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Master's degree pathways for international students

Master's degree pathways for international students offer a premium route to MBA, MS and MEng degrees at a top ranking US University. Join the Pre-Master's Program at Widener University.

Pre-Master's Program

The Pre-Master's Program offers on-campus MBA preparation, Master of Engineering preparation and master's in Hospitality preparation to international students at Widener University.

Designed for international students

The Pre-Master's Program is offered to international students who want to study at Widener University in Philadelphia but:

  • have too low English proficiency for direct entry to a master's degree
  • do not have an official TOEFL/IELTS score
  • need training for GMAT or GRE (standardized USA graduate admissions tests)  
Class at Widener University in Philadelphia

These students are not qualified for direct entry to a graduate program but may be able to join the Pre-Master's Program instead. Students are accepted into Widener University through the Pre-Master's Program provided they meet all the University's other academic standards.

Study timeline

This graduate student timeline helps you calculate the likely duration of your study at Widener University in Philadelphia. 

Program length depends on your English level when you start at the International Study Center:

English level on entry Pre-Master's Program Master's degree (30-33 credits)
or 6.0 IELTS
1 semester (4 months)
12 months (MBA)
16 months (MS Taxation)
2 academic years (MEng)
3 academic years (MS Hospitality)
or 5.5 IELTS
2 semesters (8 months)
*No official TOEFL or IELTS score is required. Students can take the free Password English Test to determine their English language proficiency. Contact us to arrange an English test.

The timeline serve as a guide only. Your Pre-Master's Program duration and study plan is confirmed after a post-arrival English test. Progression through your degree as shown above depends on the achievement of minimum academic standards.

Graduate degrees at Widener University

Widener University excels at providing graduate programs that combine challenging academics and real-world knowledge - to take your career to the next level. Engaging classes are taught by world-class faculty. Hands-on experiential learning opportunities are available through paid internships in the professional sector.

The Pre-Master's Program offers a pathway leading to:

Degree progression requirements

Graduate international students must make satisfactory academic progress and successfully complete the Pre-Master's Program before they can progress to a Widener University master's degree:

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all courses with no grade lower than a 'B'
  • completed all pre-requisite undergraduate courses (or the equivalent courses on an undergraduate program in their own country)

Specific matriculation requirements

  • MBA and MS graduate business degrees: pass the GMAT with a minimum score of 1060 and minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7.
  • MEng: pass the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scoring in the top 40% of the quantitative section (Math test).

The GMAT requirement may be waived for 5 years of relevant work experience OR applicants who hold a master's degree from an accredited US university.

Internships at Widener University in Philadelphia