Virginia International University

Introduction

About Virginia International University

VIU is a non-profit university committed to setting a new standard in higher education. Through our student-centered approach, we endeavor to provide the most positive environment for learning available anywhere. Our programs are structured to allow students great flexibility in the design and direction of their own studies. At the same time, every student is assigned a personal mentor who acts as a guide in course selection and career orientation. VIU offers tuition scholarships to high potential students, because we believe that good education should be available to everyone, including those who do not have the necessary funds to pursue higher education.

To keep pace with the latest developments in technology and teaching, our curriculum and materials are regularly reviewed and revised, and our instructors receive further training, as necessary. As students near completion of their programs, VIU career counselors help place them in internships and other work-study positions with local companies and organizations.

Benchmarks in the History of VIU

Since its founding in 1998, Virginia International University has made significant progress in the complex process of establishing a new university. Below are some of the milestones of our institutional history:

  • The concept for Virginia International University was developed by Dr. Isa
  • Sarac who after exploring several locations in the United States, established
  • VIU in Fairfax, Virginia in August 1998.
  • The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) authorized VIU
  • to begin the Master of Business Administrations Program December 23, 1998.
  • SCHEV granted authority to offer a series of Diploma and Certificate
  • programs on August 9, 1999.
  • On May 25, 2000 SCHEV gave VIU degree-granting authority for the MBA
  • program and later that year granted permission to begin a baccalaureate
  • program in Computer Science and Business Management.
  • The Master of Science in Information Systems began on April 24, 2003.
  • Virginia International University held its first commencement on May 4, 2006
  • with 20 graduates in attendance at the Fairfax County Country Club.
  • The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a
  • national accrediting agency granted accreditation to Virginia International
  • University in the spring of 2008 (April 15).
  • The Virginia General Assembly House Joint Resolution Committee presented the university with a letter “Commending Virginia International University on the occasion of its accreditation and 10th anniversary” on April 23, 2008.

Mission Statement

Virginia International University’s mission is to educate students from all over the world through a highly qualified, equally diverse faculty and staff, while striving to provide academic programs at the graduate, undergraduate, and certificate levels that engender the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity urgently needed in the global community and with a commitment to providing students with the knowledge to achieve excellence in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

VIU Learning Objectives

Upon graduation from Virginia International University, students will be able to:

  • Think critically and creatively
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing
  • Demonstrate expertise through scholarly discipline and understand that discipline in relation to the larger world
  • Work productively as individuals and in groups
  • Use their knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to society
  • Use reason to make decisions based on an understanding of ethics, a respect for diversity, and an awareness of issues related to sustainability
  • Engage in lifelong learning
  • Exhibit professional integrity, leadership, and effective collaboration skills

Philosophy

As a community of students, staff, and faculty drawn from diverse national, cultural, and social backgrounds, VIU aims to improve the environment in which freedom of thought and diverse interpretations of human experiences are cherished. It is our hope and expectation that each member of the university will develop a greater awareness of, and responsiveness to, fellow members as well as to those beyond our campus who are less privileged. In the fulfillment of this mission, the university shall seek an efficient use of all available resources to ensure the highest quality of service to its students, faculty, and staff. The ultimate goal of VIU is no less than to graduate scholars of moral, intellectual, and professional excellence who will not only make a better life for themselves and their families, but who will lead the way to a better world for everyone.

In order to further the mission and philosophy of the university, VIU is committed to the following objectives:

  • To recruit and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff to support teaching, research, and the service mission of the university
  • To elevate the university’s learning environment in order to attract and retain excellent students from all over the world as well as from the US
  • To offer learning experiences beyond the classroom that enhance traditional instruction and prepare students for the global workforce
  • To offer an up-to-date curriculum that is relevant, ensuring each student has the following competencies: to think critically, to reason analytically, to solve problems realistically, and to communicate clearly
  • To endeavor to provide successful employment placement options for students
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Master of Education

Online & Campus Combined Full time August 2017 USA Fairfax

The Master of Education at Virginia International University is designed to prepare future educators for leading roles in a variety of educational and education-related settings by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to excel in an array of education-related positions. VIU's Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree will enable professional educators to work in culturally diverse and technologically immersed environments by empowering students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and scholars. [+]

The Master of Education at Virginia International University is designed to prepare future educators for leading roles in a variety of educational and education-related settings by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to excel in an array of education-related positions. VIU's Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree will enable professional educators to work in culturally diverse and technologically immersed environments by empowering students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and scholars. Graduates from VIU's Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree will be able to successfully apply their understanding of teaching in a variety of educational settings locally, nationally, and globally. Upon graduation from VIU's M.Ed. degree, as educators, they will have the ability to build careers in K-12 settings, post-secondary educational settings, businesses, and non-profit organizations. VIU's Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree maintains the university's mission of striving to embrace freedom of thought and diverse interpretations of human experiences, aspects that are vital in the field of education and in a global context. Our goal is to graduate students who display and make use of their moral, intellectual, and professional excellence to serve as role models for and educate future generations and make a difference in their communities. World Class Faculty & Staff The Master of Education program boasts a history of highly skilled and dedicated faculty and staff who are ready to assist students along their journey through the program. The program's faculty offer expertise in various areas including math, science, and ESOL. Delivery of the curriculum is only one aspect of the programs at VIU! Come experience the personalized, accessible, engaging, and fun classroom environment! Program Overview Benefits of a Master of Education degree from VIU: Gain a solid understanding of teaching principles and practices for secondary education Obtain practical experience through the practicum course Gain experience from teachers with expertise in their content areas Gain practical skills to foster a class/campus culture supportive of various backgrounds and learning styles Learn how to develop a classroom that focuses on student needs and ultimate goals through outcome-based course and lesson development. Program Features Features of the Master of Education program: Faculty with real-world teaching experience A solid field-based curriculum built with feedback from employers Receive a world class education in an engaging and supportive learning environment Improve upon teaching abilities and qualifications Faculty are available outside of the classroom for assistance Program can be completed with courses taken online and on-ground Dedicated program administrators for every student Admission Requirements Admission to the program does not require any previous course work in education. A bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field and evidence of sufficient English language proficiency are required for admission. Candidates are also required to submit a minimum of one official recommendation, an academic statement of purpose, and a résumé or curriculum vitae. Accreditation Virginia International University is an accredited institution of higher learning holding national accreditation through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is certified to operate by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Additional information on accreditation can be found in the Accreditation and Certifications section of the academic catalog. Program Outcomes In working to achieve the mission of the program and those of the School of Education, the following outcomes will be achieved: Develop learner environments reflective of best practices for teaching and learning utilizing effective technology reflective of the modern classroom, and create optimal student achievement opportunities through culturally responsive pedagogy. Serve as independent researchers with the ability to conduct action research as well as assess and implement best practices associated with effective pedagogical practices for secondary learners. Effectively collaborate with others as well as lead the collaborative process for the purpose of better meeting the needs of their student populations and the communities in which they serve. Serve as leaders in developing and designing teaching and learning opportunities which are effective and generate learner motivation and academic success. Foster teaching and learning environments that are respectful and inclusive as well as reflective of the needs, feelings, and cultural values of the student population and communities they are serving. Develop, design, and implement assessment and evaluation strategies which are authentic and sensitive to student characteristics such as their cognitive abilities, cultural values, and academic abilities. Degree Requirements The School of Education at VIU is designed to prepare future educators for leading roles in the growing field of education. Graduates from the M.Ed. programs will be able to effectively address challenges and possibilities in their roles as successful teachers, educators, and leaders of their communities worldwide. The Master of Education degree at VIU can be completed in two academic years. Program of Study: Total 40 semester credit hours, 12 courses. 30 credit hours (9 courses) of core courses, 6 credit hours (2 courses) of content area concentration courses, and 3 credit hours (1 course) of specialization area courses make up the M.Ed. degree. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree requires the completion of a capstone project, Educational Action Research Project/Portfolio, within the subject area. This portfolio or research project is worth six (6) credit hours of the core courses and is conducted in conjunction with the Education Capstone Experience (EDUC 600). To qualify for the M.Ed. Degree, students must meet all credit requirements, as described below: Students enrolled in the graduate program must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B), out of 4.0, and a minimum of grade not less than 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, in all courses to qualify for the M.Ed. Degree to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. The maximum time frame permitted for the completion of any graduate program is 54 semester credits. Only graduate-level courses may be applied toward the degree. A master's student may transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit earned at other accredited institutions. Beyond the prerequisites, the student must have completed 39 credit hours, consisting of 30 credit hours of required core courses, 6 content area credit hours and 3 credit hours of specialization area courses. No degree credit is earned by a graduate student for any grade below 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, received in a graduate-level course. However, any grades lower than 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, will be calculated in the grade point average. The Master of Education Degree consists of nine (9) core courses, two (2) content area courses, and one (1) specialization area course, offered in both the online and residential formats. Concentrations M.Ed. with concentration in ESOL Education M.Ed. with concentration in Mathematics Education M.Ed. with concentration in Science Education [-]

Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Fairfax

The Master of Public Administration at Virginia International University is designed to prepare students for a career in public management or related firms. Graduates of the MPA at VIU will be able to solve problems in the industry related to human resources, finance, project management, and leadership. [+]

The Master of Public Administration at Virginia International University is designed to prepare students for a career in public management or related firms. Graduates of the MPA at VIU will be able to solve problems in the industry related to human resources, finance, project management, and leadership. Students will learn to oversee a diverse workforce and community in public, private, and non-profit structures. Students will learn to manage the mix of both local and regional needs in order to achieve the best results within a multifaceted range of governmental regulations and the political process. Graduates from VIU's Master of Public Administration Program will be able to use their skills in a variety of areas in the DC-Metropolitan area, as well as outside the region and on a global scale. Typical places of employment for individuals with this degree include state and local government agencies, federal government agencies, public agencies, non-profit corporations, and many private and publicly held organizations worldwide. The MPA program offers three (3) concentration areas for students to choose from: Public Management Information Systems Health Care Administration and Public Health Required Courses Students in the MPA program will take twelve (12) classes. These include: Seven (7) core courses, taken by all students in the program Three (3) concentration courses, determined based on concentration area Two (2) electives, selected by the student from a wide variety of options Each graduate-level class is equivalent to three (3) credits. To complete the program, students must accumulate 36 credits. Students enrolled in the graduate program must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B), out of 4.0, and a minimum of grade not less than 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, in all courses to qualify for the MPA degree to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. The maximum time frame permitted for the completion of any graduate program is 54 semester credits. Only graduate-level courses may be applied toward the degree. A master's student may transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit earned at other accredited institutions. Beyond the prerequisites, the student must have completed 36 credit hours, of which 21 credit hours of required core courses, and 15 credit hours of elective course must have been earned. No degree credit is earned by a graduate student for any grade below 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, received in a graduate-level course. However, any grades lower than 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, will be calculated in the grade point average. Prerequisite Courses There are three (3) prerequisite courses for the MPA program. Students should take one course from the Management Concepts category (either BUSS 301 or BUSS 312), one course from the Economic Concepts category (either ECON 101 or ECON 102), and one course from the Academic Writing Skills category (either ENGL 113 or ENGL 120). If students have taken similar courses at the undergraduate level they may transfer their credits for the related courses. Objectives The program objectives of the Master Public Administration are designed to enable graduates to be successful in the multitude of employment positions that an MPA degree will garner including, government, organizational management, health care administration, and many more. Upon completion of the program, the graduates will be able to: Prepare Public Managers to meet the needs and challenges of Public Service. Demonstrate an awareness to and knowledge of the political context of the duties of a public servant. Exhibit ethical conduct while maintaining awareness of the large responsibilities of serving the public interest. Become effective managers, specialists, and figureheads in both the public sector and public organizations. [-]

MSc

Master of Science in Computer Science

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Fairfax

The Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS) program is designed to appeal to a broad range of individuals. The program balances theory with practice, offers an extensive set of traditional and state-of-the-art courses, and provides the necessary flexibility to accommodate students with various backgrounds, including computer professionals who want to expand their understanding of computer science, as well as individuals whose undergraduate degrees are not in computer science but who wish to broaden their knowledge in computing. The program also provides the background necessary to continue the study of computer science at the doctoral level. [+]

The Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS) program is designed to appeal to a broad range of individuals. The program balances theory with practice, offers an extensive set of traditional and state-of-the-art courses, and provides the necessary flexibility to accommodate students with various backgrounds, including computer professionals who want to expand their understanding of computer science, as well as individuals whose undergraduate degrees are not in computer science but who wish to broaden their knowledge in computing. The program also provides the background necessary to continue the study of computer science at the doctoral level. Program Objectives The main objective of VIU's MCS program is to provide a deep understanding of computer science theory and applications. The program aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to: identify and solve problems in specific areas using analytical and critical thinking skills; communicate effectively using visual, mathematical, and/or language skills in the modes of oral and written presentation; develop a macro-vision understanding that the world is a set of related systems and that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation; and contribute to cross-functional teams, including geographically dispersed teams. Explore Specializations Networking VIU established its MCS in Networking to provide the region's leading companies with networking professionals. Every organization – whether a multinational corporation, a non-profit, or a government agency – needs networking professionals to design, implement, and maintain its networks which have become an inevitable business tool in today's world of ubiquitous connectivity. When computer networks are down, organizations lose money and businesses become dysfunctional. Having qualified networking experts who can look after these networks is crucial to businesses' growth and success! Data Management VIU established its MCS in Data Management to provide the region's leading companies with data management professionals. Every organization – whether a multinational corporation, a non-profit, or a government agency – needs database management professionals to design, implement, and maintain enterprise databases and to aggregate data from various sources to support business objectives. Web-enabled enterprise databases are very crucial business tools in today's world of ubiquitous connectivity. Enterprise databases are vital to an organization's success and growth and they need knowledgeable professionals with the right practical skills to implement, maintain, and secure them. Software Engineering Most of the problems that are found in software applications are due to low quality software. In addition, security issues that arise in many software applications are due to bad design. Software engineering is the study of different methodologies that can be used to build high quality software which meets today's demands on software quality metrics. This specialization was designed in order to provide the industry with software engineering professionals who can conceptualize, design, implement, test, configure, maintain, and manage software applications that meet the demanding business requirements of today's enterprises. Cybersecurity Cyber space has become an integral part of our lives as systems, devices, and gadgets that we use at work, at home, and on the road have become connected to the Internet. Smart phones enable us to send and receive e-mails, browse the Web, and make phone calls. Smart cards have an embedded processor, memory, and other functionalities that enable them to store and process data. Smart electrical grids offer variable pricing and integration of renewable energy sources. Homes and motor vehicles are also becoming increasingly Internet-enabled allowing us to remotely control and/or monitor them. Most organizations nowadays are fully dependent on enterprise networks that are connected to the Internet so that they can interact with their business partners and customers. A breach in the security of these interconnected entities can result in huge financial losses, violation of privacy, and even the loss of life. Hence, threats to cyber space are threats to the very fabric of our society. There is a vital need for cybersecurity professionals to protect our cyber space infrastructure using multiple defense mechanisms. VIU's cybersecurity specialization was designed to provide students with the vital knowledge and skills required to protect the cyber space infrastructure as professionals in this growing field. Intelligent Systems Natural language processing, machine learning, and intelligent agents have been deployed in various domains to develop smart systems. Machine learning has been used in speech recognition, text and web data processing, robotics, autonomous navigation, bioinformatics, and data mining. This specialization is designed to provide organizations with professionals who will develop the next generation of smart gadgets. Expert systems, fuzzy methods, neural net architectures, genetic algorithms, and multi-agent systems and their applications are also studied. Computer Animation and Gaming Computer animation and gaming is a huge industry. Today's video games are enjoyed by players of all ages and backgrounds, and parents are increasingly involved in making sure that the games played by their children are age-appropriate. According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the average gamer is 30 years old and has been playing for 13 years. Forty-five percent of gamers are women, and women age 18 or older represent 31 percent of the game-playing population. In addition, 68 percent of gamers are adults, with 36 percent over the age of 36. As these statistics show, today's video game players include students, parents, and grandparents. The entertainment software industry is currently one of the fastest growing industries in the American economy. Overall, the computer and video game industry hardware, software and peripheral sales reached $20.77 billion in 2012. Of this total, game content sales generated $14.8 billion, including $5.9 billion in purchases of digital games, digital add-on content, mobile apps, subscriptions, and social network game play. The industry also adds lucrative jobs to local economies with average total compensation reaching $90,000. Computer and video game companies directly and indirectly employ more than 120,000 people in 34 states. Animation is deployed heavily by the entertainment industry but it is also deployed in other sectors. In education, it is used to explain theories and concepts to students in a more convincing manner. Medical animation has a large variety of applications, from education to demonstration to data capture and manipulation. Medical animation has hospital, institutional, and pharmaceutical applications. This vast industry needs professionals who can design, implement, test, and maintain gaming and animation systems, and this specialization was designed to meet this need. Software Application Development The domain of software applications is extensive and spans the rich collection of mobile applications used in smart phones, productivity software such as the Microsoft Office suite, mission critical applications such as those used to control weapons and aircraft, large complex enterprise information systems that are used to connect the business units of large enterprises, for example SAP, and so on. These software applications require seasoned professional who can design, implement, test, configure, and maintain them so that they fulfill the business objectives of organizations that use them. The software applications development specialization was designed to equip students with the knowledge and extensive hands-on experience to meet this need. Software developers are in high demand and this will be the case for a long time. Pre-MCS Program Students who have earned their bachelor’s degree with less than 120 undergraduate credits can be given conditional admission to the MCS program, provided they enroll in and successfully complete the remaining credits by selecting from the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS) undergraduate courses offered at VIU. Among the 120 required credits, the MCS program prerequisite courses must be fulfilled. Before choosing pre-MCS courses, students must consult their academic advisor who will advise them on the appropriate course selections from VIU’s BCS program while complying with MCS program prerequisites. Successful completion of the pre-MCS courses will allow these students to complete the undergraduate credits requirement of 120 and enter into the MCS program. Career Paths & Opportunities System programmer Application developer Data analyst Software systems architect Computer engineer Web developer Network engineer Security engineer Chief technology officer Network administrator Network manager Network architect IT manager Data administrator Network and security engineer Integration engineer Network and systems administrator Software engineer Solutions architect Programmer Technical systems analyst Software quality assurance engineer Applications coordinator Software architect Software and applications developer [-]

Master of Science in Information Systems

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Fairfax + 1 more

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MIS) is designed to prepare students for positions in information systems and related fields. The curriculum is focused on gaining a better understanding of the use of information systems to enhance business processes and the decision-making process associated with them. [+]

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MIS) is designed to prepare students for positions in information systems and related fields. The curriculum is focused on gaining a better understanding of the use of information systems to enhance business processes and the decision-making process associated with them. Business theory is merged with information systems theory to prepare leaders for success in public and private business environments. Practical applications are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Program Objectives The main objective of VIU's MIS program is to provide a comprehensive understanding of information systems in organizations. The program aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to focus on integrating information technology solutions and business processes to meet the information needs of businesses and other enterprises in order to achieve objectives in an effective and efficient way. The program also teaches students to: identify and solve problems using analytical and critical thinking skills; communicate effectively using visual, mathematical, and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations; develop a macro-vision understanding that the world is a set of related systems, and that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation. Finally, the program strives to teach students to contribute to cross-functional teams, including geographically dispersed teams. MIS Program Prerequisites All new MIS students need certain basic skills to succeed in the MIS program. Students who do not have the requisite background in business administration and information technology need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin work on the core courses. In some cases, the program prerequisite courses may have course prerequisites to be taken before enrolling in the program prerequisite courses. MIS Core Courses The MIS core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge needed by all information systems professionals. Along with the knowledge of the specific technical areas of information systems, these courses are designed to improve communication and other skills relevant to working in cross-functional teams. Specializations Knowledge Management Today's business environment is competitive and fast-paced; with new business practices and products being introduced regularly, organizations need to be innovative to survive. Knowledge management is an increasingly essential part of maintaining an organization's success and competitiveness, and organizations need to manage knowledge through formal technological practices and informal social systems. Elements of these practices include organizational strategy and knowledge, facilitating knowledge work flows, data governance, learning and sharing knowledge, and knowledge transfer. The worlds of paperwork and the web are becoming ever more interdependent and it is crucial for organizations to find ways to ensure capability, efficiency, and security across their operations by managing documents properly. It is also important for organizations to apply industry-standard risk management principles related to document control, industry tools, and techniques that optimize and streamline project document management using document management systems which provide secure storage, document piracy, easy retrieval and archiving, lifecycle administration, and record management. MIS graduates who have specialized in knowledge management will be able to help organizations to meet all of the above mentioned needs and to effectively manage knowledge in order to maintain a competitive business edge. Data Management Every organization – whether a multinational corporation, a non-profit, or a government agency – needs database management professionals to design, implement, and maintain enterprise databases and to aggregate data from various sources to support an organization's business objectives. Web-enabled enterprise databases are very crucial business tools in today's world of abundant connectivity. Enterprise databases are essential to an organization's success and growth, and knowledgeable professionals with the right practical skills are needed to implement, maintain, and secure them. Business Intelligence & Data Analytics Organizations have accumulated large data sets from their operational activities over the years. In many cases, this data has been pushed into data warehouses from corporate operational databases. As organizations strive to remain competitive and differentiate themselves, they look into these massive data sets for hidden patterns that can be converted to a competitive advantage. In addition to the data stored in warehouses, there are massive amounts of data in numerous social media that have become part of our lives today. Data analytics (or big data analytics) attempts to scour vital clues from all these data sources to assist organizations in their medium- and long-term strategic planning. Cybersecurity Most organizations today are fully dependent on enterprise networks that are connected to the Internet so that they can interact with their business partners and customers. A breach in the security of these interconnected entities can result in huge financial losses, violation of privacy, and even loss of life. Hence, threats in cyber space are threats to the very fabric of our society. There is a vital need for cybersecurity professionals to protect our cyber space infrastructure using multiple defense mechanisms. Enterprise Project Management Managing large enterprise projects so that they are delivered on time and within budget and scope has always been a huge challenge for project teams. The history of project management is littered with many examples of project failures: projects that overran budgets, were delivered late, or did not fully meet the expectations of customers in terms of the functionalities of a system. Today's project management environment is characterized by geographically distributed virtual teams who use collaborative technologies to deliver projects. Clearly, organizations need professionals who can implement these projects within set restrictions of time, budget, and scope while controlling and managing risks. It is imperative that the portfolio of an enterprise's projects and stakeholder expectations are effectively managed. Information Assurance In our increasingly Internet-enabled and "plugged-in" world in which most organizations are fully dependent on the Internet for interaction with business partners and customers, assuring information is extremely important. Managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data, as well as managing the systems and processes used for those purposes, are high priorities for many organizations. Information assurance includes the protection of the integrity, availability, authenticity, non-repudiation, and confidentiality of user data in mobile devices, computer systems, and enterprise databases. These protections apply to both data in transit and data at rest in various types of physical and electronic storage facilities. In addition, implementing effective business contingency planning, security management, and disaster recovery planning are an integral part of information assurance. Health Informatics Health care has always been and always will be a vital part of our lives. Technology has become an integral aspect of today's health care systems, and these systems continue to get smarter as more software applications are integrated to improve the quality of health care delivery. Important aspects of these systems include proper management of patient data, health care delivery models, the economics of health care, ethical and legal issues, and so on. Career Paths & Opportunities Data administration Managing sourcing and global projects Cybersecurity specialists Research and development of information technologies and related products and services Systems integrationM IT project management IT consultant for projects that include a substantial dependence on information systems Networking, telecom, and infrastructure Analyst in information systems development projects Instructor at a college or university teaching information systems-related courses [-]

Master of Science in Information Systems Management

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Fairfax

The Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM) has been designed to address the urgent needs of hiring managers in the information systems area with regard to the skill sets of information systems managers. Graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. [+]

The Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM) has been designed to address the urgent needs of hiring managers in the information systems area with regard to the skill sets of information systems managers. Graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors in cross-functional teams who will able to keep their skills fresh as the industry develops and with a clear understanding of their roles as responsible professionals in a complex business, policy, and social context. Program graduates will be responsible and ethical professionals who understand the economic, organizational, policy, and social dimensions of their work in this dynamic and complex field. Degree Requirements The program consists of seven (7) core courses and five (5) elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses based on their areas of interest. Applicants seeking admission into the MISM Program, who have no previous computer science background and whose Bachelor degrees did not include the following courses are required to take MISM program prerequisites.Core Courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all information systems managers need to succeed. Pre-MISM Program Students who have earned their bachelor’s degrees with less than 120 undergraduate credit hours can be given conditional admission to the MISM program, provided they enroll in and successfully complete the remaining credit hours by selecting from the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS) undergraduate courses offered at VIU. Among the 120 required credit hours, the MISM program prerequisite courses must be fulfilled. Before choosing Pre-MISM courses, students must consult their academic advisor who will advise them on the appropriate course selections from VIU’s BCS program while complying with MISM program prerequisites. Successful completion of the Pre-MISM courses will allow these students to complete the undergraduate credit hour requirement of 120 and enter into the program. Objectives Students will apply their newly-gained expertise to solve challenges, as well as learn: How to design appropriate software system and service structures in response to application needs, organizational environment and the available components, tools or services. How to make appropriate design choices as a result of system and service property analysis. Business process management through a progression of analysis, design and optimization in response to organizational needs. Best practices for planning, budgeting, scheduling and leading information systems projects and programs. Techniques for evaluating, engaging and managing third party providers. Analyze social and other external impacts along with relevant legal, regulatory, ethical and professional issues in business and technical decision-making. Effective communication techniques for technical, business and user audiences. [-]

Master of Science in Information Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Fairfax

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MIT) program prepares students for leadership roles in the IT industry. The program provides knowledge and skills across the entire range of topics in the industry – systems engineering, decision-making for IT, ethics and law, computer networking, database technologies, IT governance and strategy, Web development, and information assurance. [+]

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MIT) program prepares students for leadership roles in the IT industry. The program provides knowledge and skills across the entire range of topics in the industry – systems engineering, decision-making for IT, ethics and law, computer networking, database technologies, IT governance and strategy, Web development, and information assurance. The core of the program is focused on building a foundation of critical thinking skills on which to make professional judgments and design and implement solutions aligned with business needs. The MIT program builds these thinking skills through a solid understanding of theoretical methods, principles, and tools and an examination of fundamental information technology issues and processes. Topics include systems engineering, decision-making for IT, ethics and law, computer networking, database technologies, IT governance and strategy, Web development, and information assurance. Faculty with both academic and industry backgrounds also provide practical perspective. Real-world problems and opportunities with software intensive systems are explored, and methods to evaluate, adopt and take advantage of emerging technologies are learned. MIT students will be working closely with fellow IT professionals, to complete class assignments within teams, in order to prepare students for the real-world work environment and build their professional networks. Possible career path: Network Administrator, Network Architect, IT Manager, Chief Technology Officer, Network and Security Engineer, Web Developer, Integration Engineer, Network and Systems Administrator. Degree Requirement The program consists of seven (7) Core Courses and five (5) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest. Pre-IMT Program Students who have earned their bachelor’s degrees with less than 120 undergraduate credit hours can be given conditional admission to the MIT program, provided they enroll in and successfully complete the remaining credit hours by selecting from the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS) undergraduate courses offered at VIU. Among the 120 required credit hours, the MIT program prerequisite courses must be fulfilled. Before choosing the Pre-MIT courses, students must consult their academic advisor who will advise them on the appropriate course selections from VIU’s BCS program while complying with MIT program prerequisites. Successful completion of the Pre-MIT courses will allow these students to complete the undergraduate credit hour requirement of 120, and enter into the program.. Objectives The program objectives fall in two general categories: technical and organizational. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to: In the technical domain: Utilize a methodological approach to system design and implementation. Develop architectural solutions for computer systems and associated technologies. Develop applications using database technologies. Implement and maintain networking and system infrastructure. Apply problem solving skills in web site development, web-database integration, and network and system administration. Develop depth in a selected area of expertise. In the organizational domain: Contribute to business processes through a process of analysis, design, and optimization in response to organizational needs. Interact effectively within the organization. Communicate effectively in oral, written, and graphical modes. [-]

Master of Science in International Relations

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Fairfax + 1 more

In an increasingly interdependent world, it is important for professionals to have an understanding of the complex issues that go beyond our own borders. Virginia International University's Master of Science in International Relations is a graduate-level degree that arms students with the tools to not only understand the implications of global issues in today's world, but to work in a dynamic and fast-paced professional environment. [+]

Master of Science in International Relations In an increasingly interdependent world, it is important for professionals to have an understanding of the complex issues that go beyond our own borders. Virginia International University's Master of Science in International Relations is a graduate-level degree that arms students with the tools to not only understand the implications of global issues in today's world, but to work in a dynamic and fast-paced professional environment. Graduates from VIU's Master of International Relations Program will be able to build careers in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, international organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, or United Nations; non-profit organizations; federal and local government agencies; multi-national corporations; non-governmental organizations; intergovernmental organizations; humanitarian organizations; news outlets; and many more. The MIR program offers two (2) concentration areas for students to choose from: International Economic Development International Business Degree at Glance The program consists of seven (7) Core Courses and students have the choice any three (3) Concentration courses as well as two (2) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest. Required Courses Students in the MIR program will take twelve (12) classes. These include seven (7) core courses, three (3) concentration courses, and two (2) electives. Students may be asked to take up to three (3) prerequisite courses depending on the area of their undergraduate studies. All students in the program take the same seven core courses. Students in different concentrations take different concentration courses. Each graduate class is worth three (3) credits. To complete the program, students should accumulate 36 credits. Students enrolled in the graduate program must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B), out of 4.0, and a minimum of grade not less than 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, in all courses to qualify for the MPA degree to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. The maximum time frame permitted for the completion of any graduate program is 54 semester credits. Only graduate-level courses may be applied toward the degree. A master's student may transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit earned at other accredited institutions. Beyond the prerequisites, the student must have completed 36 credit hours, of which 21 credit hours of required core courses, and 15 credit hours of elective course must have been earned. No degree credit is earned by a graduate student for any grade below 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, received in a graduate-level course. However, any grades lower than 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, will be calculated in the grade point average. Prerequisites There are three (3) prerequisite courses for the MIR program. Students who have no previous political science or international affairs background and whose bachelor's degrees did not include the following courses are required to complete these prerequisites: GEC 114, STAT 200, and ENGL 110 or ENGL 120. If students have taken similar courses in their undergraduate studies they may transfer their credits for those courses. Objectives The program objectives of the Master International Relations are designed to enable graduates to be successful in the multitude of employment positions that an MIR degree will garner including, government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and many more. Upon completion of the program, the graduates will be able to: Exhibit global awareness & sensitivity to other cultures Develop the knowledge of the theory and practice of international relations in the current, global arena Exhibit ethical conduct while maintaining awareness of the large responsibilities of serving the global community Analyze and understand the latest developments in the fields of international politics, economics, culture, and law that will lend itself to the field of international relations and public affairs [-]

Master of Science in Project Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Fairfax

Project management skills are applicable to a growing range of industries, including consulting management, construction and housing industries, government, information systems and management, healthcare and financial industries, commercial organizations, public relations, and many more. The Master of Science in Project Management (MPM) degree program provides students with the technical and... [+]

Master of Science in Project Management Project management skills are applicable to a growing range of industries, including consulting management, construction and housing industries, government, information systems and management, healthcare and financial industries, commercial organizations, public relations, and many more. The Master of Science in Project Management (MPM) degree program provides students with the technical and operational skills necessary to excel in leadership positions as project managers. Graduates will be well-versed in decision making processes, ethics, communication, globalization, and analytical frameworks. Courses in the MPM program emphasize project progressive elaboration strategies as well as application theory used to monitor and control project scope, costs, risks, schedules, quality, human resources, communications, procurement, and contracts with the ultimate goal of achieving project objectives in terms of on-time deliverables and within budget. Degree Prerequisites Applicants seeking admission into the MPM program who have no previous business and project management experience and whose Bachelor's Degrees did not include the following courses are required to take the MAC prerequisites. These program prerequisites are co-requisites and may be taken at the same time. Some or all of these prerequisites can be waived at the Dean's discretion. Principles of Microeconomics Introduction to Statistics Principles of Financial Accounting Principles of Finance Courses Project Management Systems Risk Project Management Contract & Procurement Leading Projects across Cultural, Corporate, & Global Boundaries Advanced Project Management Practices PMP Exam Preparation Master Thesis I Master Thesis II Managerial Accounting & Finance Project & Cost Management Organizational Behavior & HR Management Marketing Management Principles of Financial Accounting Principles of Finance Principles of Microeconomics Introduction to Statistics [-]

Master of Science in Software Engineering

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Fairfax

The Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSE) program prepares students to become software engineering professionals. Graduates are prepared to address the global need for professionals that apply computer science, engineering, and mathematical principles to design, develop, test, and maintain software. [+]

The Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSE) program prepares students to become software engineering professionals. Graduates are prepared to address the global need for professionals that apply computer science, engineering, and mathematical principles to design, develop, test, and maintain software. The core of the program is focused on building a foundation of critical thinking skills on which to make professional judgments. This program builds these thinking skills through a solid understanding of theoretical concepts, principles, and tools alongside coverage of the fundamental software development issues and processes. Topics covered include: requirements engineering, software design and construction, verification, testing, maintenance, software process improvement, project management, quality assurance, etc. Faculty with both academic and industry backgrounds also provide practical perspectives. Real-world problems and opportunities with software intensive systems are explored, and methods to evaluate, adopt, and take advantage of emerging technologies are learned. Students of the Master of Science in Software Engineering program will also be working closely with fellow software professionals, completing applicable assignments and projects within teams. Objectives The program objectives fall in three general categories: technical, organizational, and cross-cutting knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to: In the technical domain: Apply emerging software development technologies to build robust software solutions. Understand the relationship between software engineering and systems engineering and be able to apply systems engineering principles and practices in the engineering of software. Reconcile conflicting project objectives, finding acceptable compromises within limitations of cost, time, knowledge, risk, existing systems, and organizations. Analyze a current significant software technology, articulate its strengths and weaknesses, compare it to alternative technologies, and specify and promote improvements or extensions to that technology In the organizational domain: Manage the in-house and outsource development of software projects. Contribute to business processes through a process of analysis, design, and optimization in response to organizational needs. In the cross-cutting domains: Analyze social and other external impacts along with relevant legal, regulatory, ethical, and professional issues in business and technical decision-making. Communicate effectively with technical, business, and user/customer audiences. Develop depth in a selected area of expertise. Pre-MSE Program Students who have earned their bachelor’s degrees with less than 120 undergraduate credit hours can be given conditional admission to the MSE program, provided they enroll in and successfully complete the remaining credit hours by selecting from the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS) undergraduate courses offered at VIU. Among the 120 required credit hours, the MSE program prerequisite courses must be fulfilled. Before choosing Pre-MSE courses, students must consult their academic advisor who will advise them on the appropriate course selections from VIU’s BCS program while complying with MSE program prerequisites. Successful completion of the Pre-MSE courses will allow these students to complete the undergraduate credit hour requirement of 120 and enter into the program. Degree Requirements The program consists of seven (7) Core Courses and five (5) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest. All new MSE students need certain basic skills to succeed in the MSE program. Students who do not have the requisite background in computing concepts or programming need to take some or all of the prerequisite courses before they begin work on the core courses. In some cases, the program prerequisite courses may have course prerequisites to be taken before enrolling in the program prerequisite courses. [-]

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Master of Arts in TESOL

Online & Campus Combined Full time August 2017 USA Fairfax

The Master of Arts in TESOL (MA in TESOL) program prepares future graduates for the world of work as language teaching specialists in the field of English language teaching. Graduates of the TESOL program are qualified to work in many different educational environments both in the US and abroad. [+]

Have you always dreamed of exploring and experiencing other cultures and countries? Do you want to travel to teach English in the US or around the world? Do you want to be successful and make your dreams reality? The Master of Arts in TESOL (MA in TESOL) program prepares future graduates for the world of work as language teaching specialists in the field of English language teaching. Graduates of the TESOL program are qualified to work in many different educational environments both in the US and abroad. The program seeks to be a pioneer in the field of language teaching by building a curriculum that includes recommendations from employers. This keeps our curriculum up-to-date and cutting edge, providing graduates with a needed edge in their job search. The VIU difference is evident in the TESOL program in its commitment to the preparation of graduates with a solid foundation in the teaching of ESL/EFL. Program Description The MA in TESOL program prepares its students to work as English teachers in a world where the global need for English language skills is growing. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have a sound grasp of the structure of modern English as well as basic concepts of language acquisition and language pedagogy, and gain valuable classroom experience through observation and supervised teaching. Our graduates will be qualified to teach English in a variety of educational settings in the US and abroad, such as intensive language programs, and private language programs in non-English speaking countries. Mission The mission of the TESOL program at Virginia International University is to effectively educate and enable students to be successful and knowledgeable language teachers in a wide variety of contexts and among diverse student populations in the US and abroad by equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and experience to contribute and excel in an innovative and collaborative work environment. Employment Opportunities Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to teach English in a variety of educational settings in the US and abroad, such as: Intensive English programs Private language schools Adult education programs English as a foreign language programs in non-English speaking countries Please note that our TESOL programs do not provide the licensure required to teach grades K-12 in American public schools. Academic Preparation By completing our MA in TESOL program, students will be comprehensively prepared to: Apply a solid linguistic and pedagogical base to their classroom teaching Manage a variety of classroom scenarios effectively Develop and create interesting and meaningful teaching materials Evaluate and assess student performance Use innovative technology in the classroom Communicate effectively with students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds World Class Faculty and Staff The TESOL program boasts a history of highly skilled and dedicated faculty and staff who are ready to assist students along their journey through the program. The program's faculty bring experience in various areas including curriculum development and design, technology in the language classroom/program, language acquisition and student engagement. In addition to providing top notch classroom experiences, the faculty at VIU are engaged in all aspects of the program including curriculum development, student advisement and development of programmatic resources among others. Delivery of the curriculum is only one aspect of the programs at VIU. Come experience the personalized, accessible, engaging, and fun experience! Program Overview Benefits of a degree in TESOL include: Gain a solid understanding of language acquisition principles and how to effectively teach based on how people acquire a language Obtain practical experience through the Practicum course Learn methods of incorporating technology and how to foster a nurturing and supportive learning environment Gain practical skills to foster a class/campus culture supportive of various backgrounds and learning styles Learn how to develop a classroom that focuses on student needs and ultimate goals through outcome-based course and lesson development Program Features Faculty with real-world ESOL/ESL, EFL, and ESP experience A solid field-based curriculum built with feedback from employers Receive a world class education in an engaging and supportive learning environment Improve upon teaching abilities and qualifications Faculty are available outside of the classroom for assistance Program can be completed with courses taken online and on-ground Dedicated program administrators for every student Accreditation Virginia International University is an accredited institution of higher learning holding accreditation through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is certified to operate by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Additional information on accreditation can be found in the Accreditation and Certifications section of the academic catalog. Program Outcomes In working to achieve the mission of the program and those of the School of Education, the following outcomes will be achieved: Understand the theoretical nature and structure of human language. Understand theoretical models and principles of language acquisition and be familiar with current research findings regarding how languages are learned. Understand language teaching principles, curriculum, and program design, as well as research informing best practices in these areas. Demonstrate the ability to develop technologically integrated courses and curricula focused on student learning outcomes and individual needs. Utilize critical thinking skills to problem solve second language learner and classroom issues. Demonstrate use of proper academic communication, ethics, and professionalism. This program requires completion of a portfolio. Degree Requirements VIU's TESOL program offers you high quality instruction from skilled and experienced professionals in the fields of TESOL, linguistics, and second language acquisition to equip you for a successful career in the growing field of English instruction. Our MA in TESOL program places strong emphasis on practical experiences as our TESOL students can observe our ESL teachers in VIU's ESL program. Our MA in TESOL students also have the ability to interact with our ESL students and teachers as well as the possibility to teach in our ESL program to gain practical experience. Upon completion of our program, students will be comprehensively prepared to be English language teachers in a wide variety of settings and educational levels in the US as well as abroad Please note that our TESOL programs do not provide the licensure required to teach grades K-12 in American public schools. Program Details Students will take 12 courses (36 graduate credits) Program can be completed in four semesters of full time study Can be completed part-time or full-time Can be completed online or on-ground Very affordable tuition Convenient location and schedule [-]

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