I have a very low CGPA of around 6/10 from IITB in Aerospace, I've good work experience of 2 years as a data scientist and have worked in a startup part-time as well. I want to go to some good universities in the USA for a master's in CS. How can I?

Asked by sameer fulzele almost 2 years ago

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Ankur Chaudhary

Ankur Chaudhary

Following my Passion | Undergrad Student at SRM University , Batch '21

I’m sorry to hear about your CGPA. But that doesn’t stop you from aiming for a master's in CS. It does however limit a lot of your options, but it is flexible. I have actually tracked the minimum requirements USA universities need for master's programs. Here is what I can tell you.

Beforehand I want to inform you that you are already at a disadvantage on your master's selection. See, computer science (CS) is an academic discipline. For masters and MSc courses in CS, universities generally tend to ask for a bit more GPA than their average requirement. But as I said it doesn't stop you. Because the USA hosts most international universities, your options also become wider.

In my experience, I have come across many good universities that are ready to accept a low GPA. Even Purdue University globally accepts a 2.5/4.0 GPA used on other components of a student's profile. So the exact answer to your question; you need to work on your profile. Your test scores in GRE and language proficiency tests can make a major contribution to your profile.

Not just the score, you can focus on adding relevant curriculars regarding CS. You mentioned you already have field experience obtained. Use the experience and your undergraduation to find some quality curriculars to align. With good grades in standard tests and curriculars, your profile should do a trick for you to land a master's in CS in the USA.

I suggest you to get in touch with study abroad experts who can guide you for all the information and assistance required for test-prep, profile evaluation, application and basically all things studying abroad. 


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