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International Graduate Pathway Program

Duquesne University's Pathway Program is designed for international graduate applicants who want to improve their English language skills while starting graduate-level coursework. 

About the Pathway Program

The Pathway Program grants you time to work on your English language, writing, and speaking skills to help you gain full admission to an academic graduate program. As a student in the Pathway Program you will take ESL classes that will prepare you to take the TOEFL/IELTS and other tests such as the GRE or GMAT needed for full admission into your chosen graduate program. You will also take academic classes that will start you on your academic career path. 

Why should I apply to Duquesne's Pathway Program?

You'll earn academic credit toward your chosen Duquesne graduate program while enrolled in our Pathway Program.

The Pathway Program allows you to take high-quality English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework designed for graduate students as you complete coursework toward your degree. You can focus on improving your English skills, prepare to succeed on your tests for full admission, and start your graduate degree program coursework at Duquesne, a highly ranked research university in the United States. 

Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS for admission to the Pathway Program?

Yes. We ask that you obtain a certain score on the TOEFL or IELTS test in order to demonstrate that you have attained the appropriate level of fluency in English prior to full admission to your graduate program. Each program's requirements are outlined below.

Find more information about English language tests:  

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ets.org/toefl 
  • International English Language Testing System (IELT) ielts.org

Students will be directly admitted to their chosen field of study when: 

1. They successfully complete all ESL coursework and academic coursework in the Pathway Program with a grade of B or better;

2. Achieve a GRE or GMAT score acceptable for entrance into the academic program of choice (if required by their particular program).

NOTE: At the conclusion of the Pathway Program students are not required to take a further TOEFL or IELTS for full admission to their graduate program if they meet the requirements outlined above.

Is the Pathway Program separate from other academic programs at Duquesne?

Yes. You will be offered acceptance letters and immigration documents specifically to attend our Pathway Program. Once you complete the program and submit acceptable standardized test scores such as TOEFL, IELTS, GRE or GMAT, you will be offered full admission to Duquesne and have the chance to complete your degree here. 

As a Pathway Program student, you'll receive great support from Duquesne's Office of International Programs, ESL instructors and staff, as well as faculty in your chosen area of study.

Will you accept the IELTS for entrance into the Pathway Program?

Yes. If you have an IELTS score of 6.0 or 6.5, we will consider you for the Pathway Program, depending on your subscores for the IELTS.

How to apply

Take a look at the various Pathway Programs that we offer at Duquesne, and learn about TOEFL and IELTS requirements.

Once you apply to a Pathway Program, academic counselors in our graduate programs will determine which option is best suited  for you:

Option #1 begins in the summer semester (which starts in early May) and concludes 12 weeks later, in late July. This option continues for three academic semesters.

Option #2 begins in the fall semester (which starts in late August) and continues for two academic semesters.

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What can I expect to learn in the Pathway Program?

You'll work on academic coursework and take necessary tests for full admission into the program. You will need to obtain acceptable course grades and meet the required test scores in order to gain full admission into your chosen graduate program.Duquesne's Pathway Program consists of three components: 

  1.  ESL instruction, as preparation for graduate coursework
  2.  At least six (6) credits of academic coursework that will be applied to your Duquesne graduate degree program
ESL Comprehensive Academic Program (CAP) Curriculum

The following coursework is included in the ESL CAP program.  Depending on your needs for English language you may be placed in coursework at the ESL Advanced B level, or the CAP courses below.  

Level 1
Level 2
• Academic Lectures for ESL
• Academic Reading in Context
• Academic Speaking in Context
• Academic Listening and Vocabulary in Context
• Academic Writing in Context
• Graduate Research Paper
• Graduate Academic Discourse
• Speaking and Presentation
Biotechnology

Duquesne's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences is home for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biotechnology program, which promotes the innovative development and application of biotechnology through an interdisciplinary, coordinated research effort. You'll connect with research faculty, other research universities and leaders in the biomedical industry, while conducting basic and translational research.

The M.S. in Biotechnology is designed to supplement advanced graduate training in the natural sciences, while enabling you to consider other career options through coursework in business, ethics and leadership. You'll learn not only science, but also how to participate and lead technical development teams as you prepare for diverse career opportunities found within biomedicine.

Learn more at duq.edu/biotechnology

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Option #1 (3 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 60-69
Summer  Fall  Spring
Reading Advanced B ESL CAP 1 ESL CAP 1
Writing Advanced B  Introduction to Biotechnology Biotechnology Product Development
Grammar Advanced B  
Term Paper
Academic Discourse
Option #2 (2 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 70-79
Fall  Spring
ESL CAP 1 ESL CAP 1
Introduction to Biotechnology Biotechnology Product Development
  1. Course enrollment is subject to academic performance and proficiency levels at the conclusion of Advanced Level B.
  2. ESL CAP 2 may be assigned if needed in the spring semester. 
  3. A competitive GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required for full admission at the conclusion of the Pathway Program.

Costs

ESL Course cost per hour = $266.50
Academic Course per credit = $1,259.00

Summer Fall Spring
Advanced B Coursework = $5,330 ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1,332-$4,264 ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1,332-$4,264
Academic Course = $3,936 Academic Course = $3,936
TOTAL: $5,268- $8,200 TOTAL: $5,268- $8,200
MBA

In our Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program, you'll become a forward-thinking leader who can create value and drive growth for your company through innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability. You will develop expertise in all aspects of management, and gain an understanding of how various business disciplines are related. Build upon a broad foundation of business and industry knowledge, and sharpen your strategic and critical thinking skills through strategy and capstone courses.

Learn more at duq.edu/mba

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Plan A: For applicants who do not have prior coursework in accounting, economics, finance and statistics. 

Option #1 (3 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 70-79
Summer  Fall  Spring
ESL CAP 1 ESL CAP 2 ESL CAP 2
Financial Accounting  Principles of Microeconomics
Business Statistics I Business Finance
Option #2 (2 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 80-89 
Fall  Spring 
ESL CAP 2 ESL CAP 2
Financial Accounting Principles of Microeconomics
Business Statistics I Business Finance
  1. Course enrollment is subject to academic performance and proficiency levels at the conclusion of ESL-CAP 1.
  2. A TOEFL score of 90 or an IELTS score of 7.0 and a competitive GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required for full admission at the conclusion of the Pathway Program. 

Costs

ESL Course cost per hour = $266.50
Academic Course per credit = $1,206.00

Summer Fall Spring
ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1332.50-$4,264.00 ESL CAP 2 (4-12 hours, depending on placement) = $1,066-$3,198 ESL CAP 2 (4-12 hours, depending on placement) = $1,066-$3,198
Academic Course (6 credits) = $7,236 Academic Course (6 credits) = $7,236
TOTAL: $8,302-$10,434 TOTAL: $8,302-$10,434

Plan B: For applicants who do have prior coursework in accounting, economics, finance and statistics. 

Option #1 (3 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 70-79
Summer  Fall  Spring
ESL CAP 1 ESL CAP 2 ESL CAP 2
Managerial Decision Tools  Managing People
Applied Statistics Accounting for Decision Makers
Option #2 (2 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 80-89
Fall  Spring
ESL CAP 2  ESL CAP 2
Managerial Decision Tools Managing People
Applied Statistics Accounting for Decision Makers
  1. Course enrollment is subject to academic performance and proficiency levels at the conclusion of ESL CAP 1.

Costs

ESL Course cost per hour = $266.50
Academic Course per credit = $1,259.00

Summer Fall Spring
ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1332.50-$4,264.00 ESL CAP 2 (4-12 hours, depending on placement) = $1,066-$3,198 ESL CAP 2 (4-12 hours, depending on placement) = $1,066-$3,198
Academic Course (4.5 credits) = $5,665 Academic Course (4.5 credits) = $5,665
TOTAL: $6,731-$8,863 TOTAL: $6,731-$8,863
Music Performance

As a graduate student in the Master of Music (M.M.) in Performance program, you'll study with master teachers, many of whom are renowned performers in their fields. You will perform in a variety of ensembles that rank among the finest in the country by virtue of the quality of concerts, recordings, broadcasts, tours, and repertoire. 

Duquesne's School of Music has a common body of knowledge and skills for all graduate degree areas, including Professional Competence, Musicianship, Creativity and Scholarship, and Pedagogy and Communication.

Learn more at duq.edu/music/performance

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Option #1 (3 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 60-69
Summer  Fall  Spring
Reading Advanced B ESL CAP 1 ESL CAP 1
Writing Advanced B Ensemble 1 Ensemble 2
Grammar Advanced B Applied Study Applied Study
Term Paper  Chamber Music Chamber Music
Academic Discourse
  1. ESL CAP 2 may be assigned if needed in the spring semester.
Option #2 (2 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 70-79
Fall  Spring
ESL CAP 1  ESL CAP 1
Ensemble 1 Ensemble 1
Applied Study Applied Study
Chamber Music Chamber Music
Intro to Research in Music
  1. Summer semester: Students will be given access to Music Practice Rooms during their first semester of ESL coursework.
  2. ESL CAP 2 may be assigned if needed in the spring semester. 

Costs

ESL Course cost per hour = $266.50
Academic Course per credit = $1,525.00

Summer Fall Spring
Advanced B Coursework = $5,330 ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1,332.50-$4,264.00 ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1,332.50-$4,264.00
Academic Courses (3 performance courses) = $6,100 Academic Course (3 performance courses) - $6,100
TOTAL: $7,432-$10,364

TOTAL: $7,432-$10,364

Media Arts & Technology

Duquesne's Master of Science (M.S.) in Media Arts and Technology program enables you to navigate technological, cultural and economic opportunities in the fields of Multimedia, Web Development, and Media Communication. Our instructors are leading scholars in media and create a real-world, hands-on learning environments so you can gain the technical proficiency to excel with media technologies and industries. Immerse yourself in the production aspects of these fields, or choose a course of study that emphasizes management and strategy in this 36-credit program.

Learn more at duq.edu/media-arts

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Option #1 (3 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 60-69
Summer Fall Spring
Reading Advanced B ESL CAP 1 ESL CAP 1
Writing Advanced B CORE 1: Intro to Multimedia
Technology
Visual Design and Layout
OR
Web Design
Grammar Advanced B
Term Paper
Academic Discourse
Option #2 (2 Semester Plan)
TOEFL: 70-79
Fall Spring
ESL CAP 1 ESL CAP 1
CORE 1: Intro to Multimedia Technology Visual Design and Layout
OR
Web Design
  1. Course enrollment is subject to academic performance and proficiency levels at the conclusion of ESL-CAP 1.
  2. ESL CAP 2 may be assigned if needed in the spring semester.
  3. A competitive GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required for full admission at the conclusion of the Pathway Program.

Costs

ESL Course cost per hour = $266.50
Academic Course per credit = $1,259.00

Summer Fall Spring
Advanced B Coursework = $5,330 ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1,332-$4,264 ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1,332-$4,264
Academic Course = $3,936 Academic Course = $3,936
TOTAL: $5,268-$8,200 TOTAL: $5,268-$8,200
Corporate & Integrated Marketing Communication

Corporate Communication

Since 1982, the Master of Arts program in Corporate Communication emphasis (30 credits) has prepared students for communication management positions in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Designed with both recent graduates and working professionals in mind, the program provides students with a broad foundation in professional communication, communication ethics, public relations and marketing communication, and strategic and managerial communication. Graduates pursue careers in corporate communication leadership in order to build effective, just, and sustainable institutions.

Integrated Marketing Communication

The Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) emphasis (30 credits) provides a rigorous foundation in a strategic communication discipline that brings together advertising, public relations, and marketing communication. Building on a strong professional communication core, the program increases students' awareness of the theory and practice of IMC in contemporary organizations and institutions. Graduates pursue careers in advertising and public relations agencies, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations, and any position requiring strategic communication planning.

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Option #1
Option #2
TOEFL: 70-79
Fall  Spring
ESL CAP 1 ESL CAP 1
(COMM 500) Professional Communication (COMM 529) Integrated Marketing Strategies I: Public Relations
  1. Course enrollment is subject to academic performance and proficiency levels at the conclusion of ESL-CAP 1.
  2. ESL CAP 2 may be assigned if needed in the spring semester
  3. A competitive GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required for full admission at the conclusion of the Pathway Program. 

Costs

ESL Course cost per hour = $266.50
Academic Course per credit = $1,259.00

Summer Fall Spring
Advanced B Coursework = $5,330 ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1332.50-$4,264.00 ESL CAP 1 (5-16 hours, depending on placement) = $1332.50-$4,264.00
Academic Course = $3,936 Academic Course = $3,936
TOTAL: $5,268.50-$8,200 TOTAL: $5,268.50-$8,200