The U.S. is the most widely held landing place for students globally, as such majority of the international students aim at pursuing a master’s degree in the USA as this opens avenues for research as well as better job prospects.
Are you also aiming at pursuing a master’s degree in USA? Then this article will be of great help to you.

Higher Education in USA :

Higher education in the USA is globally renowned. Although tuition fees may be higher as compared to the other top study abroad destinations, there are many financial aid plans, including loans, grants, and scholarships that are available for international students to study in USA. Overseas education aspirants are usually bent upon pursuing higher education in US.

Mode of studies:
The USA is predominantly known for a significant number of alternatives for pursuing a master’s degree, such as full-time studies, part-time studies, online programs, and distance learning options.

Course Duration:
The course duration can be one to three years for a Master’s program in USA depending on the course and mode of study.

Eligibility Criteria:
Most universities and colleges assess aspirants based on the academic performance (grades or marks), and choice of courses undertaken in school. Apart from this the admissions committee also wants to ensure whether the applicant has essential English proficiency, critical thinking, or subject knowledge to pick the right candidate for the programs offered by them for Masters in USA. This analysis is done through the Standardized Tests which simplifies the process for the admission office to compare students from diverse backgrounds, and different nations on a global level, where the curriculum and grading systems are quite different.

Standardized Tests:
The standardized tests are of two types:
• English language tests like TOEFL, IELTS, and others to check the language proficiency among non-native speakers
• College admission exams like GRE, GMAT, LSAT, ACT, SAT, MCAT that assess students’ academic knowledge and other relevant skills.

English-Language Tests:

The prominent exams for measuring English-Language Proficiency are:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), sponsored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

TOEFL is an Internet-based test (iBT) in most countries and paper-based test (PBT) in selected locations which lack reliable Internet access. There are 30–40 test dates and nearly 4,500 test centers available in 165 countries.

Score Validity: 2 years

International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is conducted by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The IELTS can be taken in more than 900 centers worldwide.

Score Validity: 2 years

College Admission Tests for Masters:

Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®)

GRE® revised General Test scores are usually used for admissions of all types of master's, MBA, specialized master's in business, and doctoral programs and also for awarding fellowships. The test is administered at more than 850 test centres worldwide.

The GRE® Subject Tests are primarily for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of six disciplines Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Literature in English and Psychology.

Score Validity: 5 years

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

The GMAT is essential if you are thinking about going to business school. A minimum of 1,500 graduate business and management programs use GMAT scores as part of their application process.

Score Validity: 5 years

Final Word:
So if you’re giving a serious thought to study in United States then you need to get going with further research as it’s time to apply and secure a seat for yourself. Ignite the spark of enthusiasm in you and proceed to check for your choice of specialisation.

Author's Bio: 

I am an overseas education consultant, having five years of experience in overseas education. She is interested in writing articles on careers and education abroad and she also guides students for studying abroad.