Mar 01, 2024  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Student and Campus Services Office
UCR Student Services Building (SS) 128
859 30th Avenue SE (U.S. Highway 14 and 30th Avenue SE)
Rochester, MN 55904
507.285.7100 or 800.366.5418
Winona State University-Rochester website

Campus Overview

Since 1917, Winona State University has served students in Rochester, Minnesota and the surrounding area. In 1993, Winona State University and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) collaborated to create the University Center Rochester (UCR). The Greater Rochester area served by UCR has a population of over 108,000 people; area residents have a high level of education attainment, and they are highly receptive to the lifelong learning opportunities offered by WSU-Rochester and the other institutions.

Its location in the growing city of Rochester provides WSU-Rochester with unique opportunities to offer specialized classes and programs aimed at key industries in the area, including business, computer science, education, health care, human services, and social work. WSU-Rochester’s strong “commitment to community” is evident as students, faculty, and staff from a variety of programs engage in experiential community-based learning in area organizations, businesses, and schools.

WSU-Rochester has served the region with distinction and the numbers tell the story. Approximately 275 students per year graduate from WSU-Rochester. More than 1,700 students are served each year through day, evening, weekend and online/hybrid classes, and more than 5,000 WSU alumni currently live and work in a variety of professional careers in the Rochester area. Approximately 40 resident faculty are located on the Rochester campus; in addition, 20 Winona campus faculty also teach at WSU-Rochester and a number of adjunct faculty professionals from area industries also serve Rochester students.

Housed with RCTC in a single, integrated building complex on the UCR campus, WSU-Rochester features modern facilities, technology-enhanced classrooms, and state-of-the-art Health Sciences building with clinical nursing labs and high fidelity simulation. Interactive communication and instructional technology links WSU-Rochester students with the Winona campuses and the world.

Degrees and Programs

Students at WSU-Rochester can complete several graduate degrees within 16 different graduate programs at the Master’s Specialist and Doctoral levels. For more information about graduate programs, see Degrees, Programs & Certificates .

WSU-Rochester also provides upper-division courses for the completion of a number of WSU baccalaureate degrees. Entering students can transfer credits from other institutions through individual transcript evaluation or official articulation agreements with Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC). Through these program agreements, students can complete a number of baccalaureate degree programs by transferring lower-division credits from RCTC or other accredited institutions, and completing upper-level courses at WSU-Rochester. See the WSU-Rochester section in the Undergraduate Catalog for detailed descriptions.

Non-Credit CEU/Continuing Education

WSU’s Outreach and Continuing Education Department provides non-credit continuing education courses in Rochester for educators, business and industry, agencies, and government.


Students seeking a graduate degree must apply through the Graduate School office.  It is also possible to enroll in graduate courses as a Graduate Special student without applying to a graduate program. The student must provide proof that he or she has earned an undergraduate degree. For more information on graduate admission, see Admissions .

Registration and Academic Records

For general information about registration and academic records, see the Registration and Academic Records section of WSU Undergraduate Catalog.

Student and Campus Services

Access Services for Students with Disabilities

Special services and accommodations for students with special needs are offered free of charge to qualified students who present documentation of a disability. Students may schedule appointments or request information by contacting WSU’s Access Services on the Winona campus. Call 507.457.5878 or email

Campus Visits

Students are encouraged to visit the WSU-Rochester campus. For more information about programs and services or to schedule a tour, call 507.285.7100, 800.366.5418 or email

Career Services

Rochester Campus: UCR Student Services (SS) 128 (507.280.5079)
Winona Campus: Maxwell Hall 314 (507.457.5340)

Career Services assists undergraduate and graduate students seeking career direction, part-time work on and off campus, work-study positions, summer opportunities, internships, and full-time employment. Alumni are also eligible for assistance in their search for full-time employment. Students are encouraged to activate their Warrior Jobs account, upload, and publish their resumes with Career Services early to take full advantage of the broad range of services offered through Career Services. Students may schedule individual advising appointments to discuss career direction and questions related to the job search, to critique resumes and cover letters, and to obtain tips on interviewing.

Career Services provides opportunities for students to interact with employers through career fairs, job fairs, and on-campus interviews. Once students activate their Warrior Jobs account, upload, and publish their resumes with Career Services, employers can access to their resumes directly through our website. Additionally, students can access job openings or update their resumes via the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employment information, graduate follow-up results, and additional resources are available in the office as well as our website.

The Career Services office is open from 8am - 4:30pm during the academic year and from 7:30am - 4pm during the summer. Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment.

Child Care

Child care for WSU-Rochester students is available on the UCR campus. Students may request information by contacting the UCR Child Care Center at 507.285.7232.

Computer Facilities

WSU-Rochester is equipped with technology for interactive television (ITV) and computer systems that link UCR students with the Winona campus and the world. The UCR Goddard Library houses a large student computer lab and a laptop rental center. All labs allow students access to mainframes on the Winona campus.

In addition, WSU-Rochester graduate students have two designated graduate student study rooms: a Graduate Studies Lounge with computer access as well as a Student Activities Club room that can be used for a quiet study room for graduate students.

Counseling and Wellness Services

Personal counseling services are available to students on the WSU-Rochester campus on a weekly basis. To schedule an appointment for admissions or academic advising or personal counseling call 507.285.7100 or email

Financial Aid

Students must apply for financial aid online through the FAFSA website. Representatives from the WSU Financial Aid Office are available on the WSU-Rochester campus each week. To arrange an appointment with a financial aid advisor call 507.285.7100 or email

Housing and Dining

The University Center at Rochester (UCR) is a non-residential, commuter campus. However, a variety of housing options are available in the Rochester area, including furnished and unfurnished apartments, efficiencies, single room rentals, and houses.

Lancer Hospitality operates the UCR dining and catering food services. The Fresh Stop Cafés are located on the third floor of the College Center and the Heintz Center; the Espresso Plus is located in the Health Sciences Building.  A meal plan for students, faculty and staff is available.

International Students

Staff members from the Office of International Services are available on the WSU-Rochester campus on a monthly basis. Students may schedule appointments at 507.285.7100 or request information by calling the Office of International Services on the Winona campus at 507.457.5303.


WSU-Rochester students have access to the UCR Goddard Library in Rochester and the Darrell W. Krueger Library on the Winona campus. WSU-Rochester’s library holdings are integrated into UCR’s Goddard Library with holdings of more than 80,000 volumes and online access to more than 75 article databases. In addition, students may request books and articles from Goddard Library or Krueger Library and any other library in the state through interlibrary loan.  Goddard Library has a large computer lab, quiet study areas, a reading lounge, and 7 group study rooms that may be reserved up to two weeks in advance.

Parking Services

Students will be charged a parking fee for each semester. This fee will automatically be added to a student’s semester billing for tuition and fees. No parking permit will be issued; student lots are designated.

Student and Campus Services Office

First Floor, Student Services Building - SS128

The WSU-Rochester Student and Campus Services (SCS) office has full-time staff available to provide academic and administrative services for WSU-Rochester students. The SCS office provides assistance with: access services, admissions, advising, career services, financial aid, graduation, probation/suspension, registration, student life activities and events, student life clubs and organizations, and tutoring and learning center.

Visiting Advisors from the Winona campus meet with WSU-Rochester students on the WSU-Rochester campus regularly. Visiting Advisors include: Academic Program Advisors, Admissions, Counseling and Wellness Services, Financial Aid, International Student Services, and Registrar.

Student Disclosure Policy

Educational records of students taking classes at the UCR campus may be made available to employees of WSU and RCTC while the student is attending the UCR campus if access to a student record is required in order to provide services to the student.


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP):

Educational Specialist (EdS):

Master of Science (MS) in Education:

Master of Science (MS) in Counselor Education:

Counselor Education - Graduate Certificate:

Master of Science (MS) in Education Leadership:

Master of Science (MS) in Nursing:

Master of Science (MS) in Special Education:

Master of Science (MS) in Early Childhood Special Education: (Program being discontinued-not accepting new admissions).

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nursing - Graduate Certificates:

Department of Education- Secondary Licensure Program: Teacher Preparation Collaborative (TPC) 
Education Leadership Licensure program: K-12 Principal and Superintendent
Education Leadership Certificates: Sports Management and Outdoor Education/Adventure-Based Leadership

For more information about the graduate programs visit WSU’s Graduate Study website.