Ajay has 5 questions about the possibility of him studying master’s in computer science in America after completing M.Tech in India. Very few students posting comments here at HSB have such thoughtful questions.
Questions have been answered separately
I am finding Happy Schools Blog very interesting and informative.
I am pursuing my M.Tech in CSE which will be completed in 2009.
I feel that it was not worth my while studying M.Tech here in a mediocre university and I am now very much keen on getting an M.S. degree from USA.
I definitely agree to your comment “I feel that it was not worth my while studying M.Tech here in a mediocre university.”
1. What do you think about me getting an admission at a U.S. university despite of me having a master’s degree from India?
Many students have received admissions in the U.S. and are now studying in America after completing their master’s studies in India.
During visa interviews, you might get a question about taking a second master’s degree. Be prepared to give the right and correct answer for that.
2. I see in lots of university websites information about MS in computer science. How do I find what are the other different majors that a particular school offers? Usually, I look in CS departments for different majors, but most of them have MS in CS.
MS in CS is the degree offered by most U.S. universities, but you can opt to study different courses.
For example, you can study courses in computer networking or robotics, but the degree awarded will still be MS in CS. The secret is to look for universities that offer a major or program that interests you.
3. Do you think getting a scholarship in India during M.Tech study and having one year internship experience, M.Tech average of 67% and with good GRE score will help me get some sort of financial aid?
Term “Good GRE Score” is subjective. For instance, 900 might be a good GRE score for you, whereas 1,400 is good GRE score for me. So give your exact score to know the chances of getting admission with scholarship.
Also, admission to graduate school depends on the entire admission factors, not just the GRE score and the academic percentage/grade. The 67% in your college is not the same as 67% from the different universities in the different places within India.
4. What aggregate do US universities consider? Like in my degree certificate of my B.E., it mentions about class considering only 5th to 8th sem. (which makes my % less compared to 8 sems average) or will they consider all the 8 semester aggregates? Or the degree % and class mentioned in degree certificate are final?
Refer to the minimum graduate school admission requirements, it will be usually in GPA. However, percentage to GPA conversion is not possible.
So it actually varies among departments and universities. There is no hard and fast rule on which semester marks to consider among universities. Most U.S. schools usually try to get the overall percentage score.
5. What shall I mention in my statement of purpose?
That’s not a simple question to answer in a few lines. Please refer to the post, Sample Statement of purpose, and also, find the qualities that universities look for in SOPs.
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