Pre-Master's Program

Develop your skills in research and academic thinking before progressing to one of three respected graduate programs.

Why Study Pre-Master's Program?

The Pre-Master's Program is a 1- or 2-semester program, designed to help international students fully prepare for entry to a graduate degree program. During your studies you will work alongside experienced faculty to discover your potential in your field.

Depending on your chosen progression degree, you can take one academic course and apply up to three credits towards your future degree. This will save you time and money as you gain additional skills while completing credits for your degree early.


Your program will be a combination of core, English for Academic Purposes courses, and academic courses specific to your chosen degree. These courses have been specially designed to provide international students with the academic and English language skills required to help you succeed in your graduate degree.

English for Academic Purposes courses may include:

  • US Culture
  • Critical Thinking

In addition to these preparatory courses you will take academic courses which will be determined upon your enrollment.

English for Academic Purposes courses may include:

  • Listening & Speaking III
  • Reading & Writing III
  • US Culture
  • Critical Thinking

During your first and second semester, additional academic courses will be required and determined upon enrollment. Prerequisites may be completed during your first semester.

Key Facts

Entry Points

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

Semester Dates

Semester Start End
Spring 2020 January 21, 2020 May 14, 2020
Summer 2020 June 1, 2020 August 7, 2020

Course Length

Course length will vary depending on your level of English. Learn more about academic and English language level entry requirements.

Entry Requirements


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

Pre-Master's Program Fees

Degrees For Your Future

After successful completion of your Pre-Master's Program you can progress to one of three respected graduate programs.

The Master of Business Administration degree will help you to develop your skills in communication and leadership so you can graduate as an effective leader, capable of responsibly leading and ethically problem-solving.

A Computer Science, MS degree will prepare you to enter the professional world with the abilities to develop, maintain, and manage complex computer-based information systems.

Direct Entry

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Depending on your academic and English language level, you may be eligible for direct entry to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. You must meet the standard entry requirements for the University.

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