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How to Apply for Masters Abroad

Applying to a graduate school is a long and daunting series of tasks.

  • After you have short-listed the universities, you begin filling complicated and lengthy application forms, you start writing your Statements of Purpose, preparing your resume, and obtaining Letters of Recommendation from your professors in college.
  • Having the assistance of experts with a keen eye for all these issues that affect your chances admission; and resolving such issues quickly and decisively will maximize your chances of getting in.
  • Pre- final year students are highly recommended to start building up their profile as US MS applications warrant a portfolio of research work/ papers/ projects on the field they want to specialize in. Unfortunately in India as against the US education systems, research papers/ projects are not an integral part of Under Grad courses. Indian students have to work on their profile at least from the year before they have to send their applications. They should be advised from experts on what how an which projects/profile development work will be best for them.

Manya-Princeton Review walks you through this application journey. Manya Abroad’s Premium Admissions Counseling Services – ACS GRE are meant and available for MS applicants throughout the World.

How to go about your MS Applications

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  • Graduate school can be fun, challenging, and rewarding; it can also be difficult, demanding, and frustrating. Either way, it will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
  • Once the decision of embarking on the graduate (Master’s) program is made, you must sit down and make a list of all the alternatives available.
  • There are many things do and you may feel that there is a shortage of time. Discussions and chats with seniors about the value of an MS in your career will definitely be a clear navigation towards your goals. The more time spent, the more informed your preferences will be.

Taking your GRE.

  • The earlier the GRE is taken, the better it is. Start preparing the moment you plan to join a graduate school.
  • Spread out the load of the application process by booking dates for ETS exams (GRE, TOFEL) in January.
  • During summer, take the GRE and TOFEL, and in September, take TSE, if required.
  • You could take the GRE subject Test in October/November of your 2nd or 3rd year of college.

Save time, money, effort and stress: Apply Online

  • The application, involves among other things, an online application form, and the application packet consisting of the following:
  • Copy of the online application form.
  • Photocopy of the test Scores (GRE, TOEFL, TSE)..
  • Resume.
  • Financial documents (if required).
  • Letters of Recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose (SOP).
  • Certificates, Papers etc. (if required)
  • It is always a good idea to apply online for the simple reason that it saves you a lot of trouble and time.
  • It is a more proactive process and you can send the forms electronically with the click of a mouse..
  • Applying online also gives you the advantage of being able to track the receipt of your documents and status of your application..

Making an application schedule

  • At Manya-TPR we also advise you to plan and set a time line.
  • We work with you to create a timeframe in which you allocate the universities, prepare and take the GRE/TOEFL/TSE, contact the professors you would like to work under, and go about preparing the application SOP, resume, and other documents.

Which graduate school is the one for you?

  • Before you can decide on a graduate school it is essential to research the expansive list of US universities to find a good match.
  • At Manya-TPR, we remove the biggest obstacles in this daunting task by providing you with a shortlist of 10-12 universities from which you can shortlist your final 5.
  • Check the faculty and the number of professors in your research area. Spend time exploring especially from university websites which give you a fairly good idea of the same.

Putting it all Together

  • Begin thinking about, and subsequently, writing the statement of purpose by July or August. Try to complete two or three drafts by mid-September.
  • A Manya-TPR editor can help you create a timeline for working on your documents. After sending one to her, you can begin working on the next. When she returns your document with edits and comments, you can send the one you were working on.
  • Creating such a cycle will help you draft and complete all documents for a required university with two to three weeks.
  • Try to send all the documents by the middle of October. The deadlines may be much late. You would definitely have an edge over the admission and aid.

I have applied for the visa on June 12, I have got admitted into the CAMPBELL SCHOOLof pharmacy. Can I go to visa with a course completion certificate or do I surely need a provisional? I want to know what all documents I need to take with me too. I also heard from my friends that pharma student visas get easily rejected. Kindly give me certain tips on how to face the interview successfully.

— Sailaja

Karan replies: If you do not have your Bachelor’s degree, a course completion certificate along with mark sheets and transcripts will be sufficient at the time of the US visa interview. Prepare an Asset Statement showing the division of Movable Assets, Immovable Assets and Family Income. Include the totals available to you from all family sources (immediate family). You will be required to show that you can pay for your complete expenses for education and living. Please also carry your admit and reject letters and your entrance test score sheets. Be confident and honest during the interview. Research the course that you have applied for well before you go for the interview. For more information on the US visa you can log on towww.vfs-usa.co.in.


I am working in IBM from last 1.5 years as a software developer. I want to pursue MBA from abroad. Financially I am not too strong and have to go with loan. Do you think its worth taking a loan of 20+lakh? And which stream should I go for  in MBA?

— Pradeep Raghuvanshi

Karan replies: For students who cannot take care of their own academic expenditure, loans are a good option. You can consider applying for loans in India or in the US (if you have a US co-signor). In India, the maximum loan that you can get is Rs.20 lacs from State Bank of India. The interest rates are around 13% and you need security of around 140% -150% of the loan amount to qualify.

It is important to evaluate your short term and long term career goals before finalizing on the field of specialization.


Kindly give me the information regarding universities in the US (mainly chicago) which do accept 12+3 for pursuing master’s for microbiology, immunology, and other related sciences such as food science and food technology.

— N A Malwade

Karan replies: In order to apply to the Master’s degree program in the US you maybe required to complete 16 years of undergraduate education. The 16th year requirement now varies from university to university. A few schools in the US may accept students with 15 years of prior education, thus accepting the 3 year Indian Bachelor’s degree. However, in most cases, students have to complete 16 years of education. Generally the 16th year of education can be one year of a two year Master’s degree from a recognized university. Please check with each individual university you are applying to if they will accept your application without the 16th year

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