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FAQ: Do I Need IELTS Or TOEFL To Apply?

No official IELTS or TOEFL score is required for international student pathways. You can complete the free Password English Language test instead. Ask to take the English test.

FAQ: Is Degree Progression Guaranteed?

By enrolling in an international student degree pathway program, you are secure in the knowledge that you have:

  • satisfied the academic requirements for degree admission
  • visa documents valid for the entire duration of your studies
  • received an offer of placement at Roosevelt University conditional upon successful completion of your pathway program

FAQ: Where Is This Pathway Program Taught?

Degree pathway programs are taught to international students in the International Study Center (ISC) - located in downtown Chicago - in Roosevelt University's Gage Building.

Pre-Master's Program for MBA, MPA and MS degrees

The Pre-Master's Program offers on-campus MBA preparation, MPA preparation, master's in marketing communications preparation, and HRM master's preparation to international students at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Designed for International Students

The Pre-Master's Program is for international students who want to study a US master's degree but:

  • have too low English proficiency for direct entry to a master's degree (TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5)
  • do not have an official TOEFL/IELTS score
  • have not taken the GMAT or GRE* (standard US graduate admissions tests)
* The exception is MBA applicants with a GPA range of 2.75-2.9. These students must have a GMAT or GRE score to gain admission to the Pre-Master's Program.

Students are accepted into Roosevelt University through the Pre-Master's Program provided they meet all the University's other academic standards.

Pre-Master's Program Curriculum

The Pre-Master's Program provides transitional support for entry into master's degrees. This master's degree preparation 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.

Pre-Master's Program courses

1-semester program
(entry at TOEFL iBT 70 equivalent)

2-semester program
(entry at TOEFL iBT 60 equivalent)

  • Listening and Speaking level 3
  • Reading and Writing level 3
  • Grammar level 3
  • Critical Thinking I or II
  • US Culture
  • Student Advising 
Some programs permit qualified students to take one credit course during this term
Semester 1:
  • Listening and Speaking level 2
  • Reading and Writing level 2
  • Grammar level 2
  • Critical Thinking I or II
  • Student Advising
Semester 2: follows 1-semester program curriculum

Moving on to your MBA, MPA or MS degree

After the Pre-Master's Program, international students can start graduate studies on a business administration, public administration, marketing communications master's or human resource master's degree program.

Master's Degree Progression Requirements

  • completion of capstone project: 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
  • formal presentation to accompany capstone project written work. 
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all courses
  • Complete an exit and English assessment interview

Key Facts

Course length:

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

Next start date:

  • Summer semester: May 7, 2014
  • Fall semester: August 18, 2014


$8,085 for 1-semester

Entry requirements:

Academic: GPA 2.75 or equivalent

(GMAT/GRE required only for MBA applicants with GPA below 3.0)

English level from equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 60.

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    Choice Of Master's

    After successful completion of the International Study Center Pre-Master's Program, international students join one of these degrees at Roosevelt University:

    Master of Business Administration

    15 concentrations, including

    • MBA Accounting Forensics
    • MBA Economics
    • MBA Finance
    • MBA Health Services Administration
    • MBA Hospitality Management
    • MBA Information Systems
    • MBA International Business
    • MBA Management
    • MBA Marketing
    • MBA Real Estate
    • MBA Social Entrepreneurship

    MS Human Resource Management

    MS Integrated Marketing Communications

    Master of Public Administration

    • MPA Health Services Management
    • MPA Government Management
    • MPA Non-profit Management

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