Virginia International University

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Virginia International University
Virginia International University Logo
Established 1998
Type Private
President Isa Sarac
Location Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Blue and Red

Nickname Tigers
Mascot Tiger
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Virginia International University (VIU), established in 1998, is a private, non-profit institution of higher education located in Fairfax, Virginia. It offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in computer science, business management, International Relations, Public Administration and Education. VIU also offers language programs such as English as a Second Language (ESL) and Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).


VIU was founded in August 1998 and by December was authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to launch its Master of Business Administration program. In August 1999 , SCHEV granted the university the authority to offer additional diploma and certificate programs, followed by the Master of Science in Information Systems in April 2003.

Other highlights in the university’s history include its first commencement ceremony on May 4, 2006, and a commendation letter from the Virginia General Assembly House Joint Resolution Committee presented for the school’s 10th anniversary in April 2008.


Virginia International University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a Washington DC based national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

VIU is certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and approved by SCHEV to grant degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the bachelor’s and master’s levels of academic study.

VIU is authorized by the United States Custom and Immigration Services (USCIS) to enroll non-immigrant students. VIU is member of the American Council on Education (ACE). VIU is a member of Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Academic departments[edit]

Virginia International University (VIU) offers 2 undergraduate programs, 11 graduate programs, 2 undergraduate certificates, and 6 graduate certificates. The university also offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and continuing education. Classes are offered both on-campus and online.


    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 11 concentrations:
      • International Business Management
      • International Finance
      • Mass Media & Public Relations
      • Project Management
      • Entrepreneurship
      • Marketing Management
      • Global Logistics
      • Health Care Management
      • Accounting
      • Human Resources Management
      • Hospitality and Tourism Management
    • Master of Science in Accounting
    • Master of Science in Project Management
    • Master of Information Systems (MIS) with 7 specializations:
      • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
      • Cybersecurity
      • Data Management
      • Enterprise Project Management
      • Health Informatics
      • Information Assurance
      • Knowledge Management
    • Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS) with 7 specializations:
      • Computer Animation and Gaming
      • Cybersecurity
      • Data Management
      • Intelligent Systems
      • Networking
      • Software Engineering
      • Software Applications Development
    • Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM)
    • Master of Science in Information Technology (MIT)
    • Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSE)
    • Master of Arts in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Master of Science in International Relations
    • Masters of Education
    • Master of Science in Applied Linguistics
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
      • Finance
      • International Business
      • Marketing
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
    • Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • Information Systems
    • Business Intelligence
    • Information Systems Management
    • Information Technology Audit and Compliance
    • Graduate Certificate of Education
    • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
    • International Business
    • Small Business Management

School of Continuing Education[edit]

Virginia International University’s Continuing Professional Education Series (CPES) provides career success training to others in the community including business professionals, high school students, unemployed individuals, and career switchers.


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