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Pre-Master's program for MBA, HOSPITALITY and Engineering

The preparation program for graduate studies provides a transitional curriculum of intensive English for academic purposes and graduate study skills together with training for GRE and GMAT tests.

For international students who meet the academic entry requirements for a Widener University graduate program, but who need to improve their English language, we offer Pre-MBA, Pre-Hospitality master's and Pre-Engineering master's programs.

No TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT or GRE required* on entry to the pathway program!

* You do not need an official TOEFL or IELTS score. Instead, you can take the free Password English Test to determine your English language proficiency. Contact us to arrange this test.
No GMAT/GRE score needed for the Pre-Master's Program, but required before matriculation to a business or engineering master's degree. Training is included in the pathway program.

Pre-Master's Program curriculum

The program is a mix of English for academic purposes, academic study skills for graduate studies, and orientation into the US university system. The focus is on the particular language and study skills necessary for success at the graduate level. You receive intensive instruction in speaking and presenting in professional environments, and learn through case studies.

Business and Engineering students in the Pre-Master's Program will train for GRE or GMAT tests during their first semester and must schedule a GRE/GMAT test date at the completion of the class, prior to enrolling full-time in a master's degree program.

Pre-Master's Program courses

Program duration Pathway courses
1-semester program
(TOEFL iBT 70 equivalent)
  • Listening and Speaking level 3
  • Reading and Writing level 3
  • Grammar level 3
  • Critical Thinking
  • US Culture
  • Graduate Research and Academic Writing Skills
  • GMAT/GRE test preparation
  • Student Advising
2-semester program
(TOEFL iBT 60 equivalent) 
Semester 1
  • Listening and Speaking level 2
  • Reading and Writing level 2
  • Grammar level 2
  • Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to US College life
  • Laboratory hours
  • Student Advising
Semester 2
Follows 1-semester program curriculum

Use the study timeline to calculate how long your US graduate study will take.

HEI Pre-Master's Program

‭We offer a specialist Higher Education Institution (HEI) Pre-Master's Program  for students holding a three-year undergraduate degree from outside of the United States.

Sample 3-year HEI Pre-Master's Program

  1st Semester  2nd Semester  3rd Semester 
3 English for Academic Purposes Courses
2 Academic
Foundation Courses*
2 English for Academic Purposes Courses
4 Academic
Foundation Courses
2 English for Academic Purposes Courses
4 Academic
Foundation Courses

*Academic foundation courses are Widener University undergraduate courses that prepare the HEI Pre-Master's students with a solid academic foundation before they matriculate to a Master’s program. The course work is equivalent to the last year of a Widener undergraduate program, but the students will not be eligible for a bachelor's degree.

Assessment and teaching

A key aim of the Pre-Master's Program is to deliver teaching within a framework that resembles the academic expectations for graduate studies in the USA. Instruction during ISC courses and measurable student work outcomes include:

  • Peer-reviewed content and readings and subsequent class discussions
  • Formal presentations
  • Research
  • Collaborative projects
  • Projects related to your chosen field of study
  • Use of technology both for teaching and to produce assignments for assessment
  • Capstone experience related to chosen field of study

In the important capstone project, you will undertake written work based on research, work that demonstrates understanding of academic texts, work that demonstrates the ability to speak in a variety of settings and for a range of purposes, and a formal presentation to accompany written/recorded work. Your project is presented to and evaluated by both ISC and University staff.

Moving on to your MBA, MS or MEng degree

After successful completion of the Pre-Master's Program, students can immediately start graduate studies on a business, hospitality or engineering master's degree program (see list on right for all concentrations and majors).

Key Facts

Course length:

1 semester (15 weeks); 2 semesters (8 months) or 3 semesters (10 months) depending on English level

Next start date:

Spring semester: January 13, 2016
Summer semester: May 13, 2016
Fall semester: August 22, 2016


$12,360 for 1-semester program tuition.

Course modules:

  • intensive academic English
  • graduate study skills
  • GRE/GMAT training

Entry requirements:

GPA 2.8 or equivalent

English proficiency from the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 60. Lower English levels require a longer program.