Key Features of Higher Education
- Cutting edge technologies are integrated into the academic process; opportunities for young researchers are hardly limited, which stimulates the profound interest to the chosen Master’s program
- US universities strive to set the highest standards in both the theoretical knowledge and its practical application
- The most popular fields of concentration for international students (primarily from Eastern Europe) are business administration, public administration, technical communication studies and computer sciences
- Teaching staff provides assistance for international students (mandatory availability of such services as Foreign Student Adviser, Faculty Advisor and Peer Counselor)
- To get a degree, one must have a required number of credits/credit hours
Language of Instruction
How to Enroll?
Academic requirements: Bachelor`s degree. To enroll to some programs (for example, law or agriculture), 1-3 years of work experience in the field is required.
Each university sets its own admission requirements for a specific program. Detailed information about the admission process is available on the university web-sites.
American universities do not require entrance exams.
To apply for a university, one usually needs the following documents:
- Application form
- Certified copy of the university degree certificate (including the list of subjects and grades)
- Certificate of proficiency in English (IELTS — from 6.0, TOEFL — from 550-570)
- Letter of Motivation
- On average 3 Letters of Recommendation from professors or employers
Do not send the original documents to universities; you have to certify the copies of the documents and certificates and attach their translation into English.
Application fee - $ 25-90 (sometimes there is no fee).
Applying and Studying
Deadlines for applying to universities are set by the universities themselves and can vary depending on the chosen program. As a rule, deadlines are middle of December/end of January.
You will be notified about the results of your application in 2-3 months after the deadline.
An academic year start date is set by the universities individually. Normally an academic year starts at the end of August or beginning of September, and lasts to the end of May/beginning of June.
Depending on a university, the academic year is divided into 2 semesters, 3 periods or 4 quarters.
Duration of a Master`s program — 1-2 years (depending on the field of study)
There are 58 American universities in the Top-200 ranking:
- Harvard University
- Yale University
- California Institute of Technology
- University of Chicago
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Columbia University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Princeton University
- Duke University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Cornell University
- Stanford University
- University of Michigan
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Brown University
- University of California, Los Angeles
- Northwestern University
- University of California, Berkeley
- New York University
- Boston University
- Dartmouth College
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of California, San Diego
- University of Washington
- Washington University in St Louis
- Emory University
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of Illinois
- Rice University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- University of Minnesota
- University of California, Davis
- Case Western Reserve University
- University of Virginia
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- Purdue University
- Vanderbilt University
- University of North Carolina
- University of Southern California
- Pennsylvania State University
- Georgetown University
- University of Rochester
- Ohio State University
- University of Maryland
- Stony Brook University
- University of California, Irvine
- Texas A&M University
- University of Arizona
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Tufts University
- University of Florida
- University of Notre Dame
- Indiana University Bloomington
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- University of Colorado
- Brandeis University
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Cost of Studying and Living
Tuition fees in the USA ranges from $ 12,000 to $ 55,000 per year.
The average cost of living expenses is $ 1,000 per month.
Taking into consideration any additional expenses on books, course materials etc., the cost of the Master`s program (24 months) totals $ 55, 000 – $ 105, 000.
Can I work while I study in the USA?
According to the US Immigration Legislation, international students from the non-EU countries cannot work during the academic year. Only part-time job on campus is allowed.