Graduate programs in the USA for international students

19 October 2021
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If you are an international student planning to pursue a master's degree, you can enroll in DePaul University’s Global Gateway Program (GGP) or by direct admission. These programs are designed to help you reach the English language and academic standards required for your degree program.

What is the Global Gateway Program?

The Global Gateway Program is for students who want to pursue a graduate degree, but do not yet meet the necessary English proficiency requirements. The GGP gives you the confidence and knowledge to excel in graduate school. In addition to studying English language, we will also help you to become familiar with American culture for academic, business, and social purposes. In addition, you will earn 12 academic credits towards your Master’s degree.

Who is it for?

Academically qualified international students who need additional English and cultural preparation before starting their full-time graduate studies.

What are the entry requirements?

Duration English Language Score 
2 Quarters (Standard) TOEFL iBT 70-79; IELTS 6.0; Duolingo 95; PTE 48-52
3 Quarters (Extended) TOEFL iBT 60-69; IELTS 5.5; Duolingo 90; PTE 44-47
1-Quarter Pre-Sessional English + Extended TOEFL iBT 55; IELTS 5.0; Duolingo 85; PTE 42-53; VEPT 61-64 (no subscore below 37)
2-Quarter Pre-Sessional English + Extended GGP
TOEFL iBT 50; IELTS 4.5; Duolingo 80; PTE 37-41; VEPT 58-60 (no subscore below 35)
3-Quarter Pre-Sessional English + Extended GGP
TOEFL iBT 40; IELTS 4.0; Duolingo 70; PTE 30-36; VEPT 47-57
4-Quarter Pre-Sessional English + Extended GGP
TOEFL iBT 32; IELTS 3.5; Duolingo 65; VEPT 36-46; PTE not accepted

Other requirements:

Proof of successful completion of a US post-secondary education equivalent to a US 4-year Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.3 GPA (Computing & Digital Media), or 2.75 GPA (Business; except 2.4 for MS Business Analytics).

What degree programs can I study in the Global Gateway Program?

You can enroll in any of the following Master of Science (MS) degree programs through the Global Gateway Program:

College of Computing and Digital Media  Kellstadt Graduate School of Business 
Artificial Intelligence MS* Accountancy MS 
Computer Science MS* Business Analytics MS*
Cybersecurity MS (Computer Security Concentration)* Finance MS*
  Hospitality Leadership MS
  Management MS
  Marketing MS
  Sustainable Management MS*

*STEM-Designated Degrees: Completing these programs may qualify international students to extend their post-graduation stay in the USA through optional practical training (OPT).

Direct Entry to a Master’s Degree Program

If you meet the academic requirements and English language requirements below (or speak English as a first language), you can apply directly to a graduate degree program at DePaul University:

  TOEFL iBT / IELTS  GPA 
College of Computing and Digital Media  80 / 6.5 (also 110 Duolingo / 53 PSE)  2.5 all programs except 3.0 for Creative Producing MFA and Data Science MS 
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business 80 / 7.0 (also 110 Duolingo / 53 PSE)  3.0 all programs except 2.5 for Business Analytics MS 
College of Communication  96 / 7.5  2.5 
College of Education 96 / 7.5  2.5 
College of Law 90 / 6.5  2.5 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 96 / 7.5  2.5 
College of Science and Health 80 / 6.5
96 / 7.5 Chemistry MS
2.5 
School of Continuing and Professional Studies 96 / 7.5  2.5 
School of Music 80 / 6.5  2.5 
The Theatre School 80 / 6.5  2.5 

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