Step-Wise Guide to U.S MS Admission
US has always been a hub for post-graduation studies. American Universities not only helps students acquire contemporary education it also helps them to network, socialize and tap into the biggest business and professional market in the world ripe with unlimited opportunities. A wide array of programs are available from various universities for students to choose from. The duration, finances and effort varies from course to course and from university to university, some programs are short and take around 9 months for example Analytics or Business Analytics, some programs take around 18 months and require experience while other programs take around 2 years and usually don’t require any experience.
Before embarking upon your journey to the master’s degree, it is important to take into consideration two things – first, ensure that you have 16 years of education prior to applying to a master’s degree program in US. Second, you need to have a clear sense of your career and academic goals. Graduate programs in US are characterized as either STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) or non-STEM. Your academic and professional goals dictate your selection between the two. Universities usually specify if their programs are STEM or not, basically all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs are STEM and management programs are non-STEM including MBA. If you plan to work in the USA, then it is highly recommended that you apply for STEM programs, as the chances of converting them from OPT (Optional Practical Training) to H1B (a type of non-immigrant visa) increases. The way it works is that every 6 months OPT visa holders apply through a lottery process. Therefore, during 3 years of OPT, you have 6 chances of going through the lottery system. However, if you apply to a non-STEM program, the chances decrease as you would have only one year to work in USA on OPT.
Getting a scholarship in MS programs is extremely competitive, but it is not impossible. All you need is thorough research before applying to scholarships to maximize your chances of selection. You don’t need to be a topper or a 330 GRE scorer to get scholarship in MS program, your holistic profile is considered. Not all schools have the same selection criteria; some schools require strong academics, some prefer high GRE scores, and some prefer experience and research oriented profiles. Therefore, careful research can not only guarantee a right choice of program, but can also maximize your chances of receiving a scholarship.
Follow this step-wise guide to find your Master’s program in the US: