Planning to study Masters in the USA. What are the eligibility criteria to qualify?

Asked by MF FAZIL KHAN about 2 years ago

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Tejaswini Malik

Tejaswini Malik

MentR-Me Team

Study Abroad Expert

With more than 3,200 universities, the USA is a popular study destination for overseas students. In the academic year 2020–21, there were 914,095 international students enrolled in US universities, per Statista data. The MS programme in the USA enrolls the most students yearly out of all the programmes. The STEM programmes offered in the USA are well-known worldwide for their high instruction standards and research opportunities. The USA is home to eight top 10 universities in 2022 The Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

MS eligibility requirements in the USA
It would be best if you met certain qualifications and eligibility conditions to study MS in the US. Look at these, shall we:

Undergraduate Degree
A bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant field is the initial criterion for eligibility to study for a master's degree in the USA. Most colleges require a minimum score of 60% for a bachelor's degree, while the requirements vary according to the course and the university.'

Language Requirement
The English proficiency test is a must for Indian students applying to the MS programme in the USA. The tests' minimum results are:
IELTS – 6.5 - 7.5
TOEFL – 88 - 100

A GMAT or GRE score is required for MS programmes in the USA in fields like finance and management, among others. While having a strong GMAT score is required for some courses, it is not for all of them. For master's programmes in the USA, the ideal GMAT ranges from 600 to 740, while the GRE goes from 318 to 329.

Work Experience
For an MS to be completed in the USA, two to three years of work experience are needed. Some courses, however, may not require work experience as a prerequisite.

Passport and Visa
For Indian students to pursue an MS in the USA, they must have a valid passport and student visa. Don't forget to apply for your visa at least three months before the planned departure date.

Indian students must submit several documents to be admitted to MS programmes in the USA. Below are some of the standard document requirements:

  • Transcripts of all educational qualifications
  • CV or Resume
  • LOR or Letter of Recommendation
  • SOP or Statement of Purpose
  • Scorecards of IELTS/TOEFL/GMAT/ GRE
  • Work experience certificate (if applicable)
  • Proof of funds

Studying in the United States is unquestionably an experience of a lifetime because of the high living level, superior education, and many entertainment options available to suit every taste.


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