American University of Armenia

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About AUA

The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private institution of higher learning, offering a global education in Armenia.

AUA is affiliated with the University of California and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.

Founded in 1991, AUA provides a high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education that encourages civic engagement and promotes democratic values, fostering scholarship in a setting that values and develops academic excellence, free inquiry, integrity, scholarship, leadership, and service to society.

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AUA’s graduate program offers master’s degrees in eight fields of study: Business Administration, Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, Computer and Information Science, Political Science and International Affairs, Economics, Public Health, Law, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. These programs are intended to develop critical analysis and depth of knowledge through advanced coursework, independent study, and research.

AUA’s undergraduate program offers bachelor’s degrees in English and Communications, Computational Sciences,and Business. Through its undergraduate courses, the University offers students depth of knowledge for career preparation and further studies as well as breadth and a foundation of general knowledge and skills for life-long learning.

The American University of Armenia is registered as the American University of Armenia Corporation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the state of California and is also registered as the American University of Armenia Foundation– a foundation (Հիմնադրամ) in the Republic of Armenia.

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Master

Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management

Campus Full time September 2017 Armenia Yerevan

The two-year IESM program (a.k.a. Operations and Systems Management) is designed to provide a broad-based education in the areas of operations management, service and production systems, information technologies, and communication. [+]

The two-year IESM program (a.k.a. Operations and Systems Management) is designed to provide a broad-based education in the areas of operations management, service and production systems, information technologies, and communication. Through a set of core courses, students learn the basic methods of formulating and solving problems. Attention is given to the changing nature of demands and capacities, principles of decision-making under uncertainty, risk management, quality management and assurance, effective use of information technologies, modeling and analysis of large systems, and techniques for finding optimal solutions applicable to businesses today. IESM students have the chance to minor in Business, Energy, Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Learn how to: operate business more effectively optimize business decisions improve and assure quality in a business transform an idea into a viable product or business IESM Course Overview Students must complete 9 core courses, the environmental management requirement, a master thesis or project, a number of elective courses, plus a minor. Some of courses cover the following content: Quality control and assurance Simulation, forecasting and optimization Supply-chain management Risk management, investment evaluation Business-process analysis Product development, value creation Project management Energy decision tools Prototyping, CAD/CAM Entrepreneurship and business startups IESM Application Requirements To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the AUA general admission requirements and the CIS and IESM specific requirements. Applicants are expected to: Hold an undergraduate degree in fields including mathematics, science and engineering. Students with degrees in non-science disciplines may be admitted, depending on their completed course work. The undergraduate degree must include, as a minimum, two years of college-level mathematics covering calculus, linear algebra and differential equations, and a course in physical sciences (physics, mechanics, chemistry, biology, etc). Present an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score of at least 79, or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.The test must have been taken within two years prior to the application date. Present a score in at least the 50 percentile on the Graduate Record Examinations Test (GRE) Quantitative section. The test must have been taken within two years prior to the application date. Submit an informative Statement of Purpose. IESM Program Description IESM Graduation Requirements To graduate with a Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree, 57 semester credits are required. The program of study must include nine core courses (27 credits), 6 credits for the capstone requirement and an additional eight elective courses (24 credits, including 9 credits in minor). Students must also complete the university-wide Environmental Sciences requirement. Typically, full-time students complete the degree in two years (four semesters). Required Core Courses (27 credits) IESM 300 Probability Theory IESM 310 Engineering Statistics IESM 340 Engineering Economics IESM 301 Analysis and Design of Data Systems IESM 320 Operations Research 1 IESM 321 Operations Research 2 IESM 331 Production System Analysis IESM 311 Quality Assurance and Management IESM 330 Simulation of Industrial Systems Environmental Management Students must fulfill the Environmental Sciences requirement. This is typically accomplished through the completion of a course (at least one unit) offered by the Acopian Center for the Environment or by completing a CSE course designed and specified to fulfill this requirement. Capstone sequence (6 credits) The objective of the Capstone requirement in the College of Science and Engineering is to provide a culminating educational experience, where the student, under the supervision of a faculty member, conducts an individual effort employing concepts and methods learned in the program to solve a problem of significant importance from a practical or theoretical standpoint. The Capstone can be fulfilled by two different options. Each of them requires 6 credits toward graduation. Elective courses (24 credits, of which 9 credits in a Minor) Students must complete at least 24 credits of electives (nine credits in a single Minor). Students choose a Minor from among the following areas: Business Management, Energy, Design & Manufacturing, or Computer and Information Science. The Minor gives students an opportunity to explore other fields strongly connected to industrial engineering. It is very important that engineers gain an understanding of related areas in which industrial engineering tools are applied. IESM Learning Outcomes Program goals Teach students to define, diagnose, and solve real-life problems from an industrial engineering and systems perspective and within a multi-disciplinary, enterprise-wide context. Foster the appreciation for further education and lifelong learning for continued professional development. Develop strong communication skills both within and outside the field. Nurture the professional values of leadership, integrity, judgment, and teamwork. IESM program learning outcomes Collect data and be able to interpret, analyze and draw appropriate conclusions. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems through the techniques, skills and modern tools of Industrial Engineering. Consider alternatives and make a decision based on a proper engineering/scientific/business justification. Identify and evaluate existing research thoroughly and systematically which is relevant to a problem or topic of inquiry. Cultivate the disposition to discover and learn new material on his/her own, including the ability to conduct independent research. Produce and deliver professional written and oral presentations, and effectively communicate with specialists and non-specialists. Act as a exponent of ethical, innovative and responsible engineering. Exhibit teamwork skills and be able to assume a leadership role, including in multi-disciplinary team environments. Understand the impact of engineering components, processes or systems in an economic, environmental and societal context. [-]

Master of Political Science and International Affairs

Campus Full time September 2017 Armenia Yerevan

The PSIA program at the American University of Armenia equips students with advanced analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills through the study of political science and international affairs. [+]

Program The PSIA program at the American University of Armenia equips students with advanced analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills through the study of political science and international affairs. The two-year Master’s degree in PSIA offers a curriculum that includes political theory, methodology, international relations, comparative politics, public administration, public policy, development policy, and political economy. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to think critically about issues from both a local and global perspective as they engage in analysis, research, writing, and leadership training. Courses place a strong emphasis on research and comparative methodology, analysis, and on bringing practical applications of theory into the classroom. Graduates from the program pursue careers in politics, government, and international relations within the Armenian government, non-governmental organizations, and international organisations. Admission and Graduation Requirements Admission Requirements To be considered for admission to PSIA, an applicant must meet AUA’s general admission requirements and the PSIA-program specific requirements, which include: An undergraduate degree from a four or five year program Demonstrated English proficiency with a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 79 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Test scores cannot be more than 2 years old at the time of application. A minimum 25th percentile score on the GRE quantitative examination. A high undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA). Two letters of recommendation. A concise and informative personal statement. In addition to these requirements, work and volunteer experience are also taken into consideration. The program may also require interviews with applicants. Graduation requirements To graduate with a Master of Political Science and International Affairs, students must complete 54 credit hours of coursework, including a capstone Master’s Essay, Policy Internship Project, or Policy Paper, and at least one credit in environmental studies in satisfaction of the university-wide environmental studies requirement. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the degree. Student Learning Outcomes Students will be able to GOAL 1 – Internalize and contextualize concepts and theories (abstract and empirical) Recognize and explain concepts and theories Question and discuss theories and interpretations Draw conclusions from evidence GOAL 2 – Learn how to conduct analysis Organize, filter and synthesize a large body of information Dissect a problem into its component parts Compare, contrast and differentiate among various events GOAL 3 – Master subject matter (course topics and materials) Recall and tell others of course materials Recognize subjects’ studied and the relationship among courses GOAL 4 – Develop (a) Research, (b) Problem-Solving, (c) Writing, (d) Communication, and (e) Argumentation Skills Apply library acuity Construct and use appropriate research techniques Recognize and formulate political problems Choose appropriate tools for analysis of political problems Clearly organize and prepare papers, reports, and research findings Work in groups Properly cite sources Tailor writing to specific assignments Present to groups Develop and use presentation tools Distinguish different supporting arguments Make reasoned arguments with logical conclusions Curriculum The curriculum of the Master of PSIA is comprised of courses in the following subfields of the discipline: political theory, methodology, international relations, comparative politics, public administration, public policy, development policy, and economics. Courses are offered in each of these fields throughout the students’ two years of study. Most courses represent approximately three hours of class attendance per week by the student. The curriculum is divided into first and second year courses. In the first year all courses are required, with students taking five courses each semester. In the second year, students choose eight elective courses (four each semester) from a range of options and in their final semester a capstone requirement. Full-time students will carry either 12 or 15 credit units per semester. Part-time students must develop an approved program of study with the Chair during the student’s first semester of study at AUA. While the majority of students complete all school requirements in two years, the maximum period for completion is three academic years for full-time. Degree candidacy will automatically lapse after this period and students will not be awarded a diploma. A course load of more than 15 credit units or less than 12 credit units requires prior approval from the Chair of the Program. Two-Track System In the second year of studies, students may choose one of two tracks to follow: International Relations or Public Policy. Elective courses are allocated to one of the two tracks and students should take at least five elective courses in the track that they wish to specialize in. Environmental Studies Requirement Students must also complete one credit in environmental studies in satisfaction of the university-wide environmental studies requirement. PSIA347 Environmental Policy counts for this requirement, but students may if they wish choose a course from the AUA’s Acopian Center for the Environment. [-]

MSc

Master of Science in Computer and Information Science

Campus Full time September 2017 Armenia Yerevan

The two-year CIS program is an applied program that helps students gain the necessary skills required to be productive and innovative leaders in the computing and related industries. As such, graduates gain broad training in the technical areas of the field including higher-level programming, [+]

The two-year CIS program is an applied program that helps students gain the necessary skills required to be productive and innovative leaders in the computing and related industries. As such, graduates gain broad training in the technical areas of the field including higher-level programming, object-oriented design and development, databases and web applications, cyber security, as well as in the supplemental areas of business, management and entrepreneurship. CIS students have the chance to minor in Business Management, Energy, Design and Manufacturing, and IESM. Learn how to: integrate info systems into business apply computational fundamentals to innovate technology & solutions manage complex IT project transform an IT idea into a viable product or business CIS Course Overview Students must complete 8 core courses, 6 elective courses (including 3 courses in a minor field: IESM, Energy, CAD/CAM or Business Management), 1 Environmental Management course and a capstone. Some of the topics covered in the CIS curriculum include: C++ and Java programming Object-oriented design and development Database and web applications Data structures and algorithms Operational systems principles Software engineering and project management Cryptography and cyber-security Artificial intelligence Entrepreneurship and business startups CIS Application Requirements To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the AUA general admission requirements and the CIS and IESM specific requirements. Applicants are expected to: Hold an undergraduate degree in fields including mathematics, science and engineering. Students with degrees in non-science disciplines may be admitted, depending on their completed course work. The undergraduate degree must include, as a minimum, two years of college-level mathematics covering calculus, linear algebra and differential equations, and a course in physical sciences (physics, mechanics, chemistry, biology, etc). Present an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) score of at least 79, or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. The test must have been taken within two years prior to the application date. Submit a score from the Graduate Record Examinations Test (GRE) Quantitative section. Typically, incoming students score at least in the 50th percentile on the exam. The test must have been taken within five years prior to the application date. Submit an informative Statement of Purpose. CIS Program Description CIS Graduation Requirements To graduate with a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, 48 semester credits are required. The program of study must include eight core courses (24 credits), 6 credits for the capstone requirement and an additional six elective courses (18 credits, including 9 credits of CIS electives and 9 credits in minor). Students must also complete the university-wide Environmental Sciences requirement. Typically, full-time students complete the degree in two years (four semesters). Students also should prove their Computer Science background by demonstrating sufficient prerequisite and fundamental knowledge in topics covered in the following courses or should take them during their studies at AUA. CS 111 Discrete Mathematics CS 050 Introduction to C++ and Java Programming CS 121 Data Structures CS 130 Computer Organisation Required Core Courses CS 310 Theory of Computing CS 311 Theory of Algorithms CS 312 Object-Oriented Analysis and Design CS 331 Operating Systems CS 350 Software Project Management CS 322 Software Engineering CS 323 Advanced Object Oriented Programming CS 355 Entrepreneurship Environmental Management Students must fulfill the Environmental Sciences requirement. This is typically accomplished through the completion of a course (at least one unit) offered by the Acopian Center for the Environment or by completing a CSE course designed and specified to fulfill this requirement. Capstone The objective of the Capstone requirement in the College of Science and Engineering is to provide a culminating educational experience, where the student, under the supervision of a faculty member, conducts an individual effort employing concepts and methods learned in the program to solve a problem of significant importance from a practical or theoretical standpoint. The Capstone can be fulfilled by two different options. Each of them requires 6 credits toward graduation. Elective courses (18 credits, of which 9 credits in a Minor) Students must complete at least 18 credits of electives (nine credits of CIS electives and nine credits in a single Minor). Students choose a Minor from among the following areas: Business Management, Energy, Design & Manufacturing, or Industrial Engineering & Systems Management. The Minor gives students an opportunity to explore other fields strongly connected to industrial engineering. It is very important that engineers gain an understanding of related areas in which their tools are applied. CIS Student Learning Outcomes Program Goals – CIS To provide the knowledge and skills to design, implement and manage the development of efficient computing systems that solve real-life industrial and academic problems To develop strong communication skills both within and outside the field To nurture the professional values of teamwork, integrity and leadership To broaden the professional horizons beyond the conventional field’s limits in search of cross-disciplinary areas of application To foster the appreciation for further education and lifelong learning for continued professional development Learning Outcomes The graduating students are expected to possess the following skills and abilities: Formulate and critically assess problems, including reviewing existing data and results on related topics as well as conducting a requirements analysis Design and implement solutions using development tools in keeping with state-of-the-art technologies Analyze the obtained solutions in terms of accuracy, performance and compliance with requirements Produce and deliver professional written reports and oral presentations Efficiently communicate with specialists, customers, project leads, and demonstrate ability to lead discussions on both professional and non-technical topics Combine individual creativity with teamwork skills in multi-disciplinary team environment Be able to assume different roles in a project, including leadership and management Understand the impact of computing systems in an scientific, economic, environmental and societal context Supplement core CIS knowledge with increased awareness in a related field of study Identify and evaluate existing research thoroughly and systematically which is relevant to a problem or topic of inquiry Cultivate the disposition to discover and learn new material on his/her own, including the ability to conduct independent research [-]

Master of Science in Economics

Campus Full time September 2017 Armenia Yerevan

The College of Business and Economics (CBE) offers a Master of Science in Economics (MSE) to prepare graduates for careers and advanced study in economics, applied research and public policy. [+]

The College of Business and Economics (CBE) offers a Master of Science in Economics (MSE) to prepare graduates for careers and advanced study in economics, applied research and public policy. The MS in Economics is an academically rigorous program with strong quantitative and applied research components, targeting students who have work experience and professional aspirations in the fields of economics, finance and forecasting. The program emphasizes extensive training in mathematical and statistical methods, including significant exposure to econometrics and forecasting, and working with data sets and statistical software. This gives students the applied skills necessary to succeed at the workplace or further pursue advanced doctoral level degrees. The curriculum aims to: Equip students with theoretical knowledge, quantitative skills, and applied analytical abilities to investigate and solve economic problems Prepare students for careers and advanced studies in a wide range of fields in economics and finance AUA aims to prepare not only well-grounded specialists but also well-rounded individuals, able to think critically and creatively, to learn independently, to understand different thought processes, to work collaboratively, and to communicate effectively with people from different cultures and disciplines. Career options for graduates of this program include government employment, public and private banking or financial institutions, insurance, consulting, corporate strategic planning, real estate, environmental, urban and regional planning, and quantitative analysis. Degree Requirements The MS in Economics requires successful completion of a minimum of 36 semester-credits. These are divided into core courses and track electives in Monetary and Macroeconomic Policy, Quantitative Finance and Applied Economics: Core Courses – 7 courses (24 credits): Quantitative Methods for Economists (Mathematical Economics) Economic Statistics Microeconomic Theory Macroeconomic Theory Econometrics Economic Research Seminar Capstone: (6 credits thesis) Elective courses - Minimum 4 courses (12 credits): Students can choose courses based on their interests and goals. Electives will be offered for three tracks: Monetary and Macroeconomic Policy, Quantitative Finance and Applied Economics. Electives may include but are not limited to: Financial Econometrics and Time Series Labor Economics Financial Economics Health Economics Limited Dependent Variable Analysis Monetary Theory and Policy International Economics Business Economics Development Economics Finance Public Finance Mathematics Students are also required to complete an environmental course. The MSE program seeks to advance each student’s career and academic goals. In addition to courses in economics students, in consultation with the program chair, may take other graduate level courses offered at AUA. These electives should be approved by MSE program chair and the CBE Dean. The majority of classes start late afternoon and are offered on the AUA Yerevan campus. Some elective courses will be offered during the Summer semester in the Dilijan campus. Duration of the Program The MS in Economics is a 2 years program equivalent to 4-5 semesters of study including summer semester courses held in the Dilijan campus. Schedule of Courses Late Summer-Fall 1 Quantitative methods Economic Statistics Microeconomics Sustainable Growth Spring 1 Econometrics Macroeconomics Elective 1 Summer (Dilijan campus) Elective 2 Elective 3 Fall 2 Economics Research Seminar Elective 4 Spring 2 Capstone (thesis) Courses are scheduled for evenings on weekdays and on Saturdays to accommodate the needs of employed students. Faculty The faculty of the College of Business and Economics bring impressive education, teaching, and professional experience to the classrooms and students of AUA. Graduate degrees, MBA and PhDs, have been earned at outstanding international universities including Harvard, Stanford, the University of Nice, Purdue, University of Colorado, University of Turin, Oregon, Brandeis, Syracuse, Yerevan State, and others. Professional experience includes the CEO of a major bottled water company, founder of bio-tech firms in the U.S., investor and founding employee of an internet technology firm, founder and owner of an important accounting and finance training company, an international banker, creative director for a global advertising agency, and leadership at a variety of consulting firms some with an international reach. Admission Requirements AUA’s MS in Economics program seeks highly motivated students with good quantitative skills and excellent English to prepare for careers and advanced studies in economics and public policy. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the below requirements: Submit a completed AUA Application for Admission to Graduate Study and all required program supplements as outlined in the application instructions Present an official TOEFL iBT score of at least 79* or IELTS (Academic) score of at least 6.5*; the score is valid only if the test date was less than two years before the application submission date Present an official score in at least the 60thpercentile on the GRE quantitative section; the score is valid only if the test date was less than five years before the application submission date Hold a bachelor’s degree from a 4- or 5-year program at an accredited or licensed institution of higher education Submit an updated resume that includes your work history and job responsibilities; Work experience is preferred but not required [-]

MA

Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Campus Full time September 2017 Armenia Yerevan

The program is committed to sustainable development in academic excellence and scholarship, free inquiry, leadership, integrity, and service to society. More specifically, the Department strives to: [+]

Mission Statement The program is committed to sustainable development in academic excellence and scholarship, free inquiry, leadership, integrity, and service to society. More specifically, the Department strives to: 1) address the growing educational needs of English language teachers by offering both a Certificate and a Masters’ in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), 2) address the academic needs of prospective students preparing for graduate studies at AUA by providing instruction in the English for General Purposes Program, and 3) foster research for the professional development of faculty and students. The two-year AUA Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (MA TEFL) Program is a professional degree that aims to prepare teachers of English as a foreign language for schools and colleges. Graduates typically work in schools and universities as instructors, curriculum designers and language proficiency evaluators. The program also offers a graduate certificate: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (C-TEFL). The curricula of these programs closely follow the requirements and standards of similar courses and degree offerings at institutions in the United States and international best practices. Graduation Requirements To graduate with a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (MA TEFL), students must successfully complete 46 credit units including courses from the MA TEFL curriculum and a 1-credit unit course in environmental science. In addition to the coursework, students must complete one of the three capstone options: Master’s Thesis, Master’s Paper, or, for students starting Fall 2013, Comprehensive Examinations. Admission Requirements To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the AUA general graduate admission requirements and the TEFL-program requirements: Submit a complete AUA Application for Admission to Graduate Study at http://im.aua.am and all required supplements as outlined in the application instructions. Present an official, valid TOEFL iBT score of 79* or IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5* Obtain an undergraduate GPA of 3.4* or higher on a 5-point scale Demonstrate a strong interest and potential to become a successful TEFL professional as proven by the applicant’s prior experience, Statement of Purpose, and admission interview, if applicable. *The Admissions Committee may, at its discretion, admit an applicant who does not meet the minimum requirements but who otherwise demonstrates the potential to successfully pursue a degree at AUA. Program Goals Goal 1. To develop a sound understanding of modern theories of applied linguistics Outcome 1.1. Students should be able to use modern theories of applied linguistics in their class presentations, class assignments, theses and portfolios. Goal 2. To develop a good command of form and function of English structures Outcome 2.1. Students should be able to use the English language appropriately in their writings, classroom performance, and their theses and portfolios. Goal 3. To employ a variety of teaching methods and materials Outcome 3.1. Students should be able to employ modern and postmodern methods of teaching and develop relevant materials in the Practicum course as well as in their independent teaching in the EEC classes. Goal 4. To develop an awareness of various learning styles and strategies Outcome 4.1. Students should be able to apply the knowledge of various learning styles and strategies to their own learning process. Outcome 4.2. Students should be able to develop classroom pedagogies culturally sensitive to the learning processes of Armenian learners. Goal 5. To conduct research in the areas of language education Outcome 5.1. Students should be able to conduct their own research employing appropriate methodologies and drawing reasonable conclusions Outcome 5.2. Students should be able to develop frameworks for evaluation of language teaching programs. Goal 6. To utilize a variety of assessment techniques Outcome 6.1. Students should be able to develop assessment tools to evaluate students’ achievement in language classes Outcome 6.2. Students should be able to develop an ability to critically review existing local and international tests Outcome 6.3. Students should be able to incorporate traditional and alternative assessment in their own assessment procedures Curriculum Map TE 300 English for Language teachers TE 301 Introduction to TEFL Methods TE 302 Teaching reading and writing TE 303 Teaching listening and speaking TE 304 Classroom assessment TE 305 Research Methods TE 306 Practicum TE 307 New Technologies in TEFL TE 308 English for specific purposes TE 309 Curriculum design TE 310 Teaching Internship TE 320 Introduction to language TE 321 Introduction to the structure of English TE 322 Seminar on current topics in applied linguistics TE 323 Second language acquisition TE 340 Special topics in applied linguistics TE 341 Special topics in TEFL TE 390 Independent study TE 391A Thesis/Master's paper Preparation part I TE 391B Thesis/Master's paper Preparation part II [-]

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