Make your graduate school application stand out through unparalleled support by USC admission advisers, intensive TOEFL/IELTS and GRE/GMAT preparation, and academic English course work tailored to your field of study.
You will have the opportunity to follow the same academic tracks and take the same courses as those offered in our Pre-Master’s Program, plus TOEFL or IELTS test preparation and comprehensive academic advising.
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.
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.
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.
Experienced instructors will develop students’ listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills to help them achieve their TOEFL or IELTS test score goals. Each test preparation course incorporates timed spoken responses, vocabulary building, reading and writing development, and practice test modules.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Research skills are developed with an emphasis on planning, organization, and clarity. Using a theoretical framework, students learn to search reference materials, use library and online database resources, evaluate and utilize sources, and correctly use appropriate styles of documentation. Note-taking practices that serve to prevent accidental plagiarism are taught and practiced.
Students will explore their major at their selected school(s), understand the application/admission requirements, write Statements of Purpose, and follow guidelines for obtaining reference letters. Students gain familiarity with college catalogs and course syllabi, and practice effective interview techniques. The course provides time for students to meet with professors and professionals from their desired majors.
Master’s Preparation students receive extensive guidance by USC college admissions advisers dedicated to helping them define their goals and realize their academic aspirations. Advisers facilitate all aspects of the application and transfer to American colleges and universities, including exam preparation and scheduling, personal statements and essays, interview training, and more.
USC International Academy’s rigorous course work is recognized by many U.S. colleges and universities, allowing students to gain admission to select schools without taking the TOEFL or IELTS. You will learn more about USC partner schools from your academic adviser.