Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 14

The Master’s College 2014-2015 Catalog
5. Upon admission to The Master’s College, United
States Federal law requires that an international
student must be registered as a full-time student.
Minimum requirements for full-time status for
the following programs are:
Undergraduate - 12 units
Teacher Credential (5th year) program -
15 units
MABC/MABS resident program - 8 units
Degree Completion Program - 12 units
6. Upon receipt of all documentation, an
international student will be notified of the
Admission Committee’s decision. Once a student
is accepted and the finances are verified, Form
I-20 will be forwarded to them. Form I-20
is an official document of the United States
government which grants a foreign student
permission to apply for a student visa at a U.S.
consulate or embassy.
7. The Master’s College requires that undergraduate
F-1 visa international students begin their
studies in the fall semester (September). F-1 visa
international students are not permitted to begin
as new TMC students in the Spring (January).
There are restrictions for international students
auditing classes. They may audit courses; however,
these units are not included in their full-time unit load
calculation. International visitors on B-1 or B-2 visas
may not audit or enroll in classes.
Thesis Work Pending for International
Students in Graduate Level Programs
A graduate student actively working on a thesis,
who continues to reside in the United States, and
who has at one time enrolled in the two-unit Thesis
Prep course, can take less than a full load of classes
and still maintain full time status. The thesis itself is
considered a full time endeavor. Normal progress to
complete the thesis for the MABC resident program
is one year after completion of class work and the
Thesis Prep course. The one year of thesis work has
been included in the length of program on the I-20
issued to the student. Therefore no extension of the
I-20 end date will be granted.
Online Course Work
Only one class (3 units) of online study may be
applied toward the full-time enrollment requirement
for international students during any given semester.
Visa Waiver Program
Students from countries that are participating in the
Visa Waiver program will not be allowed to attend
classes for auditing or for credit. It is The Master’s
College understanding that the use of the visa waiver
is for citizens of certain countries to travel to the
United States for tourism or business for stays of
90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Any form
of study on this type of visa would be a violation
of status.
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