Global Gateway Program

Graduate success and student internships

Global Gateway Pre-Master's

Degree preparation for master's level students

Graduate degree pathway for international students

The Global Gateway Program Pre-Master's is a new international student program designed to prepare students for graduate level study at the University of Vermont.

  • 1 and 2-term international student pathway
  • Earn academic credits towards your master's degree
  • Progression into any of 6 degree programs in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • No GRE required
  • No external credit evaluation required

The 1 and 2 term program introduces four courses per semester taught by University faculty and offering academic credit. Two of these courses each semester will be taught with other graduate students for graduate credit.

Master’s degree programs at the University of Vermont can be completed with either a thesis or non-thesis option (coursework or project) in addition to at minimum 30 academic credits.

In the Pre-Masters Program, students will earn a total of 12 credits towards their graduate degree for the 2 semester program and 6 credits from the 1 semester program. 


After the 1 or 2 term program is successfully completed, students will move onto the chosen degree program.

At US universities, a master's program usually can be completed in 4 semesters of full-time study. International students are expected to enroll for full-time study to get the required credits per semester.

Duration Semester 1 Semester 2
 1-term Presenting Academic Research (3 credits)
Technical Writing (3 credits)  
Subject Area Course (3-4 credits)  
Subject Area Course (3-4 credits)
2-term Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3 credits)
Advanced Academic Communication Skills for Graduate Students (3 credits)
Subject Area Course* (3-4 credits)
Subject Area Course* (3-4 credits)
Presenting Academic Research (3 credits)
Technical Writing (3 credits)
Subject Area Course* (3-4 credits)
Subject Area Course* (3-4 credits)
* Subject area courses will vary depending on the chosen degree program. Options include: STAT 251 (Probability Theory), MATH 237 (Introduction to Numerical Analysis), CE/EE/ME 218 (Numerical Methods for Engineering), ME 249 (Computational Fluids Engineering), CS 243 (Theory of Computation).


International students must successfully complete the entire Global Gateway Program: Pre-Master's in consecutive terms, without long breaks, to matriculate into their University of Vermont degree program.

Students must maintain minimum grades to progress from the Global Gateway Pre-Master's:

  • 3.0 GPA in University of Vermont academic (graduate) coursework
  • 2.75 GPA in ESOL coursework
  • Oral test proficiency level equivalent to direct admit requirement of 6.5 IELTS or 90 TOEFL