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International Accelerator Program

Direct Master's Accelerator

If you have the academic ability to apply directly to your degree program and you do not need additional English support, the Direct Master’s Accelerator Program (Direct MAP) is the ideal route of entry into UofSC. It is designed to meet the needs of the highest-achieving, bilingual students. 

Through Direct MAP, you will be fully enrolled in your degree-course schedule alongside your fellow domestic students. Students continue into their second semester with 9 degree credits.

As a Direct Master's Accelerator student at the University of the South Carolina, you will:

  • Gain direct access to the degree program of your choice, and a selection of rigorous courses hand-picked by your academic advisor to match your interests and career goals at no additional cost.
  • Receive a well-rounded educational experience with the help of coaches and mentors who help you get the most out of your time in the United States.
  • Expand your professional network through career preparation and programming that deepens your connection to the university, your fellow classmates and potential employers.

Program Details

First-Year Program Length Program: 1 semester
Curriculum: Combined curriculum of credit-bearing degree courses and non-credit professional development courses
Credits Earned Toward Degrees: 9
Progression Requirements: Not applicable – Already enrolled in degree
Progression Into: Not applicable – Already enrolled in degree

Engineering Degree Entry Requirements

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Only one of the scores below required:

  • Minimum TOEFL®: 80 – no subscore below 18
  • Minimum IELTS™: 6.5 – no subscore below 6.0
  • Additional Admissions Requirements: GRE/GMAT 

Applications with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied, and will still receive consideration from the college.

*Note that colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.


Sample Coursework* - Biomedical Engineering

Semester 1

  • Professional Development and Analytical Skills Workshop
  • Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Systems

*Students take USC’s math placement test in order to enroll in the appropriate math course, as part of their general education requirements. This test will only be offered on campus after students arrive. If you are not satisfied with your placement, you will be given one chance to repeat the test during the first week of class.

If you do not obtain the minimum math placement test score required for first year students, your program may be extended. You will have to take a remedial math course or follow a self-study plan to improve your math skills and meet the fundamental requirements. This option may result in the extension of your original study plan.