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
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

Master of Arts in TESOL

Online & Campus Combined Full time 4 semesters August 2018 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.... [-]


MSc

Master of Science in Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 semesters August 2018 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.... [-]


Master of Science in Information Systems

Campus or Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 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. ... [-]

Master of Science in Information Systems Management

Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2018 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.... [-]


Master of Science in Information Technology

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


Master of Science in International Relations

Campus or Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 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.... [-]


Master of Science in Project Management

Campus Full time September 2018 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.... [-]


Master of Science in Software Engineering

Campus Full time August 2018 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.... [-]


Master

Master of Education

Online & Campus Combined Full time August 2018 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.... [-]


Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 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.... [-]