MS in USA after MBA in India – Negative Effect on F1 Visa Stamping?

Raghuram Sukumar F1 Visa 20 Comments

What are the chances of getting a Student F-1 Visa for MS in Computer Science after completing MBA in India?

Comment –

I have completed a BS engineering in computer science, then an MBA, and have worked for 2 years in India. Now I have applied for an MS in computer science program and got admission in a U.S. university. During my visa interview, will my MBA have any negative effects on getting the visa? Since I want to do MS in computer science, I naturally applied for that program. Will they ask why I want to do MS after MBA?

That’s an interesting question to answer. Two scenarios are possible when deciding to go to the US to study MS in computer science after completing an MBA in India.

  1. Case 1 – An easier way to enter the United States
  2. Case 2 – Much interested in the technical field than in business

In your interview, the visa officer might ask you, "Why do you want to go to US for a second master’s degree?" So being prepared for all possible questions is the best that you can do.

Case 1 – An Easier Way to Enter the United States

Even though the comment says taking an MS is what he/she really wanted to do, if that were to be the case, the next question in the comment was:

If so, how can I convince them that this is really what I wanted to do?

If you happen to read the post, F-1 Student Visa Interview Tips – Not Tricks, you will understand that it’s hard to get your passport F-1 visa stamped when you lie about something during the interview. That is, of course, unless you are a very good liar.

If you are planning to go to the US just for the sake of entering America, any fake answer you prepare will expose your secret plan.

So always make sure you come up with a very polished answer that would make some sense.

Case 2 – Much interested in the Technical Field than in Business

If this scenario happens, where you are really interested to study in the US and are determined to get that valuable education, you should have no problem in convincing the visa officer, right?

You are definitely going to speak about the truth during the interview, so why do you still feel anxious if you just need to say the actual reason for going to the U.S.?

You have said, “…that’s what I wanted to do”, then you will should have the explanations for that reasoning.

However, if you didn’t have a clear reason when you said, “I really wanted to do that,” then you will fall into Case 1.

Good luck with your visa interview. Do share your experience after the Interview.


  1. I did MSc. in computer science. Now i am in the process of admission to ms in computer science from a US university. Will my MSc. create a problem during my f1 visa interview?

  2. u want to leave job and go back to school in this economy.

    u are brave 🙂

    i did a similar thing few years ago, i gave him the truth, even when they tried to corner me i was blunt with my answers and after a few comments (i think i was harsh on him) he smiled and gave me my visa

    so my advice will be go with the truth, it gives u confidence. And confidence is all u need

  3. I was in the same situation 2 years ago, where I had worked for 2 years and had completed my MBA (Systems) in India as well. I had secured admission for MS – Computer Science for Fall 2007.

    I had absolutely NO problems in the F-1 Visa Interview (lasted for 40 seconds).

    I had never thought of this, as a negative impact. My advice to this individual is do NOT lie. I think its plain and simple: "I want to do MS – Computer Science solely out of my interest"

    "And I did my MBA to learn the managerial side as well (again out of interest)"

    (Americans favor higher eduation, there are so many people here in the US with double MS, like MS CS, and MS BioTech or so, some of them do BS Physics, MS CS and all different combos)

    So, dont worry and be firm!!

    All the Best!

    1. Hi,
      I am currently doing my MBA after my B.Tech. in computer engineering. But after completing my summer training in marketing, I think that this type of work is not my cup of tea. and I just want to do M.Tech./M.S. (confused!) from either IIT/US (again confused!). But my family and friends are advice me that you are not right path. They said that if I am do M.Tech./M.S. then the MBA is useless.
      Can you suggest me any right path…

  4. Hello,

    I am Sazal from Bangladesh. I am a regular reader of HSB and always greatfull for its helpfull posts. I have got full funding for PhD in UTSA(University of Texas at San Antonio) for Fall 2009. I have appeared for F1 visa interview in 29th april. They kept my passport, gave me a confirmation letter saying that my visa application is successfull and additional admistrative processing is required which may take long time. My question is, how much time generally they take for additional processing for F1 visa? If they take much time(more than 3 months), then my academic session could me missed. So what should do then? Please reply me about this situation. Thank you very much.


  5. Hi,

    I am doing BE in mechanicalstream through mumbai university,I wish to masters in US in aeronautical engineering,does this have a good job and career prospectus.please guide me.

    Thank You


  6. I have compleated mba in india, & i want to do certificate courses in US for 1 year, in HRM is there any colleges. will that creat visa problem. I hope i get reply soon
    thank you.

  7. Hi I am Ajay,

    I have got admits in 4 universities for M S in CS and I am now preparing for VISA. Now, that I have already completed Master's(M.Tech in CS) in India will it cause problem during VISA interview process?

    What answers should I provide them to convince that I am interested in doing masters in particular stream and I am interested to go for research.

    Will they ask why I want to do second master's in USA or will they straight away reject me for applying for a second master's?

    Help needed.

    Expecting the reply.


  8. Hi!

    I have heard from career counselors that one can get admission in a university abroad even without appearing for GMAT or IELTS, How true is that?

  9. hi my interview date is on 20-july. i got i-20 from florida institute of technology. i am feeling nervous becoz i took an emergency date as well as am not building confidence for the interview ., plzz help me what to do ?

  10. I am doing MSc in Human Genetics in India and is shifting soon to US along with my family. What have i to study further in US to fulfill my degree according to the job requirements there in US. Which are the most preferable sectors to get a lucrative job after my study in US?

  11. Hi To all
    i have done MBA and i have 3 years of work experience in marketing,i just wanted to upgrade myself to be more competetive so that i have applied for MS and certificate programme in usa and got the both admits,as u guyz aware ms duration is 2 years and certificate program is 6 month
    so which one is the best one for my case,
    note-i have taken only toefel and no gmat/gre

    what i am thinking is
    1-if i go for MS then that is second masters for me,so the possibility are less
    2-if i go for certificate program (diploma)i feel we can convince VO easily because of course duration(6 months)

    thanks in advance for your valuable suggestion

  12. Hi I did my MBA from india and i have 2 years of work exp in IT field, now i am planning to do MS IN USA can i any one tell me what is the exam that i have to write now, some people say that GMAT AND GRE AND TOEFL IS NOT REQUIRED,? ielts is enough it seems, so i am lill bit confused about this,

    1. for Admission in MS in computer science you hav to prepair for GRE and TOEFL test .

  13. i have done ma BE in IT and now currently persuing my MBA but i wanted to go for MS previously but cudnt go due to some reasons..I wanna go now weill this create a problem for my visa or admits

  14. Hi, I am in a similar situation however, I am still to apply in the universities for MS…I just want to know whether my MBA(from IIM) pose any problem in the selection process?

  15. Hi
    I am pursuing mba and i want to do ms after mba

    What are the entrance tests i have to complete

    What are the universities i have to apply and what is the score needed to get admission

  16. Hai, I’ve completed my MBA in finance stream…in india Now i want to do MASTERS IN ACCNTS AND BUSINESS ANALSIS in USA. What kinda exams nd univrsts shld i apply for nd in visa vl it effct anythng negtv coz of my MBA

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