Most popular programmes in the USA
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Most popular programmes in the USA

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Apr 11, 2020 14:59 IST

Most popular programmes in USA

The United States considered amongst the most powerful nations in the world, is also known to provide a world-class education. Some of the disciplines that are particularly in demand are Business Management, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Physical and Life Sciences, Healthcare related programs, Intensive English Language programs and Agriculture. Apart from these, listed below are 10 most in demand programmes in the US as listed by a study USA website:

  • Engineering

Engineering has always been in-demand amongst Indian students. The undergraduate programmes in the US are of 5-year duration usually and lead to Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree. Students are required to have a valid SAT and GRE score apart from TOEFL. Most of the programmes are approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) to ensure similar course requirements and standards among universities. For more info

  • PhD

Ph.D. or Doctor of Philosophy is the highest academic degree for a scholar. The duration may vary from 3 to 6 years and for documentation and research purposes some extra charges may be required other than the total fee. The annual expenses of most Ph.D. students lie in the range of $28,000-$40,000 per year. On course completion, inclusive of passing a comprehensive examination and submitting a detailed thesis of the research work, a candidate is awarded a Ph.D. degree. The course curriculum may include a viva voce. Read More

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 Master’s degree is essential for a Ph.D. Candidate can also work as a Graduate Research Assistant and register for part-time Ph.D. Internships or other work experience is an added advantage. A candidate must have a duly filled application form, recommendation letters, a personal statement, and academic records, good scores in common entrance tests such as GRE and English language examinations like TOEFL.

  • IT and Computer Science

For pursuing a degree, candidates mustdownload online application form and submit it along with the application fee. They are also required to submit mark sheets, three letters of recommendation and statement of purpose explaining the reason of joining the course. More and more students are interested in pursuing MS in Computer Science nowadays and it is counted amongst the popular courses offered in this domain. The candidates must take either of the tests – TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) and Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).   Read more

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  • MBA

Home to top business schools like Harvard, Stanford and Wharton, US, still remains the destination of choice for many Indian students seeking an MBA from a foreign university. Most universities in the US require a minimum of two to three years of work experience. Depending on the program, type and length of work experience can be a critical admissions component for many MBA programs.

Many top-tier programs require five or more years of work experience for admission. They must also take GMAT and TOEFL for enrolling into MBA. Read more

  • Sports and Sports Management

Sports Management is slowly gaining popularity among Indian students. The US offers sports-related programmes including bachelor’s and master’s level degree programmes in fields like Sports Management, Sports Marketing, Sports Science and Sports Medicine. More sports programmes

  • Computer Science

Computer Science is one of the most in-demand subjects. With a range of topics such as computer design, graphics, games, artificial intelligence, and database networks etc, a student gets to learn as a lot. The courses are credit specific and students willing to pursue their post graduation can find a range of opportunities. The requirement of the thesis depends on the university. Often the students have the options to choose the master’s programme with or without the thesis similar to the day or evening session.  A postgraduate programme is generally of 30 credit hours. Cost of the course can vary in the range of $7,000 to $30,000 per year.

For pursuing Post Graduation programmes a bachelor’s degree with a GPA from 2.85 and up (on a 4.0 scale) is required. Students must have studied relevant undergraduate programme. The candidates must have the following documents – Visa, valid IELTS / TOEFL scores, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Read more

  • Biotechnology

Biotechnology has interested students for long and is still being considered as one of the top notch careers by students. More and more enthusiasts are looking forward to pursuing MS or PSM programme in Biotechnology.

The candidate must be a B.Tech in Biotech / B.Sc Biotech with one-year diploma / PG in Biotech. The applicant must have all the required documentsincluding validGRE, TOEFL/ ILTES scores. Read more

  • Medical programmes

Medicine is amongst the popular programmes for Indian students. For undergraduate students, it’s a must to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) while applying to medical school (or in the past 3 years). Apart from Physiotherapy, MD and Osteopathic Medicine are also quite popular. The test should be taken 18 months prior to the intended date of enrolment. The cost of the entire programme would come around $200,000.

Students interested in Physiotherapy can study undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programmes. In most of the universities, the entry level programmes are of 2½ to 3 years duration.

In case of medical studies, after 4 years of education, a student is granted with Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees depending upon the medical school. Both the degrees allow the student to practice medicine after completing an accredited residency program which can be then followed by at least 3-7 years of graduate medical education (internship/residency).

To be eligible, students must hold a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a college or university in their country of origin or from a university located in the continental United States or Canada. They must have completed all medical school prerequisite course requirements at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university. Applicants must be able to demonstrate both spoken and written English language proficiency and obtain appropriate visa status in the United States.

  • Hotel Management and Hospitality

With increased scope in the hospitality industry, many students prefer a foreign degree as it helps them understand the global market better. All those interested can download the application form from the official website of the universities and colleges and can submit it with an application fee. The duration of the programmes is between 2 to 4 years. Many of the institutes provide the students with internship opportunities in renowned organizations.

To be eligible, students must have high school mark sheets, an essay on their pre and post-study plans along with their TOEFL or IELTS scores. Read more

  • Film Making

Apart from mass communication, journalism, and advertising, filmmaking is one such programme which is making waves lately. The language of cinema is universal and with changing times the students also prefer a global outlook catering to a larger audience base. Various universities such as NYU or New York Universities offer various diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programmes.

The students must enclose all the documents required during admission and must take English proficiency tests like IELTS/ TOEFL. Rest of the eligibility criteria depends from one university to the other. Read more

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