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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.

The Pre-Master’s Program will prepare you with the study skills and deeper academic understand needed for a master’s degree at Roosevelt.

You will study a combination of English for Academic Purposes classes to advance your English language skills, as well as academic study skills classes, and classes specific to your degree. Your coursework will be determined after your arrival at the International Study Center.

Some classes may include:

  • Listening & Speaking
  • Reading & Writing
  • Grammar
  • Critical Thinking
  • U.S. Culture.

Moving on to your MBA, MPA or MS degree

After the Pre-Master's Program, international students can start graduate studies in 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

Entry Points

The Pre-Master's Program runs for 1 or 2 semesters, with entry in May and August. 

Course Length

The length of your program will vary depending on your level of English when you arrive. Learn more about the entry requirements for this program.

View entry requirements


Visit our fees page to learn more about the tuition and accommodation fees.

Pre-Master's Program fees