It’s been a while since we have answered some of questions related to graduate degree programs and college admission.
Here’s an interesting question about the duration of study for a master’s degree program in the U.S.
Normally, international students tend to assume that both the US and UK education systems are similar and they can complete all the courses in 1 year for MS and MBA. That’s simply not true.
Alok Asks: After gaining some work experience in India, (2-3) years in some reputable MNCs (Wipro, TCS, Infy, etc.), are there courses in MS (Computer Science) which can be completed in a year like in the UK? How much work experience matters in obtaining a job or summer internships after earning a master’s degree?
Master’s Degree in 1 Year in US?
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Yes, it’s possible to complete a master’s program within the span of only 1 year. Typically, U.S. universities require students to complete 30 to 36 credit hours to get a master’s degree.
1 course is equivalent to 3 credit hours (usually). It varies between universities.
Some schools have Thesis option instead of course work. To complete a master’s degree in 1 year, you will have to take more courses than a typical student will register in a semester.
But, you cannot complete MBA in 1 year in the U.S. An MBA program in the U.S. is designed for 2 to 2.5 years.
Regular full time students need to take:
- 9 Credits in Fall 2009
- 9 Credits in Spring 2010
- 6 Credits in Summer 2010 (Optional) and
- 9 Credits in Fall 2010 and graduate.
But to complete an entire MS program in just 1 year, you will have to take
- 12 Credits in Fall 2009
- 12 Credits in Spring 2010 and
- 9 Credits in Summer 2010.
The U.S. education system is different from that of U.K. It’s not possible to do an apple to apple comparison. Completing an MS within 1 year is possible, but it will be very hectic.
Trying to get and maintain a 4.0 GPA will be a very tough feat.
Work Experience and Internship
Having some prior work experience will definitely help, but it’s not mandatory. If you are thinking to postpone your master’s program just for the sake of getting work experience, it’s a wrong decision.
However, if you are already working and is planning to study in the U.S. after 1 or 2 years, then there is nothing else that you can do now. Use that experience to get a job after earning a master’s degree.
Students can always work as an intern for 1 or 2 semesters to get the work experience.
Majority of graduate students get hired as full time employees after completing an internship. But it takes lot of effort to find internship.
You must start building your professional network as soon as you start your coursework. Here’s a guide on how to build your network using LinkedIn.