Program Features

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

When will I be directly admitted to my program of study?

1. Successful completion of all English language coursework and academic coursework in the Pathway Program with a grade of B- or better

2. Attainment of 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.

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
• Academic Lectures for ESL
• Academic Reading in Context
• Academic Speaking in Context
• Academic Listening and Vocabulary in Context
• Academic Writing in Context

Level 2
• Graduate Research Paper
• Graduate Academic Discourse
• Speaking and Presentation