MS in USA course is becoming an increasingly lucrative option for international students who wish to work globally. However, with so many choices, an applicant can feel overwhelmed.
Why are so many people opting for Master’s in USA?
MS in USA courses consist of a number of technical courses, requirement to write a thesis or do an industry project. Sometimes, the industry oriented courses offer an MEng degree instead of MS. Someone who is interested in exploring in-depth the research problems in their fields can go for the MS (research) program. Students who demonstrate excellence in their academic performance and research potential also have the option to convert to the PhD program.
USA is the most popular study destinations for international students since it houses few of the world’s finest university systems such as Ivy Leagues. If we look at the global ranking for MS programs, the universities in USA mostly fill the top 100 spots. They offer cutting edge equipment and resources to their students. It is not surprising to see Nobel Laureates teaching at US schools.
Studying MS in USA can broaden not only the student’s educational opportunities but the cultural exposure as well.
Who is eligible to study in USA?
Most of the universities in USA require:
- 16 years of previous education (XII + 4 years of Bachelors or XII + 3 years of Bachelors and 1 year of Diploma/MS)
- Standardized tests score (like GRE)
- English Language Proficiency Score (like IELTS/TOEFL/PTE)
Additional requirements may apply. For example, University of Minnesota mentions that one has to possess significant background in Computer Science to apply to CS department.
Cost of doing a Master’s in USA
|Item||Cost in USD |
(rate of 75 INR/USD)
|Cost in INR|
|10 Applications||$1250||₹ 93,750|
|Visa & SEVIS Fee||$700||₹ 52,500|
|Living Costs||$18000||₹ 13,50,000|
In short, the cost of doing your Master’s in US can go up to $75,000 which comes to ₹50-55 lac at the exchange rate of 1 USD = INR 75.
What is the process to apply for MS in USA?
Applications for MS in USA is much different than what we are used to in India with MTech. Let’s take a look at the process first.
Following are the components of the application process-
- GRE, TOEFL
- Shortlisting schools for your aspirations
- Preparing required documents for the application
- Apply by the deadline – Once you have finished the steps above, you are all set to submit the online applications to each university. The only components not sent by you are the LORs, so ensure that your recommenders submit those on time as well.
Note: Ideally, shortlisting schools should be done before giving GRE but students prefer to get the tests out of the way and be comfortable with the score before focusing all energies into shortlisting schools and actually applying to them. A candidate is able to typically apply to around 10 universities for MS and MIS programs.
Familiarize yourself with the process well before actually starting anything so that you know what all you need to do.
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