Wheeling University is a private Catholic university located in Wheeling, West Virginia. As a member of the Eastern Mountain Conference in the United States, Wheeling University participated in the second division of the American College Athletic Association. The Professional and Graduate Research Center of Wheeling University offers five graduate programs, namely Master of Business Administration; Master of Accounting; Master of Nursing Science; Master of Science in Organizational Leadership; and Physical Therapist. Wheeling encourages all students to actively participate in research in their desired field. In many fields, seniors are required to complete a thesis or capstone project. In addition, students are actively encouraged to participate in the annual "Student Research and Scholarship Symposium" in which students will introduce the research done in the past academic year. All courses at Wheeling University are guided by the Catholic tradition of excellence in education and the tradition of providing services to others. By combining learning, research, and economic development with classical knowledge and Christian revelation, the university seeks to promote competence, creativity, and innovation outside the entire campus community.