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PARTICIPATING MASTER'S PROGRAMS

The following USC master’s programs offer admission to International Academy Pre-Master’s students who meet all of the academic qualifications except for English language proficiency.

Every graduate program has different admission requirements. To check if you qualify, please visit the website of your master’s program of interest.

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PARTICIPATING MASTER’S PROGRAMS

The following USC Master’s programs offer admission to International Academy Pre-Master’s students who meet all of the academic qualifications except for English language proficiency. Every graduate program has different admission requirements. To check if you qualify, please visit the website of your Master’s program of interest.

PRE-MASTER’S MINIMUM ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT:

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 score of 61 or an IELTS score of 5.5 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 or IELTS 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.

  • iBT 61-79
    IELTS 5.5
    2 semesters
  • iBT 80-89
    IELTS 6.0
    2 semesters
  • iBT 90-99
    IELTS 6.5
    2 semesters
  • iBT 90+
    IELTS 6.5
    (minimum 2 semesters)
  • iBT 80+
    IELTS 6.0
    1 semester
  • iBT 90+
    IELTS 6.5
    1 semester
  • iBT 100+
    IELTS 7.0
    1 semester

GRE or GRE/GMAT: indicates a score from GRE or either GRE/GMAT is required to apply to that designated program.

PROGRAM LENGTH: 1-year program 1.5-year program 2-year program 2.5-year program

DEGREE PROGRAM START DATE: Fall, Spring, Summer indicates when the degree program begins. Please refer to Pre Master’s Admissions for degree program start dates.

Your offer letter from USC International Academy will provide details about your Pre-Master’s study plan based on your required duration of study and degree program’s start date. Application processing takes on average 6–8 weeks after your completed application is received. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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Minimum pre-master's
English requirement
TOEFL iBT 61+ / IELTS 5.5+
TOEFL iBT 80+ / IELTS 6.0+
TOEFL iBT 90+ / IELTS 6.5+
TOEFL iBT 90+ / IELTS 6.5+
Program
Length
1 YEAR PROGRAM
1.5 YEAR PROGRAM
2 YEAR PROGRAM
2.5 YEAR PROGRAM
Degree program
start date
Fall
Spring
Summer