Applying for MS in USA as an international student can be very challenging, if you do not know the process and do not plan it well ahead. In this article, we will cover some of the key steps in application process, deadlines, funding and how you may even get study loans.
Application Deadlines for Fall 2019 :
Applying on time is the most important thing. You may or may not have all the information at your hand, when you apply, but you should apply on time and then submit missing information later. Universities understand this and they will give you time. Also, it is important to note that some of the reputed schools only accept students for Fall in take only, so it is important to be aware of that.
Depending on the University you plan to apply to, the admission deadline for Fall 2019 might vary. Below are some common deadlines for Fall 2019.
|Fall 2019 Deadline||Deadline Type||Example University|
|December 15th, 2018||Admission + Scholarship||USC – Graduate School for Engineering|
|Jan 15th, 2018.||Final – Admission|
|March 1st, 2018.||Priority Admission||UHCL –– Graduate School|
|June 1st, 2018||Final Admission|
|December 15th , 2018||Admissions||Harvard SEAS Graduate School|
|January 15th, 2019||Admissions||Texas A&M College Station – CSE|
If you notice, they are very different from one another and it is never late to start and apply early to get admission and be considered for scholarship. One important thing to note is that, if you already have list of Universities that you plan to apply, you should check their websites and have the deadlines clarified so that you plan accordingly.
Application Process for Fall 2019 – Guide of various activities.
The application process for international students is pretty similar to the normal students applying for graduate programs, except that you will have to deal with one more exam and visa related things. Below is a guide of activities that need to be done, if you are apply for Fall 2019.
We will assume the Fall 2019 deadline is January 15th, 2019 for indicative timelines suggestion in below table. You can recalculate timing, if your deadline is different month.
|Admission Related Activity||Approximate Month to Complete||More Info on admission activity|
|Take GRE, TOEFL Tests||October 30th||Earlier the better. You can re-take if needed.|
|University Selection – Identify the schools you plan to apply||November 15th||Need to be picked by Nov 15th, as some may have early deadlines|
|Fill Application Form|
Online Application Form
|December 1st||Sooner the better as you will know what is required.|
|Statement of Purpose ( SOP)|
Admission related Essays
|December 15th||You need to give enough time to think and write SOP, review the same with friends, profs for advice.|
|Transcripts of Undergraduate||November 30th||Request them early|
|Recommendation letters||December 15th||Start discussing with professors|
|Bank Statement with Funds||December 15th||Talk to Bank, get this ready|
|Draft of Application Package||December 15th||You need to have your Draft Application Package Ready by December 20th.|
|Final Check and Mail / Post||December 15th – 31st.||Review everything and post it by last week to avoid last minute rush|
|Mail Delivery Time / Delays||Jan 1st – 15th||It can take a week to 10 days, so ship them early.|
Above are list of the high level activities for applying for Fall 2019. The dates can be adjusted depending on admission deadlines at the schools you plan to apply. Many of the activities consume a lot of time. Be it writing a good statement of purpose (SOP) or working with your professors for recommendation letters or even getting transcripts requested from your universities, it all can take time. So, it is suggested that you plan early and apply.
Applying for scholarships for Fall 2019 : Depending on the school, scholarships are either awarded based on general application, which you use for admission or sometimes you may need to submit separate application. You need to check with Graduate school admissions on the list of scholarships for international students and apply. Also, the deadlines for scholarships can be different from admission deadlines, you need to keep that in mind and apply early. Read How to find Scholarships for MS in USA
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