A Master’s Degree from US is a widely popular course and a common question faced by aspirants is “what are the requirements to apply”? This article outlines what all is required to apply for an MS program in the United States of America.
As an international student, before you apply for a Master’s degree in an American university, you must have a degree of graduation with you. Most of the universities of United States demand 16 years of formal education to be eligible for a Master’s program.
Some of the programs offered in India, such as BSc, BCom and BA, which are of three years, limit the formal education to 15 years. While there are some universities which accept 15 years of formal education as well, it is advisable to either complete either a Master’s program or a one year PG Diploma in India before applying to US universities. Many Master’s programs, especially those in the fields of medicine, education, and technology, require practical experience or internships as well.
Additionally, a candidate is also judged on the basis of his\her academic record, projects, letter of recommendations, research work, published work, extracurricular activities etc. Another important part is a statement of purpose (SOP) which is also to be submitted along with the application.
A Statement of Purpose (SOP) is one of the most important elements of the application package. Whether your application will enjoy acceptance or face rejection is largely dependent on your SOP. An SoP basically answers the question – “Why do you want to pursue this course” – and must elaborate your unique position on each of the 4 underlined words / phrases. For more guidelines, check out this article we wrote.
A comprehensive insight of your worthy candidature is provided to the admission authorities by a letter of recommendation (LOR). Your work experience, contributions or specialization in any field – both academic and professional, are picturized in the letter of recommendation. This article goes further into what constitutes a good letter of recommendation.
Proficiency in English is another requirement for applying. Two most common tests to assess the proficiency of a candidate are TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). You will be required to take and qualify any of the two exams. The TOEFL fee in India is about $170 (or 11,900 Indian Rupees).
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test and a key requirement for most Graduate Schools in the US. It is a broad assessment of your critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal and logical reasoning, and reasoning skills. GRE Exam is divided mainly into three sections: the Analytical Writing section often takes the first place followed by the other two sections: Verbal and Quantitative. It costs about $200 (14,000 Indian Rupees). Looking for tips to start your GRE preparation? Look no further than this blog
Once you put all of the above in place, you’ll need to complete an online application for each university. You’ll have to answer a few biographical questions, upload your latest resume and the items outlined above. Each application costs ~ $100. The cost and time involved in each application make it critical that you shortlist the right colleges to apply to. Our admit predictor could come in handy in helping you with the shortlisting.
The application process can seem quite intimidating initially with many steps involved, however, we hope that this article serves to streamline your path. All the best!
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