Is it better to work and then go abroad for a Master's degree or abroad for a Master's degree without work experience?

Asked by Rohit Rai over 2 years ago

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Gautam Kumar

Gautam Kumar

Building better software for USA based HealthTech and EdTech businesses

Hi there. I will not say that it is absolutely better to obtain some work experience before a masters degree abroad. I mean, except for some business and management courses, you are eligible to apply for a masters abroad. But it is not as it actually seems. Work experience becomes a necessity when you apply for a good university.

And as I said the universities do  not really ask you for it, but the acceptance rate does. There are thousands of students that apply for a program. And out of all of those, most come with work experience. So basically you get your work cut out for you. Even with no work experience requirement, the students that have it are prioritized. This is why every professional suggests to submit any strong point you have even if not required.

Just like a GRE test score, your work experience acts like a boost to your profile. For a business program, I would say it becomes an absolute necessity. Checking a class profile of an MBA, there are students with 5-6 years of work experience. And this number goes for an average rate. Tough for MS, I would recommend 2-3 years to be enough.

But hey, if your target is not in top-tiers, I guess you have some flexibility. But even so it is not idle, you will be much happier if you have some work experience by your side. Let me know what kind of MS you are looking for. It will help determine how much and what kind of work experience you actually need.


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