Cost of studying in US is huge, when compared to the cost students pay for college in India. If you plan to study in US  Universities, then plan for the worst case scenario. Make sure you take into account of all possible expense you come across. Never think that you can get scholarship or assistanship as soon as you reach U.S.

Plan for the worst case scenario. It takes time and some students wait long time before they get to Financial Aid ( 4 different way to get funding )

First question parents who ask, if you say about your plan to study in U.S. – How much would it cost to study in U.S.? do we have so much money to pay for it? Will they give aid for studying in U.S. Schools? and many more..

Total Cost of MS in US

I have written few articles about cost of living in U.S. for students and how much a typical student from India would spend per month. But, as soon you reach U.S. all the things you heard about will become reality.

You will come face to face with certain uncertainties and way of life.  But, that’s the way it will be and you have to face it.

Most of the information that gets passed to students back in India or other places are not true. Don’t believe in rumors.

You will be amazed with some of the crazy questions, I have received over the years. I try to clarify doubts and answer questions.

In this article,  I’m going to assume that you are a student coming to US to study MS without financial aid.

Living Expenses

Student share the apartment, grocery bills, food expenses, phone bill, internet, and many more day-to-day activities.

Usually, a new student tend to spend very less for first few months.

You can read more about spending habits of International students. But, as time goes, you will not convert $ to Rs. It takes time, but over 3-4 months, you will see $1 equal Rs.1.

As time progresses, you will see change in your lifestyle, but it’s for better.

You can expect to spend from $250 to $700 per month by living life with basic necessities. Remember cost of MS in US varies based on location and university.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees is the major cost you will incur while studying in USA International  students have to pay Out of State Fees. In-state fees is usually 1/3rd of Out of state fees.

So, if you don’t get scholarship, get ready to pay $5000 to $9000, maybe more per semester for 3 courses (9 Credits).

Masters degree will take 2 years to 2.5 years to complete, which is about 5 to 6 semesters.

Why Pay so much to study in U.S.?

Well, you can get to pay back the student loan in 2-3 years time after you get a job.

You get to study the latest technologies that are invented and used by rest of the world.

You might get to take a course under a professor in U.S. University, whose book you should have used as part of syllabus back in India or other places in the world.

Cost of MS in US comes with a big price tag. But its worth every penny.  You will understand the value of studying in USA when you read Why International Students in U.S. are Unique

 

Comments

  1. hi, i m a be chem student .I am willing to study ms in petrochemical from US . My only prob is dat i m nt so financially sound but can take loan or any financial aid if possible . I just want to knw what all points are important for applying loan . what is the criteria for getting a loan?

  2. Hi, I m Santosh
    I am done with my Master of Computer science in India. I have 4+yrs of exp in software field. Now I m planning for MS in US. M I eligible for it?
    Could you please guide me through the process?
    Thank you

  3. Hi,
    I am 2012 passout, currently working with an IT company. I wish to do MS from university of Virginia. As money required for MS is a hurddle to me, I would like to know is it necessary that personally we must have excellent weight in bank account. Cant it be completely accomplished via bank loans entirely… My family cant support me to pursue MS. I am expecting for a way by means of which I can do it by my own.
    M totally confused by what I have heard from pepole. Expecting for a favourable reply.
    thanks.

  4. Hi, em doing my BCA final year I have a dream to study MS in IT in US please suggest me wot is the total fee cost to do MS in IT IN US

  5. sir i have done my BE in electronics and telecommunication and now planning to do MS in USA. so, i want to ask which branch should i choose and from which university and what will be the total fees for it.

  6. hello sir!
    my name is sai pradeep n iam doing final year in ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATIONS n iam having 58.9% agg. am i eligible for doing MS in USA…………..

  7. jatti is a worlds best institute for pursuing masters in any course. with no fees, instead the jatti will pay you all the extra expenses other than the study expense so opt for jatti institute for masters, its located in every village of bijapur

  8. after reaching us when will i get part-time job and is that neccessary to take GRE or TOEFL to study in us.

  9. sir
    i am from hyderabad,india
    studing 3rd year engg(computer science)
    i have a dream to study ms(m.tech) in US
    i am not so rich
    can u help me what to do??
    can u explain how much it cost???
    plz tel me about the
    (1)scholarship details
    (2)cost of living
    (3)tution and university fees
    (4)what would be the minimum salary of the freshers after the course
    (5)how much is the hostel fees and meal cost

    • look supriya being rich or poor isnt a big deal to persue your masters in USA if you don ve enough money u can take an educational loan ..scholarships,cost of living,tuition fee depends on the university you choose and cost of living varies from place to place if you stay in a city kinda Newyork it would obviously costs you more and on the other hand you have many doors to get in to part time jobs…….and remember money shouldnt be a contraint at the very beginin you could get fundding too if you do well in the academics ….good luck!!!

  10. guys…..,
    i am studying 3rd year b.tech in computer science
    and i want know about the total cost for studying masters in usa or uk

  11. Hey..em a 3rd yr ece student..cud u plz teme wn s d right tym to join coachn class 4gre??hw much s d estimate cost to study n UK?…n wich r d bst sujctz dat I cn hose 4 my masters??

    • get started now….if u wanna go for U.K gre is not mandatory…i prefer usa for masters …i would literally say dat itz d baap for persuin masters.. go fo it aparna…
      good luck hun!

  12. sir,
    i have completed my BE in ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION field
    with 65%, i want the full information about subjects of GRE, and what will
    be the estimate cost of doing MS in USA.

  13. hai, iam pursuing 3rd B-Tech, i want to join ms in us, can i know whats the best university in ms
    . And please tell whats the cost of ms in us

  14. Hi There,

    I would be attending Oklahoma City University this Fall.. is there anybody else who would be attending this University ?

  15. I have completed my engineering in Electronics and telecommunication with 65%. I want to do MS in wireless communication please suggest me best universities in USA for MS in wireless communication my GRE score is 300 and TOEFL score is 85. Please give me details about fee structure in USA. Is it affordable for middle class family?

    • I have a B.A in Banking & Finance(From Lebanon),. and i an working as chief accounting in Gulf Area, i am thinking right now to start studying master in accounting or finance in Unated State, please i request you to provide me an idea about the universities and the cost of
      tuition fees for 36 credit.

  16. I COMPLETED MY BTECH,AND NOW I LIKE TO PURSUE MS IN US,BY DOING PART TIME JOBS CAN I COMPLETE MY MS IN US

  17. i am at the last year of my b.tech,for further study i want to know how much money i have to spent for completing m.s at u.s.a.tell me the amount in indian rs.

  18. hello
    i want complete fees details about ms in us in various universities list wise
    please tell to me as early as possible

  19. Sir,
    This is nikhiladitya,completed Diploma in mechanical engineering. I wanna do Bachelor in Germany or USA or Canada. Can u please provide information about Scholorships, Cost of education. My diploma % is 75 above…

  20. Sir i am a btech IT. I want 2 do MS frm usa. So i wana knw hw much shud b my standby cost frm india. Nd in da worst case scenario if i didnt get a scholarship in ma program, wil da part tym jobs help me suffice my fees needs over there? Thank you

  21. Sir, i have a dream to do ms in us. Would u please tel me al d details and expensives for month

  22. sir
    i am from karnataka,india
    studing 3rd year engg(computer science)
    i have a dream to study ms(m.tech) in US
    i am not so rich
    can u help me what to do??
    can u explain how much it cost???

  23. Sir,
    I am pursuing my B.tech. 3rd year from a college in Andhra Pradesh . I want to do MS in US after my engineering.Can you please help me in knowing information regarding total tution , living expenses and also required GRE and TOEFL scores

    Thanks,
    vikshitha

  24. Hi,
    I am pursuing BCA last semester from gujrat. Now i want to do MS in US ..I just want to know that what can be total means total cost per year including Fees,Rent, and all necessity things. Please reply.

    • Abhibna, first thing you have see is, how much money your parents go to send you to USA, course fee will be 35000USD plus your expenses that will be aroung 1200$ per month. you can find some job in indian grocery shops, restaurant, or some fast food shops. make sure your parents are sound financially

  25. hai,i have completed my b.pharm with 75.7%.can you please let me know about good pharmacy schools with intake in spring 2013 and also let me know about total academic fee required without any aid(in case) for total m.s course.thank you

    • purdue, st johns, rutger rhode island etc…… 37000 dollers is the approximate expance. you need to have a ready cash bank balance of 20.0 lakhs and fd,s worth 10 lakhs to start with if you are not getting scolarships. try to get good GRE(above 1350) and tofel above 115 to get a visa easily…. you can get admission but visa is a big problem now… so have enough back ups so that you dont have to be under tension. be prepare well about the subject and cource requirements before going for a visa interview

  26. Hi,

    I have complete BE in ECE and i have 2 years of experience in Telecom.I want to persue my MS in US.

    1.Please tell me the cost for MS in US
    2. how much salary i will get after doing MS in US as well as in India.
    3.I want to know for what score in GRE & Toefl I would be getting into top 30 colleges in US with financial aid. what is the process to get scholarship.

    Thanks in Advance.
    Abhi

  27. Sir,

    I am looking forward to pursue my MS in US.. My 10th-72% 12th-86% n be/ece- 7/10.. Please tel if I can get any grants..

      • Hello nazeer,

        Thank you for your reply.. Actually here i meant ‘grant’ as scholarship o smthin.. could u plz help me on tat??

  28. sir……
    please
    do let know me that which universites/pharmacy school’s offer’s very low cost tution fee for
    ms-pharmceutics……??
    thanks in advance

  29. Hello sir
    i am Mechanical engg .still i have arrear,bt i can complete that subjects this coming sem,i don’t have that much of english knowledge,bt i hve knowledge n my department,i lk to learn advance technology,i lk to do MS in US,wht s the procedure to admission n us .

  30. Well, I have my own thoughts, and they say that only those ‘who’ve had the opportunity to do their graduation in the US ought to continue there’. Since I’m not going to have that kind of opportunity (and let me tell you, it is one that you’ll never regret having grabbed), I shall be continuing my post-graduation in India. 
    The US Education system differs and has, in many respects (leaving aside the IITs), a better value & quality of education than that found in India. So, if one does his/her graduation in India and then goes yo the US for PG, it is very likely that that person may find it extremely hard to cope up with their educational methods.
    These are just my views.

  31. hello sir,
    my name is Sreyash Roy and i’m presently a student of automobile engineering in third year. By september, 2013 i am going to get my bachelor’s degree. I am extremely interseted to pursue my master’s degree from U.S.A. Since i found your guidlines very much helpful i want 2 know further about how much do i have to score in my degree and how shall i apply to a good university and the fee structure of my course in a generalized way.

  32. could you please tell me how much will it cost to study M.S in top ten state Universities of U.S.A. also mention the GRE and toefl scores required for admission.

  33. hi,,,,
    sir , i want to take gre exam in next 3 monyhs , tell me how to prepare for it , wat books should i refer to score good

  34. hi, sir
    am doing 3rd b-tech mechanical branch , am from middle class family,…………….
    DOING M.S IS MY DREAM……;
    i don’t know how to achieve my dream due to lack of information about, how to prepare for GRE , and also i have finantional problems so , please give me information how much for cost of ms education

  35. hi sir i am doing my btech mechanical branch i am from middle class family but want to study in US how much vl i cost and can i get a job with good income please help me sir please reply sir i am waiting for ur reply

    • Sir we are from middle class family my son doing B.tech mechanical and want to get the admission in USA for doing MS. Please give me the suggestion how to manage myself to send my ward in USA. Is it any possibility for scholarship or Job facility in USA to manage the expenses of studying.

  36. PLEASE SIR
    im praveen(btech 3rd ece)..nw im final year student with 72.i had completed 10th with 89.5%,inter with 95.2% nd btech upto 3rd 72%…DOING MS IN US IS MY DREAM..i can able to pay upto 10-15 laks by loan nd is these money enough to study there in any good school???is above mentioned my track record helps me in getting scholorship r good college?????

  37. I plan to do a Masters in Human Genetics in the US. Could somebody please give me tips on how to plan my finance and from when should I start the admission process? And can you also suggest colleges for the same?

  38. divi:

    i have planned to go us for studing ms please anybody tell me abt fees rate,nd best university list….

  39. hi ,

    i m nitin i m planning to give GRE exam in Nov,2011.please tell me the top universites in us and corresponding GRE scores required to get admissions. please provide the basic fee structure of ms and how much time it

    take to complete the course.info about average expenses and salaries offered after completing the course

  40. hi This is jaskirat singh i am planning to do ms in us.so
    please provide the basic fee structure of ms and how much time it
    take to complete the course.

  41. Iam interested to study in usa .I just want to know whether we cn to usa no matter which ever the university but it must be around 5000$ and with toefl and no gre

  42. I am planning to write my GRE in JAN 2011. I want to know for what score in GRE & Toefl I would be getting into top 30 colleges in US with financial aid. what is the process to get scholarship. i have lot of confision in my mind cause of lack of knowledge…and please know me about the total cost to persue my ms

  43. hi

    this is naga anjan venkatesh now i am planning to do ms in us .so please provide the basic fee structure of ms and how much time it take to complete the course.

    thank you

  44. I am planning to write my GRE in feb 2011. I want to know for what score in GRE & Toefl I would be getting into top 30 colleges in US with financial aid. what is the process to get scholarship. i have lot of confision in my mind cause of lack of knowledge

  45. Hi,

    I have complete BE in computer science and engineering and i have 3.3 years of experience in MNC bangalore.I want to persue my MS in US.

    Please let me cost for MS in US, how much salary i will get after doing MS in US as well as in India.

    and what king roles we are going to be placed in IT after doing MS in US.

    Thanks in Advance.

    Vijayalakshmi

  46. I am BE. Information Technology with 68 % marks and my academics are good
    I would like to do MS in CS … can you please tell me regarding the type of course MS is … whether an average student like me can pull it off ?? Whic GRE exam should i take…??

  47. Hi

    I have done my Msc Computers in India and worked in bay area as a

    web developer.

    Now am planning to do MS as a distance education, because of my new born.

    Could you please suggest the best and let me know how much it costs ?

  48. HI

    I am a final year engineering student from DCE, my agg percentage till now is around 54, i had given my GRE about a month back my gre score is 1460 and TOFEL score is 112. I have a good work experience with NGO'S and have an excellent extra curricular record. Do i have a chance of getting admission in any of the top US universities for MS in engineering management despite my low college percentage

  49. hi , i am in plan of doing my ms degree in us for the upcoming year 2011, i need to know the fee structure and the expenditure for pursuing the course

  50. hi,
    i am planning to write my gre in January. i want to know for what score in GRE i would begetting top 40 colleges in us finicial aid.

  51. can i complete my ms in 1 year or 1 year and 3 months?

    how much time it takes to get part time job after landing in usa?

  52. hi,
    I am final year computer science student..
    i want to do MS in US.
    kindly tell me what are the requirements and how can i apply
    my aggregate till 6th senesters are 75.65%..
    plz do suggest me..

    thanks
    Ankit Sharma

  53. @chandu

    Hi,

    i had done my graduation in B_ tech.i hav intrested to study ms in USA.i want to know full details and cost of living/month and education.

  54. I am BE. Computer with 62 % marks and my academics are average …not very good …but not bad either i.e. always between 70% to 85 %.
    I would like to do MS in CS … can you please tell me regarding the type of course MS is … whether an average student like me can pull it off ??

  55. Hi

    I JUST COMPLETED MY B-TECH IN IT BRANCH ND IN THAT I SECURED 68% ND AM TOTALLY CONFUSED TO DO MS or MBA WHICH IS BEST FOR ME PLZZ GIVE ME SUGGESTION ND IF MS IS BEST HOW MUCH COST I REQUIRED TO DO MS IN US.WHICH EXAM I NEED TO WRITE GRE OR TOFEL.PLEASE ANY ONE CAN SUGGEST ME FRIENDS…………………………..

  56. HI I JUST COMPLETED MY B-TECH IN CSE BRANCH ND IN THAT I SECURED 63% ND AM TOTALLY CONFUSED TO DO MS or MBA WHICH IS BEST FOR ME PLZZ GIVE ME SUGGESTION ND IF MS IS BEST HOW MUCH COST I REQUIRED TO DO MS IN US

    THANK U
    HUSSAIN

  57. hi iam in india nd doing BE i am interested to do MS can anyone suggest me the process and do i need to write GRE or TOFEL

  58. I am doing my 5th semester in electronics engg in Gujarat.

    My average score in college till date has been 7 percentile.

    I wish to get admission in first 15 universities in US for post graduation.

    Kindly advise me as to how and when should I start to prepare for GRE and what is best way to prepare? At what score one can achieve this ?

    Pranav Harshe

  59. hi hsb,

    i am in 3rd year of engineering and i wish to do my MS in mechanical engineering from usa….can u please tell me what is the average estimated total cost of doing the from a US university…i have got certificates of work experience with NGO's and also as a part time JORUNALIST in a news channel…(10th=88%, 12th=72%,btech till nw =74%)..cn these things help me get a scholarship for studying over there?…….i have a total budget of maximum 16-18 lakhs INR ………..kindly reply……..

  60. HI I PLANNING TO WRITE GRE IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER SO WHAT SHOULD BE THE TOTAL SCORE THAT I NEED TO ACHIEVE SO AS TO GET ADMISSION IN TOP 15 UNIVERSITIES OF USA..

    AND WHAT ARE THE COST OF EXPENSES FOR GETTING ADMISSION IN ELECTRONICS &ELECTRICAL ENGG FIELD FOR PERSUING MASTERS….

  61. Hi,

    I am planning to write my GRE in july.I want to know for what score in GRE I would be getting into top 30 colleges in US with financial aid.

    Thanks,
    Divya

    • @Divya

      To get into top 30 universities you have to have 1500+ and have a very good undergraduate grade.Some universities also look for recommendation letters and as well resume.Its very competitive to get into top 30 and even more competitive to get scholarships/grants/funds

      Good luck with GRE!

  62. @Hamsa

    yep..u are required to take TOEFEL(mandatory) and GRE(required by most of the universities but not all;better to chek with university u are applying)

    TOEFEL doesnt take much time if ur english skills are good whereas GRE takes considerable amount of time(min 4 months)

    Good luck with your preparation!!

  63. hi iam in h4 and interested to do MS can anyone suggest me the process and do i need to write GRE or TOFEL

  64. Hi,

    I have done my Graduation in B.Sc computers. please let me know is it necessary to have a TOFEL and GRE scores to do MS on US?

    Regards,
    Kamal

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  66. Sir,

    I have the admit from University of South California.

    I would be living in LA for that.Please give me an

    estimate of living expences per month

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