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MS in USA: Eligibility and Basic Requirement

MS in US

The United States remains the most popular destination for most students who wish to pursue their masters abroad. So, why do students want to study in the US?

1. A Masters Degree in the US can help students greatly enhance their employment prospects across different parts of the globe; give them immediate salary increments; and therefore, is a pathway to a better and a secure future. Degrees obtained from top universities can immediately change the shape of their career.

2. A few students continue their education, and move into the paradigm of research. In order to enter the field of pedagogy, or to delve into academia, an MS can lay a strong foundation. Research requires a strong foundation, and there’s nothing better than a master’s program. A student with a master’s degree can further go for PhD degree also

3. Certain positions that people aspire to reach, such as professorial positions, or that of a principal require a master’s degree as a base level qualification.

Masters courses are very unique in its structure, and is more often than not well designed and rigorous. Generally, courses last from anywhere between 18 to 24 months. There are a variety of courses, and specialization a master’s student can opt from.

With choices that allow you to specialize in fields such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science, BIM (Building Information Modeling), Computational Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Cloud Computing etc, MS in the US can be a very attractive proposition. Here in this article I will discuss what exactly you, as a student, need to be aware about before entering an MS program in the US.


Of all the courses in the US, one of the most sought after course is: the MBA! Giants such as JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America etc originated and have their head offices located in different parts of the country; and quite naturally, the MBA became the most popular course for students across the globe. Finance, Marketing, International Marketing, HR, and all the different subjects gained popularity rapidly.

As per trends in 2019, masters courses that have gained popularity include Data science, Virtual Reality, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning and IT security. These courses are technology and mathematics based. Masters in the field of advanced engineering subjects, financial engineering etc have also been amongst the top choices for students.


The application process and understanding the core requirements for a particular course are extremely important for an applicant. There are many steps. Let us take a look at the common basic requirements:

1. Proficiency in the English language: All the universities in the US require you to submit a proof of English proficiency. This is generally done by taking an examination; either the IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) or the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language). All universities have a their own cutoff score which can be found at university website.

2. GMAT or GRE: All the universities, depending on whether they offer an MBA or an MS require that you to undertake either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Better you score in these score, more are the chances for you to get admission in USA.

3. Fifteen to Sixteen years of education: Majority American universities demand 16 years of formal education for candidate to be eligible for their Master’s program.

Taking a closer look at the undergraduate program system in India: A B.Com or a BA lasts for 3 years, while a B.Tech or a B.E lasts for 4 years. Before college, students are required to pass a 10+2 system; which totally adds up to 15-16 years, which makes Indians eligible for the program if they have gone through the same setup.

4. Practical Experience: If you aspire to do a master’s program in fields such as education or medicine, you might require practical experience. Professional experience is evaluated and taken very seriously by universities. Before you apply to your choice of university, make sure that you have a good backing of professional experience. Better your professional experience is, greater the chances of securing admissions to a good college are.

5. Statement of Purpose (SOP): The statement of purpose is the most crucial document, which gives the university an insight into why have you applied to a particular university. A well written SOP is a summary of your journey.

Remember, an SOP is not about using complicated words and being verbose. Its more about making a point that why are you the most suitable candidate out of all the candidates applied for the MS program. Select what you write, and keep your story interesting and concise. Professors at universities who review your applications receive thousands of admit requests. You need to capture their attention. Remember, if your SOP looks weak, take help form professional. Make sure that the final draft of your looks impressive.

6. Letters of Recommendation (LOR): Letter of recommendation is a synopsis of your achievements and your ethics generally written by a professor or a person of authority at work. LOR is about your demeanor, roles played at work and more. it contribute to your overall evaluation. Generally a candidate requires 2-3 LORs. Remember that letters of recommendation must be sought from those professors or managers who you trust completely. Some universities require that the letters be submitted on the application portal.

7. Holistic View of the Application: Any student’s application is viewed holistically, which means that all the parts of the application, including your SOP (Statement of Purpose), Practical experience, Letters of Recommendation, TOEFL/IELTS scores etc are tied together and reviewed. The review sometimes goes through 2-3 rounds of screening, and therefore must be presented to the university as one complete document set. This set is what will determine your future. Review every single point mentioned above, and make sure that your application is complete in every aspect. Cross-check by reading the requirements on the university website.

Remember that, whenever you apply to a university; you are trying to convince them to select you and invest their time in you. Exercise prudence and shortlist universities based on your profile. An analysis of your experience, education, letters of recommendation and your scores will reveal to you which colleges to select. The application process can be arduous and time consuming. You have to be patient and well-structured throughout the process.

A lot of students commit the mistake of randomly selecting colleges and applying to a bunch of them without doing their research. This can be detrimental to your chances. Not only does this undermine your chances of getting into a good college, but you would also have wasted a lot of money during the process.

Admissions counseling can help students decide and shortlist the different universities based on the profile of the student. Edflight have counseled many students in the past and can counsel you as well. Choose Edflight, choose success!!

We wish you all the very best with your journey!!

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