Darshan wants to know, higher education in USA or Job in India?

study in USA or job in India

I’m applying for USA Fall 2012, but I was placed this year and if I do join the company, I will have to sign a bond for 15months. So, I was wondering if you could suggest me what to do. Please do help me. Eagerly waiting for your reply. – Darshan

Higher Studies in USA vs Job in India

You are not the first person to ask this question about working in India vs Higher studies in America. Lets look at options available for you and then I will share my thoughts.


  1. Accept this job and quit next August (still short of 15 months contract)
  2. Return on investments for MS in US is much more than what 15 months job experience.
  3. Value of Higher Education from USA is not comparable to working for IT consulting company (and for some  client).
  4. If you don’t want to break the contract then apply for Spring semester.
  5. Find another job without  bond.
  6. Ignore the job offer, come to study in USA.

I don’t know about your family’s financial need. Also, you haven’t mentioned about your ability to pay for Higher Education in USA.

I know several families struggle to even pay for college expenses for BE in India. For such students, Rs15,000 monthly pay check is huge. Considering that, you may or may not be financially ready to afford higher studies in America.

You have  had plans to apply for Fall semester, then I assume you are financially capable of paying the expenses for education in USA.

At end of the day, you have to do what is best for you and once you make a decision, don’t feel bad about it.

Higher Education will pay dividends in long run. But, you have to ask some tough questions.

Will you have interest for higher studies in USA after working for 15 months?

What are the pros and cons of study now vs studying after 15 months.

Suggestion: Study in USA or Job in India?

If I were you, I would keep my  aim towards completing Graduate School in USA. From my experience, knowledge gain in one semester from Grad school in USA is  equivalent 15 months of work experience. Even then your problems solving and analytical skills gained  from Grad School will be way higher.

I did a podcast show on the topic of 7 proven benefits of studying abroad. Plus, read the following two articles.

Experiences like  above shows the value of higher education from USA. Try your best to study in USA. If it doesn’t work out, then take the job in India.


  1. NIKITA NEGI on August 23, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    hi, i am nikita negi and have completed my master’s in biotechnology from india, and was planning to do my second masters degree for US and then was planning to do my phd , but after getting rejected from other 5 universities,i applied in International technological university in california. i have received my I20 and i have only 12 days left to report there . I want to know is it worth spending on this university for mba in biotechnology??are there chances of getting job, after performing well in mba???i will be glad if i had ur reply as soon as possible. i scored very low in gre 278/340 but till some extent ok in toefl 80/120.

  2. srikanth on August 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Hi i am srikanth. I have completed my engg in CSE with gpa 9.26 from NMIT,Bangalore and joined dell on july 2nd .
    I am very much interested in learning new things and gaining more and more knowledge. I was interested to pursue my higher studies from my 2nd year itself,hence took up a GRE training from princeton for old format GRE, sadly due to carelessness of few officials i got my passport late,could not write GRE in old format. but i rescheduled my GRE to new format and prepared from official ETS and barrons GRE and got 307/340 (160 in quant and 147 in verbal).
    My father is a railway employee and cannot afford the fees for MS , i get a monthly salary of 21k in which i can save upto 10k per month(gave info cos i wanted to tell my financial status).
    I am bright student from chilhood and very good in grasping new concepts and good in aptitude and problem solving and paid the entire princeton coaching fees from scholarship i got from CBSE, i dont want to stop my education to BE, i want to do higher studies where i can get very good exposure,facilities,knowledge-gain and return of investment.

    recently few of my friends have gone to do MS in US for fall2012 and they say i need minimum of 40 lakhs for 2 years of MS.If that is true then my dream of doing MS is shattered…..
    OR is there anyway where i can do MS with an inital amount of 5 lakhs in hand(can use some illegal way to show 20 lakhs in my account and then taken back). I can do all sort of small jobs for sustaining day to day life in US(fuel-filling,libaray work,… anything).
    In this scenario i am ready to give 4hours per week for preparation for GRE and willing to take up GRE in july 2013 for fall 2014.

    HSB please guide me and give me some suggestions that i can implement so that i fukfill my DREAM……….

  3. pushpalatha on August 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Hi.. I got the admission in university of Greenwich, London, UK. I am confused either to do my Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences in UK or not. I like to know the info about the UK and the life of the Indians after completion of the course. Please help me out…

  4. ajit anant menge on August 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    HI , i got admit from cleveland state university and old dominion university. I have completed my BE(Mechanical) . But the universities are not ranked uni. Still thinking whether to do ms or marchant navy….plzzzz reply……….

  5. Indu on August 9, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Hi HSB,

    Iam currently working in an IT company in India with one year experience in SAP ABAP. My interest is to do MS in US . At the same time, I dont want to quit my job. Is it possible for me to continue my job as well as study there ? My bond with this company will get over next August only. With two years of experience in ABAP will I get a job there as well as can I continue with my studies? Kindly reply me.

    • Sivakumar on September 11, 2012 at 6:13 AM

      Hi Indu,
      Better late than never! Yes you can continue your work and study with one of the 3 options available with Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (IIT C). Three otions would be On-Campus, Online and Hybrid. In the Hybrid option, students have may also begin their studies in India and complete their studies in the USA, Students who spend atleast two consecutive full-time semesters as F-1 students in the USA, may be eligible for optional practical training authorization in the USA after graduation.

  6. SAILEE DAS on August 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Currently i am working in a reputed IT company,& i am intended to take GRE in August 2013.Since i am a 2012 B.tech passout in Computer Sc. with DGPA 8.02,and having no internships, will it really be a great issue to get admission in MS in US without internships leaving aside the LORS,SOP,and exam score.What is the scope of getting jobs in US after completion of Phd keeping in mind its economic scenario?Is there any sort of campussing as in India?It would be kind of you if you do reply.

  7. Swapnil on July 26, 2012 at 6:17 AM


  8. rajive bhatia on June 14, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    dear sir,
    i m a dentist & want to do maters in healthcare administration. the consultant in india has sugestted me TIFFIN UNIVERSITY ,Ohio.
    what,s ur advise

  9. vivek on May 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    HIIIIIIIIIII my name is VIVEK i am a graduate in CIVIL ENGINEERING from INDIA i want do my further studies in USA.Can any one please give me the information that is there is scope for civil engineering in USA..Can i get the better jobs over there.
    which specilization in civil have a good scope in USA..

  10. JOSSIE on April 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM


  11. mahesh on April 23, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    In interview What i have to say if they ask why you have chosen this university? your help is greatly appreciated.

  12. Asah on April 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I wrote GRE in 2010 with a score of 740 quantitative and 580 verbal. I got a few schools but never got a scholarship so i decided to work in my country Ghana. Would you advise me to take online studies in the MBA i chose? I don’t want to waste anymore time. Can i earn myself a job in USA if i get the opportunity to work there after my studies? Thank you.

    • Nnison on September 11, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Am also in the same shoes with you.
      My visa was rejected this summer and lucky enough i have gotten a job in Ghana health service with a very good pay.
      Should i do my masters in ghana here or i should quit my job and do my masters in USA since there is a saying that USA is a land of opportunities.
      pls folks help me because am highly confuse. am from ghana.

  13. bhargav on April 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Hi HSB,
    This is bhargav. I have got admits for MICHIGAN TECH, UMASS Lowell, Old Dominion univs in EE for MS for Fall2012 (AVG profile GRE1060, TOEFL82, 71% no backlogs, 2national level conferences and some national level PPTs, meets, etc.
    I got job in SASKEN Communications as R&D engineer with 3.2 LPA & 3 years bond(full pay during training period which lasts for 8-10 months) posting propably in july or worst case october. Looks like good company to start as a fresher(+ve OL reviews)
    I really struggling to take a decision as i am not sure about the job oppertunities in US after completion of my MS!
    My main motto is to earn as much as possible and come back ti INDIA after 5years or so.
    I also want to know whether job experiance wil help in finding jobs after MS?
    I dont hav problems with location but investment for MS now is a bit matter to my family as we are typical middle class indians.
    Please do reply me as i am in very crutial stage of my life and i wil be very thankful to u, if u help me to take a decision.

  14. akhil on April 5, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    i want to know that if i apply for ms after 1 year work experience , do i have to write about my final year project in the SOP. i am a final year student selected for TCS .i am thinking to apply for MS fall 2013

    • ram on June 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      hi akhil, i have similar query, please let me know details i have been selected for CTS .. and planning to work for 1 yr and leave in FALL 2013 ..

  15. Naziya on April 4, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    hay friends i am intermediate student just completed my exams and i have a dream to graduate from US university and even do my MS there only its right decision i am taking or i should do my engineering hear only or go to US please clear my confusion please.i even started IELTS training and planing to give exam ,i should face problem or i can coolly apply,my many friends are there in KANSAS,in KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY,

    • Parminder on April 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM


      Decision Lies in your hand, Make yourself comfortable with information, Obtain it from education websites and compare everything, Right now you are confused and when you go for study always choose university which offer good course and Job placement but not where your friends study however take advice from everyone and screen carefully, Good luck and God Bless

  16. venkat on April 2, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    dear, I’m B.Pharmacy graduate from osmania university with 70 percentile.. I’m in a confusion regarding my masters weather to study in US or in Germany… may I please know the comparison between US and Germany..

    • sam on April 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      do research there are articles in this blog, dig around you will find loads of useful stuff. if you cannot do basic stuff then forget both usa and germany

    • Parminder on April 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      As per my experience, You have to wait for long to get admission in Germany and USA. Also to become registered in Medical streams is lengthy and costly in USA, I will recommend Germany if talk about your preference but My recommendation goes to Canada.

  17. Syed Noorul Zakria on April 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Hi HSB,
    I am a native of India.I am planning to take Wichita state university in VI(MS fall 2012).The tuition fees for 2 yrs in this univ is 31000$ excluding living expenses.My father is an optician and he is an employee in Saudi Arabia.When VO asks about my father can I speak the truth that he is in Saudi or it will have any negative effect? How much liquid cash should be shown in my account ?I am not planning for any loan.I was wondering if 20-25 lakhs of liquid cash would be enough or not.

    • HSB on April 2, 2012 at 7:47 AM

      Bank Balance Requirements are discussed her in this book – http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/guide-book/

      Don’t lie in VI.

    • Parminder on April 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      Never Lie, They know almost all things, Private agencies are there and mind you He is your father and it is basic background check. To know about funds you must first tell course duration however funds looks enough at the first instance and information provided by you.

  18. Skand Purohit on April 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Hi HSB,
    Sorry for using this post as medium to ask my query but I am really confused about which university to join.
    I applied to 6 university and I have got admit in 5 university. I am in dilemma and zenith of worries.

    1. CMU MSIT E-Business Technology *1 yr program
    2.University Of Pittsburgh MSIS
    3.Northeastern University MSIS
    4.Rochester Institute Of Technology MSIT
    5.University Illinois Chicago MS MIS

    I am currently in 4th year doing my undergrad in Electronics And Communication.
    I have fair knowledge of Java and Oracle.

    Kindly assist me with your vast experience as to which university to join.

    • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM
      • Skand Purohit on April 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Well thank you for an early response.
        It would be really grateful if you could give your views regarding which one to select ….. Kindly help .

    • Parminder on April 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Please check the course content of the universities if all are same probably check ranking or hire education advisor

  19. Chinmoy on April 1, 2012 at 6:54 AM


    I havn’t gone into your background before posting this email but if you have been placed in an IT company(very specific to consulting) then think many times before joining.Most jobs here are of administrative(servers,database) and support nature with minimum enhancement and patchwork(not like the dot com bubble era) and freshers are definitely not given any choice or scope of applying for any task they are specialized/certified/have excellent skills in.Though the training period would be good but the production scenario would be horrible,you would get drowned in boredom doing the repetitive tasks and nothing productive.By the time you leave the organisation you would have lost(confidence,creativity-as production environment is never meant for creativity) much more than what you would be gaining(salary,paper experience,limited training).Worst of all if you go on continuing you would lose the fire in your heart that you currently have to learn,progress,innovate and achieve.

    Unless you enter a company which is based on network,research & development you won’t benefit much.

    I cannot comment anything on the electrical,electronics and telecommunication/mechanical/civil etc domain of work as my background is in computers.

    These are entirely my views and I don’t want to discourage or dishearten you.Whatever i have mentioned here is entirely from my experience.All I got to tell you this,do some background review from people who are currently working in that organisation to get an idea of the kind of work been done and whether the scope of the work is well aligned to you career aspirations and goals.Also keep searching on the internet as it is the best reservoir of information.

    Incase you decide to work,remember you are always going to have the best alternative in your hand(doing masters in US).Incase you havn’t explored much on your career goals and ambitions,remember this will be an extended time to decide for the best and by the time you decide for quits you can raise your head and march for the best.Weigh your options wisely.

    Wishing you luck and hope that you make the optimum decision.

    • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      Right on target. You pretty much completed my post.

      Jobs assigned to IT consulting companies are usually non critical, repetitive and bug fixes.

      You might be good at C and Java. But, you could be forced to work in Mainframe or SAP and you don’t have a choice.

      Chinmoy – Are you planning for MS?

      • Chinmoy on April 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM


        Yes,I am an applicant of MS for Fall 2012.Never had the thought of pursuing masters in US during college but working for 18 months has really opened my eyes.

        Btw-Would take this oppurtunity to thank you for the wonderful articles you have provided for MS aspirants like me.Truly inspiring.

        • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

          Thanks 🙂 Good luck with your visa. Do share your visa interview and travel experiences.

    • Swapnil on April 2, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      @HSB @Chinmoy, IT/comp industry work culture demystied. Thanks for that.
      Grabbing the opportunity to ask, the significance of certification courses like Oca/ Ocp/ Etc, to add a those little stars on your resume.. Does it work? Or is it just a marketing gimmick of selling these courses and certifications? The Hiring team back in US, do they consider it?

      • HSB on April 2, 2012 at 7:49 AM

        Certifications do carry some value, provided they are from recognized. organizations. Like CCNA.

        • Jeyalakshmi Shanmugam on April 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM

          Dear Sir,

          I Completed BCA in Superior college which is affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University(2010 pass-out).
          I would like to do MBA in US.

          I DON’T know what to do.

          Kindly i request you to advice me.

          I have work experience in Hewlett Packard for 17 months.


          • Parminder on April 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

            Have you taken GMAT or GRE ?

          • Jeyalakshmi Shanmugam on April 18, 2012 at 2:14 AM

            No i didn’t do it.

  20. Swapnil on April 1, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    Firstly, Thank you for the post and for your inputs.
    @HSB, I’ve been contemplating on the same issue. More than me, its my parents who are adamant (un-informed about the American study-work-culture, thereby undermining my ability to seek a better paying job)
    Just to brief you up quickly,
    1.Completed BE.IT, Placed in MphasiS, but not yet joined.
    2. I’ve not yet given GRE. Will be giving it soon.

    Certainly, if I hadnt been campus placed, I would’ve chosen to go for the MS, but then i thought getting a first hand experience from the IT industry would be of some help. It would increase my future job prospects in US after the completion of MS. I was under the impression, that an experienced IT guy (say 1-3years) is given more preference than a fresher after the MS, or midst hiring. Better to get worked-up here, rather getting over-dosed in US, was the basic impression, to get prepped.
    But then, If Taking Loan(15Lacs) -> Going for MS -> Completing it -> Job? Not sure? But if, Then 50-60k $ -> Working for 1-2-Xyrs -> Repay loan + Profit, is everyones strategy, how far it stays full proof? Considering the candidate is street smart and gets things done ethically.

    Quite mixed-feelings, complexed too, But hope you wil decipher it. Thanks

    • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Let me give the current IT job market scenario. 2 Years back, students were reluctant to come to USA due to recession. But, those who took risk and came here are seeing the benefit now.

      Job market have picked up and companies (IT) are hiring. Our company just converted 4 inters into full time employee and they are hiring 10 more interns and several full time positions (including entry level to 10+ experience). Several IT companies around here are also hiring.

      My friend MS in Mechanical will graduate in 1 month already has 1 job offer ($50,000+) for Fresher Job.

      Will have interest to study MS after working for 2 years. So many would decide to settle down and keep working.

      I will have to answer your other question a new blog post (in a day or 2).

      Taking Loan(15Lacs) -> Going for MS -> Completing it -> Job? Not sure? But if, Then 50-60k $ -> Working for 1-2-Xyrs -> Repay loan + Profit

      • Swapnil on April 2, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        Thanks HSB, for the prompt response. Appreciate it. Well its also of concern, how an individual sells oneself in the interviews? For instance, a friend of mine, from UTD, a fresher, doing MS MIS, earned a job at Deloitte, around 60k$ package and a few grands of joining bonus. How does an american tech company evaluate a candidate? Just the MS acads (ongoing) or certain other USP’s othe candidate?

        • HSB on April 2, 2012 at 7:50 AM

          How does an american tech company evaluate a candidate?
          — Based on your Skills.

          But, it takes effort to get interview call. Companies don’t come to camps for mass hiring.

          • sam on April 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

            companies do hire from campus but mainly from top 10 schools that too business schools if i ma right.

          • Swapnil on April 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

            UTD isnt a dream uni for MIS. But then, Deloitte picked him from the campus. He just as average as another guy. May be because of his undergrad acads and MS partial acads as well.. The last time i spoke, he told me he is struggling to move up to a B from D grade in of the courses. But the fact remains, he is hired.

            Universities do have the job meets and all? And most of the MNCs have hit majority of the campuses in US? Incorrect?

            Also, Practically seeing at it, and frankly speaking what skills a fresher will posses, when he crams the entire year for theory subjects and refrains from coding.. Then MS aint recommended for such guys? 😀

      • Sumi on October 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        I will be completing my B tech Mechanical in 2012 from IP uni(72%, never re).But i think that the books we read and the exams we gave were of very low standard as rote learning gave good grades to most of the students.Now i m confused to go or not to go US for MS , will i be able to cope up with good quality study and get a good job and pay the loan.i plan to settle there parmanently.
        gre 310
        x 89 xII 82.
        One thing please tell how much we can pay doing part time jobs.

  21. Vishnu on April 1, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    “From my experience, knowledge gain in one semester from Grad school in USA is equivalent 15 months of work experience” . How can you say this ?
    consider myself, i got placed in an MNC when i am planning for MS, i joined in company, in the 7 months of experience i got exposure to IT industry and the way things will work in software. And i am getting lot of industrial training’s . How can you compare this with GRAD school education? i personally believe that i may not get this exposure if i would have chosen to study .

    • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      Vishnu – You are right, but you are going to get the same work experience after complete MS. Here is the difference.

      Lets say the same person and you are given same project. You have 2 years work experience and other person has MS, he will be better problem solver then you. Because MS trains students to solve much tougher problems than what you would have learned from actual experience.

      FYI – Most companies when new job is listed, 0 -2 years is still considered as fresher. If the MS student competed 2 semesters of Internship, then thats even more valuable.

      • vishnu on April 4, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Thank you for your reply. I don’t know about the studies / educational system in USA .

  22. saurabh on April 1, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    I guess my story may help you. I have been working for almost 2 years now in power sector (i am a mechanical engineer). I am applying for spring 2013. Already appeared for GRE-TOEFL.

    I guess I never planned to do job before my masters and HSB is right in saying that “…knowledge gain in one semester from Grad school in USA is equivalent 15 months of work experience…” but again these 2 years of job was not a waste of time. I learned a lot doing a job at the project site and I hope after completing my masters when I will join a higher post my experience at the grass root levels would help me..

    So it is all up to you to decide whether the kind of job you are offered will help you in the future or not. And one more suggestion: Try to appear for GRE-TOEFL before joining the company if you are opting for job. The score is valid for a long time and it would be difficult to prepare while working in a company. Trust me. I have been through this..

    Best of luck.

  23. Shaunak on April 1, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    I have one question for HSB and figuratively to everyone. Does the job experience in any IT company in any way helps to get a better university or does it help in improving your profile in any manner? It will only be useful if you are applying for CS I guess. I’m currently working in an IT company but my job profile and and my MS specialization are completely different.
    Not only that, even if I was longing to do MS in CS, from what I’ve experienced so far, apart from how to butter up your boss and such things, I don’t think Indian IT companies are any good for any type of professional growth. As one fellow said correctly said above, if you are looking for serious professional growth, you will surely be very soon disappointed.

    • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Job experience of 1 or 2 years doesn’t have much impact with getting into better universities for MS in CS.

      For MBA you MUST have job experience of 2 years.

    • Swapnil on April 2, 2012 at 1:22 AM

      @Shaunak Thanks for inside industry info. May be it will refrain me from waiting further for my joining date from Mphasis and hopefully motivate me to go for MS, right away, without any job Exp.

      From what i know, only 3 years + carries a plus point in the applications process. 1-2 yrs doesnt score weight.

  24. bhargav on April 1, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Hi HSB, the article provided is some what useful in my present situation.
    I got job in SASKEN communication as R&D engineer with 25K per month.
    I have applied for MS in FALL2012 in NDSU,MTU,ODU,WSU,UMassLowell and got admits for Wright state and UMass Lowell in EE with fee around 8LacsPA.
    My profile is GRE 1060, TOEFL 82, ACAD 71%(no failures), 2 national level conferences and 3 national level PPTs and some extracurricular certificates.
    Initially I thought of going for MS even though i came from typical middle class family.
    Now i am in big dilemma, whether to choose job path or higher studies!
    My basic concern in only earnings and savings, i don’t have problems with location issues or homesick issues.

    Please tell me, Which is better way to earn high 3 years job in core company and later MS or MBA
    or join for MS right away and get job in MS????

    • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Why do you this dilemma.. get F1 visa, pack your bags, I will see you in USA this August. Keep me posted what you decide to do. Refer to my comments reply above.

  25. Sri on April 1, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Hey HSB..I would be greatfull if you answer my question..
    Is it beneficial if I directly come to US after completion of B.Tech or after doing some computer courses(like 6 month diploma ) … Since I am from ECE and wanna do M.S. in computer science… I thought of doing some courses in Computers as they would help me in avoiding some compulsory prerequisites in USA.. As they are too costly… and also they would be helpful in graduate studies…
    I checked with university requirements for ms in cs … For most of the top universities … They had a list of some compulsory subjects we have to complete in UG.. I fulfilled all the compulsory Math subjects and also some cs subjects(C and datastructures,computer organisation ,operating systems,computer networks ). I also did a java and advance java course in Niit.
    I cannot take more cs subjects because in my college there is only a fixed program…
    I am currently pursuing btech 3-2(3rd year 2nd sem) and preparing for gre..
    Regarding my financial background I can fund for my graduate studies only upto 15 lakhs… So I need financial aid compulsorily… I heard that univ give T.A’s for guys with high Toefel score in speaking section.. But I guess I still need baccleaurate in the same field…
    In some universities like ut Austin and unc chapel hill… They mentioned “subject test is recommended especially for guys whose major is not in computers” and also “if subject test in cse is not possible then a subject test in Maths would suffice” … Would I improve my chances of admission if I take subject test in Maths as you said that gre is not the only criteria for admission…or would it help if I do some certifications like ocjp,owcd…
    Is there any scope for me to get admit in top universities…
    Kindly guide me..

    • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      You are active member of HSB. I will answer your question as a new post.

      • Sri on April 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        🙂 😀

        • Swapnil on April 2, 2012 at 1:15 AM

          Thanks @Sri, For addressing the issue of pre-reqs. It aws a bit of concern for me as well. Considering MS MIS, there a few Database, Sql pre-reqs mentioned. Now the only concern rather confusion is -> Are pre-reqs. supposed to taken along with courses if you have not done with it? How do you state to the Uni that we have the XYZ Pre-reqs for the course? Does it have to be certified? Thanks HSB.

          • Sri on April 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

            Prerequisites should be a part of UG curriculum .. or you can prove to the universities that you have a good knowledge in the subject to successfully waive prerequisites…
            It would be a bit different from univ to univ.
            For example in univ. like NJIT you will have to first write an exam and depending upon the exam result prerequisites would be decided … In some univ. they may ask you to take some placement exam to waive prerequisites…typically depends on univ.

  26. Prasad on April 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    for the sake of the comment i have seen my many friends returning to India after completing MS only to return to US after a couple of years on H1B. MS guys are always preferred over indian grads when US onsite opportunity comes. besides this their confidence level is unmatchabale. They can go all over the world for their jobs. Take your pick!

    • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      “confidence level is unmatchabale” – Thats one way, life in USA prepares students to face real life.

  27. Chintan on April 1, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Sorry HSB…But I am Asking this Question constantly but no one Replying me….

    I have completed BCA (12+3)…want to pursue MS in CS……….
    . I score in GRE , V=139, Q=146, Aw= 1.5
    And in IELTS= 6 Band………… I applied for two University 1) Monmouth University ,2) Virginia International University…… I got I-20 from both…….But now I want to know which university have good Success Rate of F1 visa …….

    • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      You have to buy the University Picker eBook.

  28. Prasad on April 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    HSB is totally correct! If u saying about joining in this Fall, i assume u r very well prepared (finances, GRE-TOEFL, recommendations, SOPs, univ. shortlisting & finalizing, getting ready and so on).
    I can say its THOUSAND times better to do MS than getting a job here right now. Coz if you yearn for intellectual advancement, you will be disappointed very soon whille working in IT Company in India.
    If all situations are favourable then go only for MS, dont even think for cc job.

  29. Dhruv on March 31, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    I know my questiion is out of this subject … but it’ll good if you answer HSB… I want to know how is Lamar University for MS in CS? Can I get good job in in USA from this degree of Lamar? I already got acceptance from uni
    for falll-2012.

    • HSB on March 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM
      • Ravi on April 1, 2012 at 1:36 AM

        Common HSB ..He is also a poor guy like me. Plz answer his query. I will buy you a drink(s) when i reach there 🙂

        • HSB on April 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

          Yeah…I’m poor too 🙂

          • Dhruv on April 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

            Hey HSB,
            Can you tell me which should I prefer
            1) High fees with a good university or
            2) Low fees with Average university?

          • venkat sai on April 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

            Hello Dhruv !!!!
            U are asking to choose one among the two options right, what i suggest is take few good univs as well as average univs and check out the employment rate, as u are desperate regarding job. There are few good as well as average univs where u can’t manage to get job in that area ( univ area )… i hope u find this info useful 🙂

          • Dhruv on April 10, 2012 at 1:47 AM

            thank you venkat 🙂

  30. Raj on March 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    “From my experience, knowledge gain in one semester from Grad school in USA is equivalent 15 months of work experience”
    This is entirely subjective. No one can possibly say what this person is about to gain from his job and no one can say what he is to gain from one semester. And gaining what exactly? knowledge of a particular technology? knowledge about the industry? personal growth? addition to his professional credentials?
    The worst thing that could happen to this person is going to the US and soon discovering that there is no scope of a job in the US. There are many many people who are doing this masters only to return back to India to work and they are treated no different from student who graduated from univs in India, in fact they have spent a whole lot of money getting an education in the US only to come back and work in India and end up having couple of years less experience.

    • HSB on March 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Its subjective (thats why I said according to my experience). Amount of problem solving skills and programming skills that I was able to learn from 1 semester (3 coursres) was more than what I was able to learn from 4 years of Engineering. Then after getting full time job here in US, challenging nature of programming work is not equivalent to what I did in college course work.

      Simple Reason – In college (MS), 2 weeks per project in completely new language. They don’t give you projects in Masters where you can learn how to use variables and operators. Here is one example – Design and Implement Mail Server in Unix using Perl. 2 Weeks to deadline.
      Challenge – I never wrote single line of code in Perl before + 2 more projects in 2 new languages/technlogies at same time for 2 other courses (Java using SOAP API) and implement RPCs using C.

      • Luther on April 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        @ HSB :
        Thanks for the valuable input on the kind of assignments we can expect in a Grad school.

        I would like to add up more to this post , I have been working in one of India’s Top 3 IT consulting service companies , I too had a bond of 15 months and thankfully I completed it.

        Firstly , I completed BE in 2009 , I was placed in this company but then it took almost a year to get my offer letter and finally I joined in June 2010 . Training was OK , but the fun part came after 2 months of training. The project allocation was horrible and after waiting for 2 months post training I was allocated to work for a well renowned client NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS , I was so so so happy when I was allocated , but soon I realized the kind of work which I was doing there was literally JUNK , even a school kid could do it and there was nothing to learn at all. I have not used my brain ever since I joined that project. I was utterly disappointed and worked there for almost a year. Now I am into a new project and here the work seems to be a little better . Now I almost have 2 years of IT experience in India’s “TOP” IT company with NOTHING in my head . I MEAN IT!!! This is the case with 90% of the freshers who join such companies . ”

        Nevertheless , I have applied for MS in US for fall 2012, got an admit from Illinois institute of Technology , I am still waiting for reply from UTA , University of Delaware .
        In my current project I have onsite opportunities to some European countries , I am in a dilemma whether to defer my admission for 6 months or an year as I thought I can make good money if I go onsite and it would help me for my education in USA.

        Kindly suggest !!

        P.S I had previously requested you to create a forum/post for computer science students as it would help prospective students to be well prepared before attending the grad school .
        It would be very helpful if you could do that.


        • Swapnil on April 2, 2012 at 12:37 AM

          Hey Luther,

          I can literally match up with you. Placed at MphasiS, but not yet given the new date of joining, previous date of joining was postponed. Sitting at home after being campus placed has been tormenting. So i decided to give Gre and keep the options open. But still, what is your opinion? Wait for MphasiS, the reasons they have cited is depending upon the business forecasts they will call us. OR, search for other jobs? Which is again a harassment here. OR Leave for MS?

          • Luther on April 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

            Hey Swapnil,

            If your concern is gaining knowledge or getting exposure into the software field ,
            don’t have a second thought , its not worth working in such consulting companies.
            as HSB says ” get F1 visa, pack your bags and leave” .

            Again, it all depends on you , If you have other concerns related to finances , home sick , etc.. etc.. then make a wise choice and take a call

  31. Kirsten on March 31, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    “…From my experience, knowledge gain in one semester from Grad school in USA is equivalent 15 months of work experience.” – This statement is absolutely true. There could never have been a better way to put it.

    • HSB on March 31, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      Only folks who are studying in USA will know the true value of education provided in USA.

      • Sumi on October 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        In previous semester i made full mind for doing an mba from canada but now i think usa is good , so what it takes so many years to get a green card, but you are living in a better country than canada(which is very cold and not much cool as usa) and since its immigratin policies are very lax one can infer for how much time will it be able to defend its developed status.Also i was seeing canada through gmaps its not impressive as US.

      • Sumi on October 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        please tell me if i should go to canada for mba or US for MS, job is my top priority,and afterwards peace of mind through permanent citizenship.
        x 89 xii 82 btech 72 gre 310

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