Program Offerings

AVC students may choose to earn credits from each course completed ultimately leading to a certificate, diploma, and/or Master’s Degree.

[Academic Policy and Procedures]

Master’s Degree

AVC administers, and confers a Master’s Degree program in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication. The program is a joint undertaking by two Departments. It brings together the expertise of two departments to allow students to explore the linguistic, historical and cultural contexts of the Armenian past and present from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program offers the degree with the following specialization:


This intersection invites students to further develop their knowledge in the Armenian heritage, as well as their skills in conducting research and producing writing in matters pertaining Armenian Studies.

Admission

Students, who hold a Bachelor’s degree in any traditional field of study, may continue their studies at AVC toward a Master’s degree.
To be eligible for the Master’s degree program, students will be asked to provide the following documentation:
Applications are due by June 30. The Academic Director will contact the applicant regarding the status of their application by August 15. Questions regarding admissions should be sent to academicdirector@avc-agbu.org.

Coursework and Research Requirements

The program consists of two parts, coursework and research. To qualify for the degree, students are expected to earn a total of 120 credits according to the following breakdown:
Coursework: Group A and Group B courses (72 credits):
At least 48 credits, namely Group-A courses, must be taken in the field of specialization selected as the student’s major. Students minoring in History and Culture should take a total of 24 credits (Group-B courses), which must be taken from the department listed as the student’s minor (at least 18 credits) and electives. Students minoring in Art History should earn at least 30 credits from Group B courses.
The selection of courses depends on the specialization of the student. The Academic Advisor will guide students in their selection of courses.
Research: Group R Courses and Thesis (48 credits):
36 credits should be earned from research assistantship, teaching assistantship and research required for the thesis. The MA thesis totals 12 credits.
All students are expected to spend at least 160 hours per year in face-to-face consultation with their instructors and supervisor, through videoconference or in person.

Credits/Curricula per Specialization

Armenian Language and History
Armenian Language courses (Eastern or Western) – 48 credits (Group A)
Armenian History (as minor – 18 credits) and electives (as electives, 6 credits) – 24 credits (Group B)
Research and Thesis – 48 credits (Group R)

Armenian Language and Art History
Armenian Language courses (Eastern or Western) – 42 credits (Group A)
Armenian Culture course (12 credits) and History (12 credits) courses covering the historical period of student’s specialization as minor, and electives (6 credits) – 30 credits (Group B)
Research and Thesis – 48 (Group R)

Armenian Language and Culture
Armenian Language courses (Eastern or Western) – 48 credits (Group A)
Armenian Culture courses (18 credits) and electives (6 credits) – 24 credits (Group B)
Research and Thesis - 48 credits (Group R)
Students are required to have at least a B grade point average from the coursework and research to qualify for MA degree.

M.A. Advising

The Academic Director acts as the Master’s program counselor and is available to advise students on any question about the program. Students will also be assigned an adviser in accordance with their interests, as well as faculty availability. The advisor is responsible for student’s course of study and completion of requirements leading to the degree.
Courses to be taken must be determined in consultation with the adviser. Thesis topic needs to be approved by the Graduate Review Committee.

Master’s Thesis

Master’s thesis is written under the supervision of two faculty members.
The Master’s degree is awarded upon the completion of coursework and the successful defense of the Master’s thesis that demonstrates the student’s ability to conduct independent research. The Graduate Review Committee must be notified of the student’s choice of the topic. The topic should be in student’s major field. The thesis should not be less than the required 40 pages, and should meet the standards and ethics of academic writing.

Scholarship to M.A. Students

MA applicants may apply for Scholarship in accordance to AVC Scholarship Policy.

Certificate Programs

There are no prior requirements for eligibility. Anyone of any age who is interested in pursuing Armenian Education may enroll. The courses are designed for college level (high school and university) students and adults. You may earn a certificate, college credit or simply audit a course.

Diploma:
Earning a Diploma requires the completion of a minimum of 21 credits. The student qualifies for a major if 18 out of 21 credits have been taken in a single department. The student may also qualify for a minor if 12 out of 21 credits come from another department.

Individual Courses

AVC caters to both degree seeking students and those who need to take a course(s). For students who are not looking to earn a degree, AVC provides the opportunity to take individual courses. These courses are designed considering the students' busy schedules and are 100% online with maximum flexibility.

The students enroll for the individual course(s) and receive three credits per course upon successful completion. They are required to actively participate in on-line discussion forums and chats, to take the weekly quizzes, to meet deadlines for assignments, to participate in individual and collaborative activities and projects, and take a final examination.

Auditing

An auditor is not entitled to credits. He/she is expected to maintain the same schedules as regular students, to actively participate in on-line discussion forums and chats, to take the weekly quizzes, to participate in individual and collaborative activities and projects. The auditor is not expected to submit assignments and take examinations. Auditors will get a pass/fail grade. Auditors may select between two levels of interest, moderate or high, depending on the amount of time and commitment they wish to invest into their studies.

Request a Diploma / Certificate

Diploma:
Students may request a Diploma of Graduation from the Registrar’s Office. The Diploma details the graduate’s name, degree(s) awarded, courses completed, major(s) and minor(s) (if applicable), graduation date(s), and the awarding school. It is signed by the AVC President and is imprinted with AVC’s official seal. The Diploma transcript detailing the course information, the student grade points per course, credits earned, and the cumulative grade point average, will also be provided to the graduate.

Diplomas must be requested by e-mail or by fax (at +374 60 612261).

Requests should include the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Dates and Courses Completed
  • E-mail Address
  • Postal Mailing Address
Both soft and hard copies of the Diploma will be delivered to the graduate within ten (10) working days.


Certificate:

A certificate is issued per student’s request upon completion of one level of a course in any department.
Certificates must be requested by e-mail or by fax (at +374 60 612261).

Requests should include the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Dates and Courses Completed
  • E-mail Address
  • Postal Mailing Address
The soft and/or hard copies of Certificate will be delivered to the student within ten (10) working days.

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