I was chatting with a student who was trying to find the minimum GRE score required for admission to the M.S. in material science program at University of Virginia.
I searched around to see if the department had listed the minimum GRE score graduate admission to material science master’s program. The department did not make any specifications.
Here’s a way I use to determine the admission requirements of a school or department.
This method is very simple and effective in finding information about schools, department, funding, professors, and so on.
Search within the Department website about "Graduate School Admission Requirements". If NO minimum GRE scores required is specified, then proceed to the next step.
Example – Master’s in Material Science and Engineering – Graduate Admission
Check if the department has a link to Students’ Profiles.
Example – Students studying M.S. Material Science
Usually, the students’ profile links will be posted under the People Section.
Send email to them requesting for help. Use the following email template:
I’m Raghu and I’m planning to apply for M.S. in material science program at your school. I found your email ID under the students page at the University of Virginia’s department website. I would really appreciate if you help me by providing some information about the material science program at your school. My profile is GRE Score – 1,100, TOEFL 94, academic percentage – 60%, and 2 paper presentations. I’m in my final year at Mumbai University.
I would like to know:
- What is the minimum GRE score required for admission?
- Do students get admission with funding, if not, how does funding scenario look like?
- What is the cost of living for students from India (or your country)?
- How about part time job availability?
So, the above email will help you get started. Some students will reply and ask for more questions about internship, job search, etc. in later emails.
If you send them a lengthy email in your first email, it might turn them off because a long email typically demands a similar lengthy response. So make it short and easier on the person responding to you.
Change the email according to your academic details. I have to say this. Some students might just copy and paste the above email (unless their name and profile are the same, which I doubt will be similar).
This method always works because they should have gone through the same stage when applying for college admission.
Use the same email template when communicating to as many students from different universities as possible.
Related: Email template to contact professors