If you are planning to apply for Universities in US, there are few things you have to understand

  • US Education system is different than system followed in India
  • There are so many Universities and Colleges and every school is unique
  • Application process to Universities is not same as college admission process in India or other countries.

Following comment very well reflects that person is just starting to look into US University admission process.

can u tell me the minimum requirements for the m.s molecular pharmacology program, with funding
the academic percentage…?
gre scores…………?

recommendation letters …?

Minimum Requirements

Evey school has its own requirements. There  are Universities that accept students with very low or no GRE Score to GRE above 1400. So, stop looking for general GRE Cutoff score and start learning how Universities accept studetns.

If you believe that all U.S. universities have an average GRE Cutoff, you are wrong. Each school may or may not disclose the Minimum GRE Score required for admission. Same applies to Academic Percentage, GMAT Score.

Universities have minimum TOEFL Score required for admission. If you don’t have the minimum TOEFL Score, you may get conditional admission.

If your Academic Percentage is less that 60% almost everyone believe that they cannot into good school. But, you have to compare yourself with top rank holder. If the top rank holder in the class has 65%, then your 60%is not Low Academic percentage. Above pattern applies to all the departments, programs and major, not just Pharmacology.



  1. HI


  2. Dear Sir,

    I have completed my 4 year of diploma study & currently I am enrolled with B.E. part time program in which i have completed 2 years of study… A few days ago I came to know that the minimum criteria for selection in masters program in USA is 16 years of study.. i.e. 10 + 6 years of study…. Do you know something about it ? If you know please give me some detailed specification for the same………

  3. Hi,
    I am a working professional and i completed my bachelors through correspondence program from JNTU hyderabad. Am i eligible for masters in US.
    please help me .


  4. I’ve completed my graduation with CGPA 2.5 and my IELTS score is 6.o.
    Am i eligibleble for admission in masters????

  5. i had got 287 in gre and 6.5 in ielts can i get good colleges and would there be any problem for vissa and my academic percntage is 74% and if possible can u suggest me some colleges

  6. i m studying b.e(mechanical engg.) i have want to know the minimum percentage required for studying ms in us ….and have came know thats khans are not allowed to study in us ……is there any such kind of regulations ?

    • Hi Rizwan, There is nothing like a minimum undergraduate percentage you need to study in USA. US Universities consider many credentials simultaneously before offering admission. But yes as per Indian education system if you aggregate has been above 60%, you will not find much issue at the time of admissions.
      Also there is nothing like students belonging to a particular cast o religion are not admitted. Have faith in the admissions process. Each applicant gets a fair chance to get admitted to a desired University.

      All the Best!

    • Prospective graduate students who wish to pursue Masters in the US are expected to have gone through a four your degree program such as BE, BTech, BS etc. As you will be getting a three year degree (and not a four year one), you will likely need to go for an M.Sc. back home in India before you are eligible to apply for a Masters program in the US.

    • A lot many things, in addition to your gpa/grade/%age in degree, are considered when a university here considers a prospective graduate student’s application. Such as your GRE and TOEFL scores, your resume’ – including experience, the SOP that you put together and the recommendations that you get.

      By ‘second class’ I assume you mean <60%. If that is the case, you will have a hard time convincing the 'graduate school' of the university that you apply to. But, if your performance in GRE and TOEFL is stellar and your resume' proves you are a catch, then may be you can make a case for admission inspite of your less than grand performance in your undergrad.

      You will also have to be really smart about the schools that you chose to apply to.

  7. i’m pursuing my B.E in electronics and communiation…im in my second year of b.tech….may i know what all i should study to do my MS in US..????

    • For admissions in USA, you will be taking up GRE and TOEFL tests while in fourth year of your undergard program. As of now maintain a good academic standing and complete your projects with due diligence. This will help in admissions process.

    • You are certainly in the right place. But, I’d suggest you explore this forum – the HSB blog, a bit more on your own before asking such as open ended question.

      If you still have questions after that, we are here to answer those.

      All the best.

  8. i am pursuing my B.E. in electronics&commn.. in banglore, karnataka… i have a doubt that can i do masters in automobile design or in gaming in foriegn countries

  9. I have a cgpa of 7.337/10 along with a GRE of 320/340 ( Quant- 170 , Verbal – 150 ) & My A.W is 5.0 .
    I have 2 Research journals and many projects under my name. I am a Sun certified Java programmer(SCJP) having 2 years of work experience in a software major.

    Please suggest the names of some universities where I can get a SCHOLARSHIP( FELLOWSHIP/TA/RA/FEE WAIVER) and a campus job along with ADMISSION.

    I really need some good FUNDING & a campus job ‘cos I am not in a position of spending more than $25000 on my Masters.

    Please help !!

    • Kanika,

      You will have to do some “legwork” on your own when it comes to finding and subsequently choosing universities and programs that suit your requirements and that you wish to apply to. But you can use various ‘US University Ranking Guides’ that are available out there.

      Visit a few universities’ and program’s websites to familiarize yourself with what sort of work is going on in the field of your interest. The more you research, the more aware you will become of your options. Your choice of school and program will slowly begin to crystallize as well.

      Before doing all that you will need to answer a couple of important questions for yourself:
      1. What do I wish to do? MS in what – CSE, CS, Information Sciences … what?
      2. What sort of work I want to do once here? What do I want to specialize in?

      You said that you are not in a position to spend >$25K on your Masters. I’d go so far to say that that amount should be more than sufficient for at least the first two long semesters of your Masters … may be even three semesters. Even if you don’t get “funding” i.e. RA/TA-ship before coming over here, once you have spent a semester semester-and-a-half here, you will know of ways to get some sort of support for the rest of your Masters.

      In other words, focus on choosing a school and a program first. From what you’ve mentioned about your profile, your worry about the cost of it all is almost secondary.

      All the best.

  10. hii….i cmpltd my btech biotech in dis year 2012..my agrgate score 65%..am interested in ms genetics in usa..plz suggest me .those course unversties tell me?

  11. i completed my B.E with 6.0 cgpa. But i have a good score on gre. will i able to get my expected universities. Will my cgpa affects the grade of university im getting

    • yes , your cgpa will effect both your admissions and your scholarships , you might get admission in some 100-200th ranked university but your scholarship chances will be extremely dull

  12. I graduated wit a third class from a nigerian university what are the requirement to proceed for a masters degree in the usa

  13. i am a bangladshi student.now i am in final year of B.sc in textile engineering from a private university.my dream to M.sc in U.s.a.can you tell me how can i get chance to admission any University of U.s.a or university list to admission.

  14. I have completed my B.Tech with a CGPA of 6.8. so can i apply for MS in US? and if yes then am i eligible for the good universities or will i have to do with the average ones?? and please suggest some universities that will be best for me.

    • City university of new york
      University of Nevada
      University of Florida
      university of kansas…..and many more universities …these universities are low cost universities and affordable…

  15. i did my MCA in IGNOU in India. I am interested to do MS in computer science in USA. Is my IGNOU degree eligible for admission in US universities?

  16. my 10th, inter nd btec % are 84,82 nd 58 respectively..now am planing to do ms in us..what is the minimum gre nd tofel score to get into good universities and i want to know the fee structures..
    am also willing to do ms in australia..what is the minimum ielts score for good universites depending my percentages mentioned above..i do also want to know the fee structure..
    i need your help by replying me by providing the details..

  17. I am in Indian student doing B.sc in BOTANY from under CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY my marks percentage in tenth boards is 80% with 90% in science group,I have studied pure science with physics,chemistry,maths and biology and have got 65% marks in aggregate with 80% in both ENGLISH and BIOLOGY.Am I eligible to apply for an M.SC degree in AMERICA with 75% marks in B.sc?I can provide recommendation letters and a bright background of extra curricular activities.What is the fee structure if I want to study M.sc in GENETICS/BIO TECHNOLOGY?MOLECULAR BIOLOGY/PLANT CYTOLOGY?

  18. m a b.tech engg my acedamic percentage is less in degree as well as in 10th … what should i do to get admission in good colleges of USA .. how much GRE score or toelf score can serve the purpose…
    does job also plays a role in admissions ???

  19. I am from Nigeria and want to do my masters in USA in agriculture. Please can some one tell me the Universities that offer agricultural courses in USA and their entry requirements Thanks

  20. do we have to have minimum 50 percent in std 12 and engg to apply for the universities in US.?

  21. I have fininished MBA student from Bangladesh. How can I can apply for Master in business adminitradion in US? What are the minimum requirements for Master in business adminitradion in US?
    Can any one please reply to my question.

  22. Pls does any one knows universities in USA that accepts a 3rd class degree, for M.Sc . Thanks in anticipation

  23. hi ! i like d way u peoples are doing…..keep it up.i want 2 make a requires 4 admitions into master in d usa university.

  24. I am a BSc student from India. Can a BSc student from India apply for MS in US? What are the minimum requirements for MS in US?

    Can any one please reply to my question.

  25. I am a BSc student from India. Can a BSc student from India apply for MS in US? What are the minimum requirements for MS in US?

    Can any one please reply to my question.

    Thanks in advance.

  26. I am a BSc student from India. Can a BSc student from apply for MS in US? What are the minimum requirements for MS in US?

    Can any one please reply to my question.

    Thanks in advance.

  27. i am a 3rd year BE aeronautical engineering student.i hav got 10 back papers at the moment but i hav got a dream to do MS in aeronautics in the united states.now what should i do now in order to get into a gud university from here! can i make it through GRE and TOEFEL and makeup for my poor academic performance???

  28. i did my dairy b.tech from ndri.i got 1400 in gre.toefl score awaited.i want to pursue ms in food biotechnology or food microbiology..plzz gimme a list of gud colleges in us having this course and in which colleges i can expect full scholorship.my graduation cgpa is 7.7

  29. hi

    i completed my bsc biotech in india.now i m in usa,is there any possiblity to continue my higher studies in california?

  30. dear sir, this is neelam from rajasthan, india….and i m looking for M.S. program in computer science, but the only problem is i m not a B.Tech student, i m a B.Sc student…..will i ug course affect my admission

  31. hi,
    i have completed my BBA with 41% and then completed my MCA with 55%.I want to do one year diploma course in programming language.I m plannning to give GRE and TOEFL by November.Am I eligible to study in the US.please kindly reply in this regard.

  32. hai….iam Nithin….trying to get admission in US universities…i have scored 930 in GRE…B.tech 79%….)….can i get admission in US universities and i which university …please kindly reply

  33. sir, i am studying 3rd year b-tech in ECE stream after complrting my b-tech i want to do ms in london plz give me the requirements and suggestions for me about any tests,universities,tests etc.

  34. i had lots of back in academic but now i have cleared….i have 56% in B E…is it possible to do MS in us??if yes what may be d score should i get in gre??

  35. dear sir, I have an undergraduate cgpa of 6.67/10 from nit silchar and a gre score of 1200(v.520, Q750,AW.3), will i be able to get into a good university for my phd(electrical engineering). i have a work exp of 6 months in a manufacturing firm and I have been teaching in nit since the last 6 months. please advise.

  36. Hi,

    I got 76% in BE, and 74% in MBA. Do i need to write tofel for applying MS in US Universities?

  37. I have completed Bsc engg cgpa 2.70 and gre score 1210 am i eligible to do Ms and scholership in usa university?

  38. hi, am Gayatri, i staying in minneapolis, MN with my husband. I am searching for jobs.even though am having 4years of exp as it is recession time am not able to find a job. so i thought of doing MS in electrical engg.i have got just 50% in my Bachelor in EEE. i wanted to know am i eligible to study MS in electrical engg in US universities or community colleges in minneapolis, MN. i will be giving GRE in october.so how much score i should score to get an admission in University or community colleges as i dont have a good percentage in btech.Please kindly reply….the minimum requirements for MS.

  39. I am planning to study MS In USA but my toefl score is very low ist only 75..Now what do i do? will i get admission in top universities with such a low score?

  40. i have complted my BSC in computer science with 60% marks.what is the total procedure to get into UK universities.???

  41. Hiiii….. I am Mehul Patel and planning to do MS in USA. So just wanted to the list of college which prefer admission without GRE or TOFEL… Plzzz hlp me out of these ane rply me as soon as possible….

  42. i’ll complete my b.tech in electronic & communication in july 2010. i want join a master degree in this field and my cgpa is 5.30 so,can i join a program based on this cpga?

  43. please i have finished a BSc degree in ICT and want to do ma MSc in Computer Systems and Information Security in the US.Am planning to write the GRE exam this year in order to aid me get a scholarship for my masters degree.please advice me

  44. I want to take the whole exam by october Please send to me the sample of the examination befor September.

  45. hi…….m name is Madan .. i hv got just 49% in 2nd puc and m doing my final year BCA now and my aggregate is around 75% and i my planning to do MBA in uk & my clarification is that since i have got less % in 2nd puc ..will that affect me to get into good university in uk regardless of my TOEFLE marks…….if any one could help me in this it would be very helpfull

  46. Hi , Iam a Bcom graduate and have finished my MBA program in april09. I wish to goahead wd MS Industrial engg wd logistics/scm . wanted to know if my educational background is suitable for the course i want to do(i mean do univs in Us accept Bcom students for the course i mentioned above ?) I'll be giving my gre in oct 09. please do help n suggest if i need anyother prerequisites for d course.

  47. hi, i'll be taking GRE exam in mid-october. Is it the appropriate time for the admission in the fall semester 2010?

  48. i have a low gre score of 860 and i looking for MIS score…do u think i can get into a decent university?

  49. hey thid is krishna i just wanna know that can i apply for US universities with only toefl score to get in good universities over there and will that affect me in anyway in getting visa please help me know this……….

  50. hai….iam bhanu….trying to get admission in US universities…i have scored 1050 in GRE…79 in TOEFL..B.tech 76%….i applied for 2 texas universities ( corpus christi, north texas )….in march….i came to know that i had low TOEFL score…..can i get CONDITIONAL I20….. if so at what time do i get .I have not informed with any informaton regarding this…please kindly reply

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