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Dear Madam,

I am in the final year of Computer Science and Engineering. After my engineering, I would like to pursue an MS degree In Computer Science & Engineering in USA or Australia. What are the eligibility criteria for MS and how much percentage is required in engineering degree and also 10th and 12th? What is the cut-off score for GRE & TOEFL & IELTS? Do I need to write any other exams? Which is the best place to study MS in Computer Science - USA or Australia? How much fees approximately will it cost for MS degree in 2 years without scholarship and with scholarship?

Rushikesh Bhosale
Dear Rushikesh,

Individual Universities have unique admission procedures both in Australia and US. You can obtain more information by going to www.collegeboard.com which  will give you the details of  different Universities i.e. background, accreditation, degree offerings, programs of study, entrance requirements, tuition fees, room and board etc. and further  link to each institution’s official web page.

Masters programs have different eligibility criteria depending on the level of study. With 10+2+ a four year degree you are eligible to go to the US or Australia to do MS. The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is the entrance test to be taken by the students applying for a masters degree in any field. In addition to this test, you need to take Test of English as a foreign language ie. TOEFL, IELTS etc.

For purposes of admission, your most recent score in TOEFL must be at least 570 for the paper-based test (PBT), or at least 68 for the Internet-based test (IBT) or your most recent overall Band score  IELTS must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale. Most good universities require a good first class Bachelor’s degree to qualify, while most reputed Universities may insist on about 80% plus to qualify. Some Universities require GRE and some do not (in Australia). It is advised to prepare for GRE and score at least 300 plus.  Please contact individual academic departments for more information, as they may choose to require a higher score. For information on fee visit http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/Sia/en/StudyCosts/TuitionFees and http://www.studyabroaduniversities.com/Cost-of-Study-and-Living-in-USA.
Best wishes

Dear Madam,

I am pursuing MBA in Finance in a reputed college of North Karnataka (Hubli). I will be completing the course by March 2014. And I am planning to do my further studies abroad. But right now I am not interested in doing PhD or MPhil. Would you suggest me 1-year PG courses (Finance) in abroad after MBA? Which exam should I appear for such courses? And I am interested in financial sector that includes Banks, NBFC's, etc.
Dilip P Padki

Dear Dilip,

Pursuing a second post graduation  is not prescriptive for everyone but can  be  very circumstantial - dependent on what career aspirations you have, your career journey  so  far, and its timing. Your present system of study and the one which you are planning serves a different purpose based on different fundamentals.

A constructive inference from this would be that you gain some work experience and then embark on second post graduation or MBA.  Already pursuing an MBA, you can consider second post graduation as an option to recalibrate your career only if necessary.  Your interest of being in NBFC’s, Banks etc. can definitely be looked into after completing your present MBA.
Good luck   

Dear Madam,

I have just completed my BCom and want to do MBA in Germany in 2014. Kindly guide me with regard to entrance exams and the best university for MBA in Germany.

Badrinath Balakrishna

Dear Badrinath,

A bachelor’s degree with a first class, with at least two to three years of work experience is needed to increase your chances of getting admission in a good university. You need to take up the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test http://www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx) followed by TOEFL (http://www.ets.org/toefl) or IELTS (http://www.ielts.org/) to prove your proficiency in English.

Website http://www.studyabroad18.com/articles/mba-programs-in-germany.php will give you all the details of application procedure, degree structure, specialisations, admission requirements, top universities, study cost etc. Do first introspect whether MBA will fulfill your long term goals, and how you hope to proceed with your career. The course you take up should not only fulfill your ambition but should be selected based on your strengths, personality, interest and inclination.
Best wishes

Dear Madam,

I am studying in III sem of Engineering in Electronics and Communication (I sem- 9.48, II sem- 9.24). I have always been dreaming of becoming a professor (also continue research), more precisely want to be a guest lecturer, giving my lectures even in aboard universities. I know it’s a hard and long way, but I am determined about my destination.

I would be glad if you could help me plan my road ahead. I am confused whether to take up GATE or GRE (I’ll take both, but want to concentrate seriously on one). I am more interested in studying aboard, but don’t want to be misguided with respect to my goal. It would be my pleasure to be acknowledged by you as what courses and graduations and which type of universities should I take up? Will it be a good decision to take up a job and then come back to studies? Please help me.

Divya S Khanure

Dear Divya,

It is heartening to see that you have been getting good grades in engineering. Do keep it up, as that will open the doors for you to take up a career in teaching and research.

GATE, as you know, is for getting admission to post-graduation in India, including some of the best institutions like IITs, NITs, IISC etc. On the other hand, since you are more keen to study abroad, then you will have to appear for GRE (www.ets.org/gre ) followed by TOEFL (http://www.ets.org/toefl ) or IELTS (http://www.ielts.org/ ) to prove your proficiency in English.

Once you have your masters degree, you can start your teaching career, either in India or abroad. However, to become a professor, by and large you need a PhD in the relevant subject. Once you have established your name as a college teacher, you will then get opportunities to go as a visiting faculty to institutions abroad, particularly if you have outstanding publications (well known and widely regarded papers in top conferences / journals) as well as letters from people who are highly regarded in the field.

Be sure that teaching and research is the right path for you, and that you have the personality (communication skills), perseverance to repeat same lessons, love for adolescents, and an academic bent of mind to keep learning and upgrading yourself.
Best wishes

Dr Malini works as a career counsellor and has a PhD in Human Development.
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