PhD in the US

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A go-to destination for PhD aspirants!

Why Study in USA?

Let’s Look at the Numbers!

  • As per the latest QS World University Rankings 2018:
  • 31 US universities are in the Top 100 list
  • 27 more US universities between Top 100 and Top 300 list


Top Universities

  • Universities
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Purdue University
  • Universities
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Pennsylvania


Specific Reasons to Study in USA

Outstanding curriculum Cutting Edge Innovation & Research Affordable Education Extensive International Exposure Strong Employment Prospects
Renowned Curriculum Scientific & Creative Innovation Full Funding option Diverse Class Job options (Academia or industry)
Globally reputed faculty Research Opportunities & Exposure Numerous financial aid options Cross-cultural exposure Excellent post doctoral projects


Popular Fields of PhD Study

  • Biological Sciences
  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • Engineering
  • Sociology
  • Psychology


Program Duration & Cost of Education

Duration Cost of Education (Tuition Plus Living)
Three to five years of study Mostly Living Costs since financial aid/full funding is mostly available (based on merit) Financial aid in the form of graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships & tuition waivers

After the completion of the degree, you can opt for Optional Practical Training (OPT) for a minimum of 12 months (or for 36 months, in the case of STEM programs)


Eligibility Criteria for PhD Programs

Strong Academic Credentials Standardized Test Scores Strong Academic Profile
Successful master’s degree Students with exceptional profile & undergraduate performance can directly apply for PhD with 16 years of education Competitive GRE score (GMAT for post-doctoral management programs) Many universities require GRE Subject Test scores as well IELTS/TOEFL Academic & Research projects, Internships and/or publications


  • Applicants must submit transcripts, application form and fee, a statement of purpose, recommendation letters and a detailed resume.


Intake & Application Deadlines

  • Start preparing for applications at least 2 years in advance
  • Fall intake is the preferred intake; submitting applications for Spring intake is not recommended.
  • Fall Semester deadlines are between November & February


A Sneak Peek into the PhD Application Process

The following documents are required 

  • College Transcripts
  • Detailed Resume
  • Scanned Copy of Passport
  • Some universities additionally ask for a research proposal
  • Application Form
  • Letters of Recommendation


Networking with US universities professors is an integral step before starting the application process.


Student Visa Terms and Provisions

  • Students need an F-1 visa to pursue a full-time education in US universities
  • Upon receiving the I-20 from the admitted university, a student must apply for a visa
  • Students can apply up to 120 days from the program start date

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