Graduate Catalog
(This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities through June 1, 2010.)

 Note to Readers
 Freedom of Thought and Expression
 Civil Rights
 Disabilities Accessibility


Welcome and thank you for your interest in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. UW-L offers numerous graduate programs, many of which have a counterpart among the approximately 80 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations. We are proud of our innovation and the opportunities provided for close interaction with excellent faculty through coursework, research, independent studies, internships, and numerous other experiences. Our focus is on delivery of high quality experiences that prepare individuals for current and future positions in an ever-changing global environment.

Each of the three colleges that comprise the university - the College of Business Administration, the College of Science and Health, and the College of Liberal Studies - offers graduate programs. Through Continuing Education and Extension, we are able to expand our reach into the communities of the region and state, offering many courses, programs, and degrees where individuals can benefit from what we have to offer while not having to come to campus.

The graduate faculty and I are committed to providing high quality, innovative, and challenging opportunities for your personal and professional growth and development. We offer a learning environment that places you at the leading edge of your field and prepares you for continued success. We look forward to your joining us as we learn, grow, and change together. Visit our Web site at


Vijendra K. Agarwal, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Note to Readers

This catalog does not establish or constitute a contract between UW-La Crosse and its students. Instead, it provides descriptive and summary information outlining university rules, policies, regulations, course listings, and degree programs. It is important for students to become acquainted with UW-L requirements and regulations, and to continue to keep informed about them while they are enrolled.

In compiling our catalog, we have used the most current and accurate information available to us at this time. However, we reserve the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. When the UW System or UW-L campus deletes or revises any of the information in this catalog, the changes take effect as soon as it is appropriate. At times, changes are applicable to all students regardless of which catalog they are following.


Freedom of Thought and Expression

The faculty and administration of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse believe that it is the task of the university to make people safe for ideas, not to make ideas safe for people. Beyond formal lectures and laboratory experiences, the University provides opportunities for the presentation of diverse views to stimulate thought and discussion in the University community. It is the responsibility of the University to strive, over a period of time, to attain a diversified presentation of ideas by people who are engaged in research and social dialogue. Thus, the University seeks to increase student exposure to the ever-expanding world of ideas. In a democratic society we can do no less. The appearance of any particular speaker on campus implies neither approval nor disapproval by the administration or the faculty of what that speaker says.

Civil Rights

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is totally committed to providing equal education and employment opportunity regardless of gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance by way of grant, contract or loan. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is similar in its prohibition of discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination on the basis of physical or mental handicap. Equal educational opportunity includes: admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, housing facilities, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial assistance, employment, health and insurance services, and athletics. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is unlawful and contrary to the fundamental standards of a university community. All grievances, questions or requests for information should be referred to the Affirmative Action Officer, 132 Graff Main Hall.

Disability Accessibility

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Ongoing efforts are being made to ensure that facilities and programs are accessible to all students with disabilities. All students must identify and present documentation (no older than three years) of their disabilities to the Disability Resources Services office in order to receive ongoing accommodations.

 Direct student services to those with physical, sensory or learning disabilities/ADHD include, but are not limited to: classroom note takers, tutors, class preregistration, taped textbooks, academic advising, individual/group counseling and equipment loan. Specific requests for assistance or information should be directed to the coordinator of the Disability Resource Services office, 165 Murphy Library.

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