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The Master’s College 2015-2016 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 semester 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

MABC/MABS - 8 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’s 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.