Vignesh had asked the following questions through email. His questions are split and answered
I’m a chemical engineering graduate with an aggregate of 70 %. I’m currently working with Infosys technologies in SAP technology related project since Jul’2008. I would like to pursue my MS degree in Information technology or Information management systems.
Information Technology is different from Computer Science. I guess you are looking at Masters in MIS [ Management Information Systems].
My GRE score is 1010 and TOEFL expecting around 90 at least. My 10th and 12th %s are 87.5% and 92.25% respectively.
With 1010 you should be able to get admission and Visa in some university in US. Chances of getting Scholarship with admission is tough. You may be able to some form of aid, after couple of semesters.
I need some suggestions regarding universities and essays. I’m bothered whether my non-computer science background and low gre score will be a disadvantage to get any aid or in fact admission.
Lack of CS background will not affect your chances, but you need to write in SOP and make a compelling argument. Numerous students have changed department from Bachelors to Masters. Also, when you change departments, you will be asked to take additional courses.
I’m not clear how to write Sop’s, as my background is different from what i’m applying for.
Your SOP should cover following details
- Why did you decide to study MS
- Why do you want to change fields
- What do you plan to achieve by completing MS
- Why did you select this particular university
I would appreciate if you look into my preferred universities mentioned below and suggest how far the universities are good and suggest if there are better universities which may suit my profile considering financial aid and future job opportunities. I’m depending on Bank loan, little bit of savings and financial aid for continuing my education.
So, you have been working for 1+ year, your savings might pay half of first semester fees. So, plan to have enough money to pay for remaining expenses.
1. Rochester institute of Technology – MS in IT
2. Louisiana state university – MIS
3. Illinois institute of technology, Chicago – MIS
4. SUNY, Buffalo – MIS
5. Syracuse University – MS in Engineering Management
6. New Jersey institute of Technology – MS in IT and Administration
7. George Washington University – MS in Information systems and technologies
8. University of Kansas, Lawrance – MS in IT.
It will be really helpful if you do some counseling for me.
For GRE Score 1010, Universities listed above will be tough to get admit. Try to find universities in Tire 3 or 4. George Washington University is very expensive.