Top 10 MS specializations from USA

Top 10 MS specializations from USA

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Aug 31, 2023 13:37 IST
Top MS Specialisations in USA: The USA is the most prominent destination for international students studying abroad. The United States houses the world’s top-ranked universities that offer the best master’s programs in many specializations. Universities in the USA follow an open education system that allows you to apply for any major or specialization even if you are from a different background. Admission to MS courses in USA is not based on your major or specialization in a bachelor’s.
top 10 ms specialisations in usa

MS courses in USA have a separate curriculum based on the subject and admissions are based on academic excellence and standard exam scores like GRE and TOEFL or IELTS. There are so many universities in the USA to study MS programs in top specializations. They offer the best education with scholarships to students based on their academic merits. Here we have mentioned below some of the popular MS Specializations in the USA for international students.

Top 10 MS Specializations from USA

The following are the most popularly opted and the best MS specialisations in the USA by international students:

  1. MS in Computer Science
  2. MS in Petroleum Engineering
  3. MS in Embedded Systems
  4. MS in Wireless Communications
  5. MS in Power Engineering
  6. MS in Management Information Systems
  7. MS in Game Design and Game Development
  8. MS in Life Sciences
  9. MS in Pharmacy

   10. MS in Very-large-scale integration (VLSI)

Apart from the above-given MS specialisations in USA, there are a couple more which can be considered:

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Other MS Specializations in USA
MS in Data Science MS in Finance MS in Business Analytics
MS in Marketing MS in Software Engineering MS in Psychology
MS in Biotechnology MS in Automotive Engineering MS in Financial Analysis
MS in Medicine  MS in Medicine & Sciences MS in Applied Psychology

MS in Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Robotics are the major topics of MS in Computer Science. A Master’s in CS from a US university allows the opportunity to work with global giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Accenture, Wipro, Tesla, etc. 

MS in Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering involves the technology of economically developing and producing underground reservoirs of oil, gas, steam, etc. This technology relies on the basic concepts of physics, chemistry, mathematics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and economics. The petroleum industry is one of the largest and most prominent in the United States today. MS in Petroleum Engineering offers lucrative placement opportunities to students.

MS in Embedded Systems

MS in Embedded Systems course gives students knowledge about embedded hardware. Embedded systems are computer systems with a trustworthy operation within a larger mechanical or electrical system. B.Tech / BE in ECE, EEE, and Computer Science students can opt for this major.  MS in Embedded Systems helps you strike a balance between hardware and software knowledge.

MS in Wireless Communications

MS and Ph.D. programs in Wireless communication deal with physical and lower layers of wireless communication. These courses provide in-depth system knowledge, which in turn requires insights into the various components of a wireless system. Companies such as Sony, Ericsson, Huawei, etc. require students who have graduated in the field of wireless communications.

MS in Power Engineering

Power and Energy Systems is an electrical engineering area that revolves around designing and building modern power systems and deals with rotating machinery, transmission and distribution systems, surge phenomena, system protection, and dynamics, combined with other, more specialized topics.

MS in Management Information Systems

MS in Management Information Systems (MS in MIS) contains business and IT courses in its curriculum. It deals with applying Information Systems to the Organization. MIS Prepares the future IT managers, Business Analysts, Systems Analysts, and Programmers in Healthcare, Insurance, Banking and marketing, and other major domains. In addition, MIS also complements MBA. Hence, students can opt for MBA after pursuing MS in Management Information Systems. It will provide a massive boost to their careers.

MS in Game Design and Game Development

MS in Game Development program requires students with a strong foundation in computer science, an engineering-oriented game development core, and a concentration in the key research directions in game development. A long-term goal of this M.S. degree is to establish research and development directions that create a science of games.

MS in Life Sciences

MS in Life Sciences is a branch of study about the human body and all of its functions. Life sciences involve the scientific study of living organisms, like plants, animals, and human beings, as well as related considerations like bioethics. Anatomy, physiology, genetics, immunology, etc. are a few of the major classes available to students.

MS in Pharmacy

Master in Pharmacy is a course that trains students about the production of pharmaceutical drugs, their usage, and dosage. Universities in the USA offer better practical training to students to learn about the chemistry used to create medication. Therefore, it is better to switch to majors like MS in Pharmacy, MS/PhD in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Drug Administration, pharmaceutical administration, etc.

MS in Very-large-scale integration (VLSI)

Large-scale integration is the process of integrating hundreds of thousands of components on a single silicon chip. Master of Science in VLSI is the most demanding major offered by US Schools. Students from Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE) and Electronics & Communications Engineering (ECE) from India can easily apply for this master’s program.

Top Reasons to Study MS Course in the USA

Why the USA for masters is famous for Indian students to study abroad? This question is common among students when choosing destinations abroad for higher studies. The USA is one of the most preferred abroad countries not only for Indian students but also for foreign students. It follows an amazing education system, world-ranked universities, better career opportunities, scholarships for students, and much more for students who came to study here.

  1. Home of Top Universities: The USA holds the highest number of world-ranked universities under the top 100 universities in the world. These universities are not only known for their vast campuses but also provide opportunities across all disciplines.

  1. Top Specializations: Universities in the United States offer MS degrees in major fields, which are further divided into over 700 specializations.

  1. Better Job Opportunities: An MS degree from US University signals that you are a worthy candidate. MS graduates get the highest salary after their degree and can earn an average salary of $79k per year.

Check: Reasons to Choose USA for Study

Top Universities to Study MS Courses in USA

The following universities have been acclaimed for offering the best MS courses in USA which include Ivy League universities, tier-1 universities and 2 and 3-tier universities as well:

  1. MIT
  2. Stanford University
  3. Harvard University
  4. California Institute of Technology
  5. University of Chicago

There are other top US universities that offer various MS courses that are equally reputed. Students must check the university they are applying to for the availability of the desired specialisation in the USA.  

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Hi I completed my engineering exam n computer Science but worked in mechanical industi for 5 years and wanted to do my MS in finance or in mechanical field is that possible

Reply to sushen bommavarapu


Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

a month ago

Hello Sushen! The specialisation you wish to take up completely depends on the admission requirements of the university you are applying to. If you need more assistance, you can sign up for free counselling at -



a year ago

What are the job opportunities in India (expected average salary) after doing ms in mis from us with some work experience?

Reply to SIA


Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hello Sia! There are ample job opportunities in India after pursuing MS in MIS from the US. Some of them are - Technical Services Manager, MIS Analyst, Networking Systems Manager, etc. Find more details at - Good luck!

Hi sir,first how are you..? I have completed my BBA.i am planing for further studies.can you tell me ms or mba is best for my carrer in usa

Reply to Gangoni sri vasthav


Aprant Agarwal

a year ago

Hello Gangoni. After completing your BBA, an ideal choice would be a MBA degree. However, you can also think of MS in Finance and other subject that are related to your graduation.

Can you tell me Best ms specializations

Sir I have 3 Options - Ms in Health Informatics/Ms in Business Analytics/Ms in Information Systems/project management - which one tops and the best for me to easily land on to the job after masters sir @piyush kohli

Reply to Karnam Dimpu Nithish


Aprant Agarwal

a year ago

Hi Karnam. Kindly note that getting a job in US depends on your college/university, your location, your networking, how well you connect with alumni, and many other factors. However, based on the placement data, Business Analytics and Information Systems, both offer decent jobs. For other advice yo


Hello sir , i am graduate in civil engineering a division of Btech in (completed it in 2021),i am willing to pursue masters in US ,i personally feel i am bit below average in maths but i want to opt for information technology as my majors ,if it really need alot knowledge in maths related background


Reply to memyself mycat22


Piyush Kohli

a year ago

Hi, as you dislike maths, you can go for international business or any other business course, or human resources.

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