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US University Entry Requirements

Undergraduate Degrees

The table below shows typical requirements for first year entry to a bachelor's degree in the USA. Many US universities offer a specific admissions pathway (International Year One) for overseas students, with flexible entry requirements and additional support for those who are new to the US education system. The direct entry route is also an option for students with advanced English skills and the confidence to study independently alongside American students from day one.

 

Level Entry Requirements
International Year One Academic Requirements
Completion of secondary school in your own country (Year 11+) with good grades. Most overseas school qualifications are accepted for these courses.

SAT/ACT Requirements
SAT/ACT scores are not required for the International Year One.

English Requirements1
There is no minimum requirement, as the length of the course can be tailored to your English level. As a guide, students with IELTS 5.5 can usually complete the program in 1-2 semesters.
Direct Entry Academic Requirements
Completion of secondary school with very good grades, equivalent to a US High School Diploma (GPA 3.0).

SAT/ACT Requirements
SAT (1200+) or ACT.

English Requirements
IELTS 6.0 - 6.5 (6.0 in all skills) or TOEFL iBT 80+.

Master's Degrees

The table below shows typical academic & English requirements for entry to courses at master's degree level. The Pre-Master's route is for international students who do not have the academic or English qualifications for direct entry to a master's degree.

 

Level Academic Requirements
Pre-Master's Academic Requirements
A bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university, minimum GPA 2.25 on a 4.00 scale (or an international equivalent).

GRE/GMAT Requirements
GRE/GMAT scores are not required for pre-master's courses.

English Requirements1
There is no minimum requirement, as the length of the course can be tailored to your English level. As a guide, students with IELTS 5.5 can usually complete the program in 1-2 semesters.
Master's Degree Academic Requirements
A bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university, minimum GPA 3.0 in a related subject (or international equivalent).

GRE/GMAT Requirements
GMAT (business & management) or GRE (all other subjects) required with good scores.

English Requirements
IELTS 6.0 - 6.5 (6.0 in all skills) or TOEFL iBT 80+.

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1 A wide range of alternative qualifications is accepted for these courses, including Pearsons, Duolingo and some high school English qualifications (e.g. IGCSE).

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