Post by Vidhi Shah | Team Brainheaters
Imagine this scenario: Your fresh into your third year. The students around you are all preoccupied with all kinds of activities: internships, competitions, online exams, etc. And you, you on the other hand are sitting there, as clueless as a new child, all confused about what to do! This scenario is faced more often than not by every student.
A whooping large amount of students aspire to do an MS. Students opt for an MS for one of many reasons. One: It is a gateway to get a doctoral degree sought by everyone who wants to carve a career in academia. The other major reason is that a Master's degree can significantly improve your career prospects in the corporate world, and your enhanced qualifications will enable you to reach a higher level in significantly less time.
So, opting for MS after degree seems like a very great option. But, is getting into an MS as easy as it seems? Acquiring an admission into the most sought after colleges, where engineers all over the world aspire to study! Getting admitted to an engineering college is a cake-walk compared to getting into the required course for an MS. So, here we are, aiding you through that not-a-cake-walk walk. Some points that are extremely to concentrate on for a Masters degree:
Those aspects of your application that involve numbers: your CGPA, GRE scores, TOEFL scores.
CGPA: The higher the score, the better. But, it's not the end if your score isn't what they call the "ideal score". There are other aspects of your application which can make up for your low score.
GRE: Again, the higher, the better. Any score above the ideal score (330+), doesn't matter much. A 330+ score puts you into the list of the best students. Now the other aspects will decide which student is the best among the best. A score below that, there are chances that the college will put you in the'Stand-By' Pile.
TOEFL: Many international colleges require this if your first language is not English. Though it is
not compulsory, it is better to do a bit of research about it in advance. Many universities use a
higher GRE verbal score as substitute for TOEFL.
The subjective aspects of your application like: LOR, SOP, Work experiences, projects come into the qualitative aspect.
SOP: The importance of this document varies highly, seen among different professors of the same university. Some read through them briefly, some give a greater emphasis to it while some might not consider them at all. Still, we should take great efforts in writing an SOP as it contains our goals, our vision in life, your research ideas, why the course is vital to you and reasons as to why they should select you.
LOR: A Letter of Recommandance is like our 'review' from our previous teachers, professors, mentors, peers, advisors, etc. Just as we like to read the reviews of a film before actually watching it, similarly, our future professors like to read the 'review' of the students before admitting them into the university.
Work/Research Experience: This is not a must-have criteria, but it is certainly positive if you have some kind of work like internships, or technical, research papers that you have written.
Among other things like technical knowledge, work environment experiences, they also showcase your qualities like maturity, skill, thought process.
These are some factors that play a vital role in your entry to Masters Degree. So, don't fret if you have a low CGPA, or a low GRE score. You can make up for it among the other aspects. Similarly, if you have no work experience, it's never to late to start! Better late than never!
So, All The Best for your preps. Hopefully this article helped you piece the puzzle together and get a clearer view of the path leading to your goal!