Jun 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Valpo

Mission Statement

Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.


Phone: 219.464.5313 Toll Free: 800.821.7685
Web site:

Location: Valparaiso, Indiana–Population 34,000
45 Miles Southeast of Chicago; 13 Miles South of Lake Michigan
Campus Size: 350 Acres, 60+ Buildings
Control: Independent
Religious Affiliation: Lutheran

Major Academic Divisions (Approximate Enrollments, Fall 2023)

  • College of Arts and Sciences - 1010
  • College of Business - 310
  • College of Engineering - 390
  • College of Nursing and Health Professions - 570
  • Christ College (Honors) - 270
  • Graduate Studies - 590

The Graduate Catalog of Valparaiso University describes the graduate programs of the University and provides information to guide students in the successful achievement of their academic goals. Nevertheless, the material is for information only and does not represent a contract between the student and the University. Students themselves are ultimately responsible for completion of the requirements for the degree as well as for the value received from University programs.

University Student Learning Objectives

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge as well as the intellectual skills and creative capacities pertinent to their respective fields of study.
  2. Solve both conceptual and applied problems by integrating broad-based knowledge, evidence-based reasoning, and information literacy.
  3. Practice experiential, interdisciplinary, and collaborative learning in both academic and co-curricular pursuits.
  4. Communicate effectively in oral, written, and digital forms in increasingly complex contexts.
  5. Engage in cross-cultural dialogue and experiences with the requisite knowledge to succeed in a diverse, global community.
  6. Develop character, integrity, and wisdom as they discern their vocations and prepare to ethically lead and serve church and society.

Graduate Student Learning Objectives

Students will:

  1. Understand and practice methods of inquiry and strategies of interpretation within the student’s field of study.
  2. Master the knowledge and skills pertinent to the student’s field of study.
  3. Effectively articulate the ideas, concepts, and methods through written and oral presentation.
  4. Understand the connection between their knowledge and skills on the one hand, and their professional identity, responsibilities, and demands on the other.
  5. Integrate knowledge and methods of their study with cognates and other disciplines.
  6. Study, reflect upon, and practice ethical behavior and cultural sensitivity as they relate to professional and personal responsibility.

Statement on Equality of Opportunity

Please refer to the University’s “Nondiscrimination and Equality of Opportunity Policy” and its “Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy,” which are available on the General Counsel website.



The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program) at Valparaiso University, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001
Tel: 202.887.6791


The following organizations have accredited or approved Valparaiso University and/or various departments within the university.



The Higher Learning Commission (University-wide Accreditation)

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL, 60604-1411; Tel: 800.621.7440;  Fax: 312.263.7462  hlcommission.org

     Accreditation granted:  01/01/1929

     Most recent reaffirmation of accreditation:  2017-2018

     Next reaffirmation of accreditation: 2027-2028

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC, 20036; Tel: 202.223.0077; caepnet.org

Indiana Department of Education

Indiana Government Center North, 9th Floor, 100 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46204; Tel: 317.232.6610; in.gov/doe

National Association of Schools of Music

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA, 20190; Tel: 703.437.0700; nasm.arts-accredit.org

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, Alexandria, VA, 22314; Tel: 703.535.5990; cacrep.org

Council on Social Work Education

333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA, 22314; Tel: 703.683.8080; cswe.org

AACSB International

777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL, 33602; Tel: 813.769.6500; aacsb.edu


415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201; Tel: 410.347.7700; abet.org

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)]

655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001; Tel: 202.887.6791; ccneaccreditation.org

Indiana State Board of Nursing [Bachelor of Science in Nursing]

Indiana Government Center South, Room W072, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204; Tel: 317.232.2960; in.gov/pla/professions/nursing-home/

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. [Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA)]

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Valparaiso University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Valparaiso University.  Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.  The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2032.  The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-valparaiso-university/.

3325 Paddocks Parkway, Suite 345, Suwanee, GA, 30024; Tel: 770.476.1224; accreditationservices@arc-pa.org; arc-pa.org

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education [Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)]

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD, 20852-4929; Tel: 301.652.AOTA; acoteonline.org


The American Chemical Society

1155 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036
Tel: 800.333.9511 (US and Canada) or 614.447.3776 (outside North America)

American Music Therapy Association

8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD  20910
Tel: 301.589.3300; Fax 301.589.5175

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130, Boulder, CO, 80301
Tel: 720.680.1600