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ACADEMY ADMISSIONS

MASTER'S PREPARATION PROGRAM

Through world-class test preparation, academic English coursework, and unparalleled support by USC admissions advisers, the Master’s Preparation Program helps you apply for admission to the U.S. graduate school of your choice.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

Students who want to pursue graduate studies in the United States, but haven’t taken the TOEFL, IELTS, GRE or GMAT (or whose scores don’t meet minimum requirements for direct admission to their college or university of interest).

WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • High-intermediate English level
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Master’s Preparation applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree that is recognized by their home country’s Ministry of Education and is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

Master’s Preparation applicants must have at least a high-intermediate level of English to be considered for admission. This is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL iBT 61+ / IELTS 5.5+

If you are not sure about your English proficiency or do not meet this requirement, simply apply to the Academy’s Intensive English Program. We will determine your level and help you progress to the Master’s Preparation Program when you qualify.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to any USC degree program

LEVEL PLACEMENT

Your English level of proficiency will determine whether you are placed in MP Gateway, MP 1, MP 2, or MP 3. Each of these levels is one semester long (14 weeks) and takes place in the fall, spring, and summer.

YOUR STARTING ENGLISH LEVEL
MP LEVEL PLACEMENT
TOEFL iBT 85+
IELTS 6.5
MP 3
TOEFL iBT 75+
IELTS 6
MP 2
TOEFL iBT 61+
IELTS 5.5
MP 1
TOEFL iBT 51+
IELTS 5
MP Gateway

Haven’t taken the TOEFL or IELTS? Apply to the Intensive English Program and we will place you in the most suitable class for your English level.

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DATES AND COSTS
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PROGRAM DATES

Each semester is 14-15 weeks long (approximately 4 months) and takes place in the fall, spring, and summer.

2017
Fall Semester:              September 5, 2017 – December 15, 2017
2018
Spring Semester:       January 10, 2018 – April 20, 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINES

Spaces are still available for subsequent terms. Overseas students are advised to apply as early as possible to ensure the student visa is secured in time.

PROGRAM COST (PER SEMESTER)

2017
Program Fee:     $10,000 USD
University Service Fee:     $950 USD

2018
Program Fee:     $11,000 USD
University Service Fee:     $950 USD

The required university service fee covers the cost of textbooks and materials, health insurance, access to campus facilities (medical center, gym, computer labs, & more), airport shuttle transportation, and FedEx mailing of immigration documents.

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HOW TO APPLY
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STEP 1: COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION.

To begin the process, please go to USC International Academy’s online application system. If it is your first time applying, you will need to create a username and password to access the application.

STEP 2: PREPARE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS.
  • Financial Statement*
  • Copy of your passport page*
  • Copy of English language test results (if available)
  • Copy of your university transcripts

*required

STEP 3: PAY APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE.

The application fee is $175 USD and is non-refundable. The fee is paid online when you submit your application.

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SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Supporting documents should be uploaded to the Supporting Documents section of the online application. If you are experiencing problems uploading documents, please email us for further instructions: info-international@usc.edu

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FINANCIAL STATEMENT

The United States government requires all international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before a formal letter of admission or the forms needed for obtaining a visa can be issued.

Your financial statement must show a minimum available balance of:
One semester – $17,264 USD
Two semesters – $34,528 USD
Three semesters – $51,792 USD

One of the following is required for your financial statement:

  • A current personal bank statement or letter from your bank
  • A bank statement from your parent, guardian, employer or sponsor PLUS a current letter of support
  • A scholarship letter from your government or sponsoring organization

Please note that the name on these documents must be written in English.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST RESULTS (TOEFL/IELTS)

If you have taken the TOEFL or IELTS exam, please upload your official score report in the Supporting Documents section of the online application. Scores must be dated no earlier than 2 years (24 months) prior to the start date of your intended first semester at the Master’s Preparation Program to be considered valid.

If you do not have a valid TOEFL or IELTS score, you will be required to take the Academy’s English Proficiency Exam at one of USC’s international offices. One of our Admissions Officers will contact you to schedule an exam date upon receipt of your complete application.

BRING OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS

If admitted to the Master’s Preparation program, please bring your official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions you have previously attended with you to USC International Academy. For more details on preparing for your arrival, please visit our Before You Arrive page.

CONFIRMING YOUR ADMISSION

Application processing takes 5-7 business days after we receive your application. If your eligibility to the Master’s Preparation Program is approved, you will receive notification by email that includes an acceptance letter by USC International Academy.

To secure your space in the Master’s Preparation Program, you must confirm your intent to enroll online and pay the $1000 tuition deposit at least 30 days before the program start date. After you confirm your enrollment and pay the deposit, we will mail you a Welcome Packet that includes the Form I-20.

If you are transferring to USC International Academy from another school in the United States, please fill out the top portion of the Transfer In Form and then take it to the immigration adviser at your current school. Your adviser will update your SEVIS record so that your new I-20 can be created.

  1. Receive acceptance letter from USC International Academy
  2. Declare your intent to enroll by paying $1000 tuition deposit
  3. Receive Welcome Packet (includes Form I-20) by mail