes study in the medical LDR 605 Leadership Foundations, 3 cr.
aspects of death and dying (palliative and hospice LDR 607 Ethical Leadership, 3 cr.
care); end-of-life decision making; communication LDR 625 Organizations and Systems, 3 cr.
with service providers and families; grief and LDR 635 Intercultural Communication and
bereavement; program development, management Leadership, 3 cr.
and assessment; sudden, violent and traumatic death; LDR 645 Quantitative Methods, 3 cr.
clinical ethics; and death education. The Grief and LDR 647 Research Foundations, 3 cr.
Bereavement Core consists of four required
foundation courses (12 credits) and two electives (6 12 credits:
credits). GRB 650 Palliative and Hospice Care: History,
Theory, and Practice, 3 cr.
These courses, combined with the 6 core courses in GRB 655 Grief and Bereavement: Theory and
leadership and a capstone project, make up the Practice, 3 cr.
program of studies. GRB 660 Walking with the Bereaved: Practical
Helping Skills, 3 cr.
Admission Requirements GRB 665 Making Sense of Death: Personal, Spiritual,
and Theological Perspectives, 3 cr.
To be considered for admission into the Grief and
6 elective credits from the following:
Bereavement concentration, the applicant must
GRB 700 Death in the Lives of Children and
submit the following:
Teenagers, 3 cr.
GRB 705 Grief and Bereavement after Traumatic
• A completed Marian University application Death, 3 Cr.
form. GRB 710 Bereavement Education for Professionals
• A $50 non-refundable application fee. and Communities, 3 cr.
• An official undergraduate transcript showing a
bachelor’s degree from an accredited 0 credits as follows:
institution. GRB 720 Capstone Project, 0 cr.
• Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
Students may be considered for admission on a
probationary status with less than a 2.75 GPA. Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
• Two confidential recommendations.
• Letter of Intent (500 words or less describing The School of Education offers degrees at the
applicants goals relative to a graduate degree master and doctoral level, many post-
in grief and bereavement) baccalaureate license programs, and continuing
• One sample of scholarly writing professional development opportunities for
teachers and educational leaders.
Transfer of Credit Policy
Students can transfer up to 9 credits into the graduate
program; each possible transferable course is reviewed To be considered for candidacy into the School of
individually. Each course must be less than 7 years old. Education, the applicant must present the following:
- completed Marian University Graduate Studies
Degree Requirements application form
- $50 non-refundable processing fee
To receive the Master of Science in Grief and
Bereavement, the candidate must meet the following
In addition, to be considered for acceptance into the
Master of Arts in Education, the applicant must
present the following prior to the completion of 6
• Completion of coursework with at least a 3.0 credits through Marian University.
grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
- official college/university transcripts sent directly
• Submission and approval of the final capstone from the registrar verifying completion of a
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baccalaureate degree and any other course work complete up to twelve credits of academic work in
completed at the undergraduate or graduate Education or, in special cases, in related areas.
level (Marian University alumni need not submit Applicants who seek licensure but who have not met
Marian University transcripts) the Wisconsin Human Relations Requirements are
- 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the required to complete a modified experience. Students
undergraduate program (Applicants having less are expected to make up deficiencies by the end of
than a 3.0 may be admitted on probation) the first full year of enrollment, and a student
- completed course sequence plan signed by an admitted with deficiencies may expect to spend more
advisor time completing the program. No course credits
- copy of WI teaching license or evidence of earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as
eligibility to hold such a license (required for program credits required for the degree.
admission of all programs except School Business
Manager licensure program and out of state Admission of Non-Licensed Applicants
DIAL students who must provide a copy of a Applicants who have baccalaureate degrees and can
teaching license from any state or evidence of demonstrate a record of successful teaching and/or
eligibility to hold such a license) administrative experience in private/parochial K-12
schools or who are employed in post-secondary
At the time students submit an application, a faculty schools where teacher licensure is not required may be
advisor is assigned. For academic and professional admitted into the graduate program if all other
advising, students pursuing a Master of Arts in criteria are met. Upon completion of the Educational
Education degree or licensure must meet with the Leadership Program, the applicant is not be eligible
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and/or a faculty for licensure until all other DPI and/or Marian
advisor and complete a course sequence plan prior to University requirements for licensure are met. Each
acceptance. Students should submit the completed applicant must place on file with the School of
signed course sequence plan to the Graduate Education a written statement acknowledging this
Admission office for inclusion in their application file. restriction.
Applicants who have not met Wisconsin Human Admission on Probation
Relations Requirements (PI34) as part of their initial An applicant whose undergraduate grade-point
teaching license, may be required to make up the average is below 3.0 may be recommended by the
deficiency. This usually applies to applicants who School of Education for probationary admission,
received an initial Wisconsin teaching license before provided other substantial evidence of capacity to do
July 1, 1972 or to applicants who received a license satisfactory graduate work is presented.
from another state.
Applicants whose undergraduate grade-point average
Admission with Full Standing is between 2.75 and 3.0 may be admitted on
To be admitted in full standing to the Master of Arts probation and required to complete at least 9 credits
in Education degree program, degree-seeking of course work in the program. Completion of the 9
applicants must have the following: credits with grades of B or higher automatically
- a bachelor’s degree in education or related area removes the students from probationary status.
from a regionally or nationally accredited
program; Applicants whose undergraduate grade-point average
- a Wisconsin teaching license or evidence of is between 2.5 and 2.75 may be admitted on
eligibility to hold such a license (required for probation and required to complete at least 12 credits
admission of all programs except School Business of course work in the program. Completion of the 12
Manager licensure program); and out of state credits with grades of B or higher automatically
DIAL students; removes the students from probationary status.
- an overall undergraduate grade-point average
of at least 3.0 (4.0 basis) or a minimum GPA of Alternative Admission
3.3 in the last 60 credits of their undergraduate An applicant whose undergraduate grade-point
program. average is below 2.5 must submit an application and a
written appeal to the Dean of the School of
Admission with Deficiencies Education. If admitted, the student is admitted with
Applicants may be admitted with deficiencies on probationary status and must complete 12 credits of
School of Education recommendation. Students coursework in the program with grades of B or higher
admitted with deficiencies may be required to to be removed from probation.
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Failure to meet the requirements of the probationary - If an applicant with an undergraduate grade
admission plan will result in the student being point average of 2.5-2.74 has completed up to
dropped from the graduate degree program. 12 credits of graduate coursework, a
corresponding number of credits to remove
Non-Degree Seeking Admission (Special Student) probationary status may be waived.
Students with baccalaureate degrees who want to
earn graduate credit but presently may not wish to Admission of International Students
pursue a graduate degree or administrative license Additional admission requirements for international
may be admitted as a "Special Student." No formal student applicants to the Master of Arts in Education
pre-admission process is involved before the first class. degree program include the following:
However, at the time of registration during the first - Every foreign applicant whose native tongue is
class the new student must formally apply for "Special not English is required to take the Test of
Student" status by completing the appropriate forms English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), given
and present the following: through the Educational Testing Service of
1. an admission application form Princeton, New Jersey. The TOEFL must be taken
2. a degree verification form at least three months before the proposed date
3. a $50.00 non-refundable (one time only) of enrollment if the application is to be
application fee. processed in time for admission. If an applicant’s
The degree verification form will be sent by the School TOEFL score is below 580, the applicant may be
of Education Admissions office to the degree-granting denied admission to the program or may be
institution. The student may not register for a second required to take steps to upgrade language
course (or the 4th credit or more) until Marian proficiency.
University has received verification of the - In addition to the TOEFL, foreign applicants must
baccalaureate degree. send (with English translation) official records
(transcripts) from each previous undergraduate
Students with "Special Student" status may also enroll or postgraduate institution. Academic
in courses required in the degree program if they have transcripts must have a seal and signature in ink
a baccalaureate degree and special permission from of an authorized official of the institution(s) such
the School of Education. If, at a later time, the as the registrar or recorder of records.
student wishes to pursue a graduate degree and/or - Foreign students are required to pay for any
administrative license, the student must formally apply costs incurred by the University for the
for admission to the specific program. A maximum of evaluation of equivalencies of academic course
6 credits earned as a "Special Student" may be work.
accepted into the graduate degree program - Every foreign student applicant must provide
evidence of adequate financial resources
Deviations from this policy may be determined by the
(including support for any family members who
Dean of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the
accompany the student to the university) as part
director of a particular program.
of the application for admission. This statement
must be provided in English and signed by the
Waiving Probationary Status
student applicant and any financial sponsors.
The Academic Standing Committee considers
- Foreign students are required to pay to the
successful graduate work at other institutions as
University, in U.S. dollars, one-half of the first
documenting the ability to do graduate work. Waiving
semester’s tuition before arriving at the
probationary status is considered only if:
University. The remaining tuition for the first
- the last 30 credits in the applicant’s
semester is due when classes begin.
undergraduate program are completed with a
grade point average of at least 3.0;
Admission to Administrative Licensure Only
- graduate coursework from other institutions
must meet the criteria normally used for
Students who already have a master degree and do
“transfer of credit”;
not wish to receive another, may seek additional
- if an applicant with an undergraduate grade
licensure as a principal, director of instruction, director
point average of 2.75-2.99 has completed up to of special education/pupil services, or school business
9 credits of graduate coursework, a manager. To apply for approval to enroll in a licensure
corresponding number of credits to remove only program, students must complete the application
probationary status may be waived;
process as outlined under “Degree Admission” and
meet the criteria for admission into the degree
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program. “Licensure Only” students must also meet credit for courses in which the content or
the following specific admission criteria : practice has significantly changed in the last 3
- Possession of a master’s degree; years;
- Three years of successful full-time classroom - Grade of A or B (a “B-” grade is not acceptable);
teaching experience (not required for School however, such grades are not included in the
Business Manager Licensure. See note below); computation of grade point average;
- Successful completion (grade B or higher) of a - Equivalent to or as rigorous as Marian University
course at the graduate level in educational courses; and
research comparable to EDL 735 Research - Appropriate for the student’s proposed graduate
Application to Practice. (Students are admitted program at Marian University.
with deficiencies if they have not met this
criterion and are required to take additional The following are not transferable: undergraduate
coursework to remediate the deficiencies.) courses, continuing education units (CEU), workshops,
or credit for prior learning.
Note: The school business manager program is open to
non-educators. Individuals who have not completed Students admitted to the Master of Arts in Education
an initial teacher education program and have not program at Marian University who wish to take a
met the Wisconsin Human Relations Code are required course at another institution must have prior written
to complete the Marian University Human Relations approval from the School of Education before
program, which also includes additional coursework. enrolling in the course if the credit earned is to be
considered for transfer.
Individuals who have earned a Master of Arts in
Education from Marian University in Educational When a student changes emphasis within the Master
Leadership and wish to seek additional licensure, of Arts in Education, graduate courses already
should contact the Coordinator of Graduate accepted in transfer are not automatically accepted
Admissions at (920) 923-8118 or 1-800-2-MARIAN, ext. into the student’s new emphasis. Such courses must
8118. be reevaluated and processed according to the above
Transfer of Credit
Degree Time Limit Requirements
All college and university course work, including
graduate credits, earned prior to admission must be All work applying to the Master of Arts in Education
reported on the application for admission and degree must be completed within a seven-year time
documented by means of an official transcript period. The time period begins with formal
requested by the student from the registrar of each acceptance into the degree program.
institution previously attended. All transcripts must be
sent directly from the institution(s) to Marian
Department of Curriculum and
A “Transfer of Credit Application” must be filed in
conjunction with the application for admission. The Master of Arts in Education degree in the
Official syllabi/course descriptions must be provided Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers
upon request. Graduate credits earned prior to course work in one of two programs including
admission, but not reported on the Transfer of Credit Differentiated Instruction for At-Risk Learners (DIAL)
Application are not considered for transfer after and Educational Technology. Completion of the
admission. No more than 9 credits are accepted in Differentiated Instruction for At-Risk Learners strand
transfer. Individual programs may have additional leads to an Alternative Education License (WI code
restrictions. 952) with three credits of designated electives.
Students who do not wish to complete a master’s
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
issues affecting students and expand their awareness
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of and respect for the unique development of each EDT 652 Innovations in Education, 3 cr.
student. During their course work, they consider EDT 654 Educational Telecommunication, 3 cr.
effective collaboration with and accountability to EDT 656 Developing Action Research Using
students, parents, colleagues, and the community. Educational Technology, 3 cr.
Reexamining the development of values and EDT 657 Action Research Using Education
professional ethics, students gain greater intellectual Technology: Reporting the Findings, 1 cr.
and ethical insight. Students are prepared to assess EDT 658 Teaching and Learning with Multimedia,
themselves on established professional standards and 3 cr.
to develop professional growth plans. EDT 661 Educational Hardware & System Support,
At the end of their program all students need to EDT 672 Teaching and Learning On-line for All
demonstrate their proficiency in a portfolio based on Students, 3 cr.
the ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards in PI 34.02. EDT 674 Learning with Technology: Effective
Students may also complete documentation in Strategies, 3 cr.
preparation for submission of a National Board EDT 678 Electronic Portfolio: Development &
portfolio or the Wisconsin Master Educator portfolio. Assessment, 2 cr.
Students in the Alternative Education Licensure only EDT 604 Special Topics in Educational Technology,
program will complete a portfolio to reflect 3 cr.
completion of specific licensure requirements.
Differentiated Instruction for At-Risk
Curriculum and Instruction Program Goals
Learners Strand—Online Program
- The professional educator will reflectively apply
knowledge of subject matter, human learning The DIAL Master’s degree program prepares educators
and development, pedagogy, theory and to meet the diverse learning needs of all students,
technology in an artistic style including those who are at risk of not reaching their
- The professional educator will be learner- educational and personal potentials. Upon
centered by demonstrating an awareness of and completion of this masters program, Wisconsin
respect for the unique development of each Students will also qualify for an Alternative Education
individual License (952), which allows a person to teach in
- The professional educator will collaborate with alternative education programs in grades 6–12. Please
students, parents, professional colleagues, and note that the DIAL program is designed for online
members of the larger community delivery, however we provide opportunities for
- The professional educator will demonstrate students to meet face to face and in site-based cohort
accountability to students, parents, colleagues, groups.
related governmental institutions and to the
community 30 credits:
- The professional educator will promote the TDE 610 Advanced Professional Development, 1 cr.
development of values and ethics as standards TDE 612 Action Research, 3 cr.
for behavior TDE 613 Action Research: Reporting the Findings,
TDE 616 Perspectives in American Education, 3 cr.
Educational Technology Strand
TDE 618 Advanced Educational Psychology, 3 cr.
TDE 628 Classroom Strategies and Practices, 3 cr.
The Curriculum and Instruction, Educational
TDE 636 Understanding At-Risk and Nontraditional
Technology strand program’s focus is on the use of
Learners, 3 cr.
technology in support of student learning and
TDE 638 Effective Schools Research: What Works,
integrating technology into the curriculum. This
program will provide students with an opportunity to
TDE 640 Education in the Age of Technology, 2 cr.
reflect on classroom practice and identify ways to use
TDE 658 Analyzing Student Achievement in Diverse
technology effectively. Classes in the program are
Learning Contexts, 3 cr.
both face-to-face and on-line. More information is
TDE 642 Creating the Professional Portfolio, 1 cr.
available on the Web site
XXX 604 Summer Institute – Stars designated
electives, 3 cr.
EDT 650 Foundations of Educational Technology, Completion of the Differentiated Instruction for At-
3 cr. Risk Learners strand leads to an Alternative
Graduate Studies 131
Education License, which allows a person to teach in - Students may seek licensure in any combination
alternative education programs in grades 6-12. of two of the above licenses in conjunction with
Individuals with an initial teaching license who do not their 32-credit program. (Special requirements
wish to complete a master’s degree may seek the relate to School Business Manager Licensure.)
Alternative Education License only (WI DPI code #952). - Students who seek only one licensure may select
from a range of optional courses to supplement
Alternative Education License Only Coursework their program of study.
12 credits: - Students with a master’s degree who do not
TDE 628 Classroom Strategies and Practices, 3 cr. wish to complete an additional master’s degree
TDE 636 Understanding At-Risk and Nontraditional may seek licensure only.
Learners, 3 cr.
TDE 638 Effective Schools Research: What Works, All students in the Educational Leadership degree or
3 cr. licensure only program are required to complete an
xxx 604 Stars Designated Electives, 3 cr. On-line Portfolio to demonstrate their performance on
Portfolio the applicable standards specified in the relevant parts
of Chapter PI 34, Teacher Education Program Approval
Curriculum and Instruction Degree and Licenses (Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction, 2000). Extensive documentation relating
to the On-line Portfolio is distributed at the
appropriate time. All students seeking a Master of Arts
To receive the Master of Arts in Education degree with
in Education degree in Educational Leadership will
a Curriculum and Instruction emphasis from Marian
take a master’s comprehensive exam.
University, the candidate must meet the following
Educational Leadership Coursework
- Completion of the course work or its equivalent
To be eligible for licensure as a Principal, Director of
with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0
Instruction, and/or Director of Special Education and
Pupil Services, students must complete the following
- Successful completion of all three program gates
- Submit an application for degree completion
Department of Leadership Studies EDL 705 Educational Leadership, 3 cr.
EDL 715 Educational Administration, 3 cr.
The Educational Leadership Program provides students EDL 725 Curriculum and Assessment, 3 cr.
opportunities for enrichment and growth in a collegial EDL 735 Research Application to Practice, 3 cr.
environment. Relevant coursework motivates growth EDL 745 Student Support Services for Diverse
in personal and professional competence in leadership Student Populations, 3 cr.
roles. As students develop critical thinking skills and an EDL 755 Supervision and Personnel Development,
attitude of self-reflection, they are encouraged to 3 cr.
define the valuing process, its foundations, and its EDL 765 Communication, School-Community
applications. Throughout their coursework, students Relations and Strategic Planning, 3 cr.
explore the interface of current theory with practical EDL 775 School Finance and Collective Bargaining,
applications. 3 cr.
EDL 785 Law and Politics of Education, 3 cr.
The Master of Arts in Education program in EDL 790 Values Development for Educational
Educational Leadership is a 32-credit program Leaders, 1 cr.
designed to meet the needs of administrators who Masters Examination (degree students only)
want to continue developing their professional On-line Portfolio
competence in leadership roles under the Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction Teacher Education Students seeking the Master of Arts in Education must
Program Approval and Licenses: (Chapter PI 34). complete a minimum of 4 credits from the following
Strands within the Educational Leadership Program to fulfill the 32 credit program requirement. Licensure
lead to licensure as School Principal (WI code 51), only students must complete appropriate practicum.
Director of Instruction (WI code 10), School Business
Manager (WI code 8), or Director of Special Education 4 credits from the following:
and Pupil Services (WI code 80). EDL 797 Principal Practicum (120 hours), 2 cr.
EDL 798 Director of Instruction Practicum (120
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hours),2 cr. 5. Be eligible to hold a Wisconsin license to
EDL 796 Director of Special Education and Pupil teach; and
Services Practicum (120 hours), 2 cr. 6. Provide evidence of three years of successful
Electives approved by advisor if only one classroom teaching.
practicum is desired, 2 cr.
Candidates for the degree and/or license may need to
School Business Manager Coursework meet additional state and university requirements as
The school business manager program is open to non- determined at the time of admission.
educators. Individuals who have not completed an
initial teacher education program and have not met Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
the Wisconsin Human Relations Code are required to
complete the Marian University Human Relations
program, which may include additional coursework. Program Description
The School Business Manager program is available
only on a cohort basis. The Marian University School of Education offers the
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration
32 credits: and Leadership (Ph.D.) through the Department of
EDL 705 Educational Leadership, 3 cr. Leadership Studies. The program is based on the
EDL 735 Research Application to Practice, 3 cr. Marian University mission of educating the whole
EDL 745 Student Support Services for Diverse Student person.
Populations, 3 cr. Leadership is studied utilizing the frameworks
EDL 765 Communication, School-Community pertinent to three of the fields of traditional academic
Relations and Strategic Planning, 3 cr. strength at Marian University: education, health care,
EDL 775 School Finance & Collective Bargaining, 3 cr. and business. The program is designed for active
EDL 785 Law and Politics of Education, 3 cr. professionals across a wide range of fields including
EDL 762 Adv. School Business Administration, 2 cr. PK-12 education, higher education, health care, social
EDL 764 Adv. Accounting and Computer Application, services, law enforcement, government, and business.
3 cr. In addition to being cross-disciplinary, the program is
EDL 766 Collective Bargaining, Contract designed to promote both scholarship and
Administration, and Risk Management, 3 cr. professional leadership skills while facilitating the
EDL 768 Auxiliary Services Management, 3 cr. participant’s self-reflection and a deepened
EDL 790 Values Development for Educational commitment to service.
Leaders, 1 cr.
EDL 794 Business Management Practicum (160 hours), The Ph.D. program has three areas of emphasis,
2 cr. Educational Administration, Leadership Studies, and
Masters examination (degree students only) Curriculum and Instruction Leadership. This program
On-line portfolio provides participants the opportunity to enhance their
knowledge, skills, and dispositions for increasingly
demanding leadership roles in complex organizations.
Educational Leadership Degree
Participants examine and investigate theoretical
Requirements concepts as well as engage in application of those
concepts to issues and problems of the field.
To receive the Master of Arts in Education degree in Participants develop expertise in both qualitative and
Educational Leadership and be licensed as a principal, quantitative research methods as they develop their
director of instruction, and/or director of special sense of what researchable issues need to be
education and pupil services, the candidate must meet addressed in their fields, and how they can impact the
requirements 1-6 listed below. To receive the degree debate on these issues.
and be licensed as a school business manager, the
candidate must meet requirements 1-4 listed below: The Ph.D. program is based on the model of a scholar-
1. Completion of the course work or its leader, one who endeavors to lead by example and to
equivalent with at least a 3.0 grade point take unimpeachable ethical approaches to all issues
average on a 4.0 scale; pertinent to the scholar-leader’s field and to research
2. Completion of the Professional Progress Path; and social issues in general.
3. Meet the requirements of Wisconsin With the scholar-leader model at its foundation,
Department of Public Instruction Human participants examine and investigate cross-disciplinary
Relations Code; theoretical concepts pertaining to leadership. This
4. Submit an application for degree completion; orientation to rigorous scholarship demands that the
Graduate Studies 133
participant develop a high level of competence in This 3-5 page type-written statement should
research skills. By the time participants progress to the include your professional aspirations (career
latter phases of the Ph.D. program, they will be able plans), a narrative discussing how this degree
to choose and use the tools they need to critically will help in your profession, what aspects of
analyze leadership models and practices in their fields doctoral-level study you find most exciting, and
from a range of points of view and various the significance/impact of formal study during
perspectives. The integration of theory and practice your master’s program and beyond. Conclude
throughout the program equips participants with the with your expectations of a doctoral program in
necessary skills to succeed personally and leadership studies.
professionally in complex organizational - Three letters of recommendation that address
environments. the applicant’s academic qualities and potential
The Ph.D. program seeks to: for leadership.
- Copy of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers
- Evolve a community of participants striving to Analogy Test (MAT) scores (taken within the last
attain the ideal of the scholar-leader model, led 5 years)
by a faculty who ascribe to the scholar-leader - Two samples of applicant’s scholarly/professional
model by word and example. writing
- Provide advanced study and professional - Current resume
development to participants who are either - Official transcripts of all college coursework,
preparing for or currently working in leadership including verification of completion of the
positions in the fields of education, business, or master’s degree.
- Provide a cross-disciplinary approach to the study Note: Only completed applications will be reviewed
of leadership that affords participants the for admission. Successful applicants will be invited for
opportunity to learn from the diversity of a personal interview with program faculty.
concepts, theories, and practices pertinent to a
range of fields in today’s complex and Application materials should be sent to:
Director of Doctoral Studies
- Contribute to what is known regarding the
School of Education
theoretical and practical implementation of
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education, and health care through study,
research and practice, thereby creating scholar
leaders. Provisional Enrollment
- Successfully negotiate the complexity and
diversity inherent in leading in their fields, and If application materials demonstrate the applicant’s
in the case of educators, capably administer potential for advanced graduate study but GRE or
school districts with the appropriate licensure MAT scores are not yet available, applicants may be
from the Wisconsin Department of Public admitted provisionally for one semester. GRE or MAT
Instruction. scores must be on file by the end of the first semester
in the program.
Educational Administration Emphasis
This program emphasis is cross-disciplinary in its core
To be considered for admission into the Ph.D. program
course requirement but is specifically oriented to the
in Educational Administration and Leadership, the
School District Administrator or Superintendent
applicant must have a bachelor’s and master’s degree
licensure requirements of the Wisconsin Department
from an accredited four-year college or university.
of Public Instruction (DPI) Chapter PI 34. It also focuses
Applicants for the emphasis in Educational
on leadership and demands high levels of scholarship.
Administration must have a current license as a
This program aims to graduate educational
professionals and superintendents who will provide
In addition, the applicant must submit the following: leadership based on strong values and a thorough
grasp of educational, fiscal and legal principles.
- Completed Application
- $50 non refundable application fee
Leadership Studies Emphasis
- Letter of Intent
This program emphasis is cross-disciplinary and
designed under the scholar-leader model to develop
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scholarship and professional competencies which Educational Administration Emphasis, 24 credits as
encourage and emphasize self reflection and follows:
strengthen a commitment to leadership. This emphasis *EDL 850 The Superintendency, 3 cr.
is designed to engage participants in the practice of *EDL 851 Personnel Administration, 3 cr.
study of leadership as it is best exemplified in the *EDL 852 Technology & Educational Reform, 3 cr.
health care and business fields. The program *EDL 853 Organizational Culture:
concentrates on continued development of leadership Improving Schools from Within, 3 cr.
skills of the practitioner applicable to a broad array of *EDL 854 Superintendent Internship, 3 cr.
professions. *EDL 855 Advanced Law and Education, 3 cr.
*EDL 856 Advanced Program Planning and
Curriculum and Instruction Leadership Emphasis Evaluation, 3 cr.
The doctoral program area of emphasis in Curriculum *EDL 857 Curriculum and Leadership, 3 cr.
and Instruction Leadership prepares graduates to take
informed, reflective, and active leadership roles in Leadership Studies Emphasis, 24 credits as follows:
studying and transforming learning and education in EDL 814 Developing Leader Capacity, 3 cr.
the broadest sense, as well as improving schools and EDL 816 Leadership Assessment and Evaluation,
schooling through the development of high quality 3 cr.
teacher education programs. Students in this area of EDL 817 Organizational Development and Change,
emphasis investigate the relationship between theory 3 cr.
and educational practice, as well as the relationship EDL 821 Organization Behavior, 3 cr.
between schools and the contours of society and EDL 824 Human Resource Development, 3 cr.
cultures in which schools are located. The program EDL 819 Adult Development, 3 cr.
focuses on issues that transcend the various areas of EDL 826 Intercultural Leadership, 3 cr.
educational inquiry as they impact upon the design, EDL 827 Leadership for Social Change, 3 cr.
implementation, and evaluation of a broad range of
educational programs. Curriculum and Instruction Leadership Emphasis, 24
credits as follows:
Degree Requirements EDL 853 Organizational Culture: Improving Schools
from Within, 3 cr.
The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 45 credits EDL 856 Advanced Program Planning and
of coursework above the master’s degree, as well as 15 Evaluation, 3 cr.
credits of dissertation research. EDL 857 Curriculum and Leadership, 3 cr.
EDL 860 Advanced Curriculum Theory, 3 cr.
Core Studies, 9 cr. EDL 861 Instructional Leadership: Theory and
Research Methods, 12 cr. Practice, 3 cr.
Program Emphasis, 24 cr. EDL 862 Teacher Education and Development, 3 cr.
Dissertation, 15 cr. EDL 863 Sociocultural Concerns in Education and
Leadership, 3 cr.
Students must maintain a minimum over-all grade EDL 864 Philosophical Concerns in Education and
point average of 3.25 in all academic coursework and Leadership, 3 cr.
complete the requirements of the degree within eight
years after being admitted to the program. Dissertation, 15 cr.
Ph.D. Coursework * These courses constitute the non-doctoral
Superintendents licensure only program.
Core Studies, 9 credits:
EDL 811 Art and Practice of Leading, 3 cr. Program Assessments
EDL 812 Leadership and Ethics, 3 cr.
EDL 813 Leadership Foundations, 3 cr. Assessments throughout Ph.D. programs are
compatible with the Marian University School of
Research Methods, 12 credits: Education Assessment System. Assessments are linked
EDL 810 The Research Endeavor, 3 cr. to the Knowledge Base. Assessments take place at
EDL 901 Advanced Qualitative Research, 3 cr. multiple critical points in the students’ progression
EDL 902 Advanced Quantitative Research, 3 cr. through the program. Assessments take place at the
EDL 903 Major Area Paper, 3 cr. following points:
EDL 804 Special Topics: Quantitative Research, 3 cr.
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- Program Entry Dissertation
- At the end of each semester of coursework
- Practicum Assessment or at the completion of The continuing role of the student’s Doctoral
the coursework for superintendent’s licensure Committee is to ensure that the student is achieving,
- Comprehensive Examination in a timely manner, the level of academic excellence
- Major Area Paper and technical maturity expected of a Ph.D. graduate
- During Dissertation Progression- Positive from the School of Education. In addition the
progression on dissertation after 2 semesters as Committee should discuss professional development
dissertator status or at 7 credits with the student, with a view to provide guidance
- At licensure through completion of Wisconsin toward a future career, and to give advice regarding
Administrator Exam, coursework, practicum, and additional courses or other activities that might
portfolio improve employment prospects.
- At the end of program - Oral defense of
Master of Science in Nursing
Degree Time Limit Requirements (MSN)
All work applying to the Ph.D. degree must be The School of Nursing provides a graduate program of
completed within an eight-year time period from their study for registered nurses (RNs). Graduates with a
first semester of enrollment. Master of Science in Nursing degree are prepared to
assume educator roles and advanced practice roles.
Internship The program offers two specialties:
Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP);
Students complete a field-based component of the Nurse Educator (NE).
Educational Administration emphasis under the
supervision of a School of Education supervisor and a The MSN program of study is structured for registered
field based administrator. Specific licensure nurses who previously earned a bachelor of science in
requirements will be the focus of the field-based nursing degree.
assessment. Students complete a project which may be
research-based, and present their findings at the The MSN program of study is also offered to
conclusion of the internship. registered nurses that meet the criteria for progression
from RN to BSN/MSN. Studies include baccalaureate
Comprehensive Examination and graduate nursing education and culminate in a
MSN degree in either of the specialties offered.
The Comprehensive Examination must be passed as a
partial requirement for completion of the degree. The Adult Nurse Practitioner Specialty
comprehensive examination is based on the program
requirements. The Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Specialty consists
of a program based in nursing theory, research, and
primary care for adult clients. The program is
Major Area Paper accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education (CCNE) and is guided by the core
Doctoral participants develop their dissertation competencies set forth by National Organization for
proposal with the first 3 credits of dissertation. Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Students
Participants select a researchable issue in consultation complete a total of 600 clock hours of clinical practice
with their advisor. They proceed to develop their with certified nurse practitioner or physician
selected and approved issue by becoming thoroughly preceptors. Graduates are eligible to write the ANP
familiar with its complexity, setting the context for certification exam offered through the American
their study of it and developing and justifying an Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American
appropriate research rationale and key questions to be Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). They may
addressed. A major review of relevant literature is also also complete the Wisconsin exam for prescriptive
required. This proposal is reviewed by the student’s authority and the Drug Enforcement Agency Exam for
doctoral committee. authority to write prescriptions for scheduled drugs.
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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 (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. Official transcripts from all colleges,
staff development settings, and organizations which universities, and schools of nursing must be forwarded
plan and provide client educational offerings. to the Admissions Office.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the NLN Nurse
Educator certification exam once they have met the Entrance decisions are based on the following criteria:
NLN criteria. - A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from a
NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education - Current licensure or eligibility for licensure as a
Registered Nurse in Wisconsin
This certificate prepares nurses with their Master of - A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of
Science in Nursing degree with the knowledge and 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on all undergraduate courses
experience necessary to assume educator roles in the - Completion of an acceptable undergraduate
academic or non-academic setting. Coursework course in Statistics with a grade of C (2.00 GPA)
consists of foundations of education, curriculum or better within the past five (5) years
planning, instructional design, assessment and - Completion of an undergraduate Physical
evaluation as well as a clinical practicum. Graduates (Health) Assessment course with a grade of C
are eligible to sit for the NLN Nurse Educator (2.00 GPA) or better
certification exam once they have met the NLN - Completion of an undergraduate Research
criteria. course with a grade of C (2.00 GPA) or better
- A minimum of one year of clinical nursing
RN to BSN/MSN experience as a Registered Nurse is required
- Three academic and/or professional
RNs who have previously earned an associate in recommendations (one from the Dean,
nursing degree or a nursing diploma may earn a MSN Administrator and/or faculty member of the
degree without first earning a BSN degree. This college from which the student graduated and
curriculum, combining baccalaureate and graduate two from nursing employers)
nursing studies, includes options for RNs to earn a BSN - A resume describing responsibilities and function
degree, or both BSN and MSN degrees. Refer to the of all nursing experiences
undergraduate School of Nursing section for details - An essay (500 words or less) clearly describing
about admission, progression, and course sequencing. the applicant’s educational and professional
goals relative to graduate study and professional
Degree Admission career
- A personal interview, if requested by the School
Students seeking candidacy for admission to the of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program are - Completion of background check
required to submit a completed admission packet to
the Marian University Admission office at least three Qualified applicants must have continuing CPR
weeks prior to the first class. certification throughout the MSN Program and meet
university and clinical agencies health, safety, and
The RN without a BSN degree shall complete all personnel requirements as specified by individual
prerequisite credits; all liberal arts and science agencies. In addition, students must demonstrate
requirements; all articulated nursing credit; and NUR proof of malpractice insurance.
courses 211, 303, 309, 310, 435, 455, 511, 540 and 545
in the RN to BSN/MSN program prior to application for
graduate studies. Admission to graduate studies is
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Progression Policy practice has significantly changed in the last 3
Students must earn a B (3.0) or better in all Nursing - Grade of A or B (a “B-” grade is not acceptable);
courses. If a grade below a B (3.0) is earned in any however, such grades are not be included in the
course they may repeat this course one time only. computation of grade point average;
They must pass it the second time with a B (3.0) or - Equivalent to or as rigorous as Marian University
higher. Students may repeat only one course one courses; and
time. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. - Appropriate for the student’s proposed graduate
program at Marian University.
Background Check Policy
The following are not transferable: undergraduate
Background checks of nursing students are credit, continuing education units (CEU), workshops,
implemented through the Marian University School of or credit for prior learning.
Nursing in order to be in compliance with state laws
and regulations as well as clinical agency regulations. Nursing Degree Requirements
Although Marian University and the School of Nursing
do not exclude students based upon the results of this To receive the Master of Science in Nursing degree the
background check, clinical agencies reserve the right candidate must meet the following requirements.
to refuse admittance of any student to their facility - Completion of the coursework or its equivalent
based on the information obtained in the background with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0
check. Agency refusal to accept a student may result in scale
the student not being able to complete the - Completion of 600 clock hours of practicum
requirements necessary for progression in and experience for the ANP program or 450 hours of
graduation from the School of Nursing. Cost is practicum experience for the NE program
student’s responsibility. - Completion of a competency-base Portfolio
- Completion of Graduate Project or Thesis
Transfer of Credit Policy
Master of Science in Nursing Required
All college and university coursework, including Coursework
graduate credits, earned prior to admission must be
reported on the application for admission and MSN Core Courses
documented by means of an official transcript 28 credits as follows:
requested by the student from the registrar of each
institution previously attended. All transcripts must be 25 credits
sent directly from the institution(s) to Marian NUR 500 Health Care Systems, 2 cr.
University. NUR 511 Theories in Nursing, 4 cr.
NUR 520 Advanced Nursing Research, 3 cr.
A “Transfer of Credit Application” must be filed in NUR 526 Quantitative Data Analysis, 2 cr.
conjunction with the application for admission. NUR 527 Qualitative Data Analysis, 2 cr.
Official syllabi/course descriptions must be provided NUR 531 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
upon request. Graduate credits earned prior to Among Diverse Populations, 3 cr.
admission, but not reported on the Transfer of Credit NUR 540 Advanced Pathophysiology, 3 cr.
Application are not considered for transfer after NUR 545 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment, 3 cr.
admission. No more than 9 credits are accepted in NUR 605 Advanced Pharmacology, 3 cr.
transfer. Individual programs may have additional
3 credits from the following:
NUR 695 Graduate Project, 1 - 3 cr.
To be considered for transfer, credits must be:
NUR 699 Graduate Thesis, 1 - 3 cr.
- Earned from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited
program at the graduate level;
Adult Nurse Practitioner Specialty
- Acceptable to the master’s program in education
of the transferring institution; 17 credits:
- Completed within the last 10 years; however, the NUR 624 Adult Nurse Practitioner Theory I, 3 cr.
school reserves the right to deny transfer of NUR 625 Practicum I: Adult Nurse Practitioner
credit for courses in which the content or and Role Development, 2 cr.
NUR 629 Adult Nurse Practitioner Theory II, 3 cr.
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NUR 630 Practicum II: Adult Nurse Practitioner Refer to the undergraduate School of Nursing section
and Role Development, 3 cr. for details about admission, progression, course
NUR 633 Adult Nurse Practitioner Theory III, 2 cr. requirements, and sequencing.
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.
NUR 650 Medical Surgical Nursing Across the Life
Span II, 2 cr.
NUR 652 Nursing Focus Clinical Practicum, 3 cr.
NUR 672 Nurse Educator Theory I, 3 cr.
NUR 673 Nurse Educator Theory II, 3 cr.
NUR 675 Nurse Educator Practicum and Role
Development, 4 cr.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing
NUR 672 Nurse Educator Theory I, 3 cr.
NUR 673 Nurse Educator Theory II, 3 cr.
NUR 675 Nurse Educator Practicum and Role
Development, 4 cr.
RN to BSN/MSN Program
Through innovative restructuring, Registered Nurses
prepared with an associate degree in nursing or a
nursing diploma may complete a MSN degree. The
new, stream-lined program of study provides RNs with
options to earn a master’s degree in less time than it
would take to earn a BSN degree and then a MSN
degree. For RNs who desire a BSN degree, the RN to
BSN degree option continues to be offered.
Pre-set group schedules are structured to include the
following options: a culmination of studies ending in a
BSN degree, a culmination of studies ending in a MSN
degree, or fulfillment of both degrees.
Graduates with a BSN degree may return to continue
graduate (MSN) studies at a later date, having fulfilled
10 credits of graduate nursing studies (NUR 511, NUR
540 and NUR 545). BSN graduates who wish to return
to graduate studies at a later date should contact the
admissions office to determine re-admission
requirements and program locations.