Graduate – Choosing a Major

March 1st to March 15th

Visit 10 – 15 University Websites.

Don’t just skim them. Spend an hour or two on each one of them to familiarize yourself with the details such as “About Us”, “Graduate”, “Academics” etc.

Your goal is to start getting a general sense of each of the universities.

March 1st to March 15th

Explore Majors.

You probably have a pretty good idea of the field of study you’re interested in. However, it may be called by different names.

As you explore different universities, your goal is to identify the major (specialization) you’re interested in pursuing.

Different institutions may have a different name for what essentially is the same major. Make note of these various names and be mindful while making your selection.

As an example, Master of Computer Science may be offered as Master of Arts in Computer Science, Master of Science in Informational Technology etc.

March 15th to March 31st

Understand Curriculum Details.

Now that you have a better understanding of universities and majors than you did earlier this month, you want to take a deeper dive to understand the curriculum details that each of these majors offer.

Your goal is to ensure that the major you’re interested in, does in fact offer the courses you want to study.

March 15th to March 31st

Narrow down to 2-3 Majors.

By now, you will likely end up with 5, 6 or even more majors that match the area of study you’re interested in. Based on your understanding of curriculum you will know subtle differences between them.

Your goal is to narrow this down to 2 to 3 majors that align closest to the area of study you’re interested in.

Depending on the field of study, not everyone ends up with 5 to 6 majors at the beginning on this step. If you just have 1, 2, or even 3, don’t think you’re doing anything wrong.

Wrap Up

Choosing a major is an important step. Now that you’ve made your selection you will need to determine which University you would like to attend.

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  • Step 1: Choose Major

    Choose Major
    Your first important step on your journey is to choose a major. You will look at different available resources, and once you have a grasp of what you want, you can narrow it all down – no problem!
  • Step 2: Choose Universities

    Choose Universities
    You need to figure out suitable matches when choosing universities. Most importantly, does a university have a good reputation for the master’s program you’ve chosen already?
  • Step 3: GRE/GMAT

    It’s time to hit the books and study for either the GRE or the GMAT. A good score will give you the advantage of setting the right path for your future.
  • Step 4: TOEFL/IELTS

    It’s time to hit the books and study for either the TOEFL or the IELTS. A good score will give you the advantage of setting the right path for your future.
  • Step 5: University Applications

    You need to follow the recommended steps to prepare your university applications. Be thorough and detailed with your documentation. Get organized and ready to apply to your chosen universities!
  • Step 6: Statement of Purpose

    Now it’s time to create your statement of purpose. It’s always good to review this with an expert to get help. Create a draft, have it reviewed, make your revisions, then finalize and print it out!
  • Step 7: Letter of Recommendation

    You need to think about your professors, mentors, and employers who will write you a sparkling letter of recommendation! Identify three candidates to write your recommendations.
  • Step 8: Transcripts

    The universities you apply to will need your transcripts. You need to request and send them to the universities. Request and follow-up to ensure the universities receive your transcripts.
  • Step 9: Submit Test Scores

    It’s time to submit your test scores to the universities you’ve selected! Identify schools and their school codes and requirements, then submit your scores.
  • Step 10: Show Solvency

    In this step, you need to prove solvency. You will demonstrate your assets and liquidity to justify you have the means to pay for your living costs.
  • Step 11: Submit University Applications

    You’re finally ready to pay the application fees and submit your university applications. You’ve put together documents needed to support your applications. It’s time to submit your applications.
  • Step 12: Immunization Plan

    You will need to know the right immunizations you need. Having an immunization plan will help you get vaccinations in your home country and save you hundreds of dollars.
  • Step 13: Visa Application Overview

    Four types of visas apply to students, but typically the F-1 Visa type of visa applies to students who want to study as a full-time student at an accredited college or University.
  • Step 14: Financial Documentation

    In this step, you will need to ensure that you have all your financial documentation ready to go. Gather mandatory and optional financial documentation.
  • Step 15: Schedule Visa Appointment

    A lot of people get nervous about their upcoming Visa interview. That’s understandable. But the first step is to schedule your visa appointment.
  • Step 16: Prepare for Visa Interview

    As you prepare for your interview, use as many resources as you can to feel confident and be yourself in the actual interview.
  • Step 17: Visa Interview

    Get a good night’s sleep. Many professional athletes approach a big championship game as if it were just another game. You should take the same approach for your visa interview.
  • Step 18: Air Ticket

    Look at several options before finalizing your travel plans. Airfare pricing is constantly changing, so give yourself time and have a few dates in mind for travel.
  • Step 19: Shopping

    Next up is one of our favorite steps – Shopping. After all, who doesn’t like shopping? When you move to a different part of the world, you’ll need a few things to make your new lifestyle comfortable.
  • Step 20: Health & Immunization

    Ensure that you are up to date with any changes to the immunizations required and that you have your records ready to go. You are going to need health insurance as well.
  • Step 21: International Student Resources

    There are lots of international student resources available to international students. Know what they are and where to find them to help you with your journey. Research your questions!
  • Step 22: Housing Research

    As part of your housing research, you will need to find out if you’re required to have on-campus housing or if you are allowed to live off-campus. Know the housing rules of your university!
  • Step 23: US Dollars

    It’s time to exchange your local currency for US Dollars. Your goal is to have enough money in US Dollars to pay for travel, college fees, and other expenses.
  • Step 24: Departure Preparation

    Getting ready for your trip is fun and exciting. Take a minute to make sure you have everything you need! Pack essential items to bring on your trip before your departure.
  • Step 25: Housing

    Finalizing housing means it is time to sign your contract and get moved in! You will need to find time to get your utility set up and go shopping. Sign contract, move in, and set up!
  • Step 26: Campus Visit

    It’s time to get yourself oriented to the campus. As part of your campus visit, visit the student union and buildings where your classes are located and research job opportunities on campus.
  • Step 27: Plan Semester

    Time to get ready for an awesome semester! You need to complete enrollment for your classes and attend orientations. Research and enroll in classes and go to orientation!

Having information shown in easy step-by-step format and the dates I need to set as goals was so helpful for me when trying to choose my major.

Ankit K., India

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