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PREPARE. EXCEL. SUCCEED.

Gain admission to one of USC’s highly selective master’s programs and then improve your English-language proficiency, academic skills, test scores, and potential for success.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Pre-Master’s courses are designed to prepare your English and academic skills for the rigors of USC graduate coursework. You will learn how to read and critically assess academic texts, communicate effectively in writing and speech, develop a graduate-level vocabulary, and improve your GRE/GMAT test-taking strategies to help you reach your required score for your degree program.

Split into two tracks, courses are tailored to the reading and writing styles of your discipline and will introduce you to topics and content relevant to your field of study. Through a comprehensive but focused curriculum, you will become well-versed in texts and skills commonly used in your area of study.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Gain admission to one of USC’s elite graduate programs prior to achieving the required TOEFL iBT/IELTS/PTE Academic or GRE/GMAT exam scores
  • Achieve your target GRE/GMAT score through world-class test preparation
  • Receive academic advising from the master’s degree program to which you are admitted
  • Acquire skills that will prepare you for success at USC

WHICH USC MASTER'S PROGRAMS OFFER ADMISSION THROUGH THE PRE-MASTER’S PROGRAM?

Over 100 top-ranked USC master’s degree programs across a wide array of disciplines offer admission to qualified international students through the Pre-Master’s Program, including Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Architecture, and more.

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ACADEMIC TRACKS

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COURSES

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ACADEMIC ENGLISH SKILLS FOR GRADUATE STUDIES*

This content-based, integrated skills course is designed for international students who are preparing for graduate studies at USC and other universities. The goal of this course is to help students develop their ability to use English within the context of academic assignments, which require critical thinking, research, discussion and teamwork. In this class, students will critically analyze the content and structure of academic articles and content-based videos and will learn to synthesize ideas across multiple sources. Strategies for self-directed learning and self-editing will be taught to equip students with the ability to study and work independently.

GRADUATE COMMUNICATION SKILLS*

Communication Skills (CS) is a content-based, project-based course designed to help international students preparing for graduate studies to develop personal communication, classroom communication and public speaking skills. Students will build communicative and pragmatic competence in speaking during conversations, whole class and small group discussions, and presentations. Classwork and projects will provide practice for students to apply critical thinking, teamwork, and self-editing strategies. The goal of this course is to develop students as confident communicators who are able to navigate between modes of communication utilized in graduate school studies.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND GRADUATE STUDY EXPECTATIONS

The goal of this 7-week course is to teach new students about American university expectations for academic integrity and graduate level work. Students will learn how to avoid different types of academic integrity violations to include plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, and falsifying academic records. Topics discussed for graduate level studies will include expectations for library research, information literacy, time management, communication with professors, class participation and student conduct.

AMERICAN CULTURE

In this course, students will develop their critical reading and discussion skills as they learn about American expectations and norms for business, education and family/relationships.

CAMPUS LIFE

The goal of this course is to teach students about the resources and opportunities available to get involved in campus life at USC. Topics discussed will include getting to know the USC campus, clubs and events, mental and physical health resources, campus safety and academic services.

CONVERSATIONAL GRAMMAR

This course offers students a chance to focus their attention on making appropriate responses with accurate grammar in short conversations and in-class responses. Students will practice speaking in various contexts where conversations or responses may occur quickly. Strategies for how to respond and how to monitor grammatical accuracy will be learned.

GRAMMAR IN GRADUATE WRITING

This course takes a sentence-composing approach to improving writing by using model sentences written by professional writers. Students will learn the grammatical and compositional tools authors use and apply them to various kinds of writing: paragraphs, essays, short stories, reports, and research papers.

GRE/GMAT TEST PREPARATION

Combining proven methods with the best instructors, our intensive GRE/GMAT test preparation courses offer in-depth instruction on all content categories, including effective test-taking strategies and practice exercises to help you reach your required score for your degree program.

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

In this course, students will develop their interpersonal communication skills and awareness of the subtleties surrounding interactions between people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. An examination of topics ranging from values, beliefs, gender roles, and etiquette will be covered so that students are better equipped to manage relationships in a diverse American academic setting and beyond.

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JOB READY

In this course you will practice important skills for applying to internships and jobs during your graduate studies. These skills include writing a resume, creating/updating an online employment profile, holding small talk conversations about yourself, researching job opportunities and interviewing for jobs.

LA CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

The goal of this community-focused course is to help students learn about the history, communities and locations that shape the culture of Los Angeles. Students will be encouraged to discover opportunities to learn about LA and integrate within the LA community.

PRONUNCIATION I & II

The goal of this focus skill course is to help students develop awareness of pronunciation skills and learn strategies to improve their comprehensibility. Students will develop confidence in English while speaking in both formal and informal situations through in-class fluency, speaking, and presentation activities.

PUBLIC SPEAKING I & II

In this course you will develop your ability to speak in public on a variety of different topics and in different speaking styles. You will become familiar with platform, organizational, and rhetorical skills necessary to present planned and unplanned speeches in both formal and informal contexts, such as business meetings, classroom presentations, debates, and formal social occasions.

VIEWS IN THE NEWS

This integrated skills course will focus on using current issues in the news to prompt language learning by encouraging students to critically read and discuss news stories. Students will look at a variety of news and social media sources to determine validity, bias, reliability, and other factors involved in evaluating current events, including the phenomenon of “fake news”. Students will engage in both online and in-class activities to learn the pragmatics of engaging in passionate, yet respectful, dialogue on current events during academic classroom discussions.

PROGRESSING TO YOUR USC MASTER'S DEGREE

RECEIVE GUIDANCE BY ACADEMIC ADVISERS

USC academic advisers are dedicated to helping you define your goals and realize your academic aspirations. By developing a relationship with your adviser early on, you are better positioned to maximize your potential and successfully progress through your graduate degree.

MEET EXIT REQUIREMENTS

In order to progress into your USC master’s degree program, you must maintain a B average overall with no grades less than a B in core courses, and a C in focus courses. Students must achieve the required GRE/GMAT score by your graduate program.

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PRE-MASTER'S TIMELINE:
THE PATH TO YOUR USC MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM

Complete online application
□ Upload supporting documents
□ Submit English test scores
□ Pay application fee

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Allow six to eight weeks after applying to receive an admission decision.

» If admitted, confirm.
» If denied, consider Master’s Preparation program.

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Complete online application
□ Upload supporting documents
□ Submit English test scores
□ Pay application fee

PRE-MASTER'S PROGRAM

Depending on your USC graduate degree program requirements, USC International Academy students will study one or two semesters in the Pre-Master’s Program. Students with a TOEFL iBT score of 61 or an IELTS score of 5.5 or PTE Academic score of 44 or above are welcome to apply. However, students at lower English proficiency levels may need to study additional semesters in the Pre-Master’s Program.

To determine your placement, submit an official TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE Academic Test Score Report electronically by the application deadline. If you do not submit an official score, you will be required to take the USC International Academy English Placement Exam on the program start date during orientation which consists of a timed, written essay and an oral exam. A placement review of your Test Score Report or English Placement Exam will determine the number of semesters you are required to study.

MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM

Over 100 top-ranked USC master’s degree programs across a wide array of disciplines offer admission to qualified international students through the Pre-Master’s Program, including Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Architecture, and more.

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PRE-MASTER'S PROGRAM

MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM

Depending on your USC graduate degree program requirements, USC International Academy students will study one or two semesters in the Pre-Master’s Program. Students with a TOEFL iBT score of 61 or an IELTS score of 5.5 or PTE Academic score of 44 or above are welcome to apply. However, students at lower English proficiency levels may need to study additional semesters in the Pre-Master’s Program.

To determine your placement, submit an official TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE Academic Test Score Report electronically by the application deadline. If you do not submit an official score, you will be required to take the USC International Academy English Placement Exam on the program start date during orientation which consists of a timed, written essay and an oral exam. A placement review of your Test Score Report or English Placement Exam will determine the number of semesters you are required to study.

Over 100 top-ranked USC master’s degree programs across a wide array of disciplines offer admission to qualified international students through the Pre-Master’s Program, including Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Architecture, and more.

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FAQs

What is a pre master's program? ›

A pre-master's course will prepare you for success in your master's degree. You will improve your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level. You should consider taking a pre-master's course if any of the following applies to you: You want to meet the academic or language requirements for a master's.

What is the difference between masters and pre-masters? ›

What is a Pre-Masters? A Pre-Masters is for international students who need to improve their English or develop research, academic writing and seminar skills ahead of a taught masters degree. Pre-Masters programmes in the UK are designed to prepare students fully for studying at postgraduate level.

What is pre master program in Germany? ›

A pre-master's is a transfer programme that prepares students with a bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences or research university for a master's programme.

What is pre-Masters in Canada? ›

A pre-Master's is a support program that helps students with a Bachelor's diploma to make an easier transition towards their Master's studies.

Is pre-Masters a degree? ›

What is the Pre-Masters Programme? This programme is a preparational course for international students who wish to study one of a range of Masters degrees at the University of Sussex. You can choose to study either one or two semesters of the programme, depending on your academic level.

How long is a pre-Masters course? ›

Pre-masters courses combine many elements such as academic subjects, study skills and English language training, all of which are designed to meet an international student's needs. Pre-master's programmes usually take about 12 months to complete.

What level of study is pre-Masters? ›

Ans: Pre-master's is a preparatory program for the Mater's. It is a supportive program that helps students with a Bachelor's diploma to have an easier transition to the Master's degree. The pre-masters is a 1.5-2 semester program.

What is the level of pre-Masters? ›

The Pre-Masters is an intensive 1.5 or 2-semester programme. Once you successfully complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University. You can choose from two routes depending on the degree you want to study.

How much is pre-Masters in the UK? ›

Pre-Masters
CourseFeesStart Date
Graduate CertificateUK/Home: £1,350 (not available as a standalone) International: £4,500 (London), £4,250 (Birmingham)Start dates: January, May, September Pre-Masters London Birmingham
8 more rows

Can 3rd class do Masters in Canada? ›

Many Canadian Universities accept 3rd class honours for Masters admission. There are many universities in Canada besides McGill, UBC and Toronto that accept third class honours for admission into their master's degree programme.

What is pre Masters in USA? ›

The Pre-Master's Program is a 1- or 2-semester program, designed to help international students fully prepare for entry to a graduate degree program. During your studies you will work alongside experienced faculty to discover your potential in your field.

What is pre Masters in Australia? ›

Our bridging to the Pre-Master's semester model means you begin your master's subjects after just one semester, and then progress straight into second semester. We can help you choose the right Pre-Master's Program progression according to your English and academic ability.

What is MBA with pre Masters? ›

The Pre-MBA and Pre-Master's program is a semester-long program for international students focused on graduate student preparation including GMAT and GRE preparation, assistance with applications to SDSU and other universities, as well as optional TOEFL/IELTS preparation.

Can I use my HND for Masters in UK? ›

Yes, an HND holder can apply for a master's degree in the UK.

What is international year1? ›

What is the International Year One? The International Year One is designed to prepare international students to join the second year of an undergraduate degree at Kingston University London.

Can you do a Masters with a third? ›

Can you do a Masters with a third class degree? It's possible for apply for a Masters with a third class degree, although it's likely that most universities won't be overly impressed. Unless you have extenuating circumstances, this grade will potentially be viewed as a reflection of your effort and dedication.

What is top up degree in UK? ›

A top-up degree is the final year (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course and allows you to top up your existing qualification to a full BA, BSc or BEng degree. Top-up degrees are also ideal if you're interested in studying the final year of your degree in London.

What is extended Masters in UK? ›

An Extended Masters begins with a full-time 12-week programme covering four modules that have been designed to raise your skills to postgraduate standard. Once completed, you will progress to a Masters which usually takes a full academic year to study.

Is Oietc accepted in UK? ›

Ans: Yes, UK universities are accepting OIETC as an alternative English language test.

What is meant by postgraduate? ›

A postgraduate is a student who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree level course at a college or university and is undertaking further study at a more advanced level.

What is a pre master Netherlands? ›

Do you want to start a Master's programme, but does your previous education not not fully meet the entry requirements? Some Master's programmes offer a bridging programme (pre-Master's programme) to help you bring your knowledge and skills to the required level in six months to a year.

What is foundation course in UK? ›

A foundation programme is a bridging course designed to equip students with the appropriate academic grounding for a UK degree. The foundation syllabus may also include additional English language teaching if candidates need to improve their proficiency.

What is a Pre Degree course UK? ›

What are pre-degree and foundation courses? These preparatory courses help bridge the gap between secondary school and degree-level study. They give you the chance to: expand your knowledge and skills. develop a strong portfolio of work.

How do I accept my offer from Ulster University? ›

Unconditional Offers

Your application has been successful, and you meet the entry requirements for a confirmed place at Ulster. Your next step is to confirm your acceptance of this place and you will begin the registration and enrolment process. Watch your emails for information on how to accept your place.

How many months is pre-Masters in UK? ›

Pre-Masters Programmes
Pre-MastersMasters Degree
1 semester1 year (or 16-24 months with Advanced Practice)
September, January or May startsSeptember, January or May starts*

Do I need pre-Masters? ›

You will need to take a Pre-Masters if: Your undergraduate degree does not meet the academic requirements of your master's. You need to improve your use of academic or general English. You need to improve your study, research and presentation skills.

Does Birmingham City University accept third class for Masters? ›

Post-graduate Courses

Third class holders may be admitted on the MBA and MSc Management programmes; subject that they study the programme full-time for 18 months.

What is the level of pre-Masters? ›

The Pre-Masters is an intensive 1.5 or 2-semester programme. Once you successfully complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University. You can choose from two routes depending on the degree you want to study.

What is pre-Masters in USA? ›

The Pre-Master's Program is a 1- or 2-semester program, designed to help international students fully prepare for entry to a graduate degree program. During your studies you will work alongside experienced faculty to discover your potential in your field.

What is pre-Masters in Australia? ›

Our bridging to the Pre-Master's semester model means you begin your master's subjects after just one semester, and then progress straight into second semester. We can help you choose the right Pre-Master's Program progression according to your English and academic ability.

How much is pre-Masters in the UK? ›

Pre-Masters
CourseFeesStart Date
Graduate CertificateUK/Home: £1,350 (not available as a standalone) International: £4,500 (London), £4,250 (Birmingham)Start dates: January, May, September Pre-Masters London Birmingham
8 more rows

Can HND holder apply for pre Masters in UK? ›

Can HND holder apply for master degree in UK? Yes, an HND holder can apply for a master's degree in the UK.

Can you do a Masters with a third? ›

Can you do a Masters with a third class degree? It's possible for apply for a Masters with a third class degree, although it's likely that most universities won't be overly impressed. Unless you have extenuating circumstances, this grade will potentially be viewed as a reflection of your effort and dedication.

What is international year1? ›

What is the International Year One? The International Year One is designed to prepare international students to join the second year of an undergraduate degree at Kingston University London.

What is MBA with pre Masters? ›

The Pre-MBA and Pre-Master's program is a semester-long program for international students focused on graduate student preparation including GMAT and GRE preparation, assistance with applications to SDSU and other universities, as well as optional TOEFL/IELTS preparation.

What is meant by postgraduate? ›

A postgraduate is a student who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree level course at a college or university and is undertaking further study at a more advanced level.

What is diploma course in Canada? ›

Diploma courses are short-term academic certifications that provide complete and practical knowledge regarding any profession. There are TWO Types of Diploma Courses offered in Canada: Undergraduate Diploma Courses. Post Graduate Diploma Courses.

What is a qualifying Masters? ›

The Masters Qualifying Program comprises one trimester of full-time study. The program aims to provide you with the knowledge, values and competencies required for successful completion of studies at postgraduate level in Australia. This program is delivered in partnership with Griffith College.

How do you get into Adelaide University? ›

Completing a TAFE or VET (vocational education and training) qualification at a certificate IV–level or higher can get you entry into many University of Adelaide degrees.

How many months is pre-Masters in UK? ›

Pre-Masters Programmes
Pre-MastersMasters Degree
1 semester1 year (or 16-24 months with Advanced Practice)
September, January or May startsSeptember, January or May starts*

Do I need pre-Masters? ›

You will need to take a Pre-Masters if: Your undergraduate degree does not meet the academic requirements of your master's. You need to improve your use of academic or general English. You need to improve your study, research and presentation skills.

What is a Pre Degree course UK? ›

What are pre-degree and foundation courses? These preparatory courses help bridge the gap between secondary school and degree-level study. They give you the chance to: expand your knowledge and skills. develop a strong portfolio of work.

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