Program Description

The Foundations for Graduate Study in U.S. Institutions graduate certificate program prepares international students for graduate study in a U.S. institution. This certificate is embedded in the Master's Accelerator Program (MAP) at KU. MAP is a bridging, or pathway, program for international students. It is designed to facilitate their transition to advanced study in the U.S. by providing additional instruction and support in professional development and academic English during students' first semester(s) in a degree-seeking master's program. Each participating master's degree program sets its own criteria for transition to full-time work in the master's degree upon completion of the MAP curriculum. Typically, these criteria include GPA and course completion requirements.

The Foundations for Graduate Study in U.S. Institutions certificate is only available to students participating the Master's Accelerator Program. These students must meet KU's requirements for graduate admission and admission into the Master's Accelerator Program.

The curriculum for the certificate will be comprised of three common courses (2 credits each) for a total of 6 credit hours; plus two courses in the discipline for 6 additional credit hours (a total of 12 credit hours). 

The common courses will be: 

GS 502Professional Practices2
GS 707Professional Presentations in the American Academy2
GS 751Introduction to Graduate Writing in US Institutions2

Students will select two further courses from within their academic discipline (3 credits each) to fulfill the 12-hour requirement. Please review the attached supporting documents for charts outlining the curriculum and certificate progression. 

Program Faculty

EAP and GS coursework (e.g., the common courses) will be taught by qualified AEC faculty and KU AAP staff/lecturers who meet KU requirements for graduate instruction.  Students' remaining 6 hours of academic coursework will be taught by KU faculty in their academic department. Academic support services will be provided through extant KU services (e.g., library workshops on software appropriate to the student's discipline) and additional services offered through the KU Academic Accelerator Program.  The KU AAP maintains a ratio of one student services advisor to 50-60 student participants.  Advisors will oversee professional development and cultural enrichment programming for MAP participants.