Welcome from Dean Ziegler


Jennifer Ziegler, DeanGraduate school is your time to specialize. To delve deeper into a subject you discovered as an undergraduate. To sharpen your professional skill, broaden your perspective at work and even change careers. To expand your horizons and to deepen your personal commitments. It’s an exciting time for you, and it’s an exciting time to consider Valparaiso University for graduate study.

With its stellar reputation for undergraduate studies, some are surprised to learn that Valparaiso University offers graduate degrees and certificates. Indeed, through the Graduate School, which is now in its 51st year, Valpo offers over two dozen graduate degree programs that are fully integrated into academic departments in three Colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Nursing and Health Professions. Some programs, like education, psychology, nursing, and business, are nationally accredited. We offer unique interdisciplinary degrees that can be customized to your interests and career goals.

Your route to quality graduate programs at Valparaiso University is to apply through the Graduate School (and through MBA for graduate programs in management). After enrolling at Valpo, you work closely with a faculty advisor to design a plan of study to help you reach your goals. Our service-oriented Graduate School staff remains on hand to assist from matriculation through graduation.The Graduate School sponsors events throughout the year for the academic, social, and professional development of our students, including orientation, social gatherings, academic symposia, celebration dinners, and even international study trips for credit.

We invite you to learn more by visiting our website (valpo.edu/grad), by scheduling a campus visit, or by giving us a call (219-464-5313).

Pursue your specialty. Join us at Valpo.

Jennifer A. Ziegler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication and Dean of the Graduate School