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Professional Communication Advancement Program (PCA)

The Stuart School of Business in Chicago provides the Professional Communication Advancement (PCA) Program for international students to receive a customized and targeted approach to communications skill-building. PCA is designed to help students achieve success during their time at Stuart and as they move into the job market and the global business environment.

PCA offers a variety of eight-week courses, each targeting specific English-language or communications competencies. Students will take part in customized language advancement studies that meet their personal needs.

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Language assessment requirements and course fees

All international students – regardless of country of origin or citizenship – are required to participate in an assessment of their English skills. The assessment evaluates the student in each of the following areas: speaking, listening, pronunciation, academic writing, and business writing. If the in-person assessment of your English skills indicates that you need additional English instruction, then the recommended sequence of courses becomes a requirement that you must fulfill in order to graduate from your degree program. Historically, nearly all international students attending Stuart are in need of one or more courses in the Professional Communication Advancement Program.

Each PCA course is 1.5 credits and billed at $1,725 per course. Students typically take two courses per semester. Depending on their assessment results, students are required to take no more than four courses during their first two semesters.

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Tracey McGee
Tracey McGee, English Services Director and Professional Communication Advancement (PCA) Program Director
Tracey McGee is the PCA Program Director at Stuart, responsible for program design, program administration, curriculum design, and recruitment and supervision of PCA instructors. Ms. McGee earned her M.A. in Linguistics with a concentration in ESL from Northeastern Illinois University and her B.S. in Mass Communications and Broadcast Production from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to graduate school, she spent two years working as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country of Niger, where she spoke the language Zarma.