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English as a Second Language (ESL)

As The Graduate School continues its efforts to produce more research-oriented graduates, we are compelled to prepare researchers in their respective fields, as well as competent presenters in academic and professional arenas.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Recognizing our growing international graduate student population of approximately 25%, students who self-identify as English as a Second Language (ESL) students may desire to take the Academic Communication Course before taking the examination, after which they will receive the Expository Writing Certificate.

All students who take the Expository Writing Examination who are successful in passing the examination are required to pass the Academic Communication Course, after which they will receive the Expository Writing Certificate.

Oral Communication

The Oral Communication component of PASS is designed to create an environment that makes our graduate students orally proficient in communicating with their students in the classroom, peers of a department, or even colleagues at an academic conference. By fostering an environment of not only conducting and writing research, but also communicating effectively, our goal is to produce more well-rounded and professionally prepared graduate students.

PASS offers one course and several workshops during the academic year to assist students in this area.