Outstanding international students who want to pursue graduate studies at USC, but do not have TOEFL iBT/IELTS/PTE Academic or GRE/GMAT scores required for direct admission to USC.
In order to qualify for admission, Pre-Master’s 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.
A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 U.S. grading scale is also required, though some master’s programs require a higher cumulative GPA.
To check if you are an academically viable candidate for admission, please carefully review the website of your master’s program of interest.
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. 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.
Each semester is 14-15 weeks long (approximately 4 months) and takes place in the fall, spring, and summer.
Fall Semester: September 6, 2023 – December 13, 2023
Fall 2023 Application Deadline:
Round 1: June 10, 2023
Round 2: July 1, 2023
Spring 2024 Application Deadline:
Round 1: October 13, 2023
Round 2: October 27, 2023
Summer 2024 Application Deadline:
Round 1: February 17, 2024
Round 2: March 9, 2024
Fall 2024 Application Deadline:
Round 1: June 15, 2024
Round 2: July 5, 2024
Priority consideration will be given to students who apply by the Round 1 deadline. Students are advised to apply as early as possible.
To begin the process, please go to USC’s online application system and create an account. When applying, you may select the Pre-Master’s Program under “Master” in the Program Level and “International Academy” as the School.
The total application fee is $175 USD and is non-refundable. The fee is paid online when you submit your application.
All supporting documents should be uploaded to the Supporting Documents section of the online application system. If you are experiencing problems uploading documents, please email us for further instructions: firstname.lastname@example.org
You must submit academic transcripts from all colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions you have previously attended. If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree, submit transcripts showing completion of at least six semesters of coursework.
Official transcripts must show all courses and subjects taken and all grades (marks) received.
IMPORTANT: If the language of instruction at your institution was not English, then you must provide:
If admitted, please bring hard-copies of your official transcripts with you to USC International Academy. For more details on preparing for your arrival, please visit our Before You Arrive page.
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:
This amount would be enough for all of your educational and living expenses.
One of the following is required for your financial statement:
Please note that the name on these documents must be written in English.
Please enter your TOEFL iBT/IELTS/PTE Academic scores directly to the online application system. Scores must be dated no earlier than 2 years (24 months) prior to the start date of your intended first term at the Pre-Master’s Program to be considered valid. Your scores need to be officially reported to USC by the program application deadline.
The following test scores are accepted: TOEFL iBT Test, TOEFL iBT Test Home Edition; IELTS Academic, IELTS Indicator, PTE Academic, PTE Academic Online.
Application processing takes on average 6-8 weeks after we receive your completed application. If your eligibility to the Pre-Master’s Program is approved, you will receive notification by email that includes an acceptance letter by USC International Academy. The letter includes some details about your study plan, including your start date options.
To secure your space in the Pre-Master’s Program, you must confirm your intent to enroll online and pay the $2500 tuition deposit within 30 days of receiving your admission decision. After you confirm your enrollment and pay the deposit, we will mail you a Welcome Packet that includes the Form I-20.