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Masters in the US

Here’s the structure of master's programs in the US.

Once you complete your undergraduate course, a master’s degree in the US can be a great way to study your chosen subject in depth and enhance your CV. Further, courses in the US are highly reputed across different regions of the world as they offer a comprehensive approach, enhanced subject knowledge and ample research opportunities. 

Why pursue Master’s in the US?

Here are some of the reasons why students prefer to study master’s in the US:

  • Updated curriculum: The programs cover both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject which focus more on applied knowledge and give students sufficient time to focus on research and assignments

  • Real-world knowledge: Most American institutions maintain strong industry networks and partnerships to provide students with an opportunity to work and interact with leading industry experts during workshops included in the curriculum

  • Wide range of courses by renowned Institutions: Most of the world-class institutions that offer MS degrees are in the US and offer a broad range of subjects to specialise and research. However, medical, technology and engineering are the most popular ones

  • Prepares for a global career: International students in the US can kick off their global career well since institutions have a rich ethnic diversity which helps students understand the value of racial, diversity and gender equality to foster cross-ethnic relationships. In addition, agility is a skill that is most sought-after by employers everywhere

Types of master’s degree

Master’s degrees also known as 'graduate degrees’ in the US are offered by nearly 1,700 colleges in a variety of subjects. Comprehensively, there are two types of graduate degrees:

  • Academic or research degrees: This is usually designed for two years, although some courses might take only one. These degrees generally lead to a career in academia or research

  • Professional degrees: These generally prepare students for specific professions and take two years to complete

Master’s degree in the US make students learn through a mix of taught and research components and they are assessed regularly. Hence, instead of a small number of large assessments, they undertake frequent and smaller assessments. 

Cost of studying master’s degree in the US

The tuition fees for all master’s programs in the US vary with the chosen subject and institution. For instance, course fees and living costs of a top-ranked institution can go up to $70,000. 

Eligibility criteria

The admission criteria for a master’s in the US vary based on the type of institution and course program. However, the basic requirements remain the same across all US universities and institutions:

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or a degree course that includes significant elements of the relevant subjects

  • English-language proficiency skills by taking relevant exams such as IELTS

  • Some programs will accept students with application and transcript, while other programs ask for letters of recommendation and exams results of  Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Popular subject areas

American universities and colleges dominate in many subject areas; however, the most popular ones are: 

  • Technology

  • Engineering

  • Business Administration

  • Medical

  • Law

  • Computer Science

  • Data sciences and Analytics 

Career prospects

As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries of master’s graduate vary as per the nation’s economy, experience, industry, and company. However, the annual median wages span between $50,000 to $100,000 or more, in comparison to the average pay of a bachelor’s graduate i.e., nearly $40,500.*
The US is an ideal place to carry forward your higher education. Irrespective of the type of study program that interests you, you’ll surely find something based on your needs. 

Updated on April 26, 2022

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