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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 for graduate-level coursework as well as 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. 

Pathway Program Options

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 in order to provide you with the correct amount of ESL instruction 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 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 Center for Global Engagement, 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