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PRE-MASTER'S PROGRAM

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.
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/IELTS 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.
ACADEMIC TRACKS
BUSINESS, SOCIAL SCIENCE AND ARTS SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH
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COURSES

*Denotes Core Class

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ACADEMIC WRITING FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL I*

Students gain ability and confidence in all aspects of the academic writing process, including: awareness of audience, critical thinking, brainstorming, outlining, thesis, drafting, organization and development, use of sources and citations, and revision. Various genres and viewpoints are addressed, as students improve clarity and accuracy by responding to graduate-level questions.

ACADEMIC WRITING FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL II*

Students develop the tools for writing in-depth research papers, synthesizing information from a variety of sources and perspectives to state logical conclusions. Emphasis is on analysis, critique, and assessment. Students must correctly cite sources and demonstrate understanding of the importance of avoiding plagiarism. Topics are aligned to students’ fields of study whenever possible.

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.

GRADUATE COMMUNICATION SKILLS*

Graduate students must understand lectures and classroom exchanges with ease and express themselves spontaneously. This course focuses on: explaining, summarizing information, expressing critical thought, negotiating, stating opinions, and speaking persuasively. Precise speaking is practiced in presentations and interaction. Assignments are linked to students’ fields of study.

ACADEMIC LISTENING AND SPEAKING*

Students learn strategies and skills for listening and note-taking in academic lectures. Communication skills are strengthened by engaging in classroom debates, initiating and participating in discussions, and asking and answering questions using academic vocabulary and U.S. classroom style. Students receive guidance in delivering presentations with effective visual aids.

ACADEMIC READING AND VOCABULARY BUILDING I*

Students improve general and academic reading skills through development of fluency and vocabulary. Students learn to use cues and clues from sentence structures, word forms, and affixation to increase critical-reading ability and comprehension. Assignments strengthen skills in analyzing and synthesizing material, recognizing rhetorical strategies, and inferring stance and tone.

ACADEMIC READING AND VOCABULARY BUILDING II*

Reading speed and capacity are increased by extensive reading and practice in determining an author’s purpose, view, and tone, and by employing inference and prediction while skimming to identify main and secondary ideas. Students develop an active academic vocabulary, become familiar with genres such as literature reviews, research studies, and policy papers, and gain skills for reading long texts. Exposure to idiomatic and colloquial references increases proficiency and confidence.

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.

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.

Public Speaking

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.

PROGRESSING TO YOUR USC MASTER'S DEGREE
RECEIVE GUIDANCE BY FACULTY ADVISERS

USC faculty 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

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

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

APPLY AT ANY TIME

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 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.

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.

 

APPLY AT ANY TIME
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 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.

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.

 

IS PRE-MASTER'S RIGHT FOR YOU?

CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR ADMISSION INFORMATION INCLUDING REQUIREMENTS, DATES, COSTS, AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES