Graduate Bulletin

A Message from the President

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Thank you for choosing the University of the Incarnate Word for the pursuit of your Graduate studies.

This Graduate Bulletin contains information on the more than two-dozen academic fields of study available to you at UIW. Included are our newest doctoral programs—the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.), the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and beginning in the fall of 2013, the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.).

We also offer professional studies leading to either a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) or the Doctor of Optometry degrees (O.D.). Please note that additional information on the Pharm.D. program can be obtained from either the pharmacy course bulletin or the Feik School of Pharmacy’s Web site at, while information on the O.D. program offered at the Rosenberg School of Optometry can be obtained at

All of the above are in addition to our oldest doctoral program, the Ph.D. in Education, which features concentrations in higher education, organizational leadership, and international education and entrepreneurship.

The University is grounded in the strength of our heritage, which we received from UIW’s founding Congregation, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The Sisters’ mission defines our roots and also compels us to continue in the pursuit of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good in an increasingly complex society characterized by deepening diversity, expanding technology, and an information explosion that requires careful management.

The academic programs outlined in the following pages illustrate our emphasis on quality—from the refinement of traditional programs through the introduction of new ones that ensure our graduates are always prepared for the global and technological society in which they will live.

Our pledge to you and your families is a continued pursuit of excellence. We also promise you an increase in the quality of our technological and physical resources. In return, we ask you to commit to quality in the pursuit of your educational goals and in the development of your personal and professional lives.

It is my hope that your experience at the University of the Incarnate Word, whether through our academic programs, your daily contacts with our faculty or your interactions with other students, will bring out the best in you for a truly fulfilling and service-oriented life.

All of us at Incarnate Word wish you every success as you pursue your academic dreams. Once again, thanks for choosing the University of the Incarnate Word.


Louis J. Agnese, Jr., Ph.D.