Silicon Valley University - 2013-2014 Catalog

 
Silicon Valley University
     2013-2014 Catalog
SILICON VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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SVU 2013 - 2014 ACADEMIC CALENDAR ........................................................................................................... V
THE UNIVERSITY ..................................................................................................................................................... 1
Mission & Goals ............................................................................................................................................................ 1
Campus Description ...................................................................................................................................................... 1
Mobile Internet Services ................................................................................................................................................ 1
INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES ............................................................................................................................ 1
Apple iOS Developer University Program Membership ............................................................................................... 1
Apple iTunes University Program Membership ............................................................................................................ 1
Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) Membership ................................................................................. 1
Oracle Academy Membership ....................................................................................................................................... 2
Higher Education User Group and University Alliance Program of SAP Membership ................................................ 2
Cadence Design Tool Users Group Membership .......................................................................................................... 2
Data Communication/Telecommunication .................................................................................................................... 2
Linux/Unix Private Cluster Node .................................................................................................................................. 2
Electronic Resource Center & Library .......................................................................................................................... 2
ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL STATUS .................................................................................................... 2
CORPORATE STATUS ............................................................................................................................................. 3
Governing Board ........................................................................................................................................................... 3
UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS ...................................................................................................................................... 3
Degree Programs ........................................................................................................................................................... 3
Certificate Programs ...................................................................................................................................................... 3
ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY ...................................................................................................................... 3
General Admission ........................................................................................................................................................ 3
Certificate Programs ...................................................................................................................................................... 4
Bachelor’s Degree Programs ......................................................................................................................................... 4
Master’s Degree Programs ............................................................................................................................................ 4
Continuing Students ...................................................................................................................................................... 4
Admission Requirements ............................................................................................................................................... 4
Instructions for Local/Resident Applicants ................................................................................................................... 4
Instructions for International Applicants ....................................................................................................................... 4
Additional Instructions for Applicants Whose Degree is from a Non-US Institution ................................................... 5
Instructions for Submitting English Test Result ............................................................................................................ 5
TRANSFER STUDENTS ............................................................................................................................................ 5
Evaluation of Transfer Credits....................................................................................................................................... 6
English Proficiency........................................................................................................................................................ 6
Waiving the TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® Requirements ............................................................................................ 6
English Placement Test ................................................................................................................................................. 6
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Structure.............................................................................................. 7
TUITION AND FEES ................................................................................................................................................. 8
Tuition for Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs .............................................................................................................. 8
Tuition for Doctoral Program ........................................................................................................................................ 8
Estimated Fees ............................................................................................................................................................... 8
Other Fees and Expenses ............................................................................................................................................... 8
Accepted Payments........................................................................................................................................................ 9
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES ....................................................................................................... 9
Buyer’s Right to Cancel ................................................................................................................................................ 9
Refund Schedule ............................................................................................................................................................ 9
Student Tuition Recovery Fund ..................................................................................................................................... 9
ACADEMIC POLICIES AND REGULATIONS ..................................................................................................... 9
Registration.................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Health Insurance ............................................................................................................................................................ 9
Students’ Academic Advising ..................................................................................................................................... 10
Professional Behavior and Demeanor.......................................................................................................................... 10
GRADING POLICY ................................................................................................................................................. 10
General ........................................................................................................................................................................ 10
Evaluation Methods ..................................................................................................................................................... 10
Review of Examinations .............................................................................................................................................. 10
Grade Reports .............................................................................................................................................................. 10
Dean’s Honors ............................................................................................................................................................. 11
Incomplete Grades ....................................................................................................................................................... 11
Auditing Courses ......................................................................................................................................................... 11
Changing Programs ..................................................................................................................................................... 11
ACADEMIC PROGRESS ........................................................................................................................................ 11
Standards of Satisfactory Progress .............................................................................................................................. 11
Academic Warning ...................................................................................................................................................... 12
Academic Probation .................................................................................................................................................... 12
Dismissal ..................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Withdraw ..................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Leave of Absence ........................................................................................................................................................ 13
EDUCATIONAL RECORDS ................................................................................................................................... 13
STUDENT SERVICES ............................................................................................................................................. 14
Academic Counseling .................................................................................................................................................. 14
Non-Academic Counseling and Referrals ................................................................................................................... 14
Professional Development ........................................................................................................................................... 14
Recreational and Social Opportunities ........................................................................................................................ 14
Student Association and Alumni Association.............................................................................................................. 14
Housing........................................................................................................................................................................ 14
Student Financial Assistance ....................................................................................................................................... 14
UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM ........................................................................................ 15
UNIVERSITY STATEMENT ON STUDENTS’ RIGHTS ................................................................................... 15
UNIVERSITY STATEMENT ON STUDENTS’ OBLIGATIONS ....................................................................... 15
The Principle of Academic Integrity ........................................................................................................................... 15
The Principle of Academic Community ...................................................................................................................... 15
The Principle of Academic Effort................................................................................................................................ 15
Change of Grade .......................................................................................................................................................... 16
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY ....................................................................................................................... 16
UNIVERSITY POLICY ON SEXUAL AND DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT ........................................ 16
Sexual Assault ............................................................................................................................................................. 16
Sexual Harassment ...................................................................................................................................................... 16
Discrimination ............................................................................................................................................................. 16
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR STUDENTS ................................................................................................... 16
Disciplinary Action...................................................................................................................................................... 17
Judicial Hearings ......................................................................................................................................................... 17
Judicial Sanction .......................................................................................................................................................... 17
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ........................................................................................................................ 18
General University Requirements................................................................................................................................ 18
Bulletin Requirements ................................................................................................................................................. 18
Minimum Number of Credit Hours ............................................................................................................................. 18
Certificate Programs .................................................................................................................................................... 18
Checklist of Requirements........................................................................................................................................... 18
Faculty Approval ......................................................................................................................................................... 19
Petition to Graduate ..................................................................................................................................................... 19
Administrative Clearance ............................................................................................................................................ 19
Definitions of Subject Acronyms ................................................................................................................................ 19
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS ........................................................................................................................ 20
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) ..................................................................................................... 20
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCE) .............................................................................................. 21
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) .............................................................................................................. 23
GRADUATE PROGRAMS ...................................................................................................................................... 25
Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) ........................................................................................................ 25
Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)................................................................................................. 26
Master of Business Administration (MBA) ................................................................................................................. 27
DOCTORAL PROGRAM ........................................................................................................................................ 28
Doctor of Computer Engineering (DCE) ..................................................................................................................... 28
Mission and Objectives ............................................................................................................................................... 28
DCE Program Admission Requirements ..................................................................................................................... 28
Transfer of Credits ....................................................................................................................................................... 28
DCE Courses and Research Requirements .................................................................................................................. 28
Graduation Requirements ............................................................................................................................................ 30
Residency Requirements ............................................................................................................................................. 30
Written Comprehensive Examination .......................................................................................................................... 30
Written Qualifying Examination ................................................................................................................................. 31
Doctoral Research and Defense ................................................................................................................................... 31
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS ................................................................................................................................. 32
Certificate in Computer Networks and Telecommunications Engineering ................................................................. 32
Certificate in Database Design and Software Engineering .......................................................................................... 32
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS...................................................................................................................................... 33
Definitions of Subject Acronyms ................................................................................................................................ 33
Course Numbers .......................................................................................................................................................... 33
Course Numbers Convention ....................................................................................................................................... 33
Lab Courses ................................................................................................................................................................. 33
GENERAL EDUCATION UNDERGRADUATE COURSES............................................................................... 34
COMPUTER SCIENCE & COMPUTER ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE COURSES........................ 38
COMPUTER SCIENCE & COMPUTER ENGINEERING GRADUATE COURSES...................................... 42
DCE ADVANCED CONCENTRATION COURSES ............................................................................................ 49
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION UNDERGRADUATE COURSES ................................................................... 52
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION GRADUATE COURSES ................................................................................. 55
CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING (CPT) ................................................................................................ 60
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) COURSES ................................................................................. 61
UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION ....................................................................................................................... 63
SVU 2013 - 2014 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
FALL 2013                    < SEPTEMBER 9 – DECEMBER 21, 2013 >
SEPTEMBER
9                Mon         Classes begin
                             New Student Orientation
11               Wed         English placement test
16               Mon         1st session of ESL classes begins
20               Fri         Last day to add/drop courses
OCTOBER
25               Fri         1st session of ESL classes ends
NOVEMBER
04               Mon         2nd session of ESL classes begins
08               Fri         Last day for graduation petition
28-29            Thurs-Fri   Thanksgiving Holidays (campus closed)
DECEMBER
02               Mon         Pre-registration for Spring Trimester 2014
13               Fri         2nd session of ESL classes ends
16 – 21          Mon-Sat     Final examinations
21               Sat         Last day of classes

SPRING 2014                  < JANUARY 13 – APRIL 26, 2014 >
JANUARY
13               Mon         Classes begin
                             New Student Orientation
15               Wed         English placement test
20               Mon         1st session of ESL classes begins
24               Fri         Last day to add/drop courses
FEBRUARY
17               Mon         President’s Day (campus closed)
28               Fri         1st session of ESL classes ends
MARCH
10               Mon         2nd session of ESL classes begins
14               Fri         Last day for graduation petition
APRIL
07               Mon         Pre-registration for Summer Trimester 2014
18               Fri         2nd session of ESL classes ends
21 – 26          Mon-Sat     Final examinations
26               Sat         Last day of classes

SUMMER 2014                  < MAY 12 – AUGUST 23, 2014 >
MAY
12               Mon         Classes begin (Regular and *Summer Intensive session)
                             New Student Orientation
14               Wed         English placement examination
19               Mon         1st session of ESL classes begins
23               Fri         Last day to add/drop courses
26               Mon         Memorial Day (campus closed)
JUNE
23-25            Mon-Wed     * Final examination for Summer Intensive session
25               Wed         * Summer Intensive session ends
27               Fri         1st session of ESL classes ends
JULY
04               Fri         Independence Day (campus closed)
07               Mon         2nd session of ESL classes begins
11               Fri         Last day for graduation petition
AUGUST
04               Mon         Pre-registration for Fall Trimester 2014
15               Fri         2nd session of ESL classes ends
18 – 23          Mon-Sat     Final examinations
23               Sat         Last day of classes
30               Sat         Graduation Ceremony
FALL 2014                                < SEPTEMBER 8 – DECEMBER 20, 2014 >
 SEPTEMBER
 08                          Mon          Classes begin
                                          New Student Orientation
 10                          Wed          English placement test
 15                          Mon          1st session of ESL classes begins
 19                          Fri          Last day to add/drop courses
 OCTOBER
 24                          Fri          1st session of ESL classes ends
 NOVEMBER
 03                          Mon          2nd session of ESL classes begins
 07                          Fri          Last day for graduation petition
 27 – 28                     Thurs-Fri    Thanksgiving Holidays (campus closed)
 DECEMBER
 01                          Mon          Pre-registration for Spring Trimester 2015
 12                          Fri          2nd session of ESL classes ends
 15 – 20                     Mon-Sat      Final examinations
 20                          Sat          Last day of classes

*Summer Intensive Session consists of core and pre-requisite courses which will be taught in 7½ weeks. Students
are required to attend classes two times a week instead of once per week.
THE UNIVERSITY                                                      Tablet, Ultrabook, or Microsoft Surface) to access cloud
                                                                    computing inside the whole campus. When the license is
Mission & Goals                                                     permitted through proxy servers, students can then
                                                                    access any software tools from anywhere at any time.
The primary mission of Silicon Valley University (SVU)              Student’s learning experience cannot be made easier with
is to provide excellent educational programs in both                all these services.
undergraduate and graduate levels to equip and prepare
students with the right set of knowledge and skills for             In addition, SVU has a self-developed and customized
careers in the high tech industry and competitive global            Apple iPhone apps that provide services to both our
business arena.                                                     current students and future students. For instance,
                                                                    students can check their grades or view the latest school
This mission is accomplished by leveraging Silicon                  news and events just by logging in to the SVU apps.
Valley’s expertise in technology and business sectors to:           SVU also uses an Apple iPad as a campus kiosk guide
                                                                    system, utilizing the most advanced RFID technology,
   •    Provide students with faculty who are experts in            for students to view class schedules and take attendance
        their field and are currently working in the high           during school hours.
        tech industry and global business sectors;
   •    Provide students with a learning environment
        that utilizes the latest available technology in use        INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
        in the work place;
   •    Prepare students with the practical skills                  To help students obtain competitive advantages in the
        necessary for performing at the highest levels in           real working environments from classrooms and to help
        their chosen professions;                                   students to acquire the knowledge through hands-on
                                                                    modern methodology effectively and efficiently, SVU
   •    Develop the capacity for independent and critical
                                                                    participates in many university programs provided by the
        thinking;      promote       entrepreneurship     by
                                                                    leading companies in their industries, such as Apple,
        encouraging new ideas for business initiatives
                                                                    Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Cadence. Students who learn
        and product development, and
                                                                    the usage of the emerging tools in the real world can
   •    Improve the English language skills of
                                                                    definitely grant themselves better job opportunities.
        international students in preparation for study in
                                                                    SVU's instructional resources aim to do just that.
        America, or for personal or professional
        development.
                                                                    Apple  iOS        Developer     University     Program
                                                                    Membership
Campus Description
                                                                    SVU has joined the Apple iOS Developer University
SVU is located in Silicon Valley (San Jose, California),            Program to provide a wide range of technical resources
the hub of the US high-tech industry and global business.           to assist students in design, development, and testing.
The university occupies space in a Class A office                   The iOS apps include iOS Dev Center, iOS Developer
building. The 20,000 square foot office space consists of           Library, and Development Videos.
large classrooms for delivery of multimedia
presentations to large groups and smaller classrooms for
                                                                    Apple iTunes University Program Membership
small-group discussions.       Other facilities of the
university include the Library, Computer Room, and
                                                                    SVU has joined the Apple iTunes University program to
Student's Lounge which are all available for students
                                                                    offer class materials online for allowing students to
during school hours. The Student Office and other
                                                                    download streaming video and documents to PCs,
administrative offices provide needful assistance to
                                                                    laptops, and mobile devices/equipment.
students 6 days a week.
                                                                    Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA)
Mobile Internet Services
                                                                    Membership
To support mobile internet and cloud computing, the
                                                                    SVU has subscribed to Microsoft MSDN Academic
whole digital campus is fully covered by 802.11 a/b/g/n
                                                                    Alliance (MSDNAA) membership to make the latest
Wi-Fi access points back-hauled to FE/GE/10-GE
                                                                    Microsoft software available in labs and classrooms.
backbone network switch hierarchic in the 7/24 air-
                                                                    The Microsoft MSDNAA program offers Microsoft
conditioned private data center.
                                                                    developer tools for Science, Technology, Engineering,
                                                                    and Math (STEM) fields, including the up-to-date Visual
Via Wi-Fi access point and backbone switch infra-
                                                                    Studio, Windows Operating Systems, Windows Server,
structure plus internet, students, faculty, and staff can use
                                                                    .NET Framework, computer cluster server, SQL server,
mobile internet devices (i.e., Apple iPad, Apple iPhone,
                                                                    Mobile SDK and more than 300 tools.
Android Tablet, Android Phone, Macbook Air, Google
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Oracle Academy Membership                                         any onsite networked workstation or remote to configure
                                                                  or control those equipment.
SVU is a member of Oracle Academy. SVU provides
Oracle 11g Real Application Cluster (RAC) Enterprise              Linux/Unix Private Cluster Node
version database to students and faculty. Oracle RAC
database services is a shared cache clustered database            The Linux/Unix system is provided to students in labs to
architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional        understand the cloud computing paradigm and
shared-nothing and shared-disk architectures for                  framework. The cloud computing infrastructure can be
unbeatable database performance, scalability and                  used for sharing, scheduling, reliability, availability,
reliability without requiring changes to existing Oracle          elasticity, privacy, provisioning and geographic
Database applications. Oracle RAC has been                        replication.
successfully deployed by thousands of Oracle customers,
allowing these customers to use clustered database                Electronic Resource Center & Library
servers for a simplified, efficient and successful delivery
of Database Services on the Cloud.                                As part of its effort to provide instruction using the latest
                                                                  internet technologies, the university has established a
Higher Education User Group and University                        web-based Electronic Resource Center. The center is a
Alliance Program of SAP Membership                                digital research facility, created to provide students with
                                                                  the opportunity to make the most use of vast information
SVU has formed a membership with Higher Education                 resources available on the internet.
User Group (HEUG) and University Alliance Program
offered by SAP (Acronym of Systems, Applications, and             The university has an onsite library which contains
Products in Data Processing) North America to use the             publications in the fields of Business, Computer Science
tools from Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP software for           and Engineering, and General Education. Faculty
faculty members and students to enhance the academic              members and students can access major professional
and professional learning outcomes. The Oracle E-                 journals and scholarly articles through nationally
Business Suite and SAP software tools has been                    acclaimed databases such as ProQuest, ProQuest/ABI,
integrated into the business curriculum such as                   and IEEE. These can be accessed on-site or via the
Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), Human Capital                university’s remote proxy services from anywhere, at
Management (HCM), Supply Chain Management                         any time.
(SCM), Business Process Management (BPM), Customer
Relationship Maintenance (CRM), Project Management                The university library serves its students and faculty free
(PM), and Accounting and Finance (ACCT/FN). The                   of charge. The library has thousands of hard copy
tools from Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Financials             materials in its collections. Both students and faculty also
Applications, and SAP software will provide students              have access to SVU's e-library. Students are expected to
with hands-on experiences and enhance learning                    follow the university library policy while using these
experience by equipping students with marketable skills.          resources.

Cadence Design Tool Users Group Membership                             Library Hours:
                                                                       Monday through Friday: 11 am to 7 pm
SVU is a member of Cadence design tool users group.                    Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
SVU provides Cadence computer-aided electronic design
tools to students and faculty. Cadence tools offer proven         SVU students have convenient access to a number of
solutions for every aspect of electronic design. Leading          excellent libraries including San Jose State University
semiconductor, computer systems, communications                   (SJSU) and Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB).
equipment, and consumer electronics companies around              Students can also obtain free library cards from the
the world rely on Cadence tools to design their products.         Alameda County and Santa Clara County public library
Cadence design package includes system-level design               system, and make use of the Link+ unified catalog
bundle, design and verification bundle, custom integrated         system as well.
circuits bundle, deep submicron bundle, and PCB
systems bundle, which is sufficient for chip-level and
board-level design.                                               ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL STATUS

Data Communication/Telecommunication                              Silicon Valley University is accredited by the
                                                                  Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and
SVU offers a state-of-the-art network equipment such as           Schools (ACICS) to award Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s
Cisco routers, Dell switches, Linksys wireless routers,           degrees, Doctoral Degrees, and Certificates.
Apple Computer wireless routers, Cisco VPN remote
access servers. Students can access these resources from

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The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and           They provide voluntary service and receive no
Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting       remuneration for their services on the Board, as SVU is a
agency by the United States Department of Education            nonprofit, public-benefit educational institution.
and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
SVU has been granted Institutional Approval by the
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).             UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS
Their contact information is:
                                                               Degree Programs
    Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
                 P.O. Box 980818                               Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
         West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818                        Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCE)
               Phone: (916) 574-7720                           Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
         Web site: http://www.bppe.ca.gov                      Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)
             E-mail: bppe@dca.ca.gov                           Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)
                                                               Master of Business Administration (MBA)
                                                               Doctor of Computer Engineering (DCE)
CORPORATE STATUS
                                                               Certificate Programs
Silicon Valley University is organized under California
Corporate Law as a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation       Computer      Engineering   and    Telecommunication
and is deemed tax-exempt, as applies to corporations           Engineering
falling within the IRS 501(c) (3) ruling.                      Database Design and Software Engineering
                                                               English as a Second Language (ESL)
SILICON VALLEY UNIVERSITY ADMINISTERS
ALL ITS PROGRAMS WITHOUT REGARD TO
RACE, ETHNIC ORIGIN, AGE, OR SEX. SVU DOES                     ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY
NOT DISCRIMINATE IN THE ADMINISTRATION
OF ITS EDUCATIONAL POLICIES, ADMISSIONS                        General Admission
POLICIES, SCHOLARSHIPS, OR OTHER SCHOOL
ADMINISTERED PROGRAMS.                                         SVU is an equal opportunity institution. Graduation from
                                                               high school or its equivalent is necessary for enrollment.
Governing Board                                                Students are admitted on the basis of their projected
                                                               ability to meet academic standards. The university
SVU is governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board of         evaluates both objective and subjective data to select its
Trustees consists of the following people:                     students. The factors that are taken into consideration
                                                               during the selection process include, but are not limited
  Dr. Jerry Shiao                                              to: the potential of the candidate to successfully complete
     President of SVU                                          the desired program, the candidate's past academic
     San Jose, California                                      performance record, and the amount and quality of the
     Chairman of the Board                                     candidate's prior experience and training.

  Ms. Seiko Cheng                                              The university’s application and selection procedures for
    Co-Founder of SVU                                          its programs include the following requirements:
    San Jose, California
    Treasurer of the Board                                     A) Applicants must submit a completed University
                                                                  Application for Admission and pay a nonrefundable
  Dr. Len-Yi Leu                                                  application fee in the form of a check or money
     Senior Director of TSMC                                      order payable to “Silicon Valley University.”
     San Jose, California
     Secretary of the Board                                    B) All applicants must arrange to submit original
                                                                  transcripts from previously attended institutions.
  Dr. Mark Chen                                                   Students holding foreign degrees must make
     CEO, Agnes USA Corporation                                   arrangements with SVU administration to have prior
     Fremont, California                                          credit hours evaluated for equivalency. Contact
                                                                  SVU for further information regarding this process.
  Ms. Ellie Chou
    City Council                                               C) Students planning to attend SVU must submit their
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC                                        application material and associated documents

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before the deadlines posted in the academic                  All applicants to a Master’s degree program must have a
    calendar. Each trimester has a separate deadline.            Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited
                                                                 institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Certificate Programs                                             All applicants to a Master’s degree program must submit
                                                                 previous transcripts for evaluation.
Applicants to a Certificate Program (except ESL) must
have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have                  Continuing Students
completed enough basic math and computer science
courses to successfully perform the required work. The           Students who completed a program or degree at Silicon
Certificate Programs are non-degree programs, which do           Valley University and plan to obtain a second or higher
not offer credits for classes taken. All applicants to a         degree at SVU will be treated with new admission status.
Certificate Program must complete an enrollment                  A new student ID will be issued and the student will
application and pay a nonrefundable application fee in           have to submit all the required credentials and
the form of a check or money order made payable to               documents (e.g. all official transcripts previously
“Silicon Valley University.”                                     obtained, diploma copy, etc.; for more information
                                                                 please refer to General Admission on page 3) in order to
Bachelor’s Degree Programs                                       be accepted in the program.

Admission Directly from High School                              Admission Requirements
Exceptionally qualified high school graduates who have
fewer than 40 credit hours of college credit may be              A) All international applicants must certify that they
granted admission. These students must submit the high              have adequate financial resources to pay for all
school official transcript showing a minimum GPA of                 expenses while attending Silicon Valley University.
1.75 (or its equivalent such as GED), and copy of the
diploma for admission.                                           B) Applicants whose native language is not English
                                                                    must demonstrate their English proficiency by
Maximum Transfer Requirements                                       providing an official score report from the Test of
The maximum number of 72 credit hours can be                        English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®),
transferred prior to enrollment at SVU from another                 International English Language Testing System
accredited institution towards a Bachelor degree at SVU.            (IELTS™), or the Test of English for International
                                                                    Communication (TOEIC®).
Lower Division Requirements
Applicants who have not met all of the lower division            C) Applicants who have earned a degree from an
requirements upon application (see section on                       institute where the language of instruction is
Undergraduate Programs) may be accepted pending                     English, (e.g. U.S., United Kingdom, Australia,
completion of those requirements before graduation. An              Canada and New Zealand) are exempt from
individual evaluation of accepted transfer credits as well          submitting a TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® score.
as general education deficiencies will be provided by the
university at the time admission is offered.                     Instructions for Local/Resident Applicants

Lower division courses that are not yet taught at the            A) Submit the completed application form with
university must be taken at local community colleges or             attached $75 USD application fee and mail to the
otherwise approved accredited institutions in order to              Admissions Office.
successfully meet the program requirement.
                                                                 B) Request that one official transcript from each
Master’s Degree Programs                                            institution attended be sent to the Admissions
                                                                    Office. Applicants should allow those institutions
All applicants to a Master’s degree program must hold a             about six weeks to process their request. This
Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent           material may be sent either separately or with the
degree from an accredited or approved college or                    entire application package. To expedite the
university to be admitted to a Master’s program at SVU.             application, the admission office recommends that
An official transcript with the student’s baccalaureate             all materials should be sent together.
degree must be submitted to the university. Students
must also demonstrate adequate proficiency in                    Instructions for International Applicants
mathematics and English.          Students lacking this
proficiency may still be admitted as conditional students;       A) Same as the instructions for local/resident applicants
however, students must take the appropriate courses                 (above).
required to achieve the proficiency.

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B) In addition to the instructions for local/resident          The Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student
   applicants, international applicants must:                  will be prepared for and issued to the student after the
   1) Submit a Financial Support Statement to the              application and all necessary documents have been
       Admissions Office.          Recommendation for          received and thoroughly reviewed and the Office of
       admission cannot be certified without this              Admissions has made a decision to accept the applicant
       information.                                            as an SVU student.
   2) Submit official transcripts of records from all
       universities attended to the Admissions Office.
   3) Meet the minimum standards of the English                TRANSFER STUDENTS
       proficiency requirement by taking the
       TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® exam.                              Students may transfer credits from their previously
                                                               attended school if the school is an accredited institution
Additional Instructions for Applicants Whose Degree            verified by SVU. Credit transfers could only be honored
is from a Non-US Institution                                   during first trimester of enrollment. Credits earned
                                                               within the same academic level are transferrable subject
Applicants must also provide:                                  to the approval of the Dean or Program Administrator.
                                                               The Dean or Program Administrator will evaluate
A) Official documentation of all courses taken and             student transcripts individually and honor transferrable
   grades received (transcripts of records) from each          credits only if the course description matches to the
   secondary,      undergraduate   and    postgraduate         course description of SVU. A maximum of 3 credits for
   institution attended. Transcripts of records should         each lecture class and 1 credit for lab class is allowed for
   be issued in English or must be accompanied by              transferring. Students have the option to challenge any
   notarized English translations.                             issues pertaining to the transfer of credits by meeting
                                                               with the Dean or Program Administrator during the
B) Official certification of degrees and dates awarded,        student's first trimester attendance at SVU. The student
   issued in the original language. Academic transcripts       must have the proof documentation to support the
   of records must have a seal and signature in ink from       challenge.
   the institution's authorized official, such as a
   registrar.                                                  Bachelor’s Degree
                                                               SVU will evaluate undergraduate academic credit for
Instructions for Submitting English Test Result                course equivalencies from four-year institutions and
Original IELTS™ scores must be submitted by mail or in         community colleges accredited by agencies recognized
person to Silicon Valley University. TOEFL®/ TOEIC®            by the United States Department of Education. Students
scores may be sent directly to Silicon Valley University       must request that transcripts from the accredited
(TOEFL®/SAT institution code: 3600) or in person.              institutions in which they have previously attended be
Information and applications for TOEFL®, IELTS™, or            sent to the Student Office for evaluation. The procedure
TOEIC® tests may be obtained by contacting:                    for course equivalence is defined in the Evaluation of
                       TOEFL®                                  Transfer Credits. SVU will accept a maximum of 72
              Educational Testing Service                      credits transferred for the BSCS, BSCE and BBA
                     P.O. Box 6151                             programs. All transfer course work requires an overall
               Princeton, NJ 08541-6151                        grade point average of “C”, 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The letter
               Website: www.ets.org/toefl                      grades and GPA are not transferrable.
                Email: TOEFL@ets.org
                                                               Master’s Degree
           IELTS™ INTERNATIONAL                                SVU will evaluate graduate academic credit for course
         825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 112                     equivalences from institutions of higher learning and
              Los Angeles, CA 90041                            accredited by agencies recognized by the United States
              Website: www.ielts.org                           Department of Education. Students must request that
           Email: IELTS@IELTSintl.org                          transcripts from the accredited institutions in which they
                     TOEIC®                                    have previously attended be sent to the Student Office
           TOEIC Service International                         for evaluation. The procedure for course equivalence is
             TOEIC Testing Program                             defined in the Evaluation of Transfer Credits. SVU will
            Educational Testing Service                        accept a maximum of 9 credits transferred for the MSCS,
                   Rosedale Road                               MSCE, and MBA programs. All transfer course work
             Princeton, NJ 08541 USA                           require an overall grade point average of “B-“, 2.7 on a
             Website: www.ets.org/toeic                        4.0 scale. Letter grades and GPA are not transferrable.
              Email: TOEIC@ets.org

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Evaluation of Transfer Credits                                       The following table explains the TOEFL®, IELTS™,
The evaluation of academic credits will be performed by             and TOEIC® requirements at SVU. Note that there is no
the Dean or Program Administrator. The Dean will use                separate essay score on the internet-based TOEFL® as
the syllabi from the transferring institution and the SVU           essay scores are included in the writing score. Although
syllabi to determine course equivalency. The Dean or                the internet-based TOEFL® includes a speaking
Program Administrator will:                                         component, a minimum score on the speaking section is
                                                                    not required.
•    Compare the course description of the syllabus of
     the transfer course with the course description of the                                  Internet-
     syllabus of an equivalent course in SVU.                                Institutional
                                                                  Degree                       based      IELTS™       TOEIC®
•     Allow the maximum of 3 credits for a lecture                            TOEFL®
                                                                                             TOEFL®
     course.                                                      Bachelor       500            61           5.5          550
• Allow a lab course to be transferred only if the lab             Master        525            71           6.0          680
     course has a lecture course that is transferred. The         Doctoral       550            80           6.5          790
     maximum number of credit is 1 for a lab course.
• After course equivalence is determined, only the                  Applicants who have not taken the TOEFL®, IELTS™,
     credit is transferred. The grade from the transferred          or TOEIC® test, or those who have not passed the
     class is not used in the student’s cumulative GPA.             proficiency requirements stated above, will be required
The student has the option to petition the transfer of              to take the English Placement Test during the first week
credits by meeting with the Dean or Program                         at SVU.
Administrator during the student's first trimester at SVU.
The student must bring documentation (course syllabus)              If an applicant does not qualify for provisional admission
to support the challenge. After the first trimester SVU             as indicated above, the applicant will have to arrange to
will not accept petitions for re-evaluation of the transfer         have an English language evaluation upon arrival and
of credits.                                                         will be recommended, if necessary, any required steps
                                                                    for remediation. This may include passing one or more
English Proficiency                                                 English         classes        or       retaking        the
                                                                    TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® or equivalent proficiency
Applicants of Silicon Valley University (SVU) whose                 test. Also note that the applicant has the option to retake
native language is not English have to demonstrate an               the TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® prior to arriving at SVU
established level of English language proficiency                   and if the new scores exceed the minimum required, the
through one of the following tests: the TOEFL® (Test of             applicant will not have his/her English evaluated upon
English as a Foreign Language), the academic format of              admission.
the IELTS™ (International English Language Testing
System), or the TOEIC® (Test of English for                         Waiving      the          TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC®
International Communication), etc.                                  Requirements

•   The TOEFL® Test - Test of English as a Foreign                  International applicants who have earned Bachelor's or
    Language. The TOEFL® test is the most widely                    higher degrees from English-speaking accredited
    accepted English-language test in the world.                    institutions in the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia,
                                                                    Canada and New Zealand do not have to submit
•   IELTS™ is the International English Language                    TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® scores.
    Testing System. It measures ability to communicate
    in English across all four language skills (listening,          The TOEFL®/IELTS™/TOEIC® requirement may be
    reading, writing, and speaking) for individuals who             waived on a case-by-case basis for students who have
    intend to study or work where English is the                    earned a degree from a foreign institution where the
    language of communication.                                      language of instruction was English. Documentation that
                                                                    the school's language of instruction was English must be
•   The TOEIC® Test - Test of English for International             provided.
    Communication. The TOEIC® test provides reliable
    measurement of English proficiency and is used by               English Placement Test
    hundreds of companies, government agencies, and
    English language learning programs.                             •   Students who do not have a TOEFL® iBT score of
                                                                        61 for the BBA/BSCS/BSCE degree programs or 71
The test must be recent; it should be within two years of               for the MBA/MSCS/MSCE degree programs or 80
the time applying. The original test scores are required to             for the DCE degree program; or IELTS™ score of
be submitted to SVU by applicants, either in person or by               5.5 for the BBA/BSCS/BSCE degree programs or
mail.                                                                   6.0 for the MBA/MSCS/MSCE degree programs or
                                                                        6.5 for the DCE degree programs; or a TOEIC®
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score of 550 for the BBA/BSCS/BSCE degree                       •   Prepare students with proficient English ability in
    programs or 680 for the MBA/MSCS/MSCE degree                        order to communicate effectively in professional,
    programs or 790 for the DCE degree program, are                     business, and personal settings
    required to take an English Placement Test upon
    arrival to the University.                                      •   Prepare students to perform successfully in degree
                                                                        classes
•   A student who achieves a passing score in all skill             •   Empower students to improve English speaking
    areas, including Listening & Speaking, Reading &                    skills by using English in authentic settings
    Writing and Conversation & Pronunciation are
    recommended for regular academic coursework.                    The program consists of 3 levels and each level has
                                                                    Listening    and     Speaking,   Conversation   and
•   A student scoring below designated cutoff points for            Pronunciation, and Reading and Writing:
    Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced level in one or
    more skill areas on the placement test will be                  The course numbers for each level are listed as:
    required to enroll in ESL courses at the appropriate
    level. Depending upon a student’s placement test                         (a) Beginning Level
    score, the student may test out of a particular skill                             (1)ESL200 - ESL204
    and/or score high in one skill areas but low in                                   (2)ESL250 - ESL254
    another, and as a result, it is possible that the student
    is enrolled in different levels of skill area.                           (c) Intermediate Level
                                                                                      (1)ESL300 - ESL304
•   Students may take the Institutional TOEFL®                                        (2)ESL350 - ESL354
    examination at the end of the academic trimester at
    SVU. Students who get a passing score on the                             (d) Advanced Level
    examination have the option of not taking ESL                                    (1)ESL400 - ESL404
    courses and will be recommended to take regular                                  (2)ESL450 - ESL454
    degree courses at SVU.
                                                                    The numbers of hours of instruction per week is as
•   Students are allowed to be enrolled in degree                   follows:
    courses while attending the ESL program at the
    same time. Policy and restriction are stated under the              ESL200 - ESL204: 20 hours per week
    ESL program description.                                            ESL250 - ESL254: 20 hours per week
                                                                        ESL300 - ESL304: 20 hours per week
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program                              ESL350 - ESL354: 20 hours per week
Structure                                                               ESL400 - ESL404: 20 hours per week
                                                                        ESL450 - ESL454: 20 hours per week
SVU offers ESL classes to foreign students who need to
improve their proficiency in English or waive an official           Students who are placed in ESL 400 (Advanced level)
test score. The purpose of the ESL program is to provide            must take and pass the Institutional TOEFL® that
students with the opportunity to increase English                   represents the exit exam for the English as a Second
language mastery in order to perform successfully in                Language (ESL) program. ESL 400 students who do not
degree classes. During the first week of each trimester,            pass the exit exam (score less than 500 on Institutional
students are required to take the English Placement                 TOEFL®) are required to repeat the ESL 400 level
Exam offered at SVU. Based on the exam results,                     course until the student achieves passing marks on the
students will be placed in the levels accordingly.                  exit exam. Students who are placed in ESL 200
Students at SVU are allowed to take degree classes                  (Beginning level) or ESL 300 (Intermediate level) must
concurrently with the ESL classes; depending on the                 take and pass the final exam administered by the course
level, students can take either one degree class                    instructor at the end of the trimester as the exit exam.
(ESL200), two degree classes (ESL300), or three degree              Students who do not pass the exit exam in ESL 200 and
classes (ESL400). Successful completion of the ESL                  ESL 300 are required to repeat the same level the
program is based on a passing TOEFL score or passing                following trimester.
the English Placement Test at SVU. Students with
inadequate comprehension of English must continue                   Students who successfully complete the requirements for
taking ESL for the following trimester until the                    each course and achieve the minimum passing score on
requirements are met.                                               the exit examinations for each course can request a
                                                                    Certificate of Competency in English. Students who fail
The core objectives of the ESL program are to:                      to achieve any of the requirements needed to earn the
                                                                    Certificate of Competency can instead request a
                                                                    certificate indicating the total number of completed hours

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