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How to Choose a Master's Program

How to pick the right one? How to increase my chances of admission? What are the admission requirements? When is the deadline? Why are the deadlines different in different schools? And finally, why ALL the requirements are different in different schools? Some schools are just asking too much, especially if you are an international student. So why should I take 2 tests if I can take 1. Why would I evaluate my transcripts(which involves additional hustle and spendings) if some schools will do it for me.

If you are in the beginning stage of your research, here is where you start:

1. Consider your GPA. Most graduate programs will ask for 3.0 minimum. If yours is higher than that, skip this step. You can apply almost anywhere.
2. Your GRE score (if you have one). If it's pretty high, it's in your interest to submit the results, even if the school doesn't ask for it. If it's not, or you don't feel like taking GRE or GMAT, don't worry, there is plenty of schools who don't ask for it. So this is where you should probably start. I've done a great deal of research on the subject and will post my results later.
3. You should probably check on scholarships and apply for as many as you can. Even if you can afford paying for your studies, why would you?

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An important, oft overlooked couple questions to ask are:
1) Why do I want to take a graduate degree?
2) What do I expect to gain out of attaining my graduate degree?
3) Am I truly passionate about my subject choice?

It may well be that taking a graduate degree just isn't for you, in which case you'll waste a lot of effort, sanity and possibly years pursuing a degree that you don't really want, won't get you any further ahead in life, and that you don't care about. Graduate degrees have high levels of attrition; people burn out all the time, or their motivation fades... part of this is because people enter programs without really loving their subject or they didn't have a clear goal from the start.
Ankhanu on Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:12 pm
Very well stated, Ankhanu! Choose a career path that you will enjoy. I have been around many people that now hate their career choice after being exposed to the actual job.
standready on Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:10 am
I've got a friend who went to Uni for, what, 3 or 4 years doing a lot of bio and some math on the side. Would have had a couple chem classes in there I'm sure and I guess it was thought that he was going to be a doctor or something. I suppose he did his graduate studies... I dunno but He graduated from his Masters program in science (applied math) and he's still taking some courses cause he wants to get in to actuary work, or however you say it.
TheGremlyn on Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:24 am
Yep, my MSc has resulted in 0 employment.

That said, I didn't really expect it to; I took my Masters for the love of academia and the subject. I took it for me, not money.
Ankhanu on Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:35 am

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