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FACULTY PROFILE"It is very stimulating to work here. The small class size and intimacy mean you to get to know people in a very close way. You experience many moving moments." More
Associate Professor of Physics
Graduate Student Life
Limited on-campus housing is available for non-married students throughout the academic year. The residence halls at Soka University are designed to stimulate group interactions through providing spaces such as an exercise room, living room and all faith room. Residential Life staff work closely with students to assist in providing the best living experience.
Graduate students are not required to live on campus. Students electing to live off campus must submit a waiver to the Office of Student Affairs by May 1, 2014. Other housing is available in the community; however, the University is not responsible for providing housing outside the campus. Soka University does not have on-campus accommodations for married students or students with families.
The students enrolled in the MA in Educational Leadership and Societal Change program are expected to utilize the library for extensive research. The staff members of the Ikeda Library support students and faculty by providing comprehensive scholarly information and attentive services.
When graduate students arrive at SUA, their extent of experience with academic libraries and literature research may vary. Some have taken an extensive break from academia since obtaining their degree from an institution of higher education. The world of library and information science has gone through a transformation in recent years. Whether or not a graduate student’s confidence level is high or low, the student is expected to acquire and refine his or her information literacy skills through active participation in tasks and discussions in the library’s information literacy program.
SUA's IT department provides a fully-staffed Helpdesk service Monday through Friday 8:00am–5:00pm when school is in session. These Helpdesk services include application support, telecommunication support and hardware repairs. The IT Helpdesk also provides loaner equipment, which includes laptops, projectors, digital video cameras and voice recorders.
The office staff for the Graduate School is available to assist students and faculty 12 months a year, Monday through Friday 9:00am–5:00pm.
Since graduate students in the new master’s program will all be considered full-time students, they will have access to the services available through the University’s Financial Aid Office. Both international and domestic students will have access to institutional and/or federal financial aid programs for which the students are eligible (e.g., institutional scholarships, institutional and federal loans). SUA is currently eligible to receive Title IV funding from the US Federal Government and will continue to use fair and equitable financial aid policies to determine continued eligibility for its graduate students.
Because the cost of higher education represents a significant investment for most students, full-time staff will be available to assist students in determining early estimates of cost and aid eligibility. Staff will be able to provide guidance on financial aid eligibility before, during, and after enrollment in order to ensure students are well informed of the terms and conditions of the various types of aid they wish to consider or accept. The University remains committed to investing its resources to insure the success of its students through both monetary and ethical means.
Graduate students in the new program will have full access to the services available through the University’s Office of Career Services. Additionally, the core faculty in the program will provide expertise directly from their fields, maintaining productive connections within their fields and other communities. The visiting scholars are also expected to provide expertise directly from their fields. This connection among the faculty and the local and international network will serve to link those students in need of career services with a variety of employment contacts in the field of education and other related fields.