Pre-Master’s Program

The Pre-Master’s Program is designed to prepare ambitious international students with the skills needed to succeed in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program at Western Washington University.

Your Path to a MBA

The Pre-Master’s Program is offered as a one, two, or three-quarter program, structured to prepare you for progression to the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Western. When you apply, you may need to provide a resume, GRE/GMAT, and a personal statement.

In this program, you will develop a solid understanding of business practices, alongside the academic skills you need to succeed in graduate-level study. These skills include academic writing, attentive listening, research, and an understanding of academic terminology. After successfully completing the program, you will progress to Western ready to succeed in your MBA.

What Will I Study?

During your program you will study a range of academic subjects and English for Academic Purposes courses. Your coursework will depend on your academic background and chosen progression degree. Some courses may include:

  • Business English
  • Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening
  • Business Calculus
  • Marketing
  • Financial Accounting.

In addition to a range of coursework, we will support you to complete a personal statement and resume, which will be needed during your degree and future career. 

Earn Academic Credit

During your Global Pathway Pre-Master’s Program, you will work with an advisor to select pre-approved courses for academic credits. You will have the opportunity to earn 12 credits before beginning your graduate degree. These courses will help prepare you for graduate studies in the Masters of Business Administration program but are not a part of your MBA graduation requirements.

Key Facts

Entry Points

The Pre-Master's Program runs for 1, 2, or 3 quarters with entry in January, April, or September.

Quarter Dates
Quarter Start End
Fall 2018
(3-Quarter)
September 26 December 14
Winter 2019
(2-Quarter)
January 8 March 22
Spring 2019
(1-Quarter)
April 2 June 14
Course Length

The length or your program will vary depending on your level of English.

View Entry Requirements

Curriculum

English for Academic Purposes 

English for Academic Purposes courses include:

  • Grammar III
  • Reading and Writing III
  • Listening and Speaking III
  • Business ESL
Academic Courses

During your pathway program, you will have the opportunity to take academic courses for university credit.

First quarter:

  • MKTG 488 - Topics in Marketing (4 Credits)
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications in Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting (4 Credits)
English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes courses to be taken throughout your program include:

  • Reading II
  • Writing II
  • Listening/Speaking II & III
  • Grammar II & III
  • Reading and Writing III
  • Business ESL
Academic Courses

During the first quarter of your pathway program you will focus on English for Academic Purposes courses. During the second quarter of your pathway program, you will have the opportunity to take academic courses for university credit.

Second quarter:

  • MKTG 488 - Topics in Marketing (4 Credits)
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications in Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting (4 Credits)
English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes courses to be taken throughout your program include:

  • Reading I & II
  • Writing I & II
  • Listening/Speaking I, II, & III
  • Grammar I, II, & III
  • Reading and Writing III
  • Business ESL
Academic Courses

During the first and second quarters of your pathway program you will focus on English for Academic Purposes courses. During the third quarter of your pathway program, you will have the opportunity to take academic courses for university credit.

Third quarter:

  • MKTG 488 - Topics in Marketing (4 Credits)
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications in Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting (4 Credits)

Improve Your English

If you need to improve your English language level before studying the Pre-Master's Program, you can begin by studying the Intensive English Program. Delivered by Western, this accelerated program offers six levels of coursework to help you develop your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. You can earn additional academic credit while studying the Intensive English Program, helping you earn between 18 to 20 total credits before beginning your MBA.

Program Fees

Learn more about the tuition fees for your Pre-Master's Program, as well as university and student accommodation fees.

Progress to the Master of Business Administration

After successfully completing the Pre-Master's Program, you can progress to a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Western. The MBA is among the top 5% of business schools globally, and has AACSB Accreditation, a distinction recognized worldwide.

During your MBA you will receive specialized mentorship in small classes, dedicated career services, access to graduate assistant positions and facilitated internship opportunities. You will acquire technical, managerial, and leadership skills, which you will apply in a consulting capstone project. In this project you will advise a business on start-up, growth, or pivot strategies. This varied coursework is designed to help you build a comprehensive foundation for growth throughout your career.

Completing the MBA program will prepare you with the skills needed to be an adaptable, hardworking leader, ready to build on your current career or enter a new field.

Apply for Direct Entry

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You may be eligible for direct admission to the Masters of Business Administration program at Western, if your academic and English language level grades are high enough. You must meet the standard entry requirements for the University.