Master’s in the USA
For many people across the globe thinking of studying abroad, the first country that comes to mind is the United States of America. The US boasts of some of the finest universities and a world-class standard of education, placing many of their universities in the top universities lists and attracting students from all over the world.
Learning in the US is more research-based, which nurtures creative thinking and fosters innovation and development. Education in the US is supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure, exposing students to the latest technologies and tools. A degree from an American university enjoys worldwide recognition.
Indian students who are apprehensive of travelling so far from home to study will be pleasantly surprised to know that Indian students are the second largest group of international students in the US, with roughly 185,000 Indian students choosing to study abroad in America every year.
At American universities, students maximize learning by utilizing flexible course structures, discussion-based teaching and seminar-style classes empowered by lecture sessions appropriately spread over the term.
To be eligible for a master’s program in the US, students need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), which will test verbal and quantitative skills. Additionally, students also need to prove their proficiency in the English language by taking English language tests.
English Language Tests
IELTS and TOEFL are the accepted English language tests in the US.
Top American Universities
Some of the highest ranking US universities are:
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
• California Institute of Technology
• Stanford University
• John Hopkins University
• University of Michigan
• Duke University
• University of California – Berkley
• University of California – Los Angeles
• Carnegie Mellon
• Northwestern University
Student Visa and Work Permit
After securing admission to an American university, a student needs to apply for a visa. The typical student visa in the US is an F1 Visa, which can be applied for online.
When to apply for the Visa?
Students should remember to apply at least three months before the commencement of their graduate program.
How to apply?
Students will have to create an online profile, pay the visa fee, and submit an online visa application, the DS-160. Then, applicants will have to schedule two appointments, one at the Visa Application Center in India to provide biometrics and another at the American Embassy for a visa interview.
The Visa is valid for a student’s entire program duration and two additional months.
With a master’s degree from an American university, students will have an edge over their contemporaries and will get to choose from the multiple job offers that will come their way.
Back home, in India, graduates will be flocked by top employers who recognize the value of international exposure and a degree from a US institution.
Typically, a graduate program in the US spans 12 to 24 months.
The average cost of a full-time master’s program at most American universities will fall within the range of 40,000 – 70,000 USD.
It is essential for international students to make their profile stand out in the highly competitive admissions stampede. Additionally, graduate applicants should have:
• A four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
• If a student has completed only a three-year Bachelor’s degree program, there is an option to complete a Pre-Master’s program to qualify
• Official transcripts from all colleges and universities
• An English language test – an IELTS or a TOEFL – qualifying scores may vary depending on the university and program
• A good Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. Qualifying scores may vary depending on the university and program cutoffs
• Two or three (as per university requirement) recommendation letters from either a direct supervisor in a professional setting or from professors.
• Statement of Purpose/Essay/Personal Statement (as per university requirement)
Preparation should ideally begin one year before the time a student plans on applying for a graduate program in the US.
Most universities have two intakes, a fall intake, which happens around September and a spring intake, which is usually in January every year.
The deadlines for the fall intake are generally in the months of December to April and the deadlines for the spring intake are generally in the months of June to October every year.
If you want to catapult your career to the next level with a prestigious degree from an American university, reach out to our representatives for personalized application guidance tailored to your academic and professional profile.