I’m completing my engg. in cs in June 2010…but I’ve still not taken the GRE n planning to take the exam in Aug 2010,thus I’ll get admission in fall 2011, so there will be a gap of one year…will this be a negative aspect of my profile to get into high ranking university.

I don’t know why people pay so much attention to gap in education. People attend universities at age over 50 and 60. 1 Year gap has got nothing to do with admission. If you satisfy the admission requirements ( GRE, GPA, Marks Percentage) , you will get admit (I-20).

During visa you may be asked what were you doing during last one year.

Give the right reasons.

If you were preparing for GRE and applying for universities, give that same reason. Don’t make up new reasons.

If you have several years gap between BE and MS and you stayed home without doing any work, then you have to give reasoning for the gap. 1 year is no big deal.

Also, there is no need to wait till Fall 2011, you can apply for Spring 2011, if you complete GRE and TOEFL by end of July/early August.


  1. ramya on November 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    hellooo i completed my BE in 2011 and i m applying for this spring to US for masters.will there be any problem at visa.if VO asks what did u do these days?can u give me the answers lease help me

  2. deeptam saha on June 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM


    i just graduated(2012) and have been admitted in ME automobile engg at JU. I just want to go to Clemson Univ for MS in automobile.So my only option is to apply for Fall 2013.Does a yeargap really affect admission.??

  3. Pankaj Moolrajani on June 22, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    I will be completing my B.tech in july 2013, and i am planning to do job for one year, and then apply for MS in USA or UK….this oneyear gap would be advantage or disadvantage….

    if i am applying for 2013 fall, then i would be having 3 research papers nd 2 magzine publications, nd if i apply for 2014 fall, i will be having 8-10 research papers nd around international magzine publications…
    which would be beeter option for me
    1) to apply for fall 2013 – after b.tech
    2) to apply for fall 2014 – 1 year gap after b.tech

  4. GAUTAM on April 14, 2011 at 10:34 AM



    I completed my plus 2 in the year 1998 and secured 2522 rank in eamcet and got admission in CBIT (chemical engg) in the year 1999.

    I was regular to college for two years (1999-2001) and i some how completed 2yrs in engg by 2002. i discontinued my engg in 3rd year and i pretended to my parents that i got job and i used to leave home in d morning and come back in d evening. for about 4 years i lied and i used to spend most of my time in temples and listening to spiritual discourses and working on vedic philosophy and even came to know the essence of life by various vedi textures. I realised in the year 2007 that sitting idle without any work is a big sin and i explained everything to my parents and thought of persuing degree from reputed college.

    i secured seat in loyola and completed my bsc(computer maint and engg) with an aggregate of 80.6%. secured 2nd in the entire department and even placed in cognizant in my third year and i worked as a process executive for 6 months and thought of making sth big.

    so i wrote gre and toefl. i secured 1070 in gre and 98 in toefl. applied to 4 universities


    csu northridge



    i am waiting for i20. if i get a conditional i20(15 years of education), what is the probability of getting f1 visa. I am very very serious about persuing ms in usa.

    if the vo puts me a question about the long gap should i say him the actual reason mentioned above or should i modify it. can you please help me out?

  5. nitish sharma on January 2, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    hi, i am nitish and i want to do ms(computer science) from us or uk .

    but i am so confused because my criteria is so weak like…

    1. Bsc IT(Distance Education)(result will de declared in march 2011) from KUVEMPU UNIVERSITY(Banglore). it is recognized by UGC.

    as well i did …"GNIIT(software engineering) diploma from Niit south ex" delhi.

    2. Completed 12th(pcm) in 2004 from UP Board.

    3. Completed 10th from in 2002 from UP Board.

    4. I don't have any work experience.

    There is a long GAP between 12th to Bsc IT(near about 4 years).

    i know , i have lost my carrer.

    but i really want to do ms(cs) from us or uk.

    I am in fraustation. could you please tell me …

    according to my criteria am i eligible or not plzzzzz tell me.

    if yes then which country is best UK or US.

    can i hget thhe addmission in any good universities

    plzzz give the name of thhat universities.

    One more thing i have heard that UK or US does'nt consider Academic(10th and 12th) from UP board as shown above.

    Ithat true….. plz plz plz tell.

  6. Abhijit Wadagole on September 17, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Hi guys,

    I am just one of those guys who has by chance got to know about Happy Schools Blog and am blown away and addicted to it… damn u r doing an awesome job…..

    BTW to people who are like me having the American Dream in their eyes the moment if u decide to go for the Spring Admissions get ready to have those dreams shattered to bits and pieces…

    Am not saying that there is no hope.. There is .. but the hope is damn bleak… Consider this .. Tried to apply for so many colleges and unfortunately a lot of them have stopped giving spring Admissions playing the lack-of-Funds or giving-admissions-only-to-Americans .. Got a GRE score of 1370 Toefl of 111 B.E. Mech with 62% from Mumbai University and still have to now aim for lower colleges ….. This is damn frustrating…. but still keeping my hopes up.. hey is there any guy/gal going for Spring 2011 out here???

  7. archana on September 13, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    i have completed my computer science and engineering with 70%. I took up my GRE and got a score of 1230, am yet to take up TOEFL. how is it to pursue a group like bio-informatics. how are the prospectus. Is it manageable to take up a different stream altogether.

  8. Nitya Mishra on September 9, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Hi.. I'm in final year B.Tech Biotechnology. I am taking gre in october. I wanted to ask by what month should I take toefl so that I can apply in universities without any time lag between the completion of my degree and admission?

  9. Pavan on August 9, 2010 at 6:57 AM


    I have 3 years of work experience. I am currently 25. I have worked for Oracle and Infosys. Currently am planning for MS in USA. Is 25 an ideal age for MS in US?

    I have given my GRE and toefl.

    GRE : 1040

    Toefl : 102

    Universities shortlisted :


    University of california, sacramento and Chico,

    Syracruise university (A bit difficult to get )

    BE : 60 %

    10+2 : 83

    10 : 90

    Please advise.

  10. jogesh on August 7, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    hi ,

    i have queries regarding CPT and lecture schedule in Masters.

    can anyone tell me what cpt is and does lectures take place in evening .

    looking forward to reply.

  11. Rajlaxmi on August 3, 2010 at 7:58 AM


    i scored 1440 and 116 in GRE and TOEFL and I want to apply for MS in engineering management. My problem is i graduated in the year 2008 n have exp of only 4 months. I dont know how to explain the gap ?

  12. Rakesh on July 31, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    @DARTHVADER: You can get admission without any work experience. Work experience is necessary for only management courses.

    So cheer up and go ahead.

  13. D S R on July 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    hi i have a 5.01 CGPA in my B.E(Comp Sci) upto 6th semester and have one national and one ieee international paper. I want to pursue my MS in computer science. If i get a good GRE score will i have any chance of getting a admission in US colleges and will my visa be approved?

    PLEASE reply

  14. Radhika on July 24, 2010 at 12:48 AM


    My iGPA is 2.63/4 – B.E. (Comp)
    should I apply in universities like Drexel and Stevens Institue of Technology?
    Also please suggest some more universities to apply for MS in computer science.

  15. DARTHVADER on July 14, 2010 at 6:29 AM


    i ve just finished my btech. (EEE) in JUNE 2010… was plannin' to go for MS in FALL 2011 after one year of some core job… but dint get job… i ve already taken the GRE now (1330) and might take it again….

    i will still try for a job but i don't know if i will get one… so would one year of gap WITHOUT a job affect my admission process in FALL 2011…

    thank you for your suggestion…

  16. sachin on July 11, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    I completed my B.E Computers in 2008 and have been working in an IT company since then. I am planning to take GRE this year around Oct last week for taking admission in Fall 2011. I have some qts in this regard:
    1. What are, generally, the last dates for applying to most of the good universitites in U.S.?
    2. What are the chances, if I miss to apply within the deadline, to reach US in 2011?
    3. What GRE score is sufficient to get into a decent college with good placements?
    4. Does work experience count while getting an admission?

    I would be vry grateful to get an answer for my queries.

    Thanks in advance

  17. VIGNESH on July 9, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    My CGPA in Btech CSE is only 6.77 whether i have a chance in any good university
    10= 74% 12=82%

  18. VIGNESH on July 9, 2010 at 11:20 AM


    Can any one tell me names of universities which have good placement record for MS in computer science. will be taking up gre very soon

  19. Karthick S on July 5, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Im BE (Electronics & Instrumentation)graduate with two and a half years experience in Telecom & Broadcast field. Ive planned to take up my Masters in Wireless & communications by Aug 2011 and will complete my GRE by the end of this year. My Academics : 10th – 76%, 12th – 68& & Engg – 68%. Also I have written my IELTS and have a score of 6.5.

    Would this be sufficient to get me a good university? Please advise me on the GRE score i should acquire to get a good university.

  20. VIGNESH on July 5, 2010 at 5:28 AM

    how do I convert cgpa from 10 grade points to 4 as is required by US universities. please help

  21. mousumi on July 4, 2010 at 7:01 AM

    hi,i hve just completed B.Sc Engg in chemical and thinking to take gre february 2011. my expected cgpa is 3.15 out of 4.now tell me.what is the required gre score to get fund with this cgpa. would you please help me by sending some list of US unversites which provide fund for ms degree?


  22. Robin on July 4, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    Sorry i want to give my details also

    10th 79%

    12th 61%

    B.Sc.(H) chem 54.1%

    M.Sc. Chem 57.2%

    will that much of mark are enough or low please help me i am not able to decide

    I am very nervous in taking decision for GRE

  23. Robin on July 4, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    Hi i have done M.Sc. chemistry in 2009 i have an experience of 8 months in research in coordination and bio inorganic chemistry atleast one publication is about to come i am planning to go for GRE in may 2010 this much of gap will affect my admission to PhD or not.

    Would it be too late for me after 3 years of gap

  24. ashish on June 30, 2010 at 11:18 PM


    i am b.tech petroleum engg. student from gandhinagar.All good univ require min 3 g.pa(out of 4) for admission.I'm in 3rd year and i'm maintaining and have gpa of 7.2 on 10.Is it good for admission?

    • HSB on July 1, 2010 at 7:46 AM

      7.2 out of 10 is sufficient enough.

  25. saikumar on June 30, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    hi,i completed my Be computer science in 2010 .i kept my gre exam date in first week of august and pls anyone can send the colleges listwhich provide scholarships for spring 2011.

  26. nitish on June 30, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    hi….. i wll complete my enginnering in july 2011.. so wat is the ideal time for me to take the GRE and other tests for taking admission for MS in USA…. also if i give the test in december 2010 or early january 2011….. will i get admission in US……i want to get admission in spring 2011….. is dat possible////????

  27. Radhika on June 30, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    GRE : 1020 (Q-620 V-390 AWM:3.5)
    TOEFL : expected score 98
    Academics : 1st year % : 48.32
    2nd year % : 44
    3rd year % : 49.86
    B.E. : 51
    I have done B.E. (Comp) from Pune University.
    Lost two years during my engg. Do I need to mention about the year loss in my SOP?
    Also I want to apply in uni like Drexel and NJIT for Masters in Computer Networks. Please state your opinion about the same.

    Please help me select universities suitable to my profile.

    Thanks and Regards,

    • HSB on June 30, 2010 at 9:09 PM

      I don't think you need to say that in your SOP. If you decide to say, give the right reasons.

      • Radhika on July 1, 2010 at 3:56 AM


        I forgot to mention about my work experience in last post. I have 3 years of work ex in BPO industry. Does this type of work ex count while applying for admissions in US for MS?

        Thanks for your help.

        • shilpa on July 3, 2010 at 10:58 PM

          Radhika, avoid mentioning ur bpo experience.

          Instead say that u were doing comp. courses. its written somewhere in this blog.

  28. Nitish on June 30, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    hi….. i wll complete my enginnering in july 2011.. so wat is the ideal time for me to take the GRE and other tests for taking admission for MS in USA…. also if i give the test in december 2010 or early january 2011….. wen will i get admission in US……

    • HSB on June 30, 2010 at 7:10 PM

      Yes you can get admission if you take GRE in Jan 2011. But make sure you book the dates ASAP.

      • gurpreet on July 31, 2010 at 8:19 AM

        hi..i want to get admission in fall 2011(august-sept 2011)..is it possible if I giv the exam by november 2010 and apply to the universities…plz guide…

  29. sonnya on June 29, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Absolutely true! a years sabbatical bears no relevance on your decision to apply for Maters! I took a year off after completing my engineering! By god's grace I have been admitted to all the 4 schools i applied to! But if you are a person who has been used to tight schedules and deadlines then be prepared for changes in your daily workings! moreover gre and Toefl is all about self motivation! its not about pass and fail as our university exams have! the more focused you are the more better it is for you! Be careful of montony and boredom they are goal killers! dont just dig deep into studies! develop your skills learn new traits! time will fly off!

  30. jimmy on June 29, 2010 at 6:19 AM

    hey i hv completed my B.E Civil in june 2010, i am planning to go for spring intake for master in architecture,bt it seems there are not many university opening for the spring intake so wat should i do,n they asking for porfolio for this course n i hv no clue abt portfolio sice i hv done my B.E Civil.. so please guide for this, n planning to take GRE first week of aug-2010. so is it possible to go for spring or is it too late which would be more preferable.

    • HSB on June 30, 2010 at 7:11 PM

      If you take GRE in first week of Aug, you will have few choice of universities to apply. You will be very tight wrt deadlines. But, it's worth to give a try. Civil and Architecture courses require portfolio in most cases.

  31. Prabhat Kumar Bajpai on June 28, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    I have completed my B.E. (Electronics & Telecom) with 7.62 CGPA. Recently I appeared in GRE and TOEFL and scored 1440 and 116 marks respectively. I am given to understand that I may get good university for doing MS in USA. Please advice which university and course will be best for me.

  32. mousumi on June 28, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Hi, i have completed B.Sc in Chemical Engg. in june 2010 and thinking to get a admission in US university.but i have not completed GRE.if i want to get a admission for fall 2011,then will it too late?

    • HSB on June 30, 2010 at 7:12 PM

      IF BSc is 4 year course, you can apply for Fall 2011 by completing GRE by end of this year.

  33. Rakesh on June 28, 2010 at 6:47 AM

    @hemanth: It would be very difficult for you to get admissions with scholarship because generally the application window for applications requiring assistance closes well in advance.

    But yes you can get admission in that session if you want to apply without applying for scholarship.

  34. Rakesh on June 28, 2010 at 6:44 AM

    @Azkaban: You need to understand that different universities have different criteria for selection. Most importantly each application is evaluated based on the package as a whole: your CGPA, GRE scores, Special achievements in concerned field.

    As for the GPA and CGPA. Both of them are different CGPA is calculated based on GPAs.

  35. SJ on June 28, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    In fact, I pursued Master's a year after graduating from Bachelor's. I didn't face any problem and I believe so many others as well.

    as HSB mentioned, you can try for Spring/Summer 2011. No need to wait till Fall.

    Good Luck


  36. azkaban on June 28, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    I am also planning to apply with a gap year. But the problem is that I have low GPA,wich is 70 out of 100. If I am to apply to US universities the universities in which ranking will be suitable for this GPA?and I also want to ask about the CGPA? What is the difference between GPA and CGPA?

    thank you

    • HSB on June 30, 2010 at 7:13 PM

      How do you know 70/100 is low?

  37. Hemanth on June 27, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    I've completed my Engg in Information science & Engg in 2007. I've 2.6 years of Working experience. I've decided to do ms in us. I'm planning to take the gre and toefl in October 2010. Then when can i get the admission in us.

  38. Manas on June 27, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    nice post….

    I also have some query, whether it would be any advantage if i have job experience during that or it doe'snt count in that much..

    Also, read Springs v/s Fall thread in these community, but still what we heard around is that better go in FALL , den in SPRING. As it will bring some problems while doing training & internships …..??

    I'm planning to give GRE by Sept.20

    Please give your valuable suggestions..

    • HSB on June 30, 2010 at 7:14 PM

      Manas – Spring vs Fall posts says there are no difference between those 2. Job exp of less than 2 to 3 years have less impact on admission.

      • Manas on June 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM

        Sorry, didi'nt got that job experience funada u stated!

        U mean to say, not difference for Freshers & issue for Job exp. peoples!!

  39. Tapas on June 27, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Hey, I have applied to UTD, UTA, RIT, SUNY-Binghamton, NJIT for MSCS for Spring 2011. Yesterday i got a mail from NJIT , that they like my profile and asked me ..if i can join for this Fall 2010 only. They even send me I20. Session starting from September.

    Suggest me what to do………its was kind of unexpected Bouncer to me …my packets reached just 15 days ago and i have a I20 right now ???

    GRE-1100 TOEFL-101, B-Tech CS (77 % HONORS)

    10th 90%

    12th 91%

    2 years of Exp as a java developer till Spring 2011.

    • Ajay on June 28, 2010 at 7:41 AM

      with such a great profile it will be a waste goin for NJIT…wait for some more..UTA or UTD should be better..but no NJIT

    • HSB on June 30, 2010 at 7:16 PM

      Go for it. If you get admit in other universities for Spring then get transfer. Don't waste 1 semester.

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