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MS (Master of Science) in USA

How to study MS from USA from top universities

What is MS?

MS in US stands for a Master’s of Science in the United States of America. One pursues this degree after gaining basic knowledge in their field of interest. This is with the Bachelor’s degree in their country of residence.

When to apply for MS as per US Education System?

A Master’s of Science or simply a Master’s program is the logical extension of what one has studied in their Bachelor’s or Undergraduate Program. The US education system recognizes the 12+4 years of education pattern to be at par with their 12+4 pattern. Hence to pursue a Master’s degree, one must complete atleast a 12+4 years of education in India.

List of Entrance Exam for MS

Apart from the above mentioned criteria, a student must clear some entrance exams set by the US. These include GRE, GMAT, ToEFL and now the IELTS *.

GRE (technical, math or science): Students pursuing a Master’s degree in a technical, math or science related course must appear for the GRE i.e. Graduate Record Examination

GMAT (management): Students looking for a management based course must crack the GMAT i.e. Graduate Management Admission Test.

ToEFL (Every Indian students if applying for MS in US): For every student looking to pursue an education in the US, the ToEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a must. Since India takes Hindi as its national language, this test is a compulsion for all students and a score above 90 is sufficient.

IELTS vs ToEFL: Another option is IELTS (International English Language Tests). ToEFL is American English based where as IELTS is British English based.

F-1 Student Visa

Students need to apply for the F-1 or international student VISA which is valid for 5 years or till the student graduates, whichever comes first.

How Credit System Works in USA Education Environment?

The American universities follow the credits system. It usually takes 30-36 credits to complete a Master’s program. Every course is allotted 3 credits. 1 credit is equivalent to an hour dedicated to studying that particular course in one week, hence 3 credits ≡ 3 hours worth of lectures during a week. There are 3-4 core courses (compulsory) and the rest can be selected from a pool of electives. In order to maintain a full time international student status, one needs to take atleast 9 credits per semester save the last.

What is OPT and who is eligible for?

On Graduation, students can apply for the OPT (Optional Practical Training) which is valid for 1 year and during that period that student can remain without a job for 3 months. Students from a STEM certified program can have their OPT extended to 29 months. Usually the employer would file for their work permit, H1-B depending on the individual’s performance.

Huge demand of MS

Every year over a 100,000 students apply to study MS in USA. The Master’s degree acquired there in globally recognized. The electives offered in the US universities enable students to design the programs to suit their needs and specialize in the field of their choice. The excellent infrastructure and lab facilities enable students to carry out extensive research and apply their theoretical knowledge.

Summer Internship Credits for Master Degree in US

The summer internships carry 1-3 credits and for certain programs a 6-credits thesis option is also offered. In short the Master’s program prepares a student for the industry. The 1-2 years of education there is an experience in itself.

*details of the mentioned tests are mentioned in the table provided.

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