Graduate Success Through Academics and Research (STAR), Pre-Master | University of California, Irvine (UCI) | Irvine, United States
Pre-Master On Campus

Graduate Success Through Academics and Research (STAR)

6 months
24000 USD/full
24000 USD/full
Tuition fee
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The Success Through Academics and Research (STAR) offers post-baccalaureate degree seekers a great learning environment for becoming competitive applicants and successful students in high-ranking U.S. graduate programs. Students will receive advanced academic, professional, research, and communication skills training through rigorous UCI credit-bearing courses.


Program Tracks

Students can choose from one of the following tracks of study within STAR that suits their best interest and educational goals:

  • General Track: Comprehensive academic English training and a focused study plan that is relevant to a student’s field of study (non-STEM) and provides the flexibility of choosing Accelerated Certificate Programs or university credit-bearing classes; learn the course topics that target critical and analytical thinking and resume writing and interviewing skills.
  • Specialized Track: Intentional curriculum for students who wish to pursue science and technology as their major area of study and future career; enroll in major-specific courses to acquire advanced academic, research, and professional communication skills and to fulfill the pre-requisites for application to a graduate degree program.
  • 3+1+1 Data Science & Data Analytics for Business Track: Exclusively for students of our university partners that have an agreement with UCI Division of Continuing Education. Any independent student who is interested in this track can contact to inquire about their eligibility.


  • Expert guidance on U.S. graduate school selection and the ACTS (Authentic, Comprehensive, Targeted, Strategic) focused application assistance
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with selective graduate programs to showcase your strengths and to receive pre-admission consultation
  • Undergraduate and Graduate academic credit-bearing classes that may satisfy the pre-requisites of and be transferable to your desired graduate program; Up to one-half units transferable to selective graduate programs at UCI
  • Research Citation and Principles classes to teach the structure of building a research project and potential opportunity to work with UCI professors on research projects
  • Enhanced CV with completion of our Accelerated Certificate Programs/UCI credit courses, plus expert guidance on building a successful graduate school resume and career-related advising on internships and Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Intensive Academic English and advanced training in Professional Communication (e.g., interview and presentation) that helps you become proficient in English language use in any formal settings
  • TOEFL / GRE / GMAT preparation courseswith emphasis on analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and test-taking strategies
  • Comprehensive support in academic study skills and individualized advising
  • Intercultural conversation experiences with current UCI students who will meet in one-on-one or group conversational settings
  • Social events and excursions with other international and American students
  • School partnership and scholarship opportunity: STAR is excited to partner with several prestigious institutions in the U.S, including Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, Pepperdine University Graduate Business and Law Schools, and A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside. Highlights of our partnerships include priority application review and English requirement (e.g., TOEFL and IELTS) waiver. Scholarships from our partners are also available.

Note: Participating in Graduate STAR is not a guarantee of admission to UCI or any other university. 

Programme Structure

General Track 

  • Academic English Reading & Writing Course
  • Academic English Speaking & Presentation Skills Course
  • A choice of GMAT / GRE / TOEFL iBT Preparation Course
  • Graduate Application Assistance and Career Counseling  (GAACC)
  • A choice of GMAT / GRE / TOEFL iBT Preparation Course
  • Resume & Interview Skills Course or Research & Citation

Specialized Track

  • Scientific Research Writing Course or Research Principles

  • A choice of Standardized Test Preparation Course (GRE/GMAT)

  • Graduate Application Assistance and Career Counseling Course

  • A choice of Professional Communication Course

  • A choice of Standardized Test Preparation Course (GRE/GMAT)

3+1+1 Track

  • Application and Career Planning Course
  • Scientific Writing

  • A choice of Intro to Python Programming OR Practical Math & Statistics for Data Science

  • Analytical Writing and Verbal Reasoning

  • Academic English Reading & Writing

  • Accelerated Certificate Program Data Analytics for Business Courses

  • Professional Communication Course

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The application deadline is 1 month prior to the program start date. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

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Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 USD for the full programme during 6 months.
  • National

    24000 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 USD for the full programme during 6 months.
  • 6-month tuition: $24,000 USD
  • 9-month tuition: $29,800 USD  

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Graduate Success Through Academics and Research (STAR)
University of California, Irvine (UCI)
Graduate Success Through Academics and Research (STAR)
University of California, Irvine (UCI)


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