Virginia International University

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Virginia International University
MottoDream. Discover. Accomplish
TypePrivate, provisionally accredited[1]
PresidentIsa Sarac, PhD
VIU logo

Virginia International University (VIU) is a private, non-profit institution established in 1998.[1] Located in Fairfax, Virginia, VIU offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as language programs like English as a Second Language (ESL), test preparation courses, and continuing education opportunities. The college is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.[2]


Virginia International University was founded by Dr. Isa Sarac in 1998. Subsequent to establishing its campus in Fairfax, Virginia, VIU received authorization from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to begin its first Master of Business Administration (MBA) program on December 23, 1998.[3]

By May 2000, SCHEV granted the university the authority to offer a series of Diploma and Certificate programs, grant degrees for the MBA program, and gave the university permission to begin a baccalaureate program in Computer Science and Business Management.

VIU held its first commencement on May 4, 2006 with 20 graduates in attendance at the Fairfax County Country Club and has rapidly grown in student population since then.[3] Today, VIU boasts students from 60 different countries and offers a variety of both academic and non-academic degrees on campus and online.[4]


Virginia International University's programs are organized into seven schools: the School of Business, School of Computer Information Systems, School of Continuing Education, School of Education, School of Public and International Affairs, School of Language Studies and School of Online Education.

School of Business (SB)[edit]

VIU's School of Business offers an MBA program which includes instruction in foundational core business courses, a set of required business courses to provide depth, and electives. Concentrations include: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Global Logistics, Health Care Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Human Resource Management, International Business Management, International Finance, Marketing Management, Mass Media and Public Relations, or Project Management.

The following graduate degrees and certificates are also offered within the School of Business: Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Project Management, Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

The BBA program includes a liberal arts foundation, a core curriculum in business, and electives. Concentrations include: Finance, International Business, and Marketing.

The following undergraduate certificate programs are also offered within the School of Business: International Business and Small Business Management.

School of Computer Information Systems (SCIS)[edit]

The School of Computer Information Systems at VIU offers graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs. These programs include: Master in Computer Science (MCS), Master in Information Systems (MIS), Master in Information Systems Management (MISM), Master in Information Technology (MIT), Master in Software Engineering (MSE), Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence, Graduate Certificate in Information Systems, Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management, Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit & Compliance.

Concentrations include:

  • Computer Animation & Gaming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Management
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Networking
  • Software Applications Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Business Intelligence & Data Analytics
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • Health Informatics
  • Information Assurance
  • Knowledge Management

School of Professional Development (SPD)[edit]

The School of Professional Development provides training and education programs in partnership with VIU's clients and customers at prices to individuals, small- to medium-sized private businesses, Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, veteran administration, and non-profits. The SPD offers open enrollment programs on-demand and in-class in a variety of subjects.

School of Education (SED)[edit]

The School of Education offers the following degrees:

The SED focuses on the development of professionals both inside and outside of the classroom including a Voices from the Field Speaker Series.

School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)[edit]

The School of Public & International Affairs offers two master's-level programs: Master of Science in International Relations (MIR) and Master of Public Administration (MPA). The MIR program focuses on the study of foreign policy and international development and business. The MPA degree is designed to prepare students for careers in public management and local, state, and federal administration. Both programs provide students with the skills to pursue careers with state and local governments, international organizations, non-profit organizations, multinational corporations, news outlets, and policy research institutions.

School of Language Studies (SLS)[edit]

The School of Language Studies at VIU includes two tracks to help develop and improve upon a student's English proficiency: intensive ESL (focusing on academic English and IELTS or TOEFL test preparation) and non-intensive ESL (e.g., business English, advanced speaking, TOEFL preparation).

School of Online Education (SOE)[edit]

The School of Online Education offers online courses: completely Internet-based with no face-to-face meetings. All VIU programs, with the exception of Undergraduate Certificate Programs, are also offered online.

School of Test Preparation (STP)[edit]

The School of Test Preparation specializes in preparing students for standardized tests, major fields tests, and licensing. Other programs include teacher training, TOEFL for CEUs, IELTS for CEUs, and SAT/ACT training.

Student life[edit]

1,804 students are enrolled at Virginia International University as of June 2015 from approximately 60 different countries.


  1. ^ a b "What College Accreditation Changes Mean for Students". Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  2. ^ "ACIS Member Directory Search". Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "University History - VIU Timeline - Virginia International University". Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-04-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)