Many of you dream of pursuing a MS in a reputed foreign university after your graduation. But how to make that mental leap from a graduate boy in your home country to shrugging shoulders with foreign students in some far away, top most university? If you need to pick one word which will bridge all the gaps between where you are and where you want to be, then it would ‘research.’
We will critically analyse how to choose the perfect time for your MS preparation and go ahead with a wonderful and brilliant career.
Right time to apply for MS
First let’s talk about when the MS course is being started in most of the foreign universities which will help you decide when to take the tests so that you can apply within the stipulated time.
There are generally two right times, you can say, for MS. They start the course on January and September every year.
That means you need to start your preparation very much prior to January or September so that you have enough time to take the tests.
Now let’s go in specifics about when you should start preparing for tests and when should you apply.
To make it easy we will use an example so that it brings in clarity.
Let’s say, Alex is a MS aspirant who likes to know when he should start thinking about preparation about MS.
The golden advice we would give to Alex is to think at least one year prior to Fall or Winter semester. Simply speaking, if Alex would like to get admission in one of the reputed universities for MS in January, 2017, the best time to start preparing is December, 2015.
Again, if Alex aims to get admission in the Fall semester, i.e. September, 2017, then he should begin his preparation on or before March, 2016.
Now the question may pop up why so much of time should be invested in preparation? You would understand once we will guide Alex step by step about the right time to do the right thing.
Alex has chosen to get admission for the winter season, i.e. January, 2017 and told his friend Rita about MS. Rita is also interested to pursue MS, but she has chosen the fall season, i.e. September, 2017.
First, let’s talk about the three things Alex and Rita needs to do before anything.
As Alex and Rita want to start his/her MS in a reputed university from January, 2017 & September, 2017 respectively, Alex will give December, 2015 to February, 2016 and Rita will invest her time during March, 2016 to July, 2016 for three most important things.
- During that time, they will prepare for GRE and TOEFL
- They will also prepare Statement of Purpose (SoP), Letter of Recommendation (LoR) and their resume
- The last thing they will do during that time is to search all the universities they would like to apply to extract information and do all
- research before actually applying.
Once, they are done with these three things, it’s time to sit for the test. Hopefully, Alex & Rita will give sincere effort and sit for the test on January-February, 2016 and July-August, 2016 respectively. The latest deadline to sit for test for Alex would be April, 2016 and for Rita would be October, 2016.
When they are done with the test, they need to go ahead and shortlist the universities to which they would like to study. This shortlisting should be done by Alex & Rita during February, 2016 to April, 2016 and August, 2016 to October, 2016 respectively.
During the period of shortlisting, they need to arrange for Transcripts, Letter of Recommendation, Resume and Financial Documents.
Finally, it’s time to send application along with other documents. Application deadline for Alex would be May to September, 2016 and for Rita would be September, 2016 to May, 2017.
Once they send the application, now the universities which will like their candidature would send them the green signal.
That’s the best moment for them after all hard work and preparation.
After receiving the green signal from the universities, it’s time for them to apply for VISA. Alex should apply for VISA during June to August, 2016 and Rita should apply for VISA during October to December, 2016.
Right time for you to apply for MS
From the above depiction it should be clear to when you should start preparing for your MS. But that is not all. You need to decide whether the time prescribed for application and preparation is right for you or not.
The best time you should choose for preparation is one year before you receive the engineering/graduation degree. If you follow this advice it will help you save one year from getting wasted.
Finally to conclude, it can be said that there is no ideal time to start something. The ideal time can be now or may be when you are willing to put your heart and soul and get ready to invest in the best that you have. MS is a gateway to a dream career. It may seem lucrative on the surface, but be aware that success doesn’t come without your sweat.
You need to take a lot of small and continuous steps to be able to achieve your dream. But before everything, first ask yourself that whether you are going for MS for your own desire or because someone else wants you to do MS?! If it’s for you go ahead and give your heart out and if not, then think before you plunge in pursuing MS.