MS (Master in Science) is equivalent to ME (Master of Engineering) in India. Many students opt for MS because it carries certain weight in the resume and paves way for a great career. At present times, The US is the most sought after country for MS pursuing Indian graduates.
USA is a country that is culturally diverse and hosts some of the best universities of the world. Most Indian students prefer USA over other countries because it boosts of excellent academic facilities. The many scholarships that are offered to international students are attracting Indian students to USA. Also the internship opportunities along with a chance at better career opportunities after MS, proves to add to its many attractions.
Eligibility for MS in USA
- 16 years of education
- 10 + 2 + 4 (degree program) OR
- 10 + 3 (diploma program) + 3 (degree program) OR
- 10 + 2 + 3 (BSc.) + 2 (MSc)
- Transcripts / Mark sheets for all institutes/universities attended after your high school
- Standardized Test Scores
- GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores : These scores are valid for 5 years from your date of examination.
- English Proficiency Test : International Students whose mother tongue is not English are required to provide a valid TOEFL or IELTS score.
** Though there are no minimum scores for GRE, some universities have a minimum score requirement for TOEFL (79 or 100 for higher ranking universities) and IELTS (6.5 band).
** TOEFL scores are accepted by all universities but some universities do not accept IELTS scores. So check the website of your grad school before you book the test.
Apart from these, some prior work experience, projects you undertook during your degree program and letter of recommendations will also benefit your cause.
Top Colleges for MS in USA
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- California State University
- Southern Illinois University
Job Opportunities after MS in USA
Most students who go abroad to USA for MS wish to score a job there. They dream of earning that huge sum of dollars which coupled with the dollar conversion mechanism can be a huge boost to their pockets. But what if you fail to get a job in the OPT period granted to you? Many students go for internships. You may also opt for a PhD as the research sector in USA is highly promising.
If you decide to pursue MS in USA you will have to keep an eye on both the USA and Indian job market. You will have to apply for H1B work visa if you wish to work in the US. You may also opt to return to India after 2 to 3 years of work experience and may draw a handsome salary of 10-15 lakh per annum.
But then you will have to make sure that you pursue your MS from a prestigious institute and have developed the required industry-specific skills.