International Students

Our master's program receives many applications from various countries. The diversity within our program provides an enriching experience. We require international students to submit standardized test scores measuring English proficiency (i.e., TOEFL or IELTS).

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In addition to the application materials listed under the "How to Apply" link, the English-proficiency requirements are:

International students may get full admission:

  • TOEFL score of 80 (or an IELTS score of 7 or 6.5 depending on sub-scores)

 International students may get provisional admission:

  • IELTS scores of 5, 5.5, 6 or 6.5 depending on sub-scores.

 Provisional admission is based on the quality of the application materials (i.e., GPA, application narrative, sample work, references). Students with provisional admission take ESL courses, typically for 1 to 3 semesters, depending on their performance. Once they obtain clearance from ESL, they can start taking a full load of courses towards their master's degree.

Pathway Program: For those who have a TOEFL score of 60-79 (IELTS scores of 6 or 6.5 depending on sub-scores), Duquesne University offers a Pathway Program, which allows international students to take courses towards their master's degree while working on their ESL. The Pathway Program provides a smooth transition to our master's program.

Applicants with IELTS scores lower than 5 will not be considered for admission. We encourage students with IELTS scores lower than 5 to apply directly to the ESL Studies.