Study MS in USA
A master’s degree is a graduate degree earned after completion of an undergraduate degree (BA or BS). Typically it requires about 30-36 credits of coursework and takes 2 years of full-time study.
Master of Science is typically awarded in the field of sciences, engineering, and medicine. Some universities offer the degree for postgraduate studies in social sciences and management as well in subjects like Finance, Marketing, Economics, Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management and more.
Students who want to pursue research to gain in-depth knowledge in the field of their interest can apply for Ph.D. programs. A full-time Ph.D. program in the USA will take 5-6 years to complete with thesis and projects.
Why choose to study MS in USA?
The US is the leading study abroad destination for STEM-related courses, let’s take a look at what makes it a preferred destination for international students:
Enhanced Course Structure
The programs are designed to create a fine balance between the theoretical aspect and practical knowledge of a subject. Unlike India where theoretical knowledge is emphasized on, courses abroad focus more on applied knowledge. The curriculum is designed to give students ample time to focus on research and assignments.
Focus on Real-World Knowledge
Most of the universities and colleges have strong industry networks and partnerships that give students opportunities to work on the latest technologies and attend workshops with leading industry experts while pursuing their course. This is to ensure the knowledge gained by students is current, which can be used by them for projects and further research.
Universities regularly organise subject-related events and contests for students to participate. Such events provide a platform for students to think innovatively and teach them how to work under pressure and in a competitive environment.
High Ranking Institutes and Wide Range of Courses
Most of the top-ranking institutes offering world-class MS degrees are in the USA. Universities in the US, especially in the field of medical, technology and engineering are renowned internationally and the degree offered by them are valued globally. They offer a far wider range of subjects to specialise and research.
Prepares for a Global Career
Studying in the US prepares students for an international career. College campuses in the US have a rich ethnic diversity. The multi-cultural environment helps students learn the value of diversity, racial, gender equality and acquire skills to foster cross-ethnic relationships. With technology advancing quicker than ever in a global economic set-up, irrespective of the field, a wide range of knowledge and agility is a skill sought after by employers everywhere.
Top Institutes for MS in USA
According to the 2020 Times, Higher Education World University Rankings following are the top institutes for science-related programs in the USA:
Princeton University -Princeton is also one of the world’s foremost research universities with connections to more than 40 Nobel laureates, 17 winners of the National Medal of Science and five recipients of the National Humanities Medal.
California Institute of Technology– Caltech has six academic divisions with a strong emphasis on science and technology teaching and research. It has a high research output and alongside many high-quality facilities, both on campus and globally. This includes the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Caltech Seismological Laboratory, and the International Observatory Network.
Stanford University- Stanford is one of the largest campuses in the United States with 18 interdisciplinary research institutes such as School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Graduate School of Education; School of Engineering; School of Humanities and Sciences; Law School; and School of Medicine.
Harvard University- Situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts the campus has 12 degree-granting schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The private Ivy League institution has impressive alumni of 45 Nobel laureates, over 30 heads of state and 48 Pulitzer Prizewinners.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology- MIT is currently organized into five different schools: architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts, and social sciences, management and science. Scientific discoveries and technological advances accredited to MIT include the first chemical synthesis of penicillin, the development of radar, the discovery of quarks, and the invention of magnetic core memory, which enabled the development of digital computers.
Post Study Stay Back Options
F1-visa will allow students to stay for 60 days after a degree in the USA, students have to apply for one of the following visas:
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) refers to temporary employment for students relating to their field of study. Eligible students can receive up to 12 months of OPT employment.
Post-completion OPT: Students can apply for this option after completing their studies. Those who are authorized for post-completion OPT can work either part-time or full time. OPT allows students to stay and work in the United States for 12 months.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students get an opportunity to apply for a 24-month extension on their post-completion OPT, provided they have been granted the initial 12-month post-completion OPT and are in the valid period of OPT.
The H-1B visa is an employment-based, non-immigrant visa for temporary workers. An F-1 student visa can be transferred to an H-1B visa if one’s US employer is willing to sponsor. With an H-1B visa, one can live and work for up to 6 years in the US.