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VIU Addenda to 2014-2015 Catalog

NOTE: The following addenda are modified in the softcopy of the catalog, available on the school website.
Deleted language is struck.    New language is underlined.

22.  1/27/2015 Modification on p. 30, section 3.1 under Admission Requirements, item #4 from the table has been changed to the following:

# Admission Materials Programs
Graduate Under-graduate Graduate Certificate Undergrad Certificate ESL
1 Initial Student Agreement Form
2 Application Fee
3 Previous Degree Bachelor’s High School Bachelor’s High School --
4 Official Transcript &
Min. GPA

GPA: 2.5
Recommended
Required

GPA: 2.0
Recommended Required

GPA: 2.5
Recommended
Required
-- --
5 English Proficiency1 --
6 GRE/ GMAT Recommended -- -- -- --
7 Financial Documents2

23.  1/27/2015 Modification on p. 32, under section, Official Transcripts, the minimum GPA requirement is now required instead of recommended.

If transcripts from the institution are issued in the student’s native language as well as in English, students will only be required to submit the English version. A minimum of a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is recommended required for graduate admission, and a minimum of a 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is recommended required for undergraduate admission.

19. 1/8/2015 Modification on p. 70 – the section 6.22. Academic Probation. The second and third paragraphs have been modified as follows.

6.22 Academic Probation

Students who fail to maintain the required CGPA and successful course completion percentage minimums at 25%, 50%, and 75% of the Maximum Time Frame (MTF) at the end of each academic year (for those programs equal to one year in length or longer) will be placed on academic probation as shown in the table below:

Evaluation Points
(% of MTF attempted*)
Probation Period
for Undergraduate Level Programs
CGPA Falling in Probation Period
for Graduate Level Programs
At 25% of MTF CGPA < 1.25 CGPA < 2.25
At 50% of MTF 1.25 < CGPA < 1.50 2.25 < CGPA < 2.50
At 75% of MTF 1.50 < CGPA < 1.75 2.50 < CGPA < 2.75
At 100% of MTF No probation is allowed. Dismissal is required. No probation is allowed. Dismissal is required.

Students who do not maintain satisfactory academic progress will be placed on academic probation for one semester. The student on academic probation will be counseled and given assistance, if needed, in order to improve their CGPA. The statement “Placed on Academic Probation” will be entered into the student’s permanent record. The academic probationary period is normally one semester, except under mitigating circumstances. The student is considered to be maintaining satisfactory academic progress while on probation.

If a student fails to attain a minimum CGPA of 2.0 at the end of the academic probationary period, the student will be dismissed and the statement “Academic Dismissal” will be entered into the student’s permanent record.

Students who do not maintain satisfactory academic progress will be placed on academic probation. The student on academic probation will be counseled and given assistance, if needed, in order to improve their CGPA. The statement “Placed on Academic Probation” will be entered into the student’s permanent record.

If a student fails to meet both minimum semester GPA and CGPA of 2.0 for undergraduate or 3.0 for graduate program, the student will be dismissed and the statement “Academic Dismissal” will be entered into the student’s permanent record.

If a student attains a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate or 3.0 for graduate program, but fails to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.0 for undergraduate or 3.0 for graduate, the student will be placed on probation for one additional semester.

If a student fails to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.0 for undergraduate or 3.0 for graduate program at the end of second semester being on probation, the student will be dismissed and the statement “Academic Dismissal” will be entered into the student’s permanent record.
If the student on academic probation attains a minimum CGPA of 2.0 for undergraduate or 3.0 for graduate program, the probation status will be lifted.

20. 1/8/2015 Modification on p. 71 – the section 6.23. Academic Dismissal. The first paragraph has been modified as follows.

6.23 Academic Dismissal

Students who do not maintain at least a CGPA of 2.0 at the end of the academic probationary period, and who cannot meet the minimum CGPA requirement at the evaluation points shown in the table below, will be dismissed from the University.

Students who do not attain both minimum semester GPA and CGPA of 2.0 for undergraduate or 3.0 for graduate program at the end of first probationary period, or students who fail to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.0 for undergraduate or 3.0 for graduate program at the end of second probationary period, or students who cannot meet the minimum CGPA requirement at the evaluation points shown in the table below, will be dismissed from the university.

Evaluation Points
(% of MTF attempted*)
Dismissal Points
for Undergraduate Level Programs
Dismissal Points
for Graduate Level Programs
At 25% of MTF No dismissal is required.  No dismissal is required.
At 50% of MTF CGPA < 1.25 CGPA < 2.25
At 75% of MTF CGPA < 1.50 CGPA < 2.50
At 100% of MTF CGPA < 2.00 CGPA < 3.00

The statement “Academic Dismissal” will be entered into the student’s permanent record. Academic dismissal normally is permanent unless, with good cause, students reapply and are accepted under special consideration for readmission by the university. (See the “Student Withdrawal and Readmission” policy below.)

1/8/2015 Update of the phone numbers listed on page 1.

1. 1/8/2015 Update of the phone numbers listed on page 1.
Village Drive Building
4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 (703)-591-2760 (703) 591-7042
Waples Mill Building
11200 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 591-7042
Pender Building
3957 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 (703)-591-1844 (703) 591-7042
Commonwealth Building
3953 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 (703)-865-4468 (703) 591-7042
Student Center Building
3949 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 703-591-2760 (703) 591-7042

12/23/2014 Modification to ESL program listed on pages 183-186.

  1. 12/23/2014 Modification to ESL program listed on pages 183-186.

Program Description and Objectives:
The English as a Second Language Program at VIU provides quality English language instruction for students whose native language is not English. The program focuses on helping students develop sufficient language proficiency and skills for successful study at an American university or college. The program also prepares students for the TOEFL examination.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Help students attain their desired level of English language proficiency by providing intensive instruction in all skills; and
  • Help students develop strong academic communication skills for the TOEFL examination and successful study at American institutions of higher education.

The program offers instruction at six levels of proficiency (Elementary (0300), Low Intermediate (0400), High Intermediate (0500), Low Advanced (0600), High Advanced (0700) and Bridge to Academic (0800)). Each level can be completed in one term of full-time study. The overall length of the program depends on the initial placement level and on how quickly the student progresses from one level to another.

Each level includes 140 academic hours of classroom instruction per level/term. Each term is 7 weeks long and full-time students receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week. Students in the Elementary and Low Intermediate level will take two core classes (10 hours/week for each class), Speaking & Listening and Reading & Writing. In the High Intermediate, Low Advanced, and High Advanced level, students will take 3 core classes (6 hours/week for each class) and 1 elective class (2 hours/week). Students in the Bridge to Academic level are able to choose 4 elective classes (5 hours/week for each class).

In addition to the regular ESL classes, students placed in the High Intermediate or higher level are given an option of selecting intensive TOEFL courses, the focus of which is TOEFL iBT preparation. In High Intermediate or Low Advanced level, students take 2 core classes (10 hours/week for each class): TOEFL: Basic Skills for Listening & Reading and TOEFL Basic Skills for Speaking & Writing (High Intermediate); TOEFL: Solid Skills for Listening & Reading and TOEFL: Solid Skills for Speaking & Writing (Low Advanced). Students placed in the High Advanced or Bridge to Academic level are able to take TOEFL classes. Each 7-week term, students take 2 core classes (10 hours/week for each class), which can be any combination of TOEFL Reading, TOEFL Writing, TOEFL Listing and TOEFL Speaking.

Initial Program Placement:
All new students are required to take a three-part English language proficiency test at VIU to determine appropriate placement in one of the six levels within the program. The placement test includes the following components: an essay writing task (30 minutes), a computer-based test of grammar, vocabulary, and reading skills (1 hour), and an interview (10-15 minutes).

The scores achieved on these three components of the test determine student placement within the program. Students usually take all classes at one level; split placements are rare. In order to be allowed to register for a combination of ESL and academic courses, a student must attain a near-academic score on all components. Placement tests can be taken only once per term.

Program Advancement, Completion, and University Admission
ESL courses are non-credit-bearing courses. All ESL courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. An average score of 75% and an adequate attendance record are required to pass an ESL class.

Full-time students who pass all their ESL core courses (Levels 0300-0700) receive a certificate of level completion and advance to the next level. Full-time high advanced or 0800 students who pass 75% of the 0800-level courses (3 out of 4 elective courses) and take the Program Exit Test receive a certificate of program completion. The program completion certificate serves as evidence of sufficient English proficiency for admission to VIU’s academic programs.

Students who do not pass required courses (all core classes for 0300-0700; 75% of elective courses in 0800) in a given term have the option of retaking the placement test at the end of the term. Those who score at the next level of proficiency receive no certificate of level/program completion but are usually allowed to advance to the next level or exit the program early. This “early exit” does not apply to those who take the test at the end of Term I and intend to start an academic program upon the completion of the ESL program even if they attain a required score for the academic level. They will be required to take one more term of ESL before starting their academic program in Term I.

ESL Core Courses
Courses numbered 0300-0399 are open to Elementary students; courses numbered 0400-0499 are open to Low Intermediate students; 0500-0599 are open to High Intermediate students; courses numbered 0600-0699 are open to Low Advanced students, courses numbered 0700-0799 are open to High Advanced students; and courses numbered 0800-0899 are open to students at the Bridge to Academic level.

Code Course Title Term Hours
ESL 0300 Elementary Speaking  & Listening 70
ESL 0305 Elementary Reading  & Writing 70
ESL 0400 Intermediate Speaking & Listening 70
ESL 0405 Intermediate Reading & Writing 70
ESL 0510 High Intermediate Grammar 42
ESL 0500 High Intermediate Speaking & Listening 42
ESL 0505 High Intermediate Reading & Writing 42
ESL 0520 TOEFL: Basic Skills for Listening & Reading 70
ESL 0521 TOEFL: Basic Skills for Speaking & Writing 70
ESL 0600 Low Advanced Speaking & Listening 42
ESL 0605 Low Advanced Reading & Writing 42
ESL 0610 Low Advanced Grammar 42
ESL 0620 TOEFL: Solid Skills for Listening & Reading 70
ESL 0621 TOEFL: Solid Skills for Speaking & Writing 70
ESL 0700 High Advanced Speaking & Listening 42
ESL 0705 High Advanced Reading & Writing 42
ESL 0715 Skills for Academic Success 42
ESL 0720 TOEFL Listening 70
ESL 0721 TOEFL Speaking 70
ESL 0722 TOEFL Reading 70
ESL 0723 TOEFL Writing 70

ESL Elective Courses
Elective Courses appeal to a broad range of interests. Not every course is offered every term. Courses numbered 0500-0599 are open to High Intermediate students; courses numbered 0600-0699 are open to Low Advanced students, courses numbered 0700-0799 are open to High Advanced students; and courses numbered 0800-0899 are open to students at the Bridge to Academic level.

Code Course Title Term Hours
ESL 0501 Pronunciation: Speak Up 14
ESL 0515 Vocabulary Foundations 14
ESL 0516 English in Action 14
ESL 0525 Walking into American Culture 14
ESL 0526 English through Current Events 14
ESL 0601 Pronunciation: Speak Clearly 14
ESL 0615 Vocabulary Development 14
ESL 0625 Living in American Culture 14
ESL 0626 Stay Informed through News & Current Events 14
ESL 0627 English Through Songs 14
ESL 0701 Pronunciation: Speak Confidently 14
ESL 0702 Speak like an American Professional 14
ESL 0706 Write like an American Professional 14
ESL 0710 Grammar Matters 14
ESL 0716 Vocabulary Expansion 14
ESL 0717 Debate and Controversial Issues 14
ESL 0800 Public Speaking with No Fear (1) 35
ESL 0801 Public Speaking with Authority (2) 35
ESL 0802 Accent Reduction 35
ESL 0805 English through Popular American Books 35
ESL 0815 English through Service Learning 35
ESL 0816 Social Problems through My Eyes 35
ESL 0817 Critical Thinking through News around the World 35
ESL 0825 Examining American Society through TV 35
ESL 0826 Delicious English 35
ESL 0827 Raising Issues through American Movies 35
ESL 0828 English through U.S. Traveling 35
ESL 0829 Music & World Cultures 35
ESL 0830 American Values through the Lens of the Constitution 35

Program Description and Objectives:
The English as a Second Language Program at VIU provides quality English language instruction for students whose native language is not English. The program focuses on helping students develop sufficient language proficiency and skills for successful study at an American university or college. The program also prepares students for the TOEFL examination.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Help students attain their desired level of English language proficiency by providing intensive instruction in all skills; and
  • Help students develop strong academic communication skills for the TOEFL examination and successful study at American institutions of higher education.


The program offers instruction at seven levels of proficiency (Low Elementary (0200), High Elementary (0300), Low Intermediate (0400), High Intermediate (0500), Low Advanced (0600), High Advanced (0700) and Bridge to Academic (0800)). Each level can be completed in one term of full-time study. The overall length of the program depends on the initial placement level and on how quickly the student progresses from one level to another.

Each level includes 140 academic hours of classroom instruction per level/term. Each term is 7 weeks long and full-time students receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week. Students in the Low Elementary (0200), High Elementary (0300), Low Intermediate (0400), High Intermediate (0500), Low Advanced (0600), High Advanced (0700) levels will take two core classes (10 hours/week for each class), Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation and Reading, Writing & Grammar. Students in the Bridge to Academic level are able to choose from elective classes, which either meet for 5 hours/week or 10 hours/week.

In addition to the regular ESL classes, students placed in the High Intermediate or higher level are given an option of selecting intensive TOEFL courses, the focus of which is TOEFL iBT preparation. In High Intermediate or Low Advanced level, students take 2 core classes (10 hours/week for each class): TOEFL: Basic Skills for Listening & Reading and TOEFL Basic Skills for Speaking & Writing (High Intermediate); TOEFL: Solid Skills for Listening & Reading and TOEFL: Solid Skills for Speaking & Writing (Low Advanced). Students placed in the High Advanced or Bridge to Academic level are able to take TOEFL classes. Each 7-week term, students take 2 core classes (10 hours/week for each class), which can be any combination of TOEFL & Academic Reading, TOEFL Writing, TOEFL & Academic Listing and TOEFL Speaking.

ESL Program
Level Hours Structure
Level 0200 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Level 0300 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Level 0400 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Level 0500 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Level 0600 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Level 0700 140 contact hours 2 core classes
Level 0800 140 contact hours 2 - 4 elective courses

Initial Program Placement:
All new students are required to take a three-part English language proficiency test at VIU to determine appropriate placement in one of the seven levels within the program. The placement test includes the following components: an essay writing task (30 minutes), a computer-based test of grammar, vocabulary, and reading skills (1 hour), and an interview (10-15 minutes).

The scores achieved on these three components of the test determine student placement within the program. Students usually take all classes at one level, split placements are rare. In order to be allowed to register for a combination of ESL and academic courses, a student must attain a near-academic score on all components. Placement tests can be taken only once per term.

Program Advancement, Completion, and University Admission:
ESL courses are non-credit-bearing courses. All ESL courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. An average score of 75.00% and an adequate attendance record are required to pass an ESL class.

Full-time students who pass all their ESL core courses (Levels 0200-0700) receive a certificate of level completion and advanced to the next level. Full-time 0800 students who pass 75.00% of the 0800-level courses and take the Program Exit Test receive a certificate of program completion. The program completion certificate serves as evidence of sufficient English proficiency for admission to VIU’s academic programs.

Students who do not pass required courses (all core classes for 0200-0700; 75.00% of elective courses in 0800) in a given term have the option of retaking the placement test at the end of the term. Continuing students who wish to retake the placement test must take it before the start of the next term.  Those who score at the next level of proficiency receive no certificate of level/program completion but are usually allowed to advance to the next level or exit the program early. This “early exit” does not apply to those who take the test at the end of Term I and intend to start an academic program upon the completion of the ESL program even if they attain a required score for the academic level. They will be required to take one more term of ESL before starting their academic program in Term I.

ESL Core Courses:
Courses numbered 0200-0299 are open to low elementary students; 0300-0399 are open to high elementary students; courses numbered 0400-0499 are open to low intermediate students; 0500-0599 are open to high intermediate students; courses numbered 0600-0699 are open to low advanced students, courses numbered 0700-0799 are open to high advanced students; and courses numbered 0800-0899 are open to students at the bridge to academic level.

Course Code Course Name Term Hours
ESL 0230 Low Elementary Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation 70
ESL 0235 Low Elementary Reading, Writing & Grammar 70
ESL 0330 High Elementary Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation 70
ESL 0335 High Elementary Reading, Writing & Grammar 70
ESL 0430 Low Intermediate Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation 70
ESL 0435 Low Intermediate Reading, Writing & Grammar 70
ESL 0520 TOEFL: Basic Skills for Listening & Reading 70
ESL 0521 TOEFL: Basic Skills for Speaking & Writing 70
ESL 0530 High Intermediate Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation 70
ESL 0535 High Intermediate Reading, Writing & Grammar 70
ESL 0620 TOEFL: Solid Skills for Listening & Reading 70
ESL 0621 TOEFL: Solid Skills for Speaking & Writing 70
ESL 0630 Low Advanced Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation 70
ESL 0635 Low Advanced Reading, Writing & Grammar 70
ESL 0720 TOEFL & Academic Listening 70
ESL 0722 TOEFL & Academic Reading 70
ESL 0730 High Advanced Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation 70
ESL 0735 High Advanced Reading, Writing & Grammar 70

ESL Elective Courses:
Elective Courses appeal to a broad range of interests. Not every course is offered every term. Courses numbered 0200-0299 are open to low elementary students; 0300-0399 are open to high elementary students; courses numbered 0400-0499 are open to low intermediate students; 0500-0599 are open to high intermediate students; courses numbered 0600-0699 are open to low advanced students, courses numbered 0700-0799 are open to high advanced students; and courses numbered 0800-0899 are open to students at the bridge to academic level.

Course Code Course Name Term Hours
ESL 0501 Pronunciation: Speak Up 14
ESL 0515 Vocabulary Foundations 14
ESL 0516 English in Action 14
ESL 0525 Walking into American Culture 14
ESL 0526 English through Current Events 14
ESL 0601 Pronunciation: Speak Clearly 14
ESL 0615 Vocabulary Development 14
ESL 0625 Living in American Culture 14
ESL 0626 Stay Informed through News & Current Events 14
ESL 0627 English Through Songs 14
ESL 0701 Pronunciation: Speak Confidently 14
ESL 0702 Speak like an American Professional 14
ESL 0706 Write like an American Professional 14
ESL 0710 Grammar Matters 14
ESL 0716 Vocabulary Expansion 14
ESL 0717 Debate and Controversial Issues 14
ESL 0800 Public Speaking & Presentation Skills 35
ESL 0802 Accent Reduction 35
ESL 0805 English through Popular American Books 35
ESL 0806 Academic Writing & Research Skills 70
ESL 0810 Grammar Workshop & Editing 35
ESL 0815 English through Service Learning 35
ESL 0817 Critical Thinking through News around the World 35
ESL 0821 TOEFL Speaking 70
ESL 0823 TOEFL Writing 70
ESL 0827 Debate & Analysis through American Media 35
ESL 0840 English for Business Professionals 35
ESL 0850 IELTS Preparation 70

Please refer to the ESL Programs Courses section in the Academic Catalog for course descriptions.

12/2/14 Deletion on p. 6, 14, 36, 67, 97, 169, & 187. Graduate Certificate of Education program is terminated and no longer offered.

  1. 12/2/14 Deletion on p. 6, 14, 36, 67, 97, 169, & 187. Graduate Certificate of Education program is terminated and no longer offered.

    11.4.  Graduate Certificate of Education Program (p. 6)
               Graduate Certificate of Education (p. 14)
               Graduate Certificate of Education (p. 36)

    Program of Study NPL in credits MTF Allowed in credits*
    Undergraduate Certificate Programs 24 36
    Graduate Certificate of Education
    30
    45
    All Other Graduate Certificate Programs 18 27
    Baccalaureate Degree Programs 120 180
    Master of Education
     39**  57**
    All Other Master’s Degree Programs 36** 54**

              Graduate Certificate of Education (p.97)
    11.4.  Graduate Certificate of Education Program (p. 169)
               Graduate Certificate of Education

  2. 12/2/2014 Correction on p. 53 for Academic Regulations.  Under section 6.1 Enrollment, Full-Time Student, should read, “Graduate level programs and 12 semester credit hours for undergraduate level program.”

    “for graduate level programs and 12 semester credit hours for undergraduate level programs.”

  3. 12/2/2014 Modification on p. 56. The grading scale has been revised. Two decimal places are added in the percentage section. The grade points and CGPA are changed from the tenth to the hundredth.
    6.5. Grading System and Grade Point Average
    Percentage Letter Grade Grade Points CGPA Academic Standing
    95.00-100.00 A 4.00 4.00  
    90.00-94.99 A- 3.70    
    85.00-89.99 B+ 3.30    
    80.00-84.99 B 3.00 3.00 Satisfactory grade for graduate level programs
    75.00-79.99 B- 2.70    
    70.00-74.99 C+ 2.30    
    65.00-69.99 C 2.00 2.00 Lowest passing grade for graduate level courses, and satisfactory grade for undergraduate level programs
    60.00-64.99 C- 1.70    
    55.00-59.99 D+ 1.30    
    50.00-54.99 D 1.00    
    45.00-49.99 D- 0.70 0.70 Lowest passing grade for undergraduate level programs
    0.00-44.99 F 0 0.0 Failure
    -- AU 0 0.0 Audit
    -- I -- -- Incomplete
    -- NR -- -- Not Reported
    75.00-100.00 S -- -- Satisfactory (non-credit)
    -- TC 0 0.0 Transfer Credit
    0.00-74.99 U -- -- Unsatisfactory (non-credit)
    -- W -- -- Withdrawn

  4. 12/2/2014 Addition on p. 57. I: Incomplete is added in the list of symbols.

    Symbols: The following symbols may appear next to a grade or in the grade column:

    AU: Audited Course               I: Incomplete                   R: Repeat Course
    TC: Transfer-in Credits         NR: Not Reported            W: Withdrawn

  5. 12/2/2014 Correction on p. 59. Under 6.8. Graduation Requirements, the total required credit hours for Graduate Certificate of Education is removed from the table.

     

    Graduate Degree Undergrad. Degree Graduate Certificate Undergrad. Certificate
    Minimum Passing Grade Per Course C D- C D-
    CGPA 3.00 2.00 3.00 2.00
    Total Required Credit Hours 36 or 39* 120 18 or 30** 24

    *Master of Education requires 39 credits. All other master’s degree programs require 36 credits.
    **Graduate Certificate of Education requires 30 credits. All other graduate certificate programs require 18 credits.

  6. 12/2/2014 Addition on p. 88 for item number 10, the following information has been added.

    10. School Transfer: If a student needs to make a school transfer, they are advised to do so in a timely fashion. It is recommended that students inform VIU of their intention to transfer at least 15 days before the start date of the new semester at VIU.  However, Initial students are required to inform VIU’s International Student Services Department of their intention to transfer, via email, phone or in person before the program start date listed on their I-20. Failure to do so will result in the termination of the student’s status.  We ask that any student who informs the department via phone, also follow up with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  7. 12/2/2014 Addition on p. 89, this entire section has been added after item number 14.

    Travel Authorization for F-1 Visa Students
    F1 students should only travel outside of the U.S. during official school breaks (such as Annual Break for ESL students or Summer or Winter Break for academic students) with the exception of extreme emergency cases.  The ISS Office reserves the right to ask for documentation supporting emergency cases.  If a student cannot provide this documentation, the ISS Office reserves the right not to authorize the student’s travel outside of the U.S.
    Anytime a student wishes to travel outside of the U.S. they should be able to submit the following for proof of travel:

    1. A completed Travel Authorization Form
    2. A complete Travel Itinerary (flight information) that shows a departure date as well as a return date
    3. Your most current I-20
    4. Other documentation (if applicable)

    All F-1 students should understand that they assume any and all risks associated with traveling outside of the U.S. The ISS Office will guide and advise students to the best of their ability, with the understanding that CBP has the right to question and detain any student they choose for any reason.
    For more information about F-1 visa rules and regulations for international students, students should consult with the International Student Advisor/DSO in the ISS Office.

  8. 12/2/2014 Addition on p. 90 under the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) section, the following information has been added to the end of the paragraph.

    Any student applying for a 3 credit CPT will need to make sure that their CPT application has been approved by the end of the add/drop week for that current semester. Students applying for 1 credit CPT may be approved at any time during the current semester, at the discretion of the Dean as well as the International Student Advisor.

  9. 12/2/2014 Modification on p. 30 under Admission Requirements, the following description has been added.

    • Official recommendation letters
    • Academic statement of purpose
    • Resume/curriculum vitae
    • OFFICIAL RECOMMENDATION

      Minimum of 1 official recommendation from a professional who can speak to the candidates academic abilities (preferably from a current/former instructor or a current/former employer).  All recommendations should be written in English or provide an official translation.

    • ACADEMIC STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
      A 500-word statement of purpose defining the reasoning behind joining the program.  This statement should address the applicant’s academic interests, professional objectives, areas of interest to be explored in the program
    • RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE
      Detailing current and/or previous work history and education.  Previous work history will not impact admission decisions.

    4* Prospective students applying for the School of Education programs must obtain academic-level scores on all components of the placement/exit test or other approved standardized exams demonstrating English language proficiency accepted by the university.

  10. 12/12/2014 Modification on p. 176 under MIR Core Courses, the following change has been added.

    MIR Core Courses (7 courses – 21 credits)
    The Core Courses provide the students with the skills and knowledge needed by all International Relations professionals.

    Code Course Title Course Prerequisite Credits
    GOVT 505 Research Methods None 3
    GOVT 510 Theories of International Relations None 3
    GOVT 520 International Security None 3
    GOVT 618 International Economics & Trade MBA 511/ Dean’s Approval 3
    GOVT 632 Comparative Politics GOVT 510 3
    GOVT 711 Globalization GOVT 510 3
    GOVT 790 Advanced Research Project A minimum of 15 Credits
    GOVT 505, GOVT 510, GOVT 520, GOVT 632, GOVT 618, GOVT 711
    3

  11. 12/12/2014 Modification on p. 288 under the course description for GOVT 790.

    GOVT 790: Advanced Research Project (3)
    Prerequisite: A minimum of 15 credits from GOVT 505, GOVT 510, GOVT 520, GOVT 632, GOVT 618, & GOVT 711
    Internship/CPT Qualified
    This course is designed for students to develop a project that will encompass the key elements of International Relations which have been studied throughout the MIR program, culminating in the submission of a final project paper and an oral presentation.

  12. 12/12/2014 Modification on p. 180 under MPA Core Courses, the following change has been added.

    MPA Core Courses (7 courses – 21 credits)

    Code Course Title Course Prerequisite Credits
    PUAD 505 Research Methods None 3
    PUAD 513 Organizational Theory & HR Management None 3
    PUAD 514 Public Policy Analysis & Implementation None 3
    PUAD 515 Administration in Public & Non-Profit Organizations None 3
    PUAD 608 Financial Reporting & Decision Making None 3
    PUAD 611 Business Ethics & Law None 3
    PUAD 790 Advanced Research Project A minimum of 15 credits
    PUAD 505, PUAD 513, PUAD 514, PUAD 515, PUAD 608,
    PUAD 611
    3

  13. 12/12/2014 Modification on p. 311 under the course description for PUAD 790.

    PUAD 790: Advanced Research Project (3)
    Prerequisite: A minimum of 15 credits from PUAD 505, PUAD 513, PUAD 514, PUAD 515, PUAD 608, PUAD 611
    Internship/CPT Qualified
    This course is designed for students to develop a project that will encompass the key elements of public administration which have been studied throughout the MPA program, culminating in the submission of a final project paper and an oral presentation in front of a panel of experts in the field that includes defense of their project.