How to get admission in USA for MS

How to get admission in USA for MS

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Mar 2, 2020 15:39 IST

The USA still holds the number one spot among the international students planning to pursue their higher studies abroad. The first and foremost question among the students is how to apply to universities. The majority of the students come to the USA to pursue MS. In this article, we will inform you, how to get admission in USA for MS courses. Although the application process for majority of the universities in USA is the same, still there can be a separate element for each of the universities. The process can vary according to different study programs and universities. First of all, students should be aware of when to start the application process for US universities.

Research about the universities

The first and foremost thing to do is to research about the universities offering the program which you want to pursue. There can be high end and average universities which will be offering your course. So, you need to select 5-7 universities where you can apply, as there are fewer chances of getting the admission if you apply to only one university.

Admission Requirements and Intakes

Admission requirements vary according to the universities and programs across the world. Depending on what your desired program of study is, aspirants should prepare for study abroad entrance exams. Standardized exams include SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, and TOEFL. You have to give only those exams which are demanded by the university. Apart from this, applicants should keep a tab of the admission intakes and deadlines for each country and university. If they are planning to study an MBA then they should know about the MBA application deadlines for US universities. Also, students can learn about the application deadlines of the top US B-schools.

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Financial viability

What is the cost of pursuing higher education at the university where you are seeking admission? Tuition and living expenses also vary from country to country and university to university. In case, you do not have enough funds, then you can go for education loans and scholarships. Many educational institutions abroad give financial aid to its international students, however, you need to check the criteria for getting this. You can apply for the education loan for studying abroad from leading financial institutions in India here.

Arrange recommendation letters and SOP

You are required to submit the Personal Essays and Statement of Purpose (SOP) to universities as part of your application process. These documents give the university an idea about the students’ background and his academic achievements.

Submitting documents to the university

There are different ways through which you can submit documents to the university. You can submit the documents online, through email or by post. The majority of the universities prefer online submission for all application related documents. Make sure to submit the documents in the format which the university has asked for. Apart from this, you can also send your documents through the post, if the university has asked you to do so. By opting for Shiksha's DHL Student Offer, you can avail up to 40% discounts.

Admission stage

Universities also follow deadlines to inform students about their admission. If you receive the offer letter from the university then you have to make the decision based on various factors like program curriculum, tuition fee, living cost, post-study work visa rules. You need to do a lot of research to get to know about all these things about the course and university. 

What to do if you are selected

If you received an offer letter from the university then you need to revert to the university with a Yes or No. In many cases, students need to deposit a partial or full semester fee to confirm that they will be attending the program. This confirms to the university that you will be attending that particular course. Each university will let you know what steps to follow to confirm your place for admission. This information will be included with the letter of acceptance or in materials/e-mails that will be sent shortly after.


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