Viterbo and Saint Mary’s universities form new academic partnership

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Viterbo University in La Crosse and Saint Mary’s University in Winona announced Wednesday that they will partner up to provide flexibility and increased offerings for students at both schools.

University presidents Glena Temple of Viterbo and Father James P. Burns of Saint Mary’s will sign the agreement, which goes into effect for the fall 2021 semester, later this month.

“This partnership is mutually beneficial for students looking to jump start meaningful advanced degrees or certificate programs, as well as for regional employers,” said Temple. “Students will emerge from these collaborative programs with valuable skills, strong leadership traits, and ethical values—characteristics highly desirable in today’s workforce. Our collective goal is to offer flexibility and opportunity, two things today’s deserving students seek when determining where and how to advance their education.”

Both are Catholic universities with a mission of transformative education.

“Partnering with Viterbo is a natural extension for Saint Mary’s as we look to serve students who seek an excellent education rooted in leadership and service to others,” said Burns. “In these increasingly challenging times, we are called to be especially innovative and creative in serving students and meeting employer and societal needs going forward. Strong partnerships create opportunity, and we are pleased to be working closely with Viterbo.”

As part of the agreement:
  • Saint Mary’s will recognize six credits of advanced standing toward its 36-hour MS in business intelligence and data analytics from the following Viterbo bachelor’s degrees: accounting, business administration, finance, health care and wellness management, marketing, sport management and leadership, computer science, engineering, and psychology.
  • Saint Mary’s students completing a BA degree are able to accelerate completion of Viterbo’s MA in Servant Leadership program by enrolling in six credits of graduate coursework that counts toward both the MA and the BA degree.
  • Saint Mary’s will make its Certificate in Project Management available to Viterbo graduates.
  • Viterbo will make its Certificate in Ethical Leadership available to Saint Mary’s graduates.