Top Universities for MS in CS
Coding. More Coding. Definitely Coding.
Oh, wait did I mention Coding?
You will understand this, if and only if you are a Computer Science Engineer.
All the other engineering departments and the people your parents ever knew assume that Computer Science is only about coding.
While they are not wrong, they are also not wholly right.
From software Development to Robotics there is much more to CS than just coding.
As a CS engineer, you must be aware of how crucial it is to find your cup of tea in an ever-growing digital world.
< Current Scenario >
The competition that you will be facing is pretty humongous.
No matter what your forte is in CS, there is always a huge crowd waiting in line.
What you do about it is what makes you stand out from the rest.
From Data Science and Artificial Intelligence to Human-Computer Interaction, everything is FP growth tree, that branches out as a new subject.
And there is always someone reaching out to the branch like you.
With new programming languages created within the blink of an eye, you need to make sure you are on top of your game.
<The Various Branches >
So what are the branches or twigs that we have been talking about?
We were referring to the most popular fields of Computer Science in terms of research, job opportunity and applications.
What are they?
- Data Science
- Artificial Intelligence
- Machine Learning
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Deep Learning
- Database Management Systems
- Computer Architecture & Engineering
- Operating Systems & Networking
< The IMDB Top 10 >
The International Masters Database is collated based on the information on the University Websites and other verified sources.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts Deadline: 15 December
Acceptance Rate: 23.8 % Tuition Fee: $ 49,580
Ranked 1 in the List of Best Engineering Colleges, this private university is by far the most reputed university apart from the Ivy League. MIT alumni founded or co-founded many notable companies, such as Intel, McDonnell Douglas, Texas Instruments, 3Com, Qualcomm, Bose, Raytheon, Apotex, Koch Industries, Rockwell International, Genentech, Dropbox, and Campbell Soup.
University of California, Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California Deadline: 2 – 17 December
Acceptance Rate: 26.3% Tuition Fee: $ 13,510
With an invigorating campus and a research funding of 4.3 billion USD, UCB cliches the 3rd spot in the Top 3 Best Engineering Schools. (Source: US News). UCB also has a reputation in various sports and athletics.
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Location: Illinois Deadline: 15 December
Acceptance Rate: 28.2 % Tuition Fee: $32,628
The University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign is classified as an R1 Doctoral Research University under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which denotes the highest research activity. The research funding of UIUC is 3.4 Billion USD.
As of 2017, 30 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the University as alumni, faculty members, or researchers.
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Deadline: 14 December
Acceptance Rate: 22.1 % Tuition Fee: $42,000
Located in the city of three rivers, the Research funding of CMU 1.73 billion USD, which is the third highest research funding from Dept. of Defense in the country after MIT & Stanford. Along with its US location in Pittsburgh, CMU also has campuses in Qatar, Australia & Rwanda. It is very popular for Human-Computer Interaction & Decision Sciences.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Atlanta, Georgia Deadline: 1st February
Acceptance Rate: 35.2% Tuition Fee: $15,289
The Research funding of GaTech is a hefty 1.84 billion USD. GaTech also has the 4 largest Co-Op Education Program in the US and is also very popular for interdisciplinary research in the fields of:
- Electronics, Optics & Systems
- Information & Cyber Sciences
- Sensors & Intelligent Systems
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Deadline: 15 January
Acceptance Rate: 31% Tuition Fee: $45,097
The University of Michigan is the state’s oldest university, founded in 1817 in Detroit, Michigan. With a Research Funding of over 10.9 Billion USD, it is considered one of the foremost research universities in the United States.
As of 2017, around 24 Nobel Prize winners, 6 Turing Award winners and 1 Fields Medalist have been affiliated with University of Michigan. (Source: Wikipedia)
California Institute of Technology
Location: Pasadena, California Deadline: 15 December
Acceptance Rate: NA Tuition Fee: $43,710
CalTech is a Private University in California with a Research funding: 2.7 Billion USD. It holds a stellar list of past & present faculty and alumni with 37 Nobel Laureates, Mathematicians, Astronauts and other Successful Scientists & Engineers. Caltech is one the most prestigious grad schools for aspiring Astrophysicists and Aeronautical Engineers.
University of Texas, Austin
Location: Austin, Texas Deadline: 15 December
Acceptance Rate: 18.4 % Tuition Fee: $ 18,570
The University of Texas is a public research which also has the nation’s eighth-largest single-campus enrollment, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculties and staff. The research funding of UT, Austin is 3.4 Billion USD.
Among university faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Primetime Emmy Award, the Turing Award, and the National Medal of Science, as well as many other awards.
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana Deadline: 20 December
Acceptance Rate: 29.3% Tuition Fee: $31,536
Purdue University is the home to aeronautical icons, Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan. The Research funding of Purdue is 2.4 billion USD and is also Ranked 7 in the list of Best Engineering Schools. (Source: US News). The University’s alumni pool collectively holds over 15,000 United States Patents. (Source: Wikipedia)
University of Southern California
Location: Los Angeles, California Deadline: 15 January
Acceptance Rate: 23.6% Tuition Fee: $ 38,513
USC is a reputed Private University in the heart of LA, California with a research funding of USC is 4.9 billion USD. Past & present faculty include Prominent Personalities from Actors to Presidents. Apart from CS, USC is also Ranked 10 in the list of Best Engineering Schools. (Source: US News)
So right now you know what Universities you should be targeting.
But do you know how get there?
There is a little something called the Application Process.
It is basically a bunch of Admission Prerequisites you need to follow to bag a top admit.
< Application Process >
Your Academic Profile is your entry card to a Top University Admit.
It is the distilled testimony of your UG, spanning all the 4 years of your activities & achievements. Hence it is important to maintain a decent academic profile to make your Master’s dream come true.
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Your GRE score is the holy grail of your whole application process.
For the few of you who are not sure about what it is, GRE is a competitive exam which is a mandatory requirement to get into top universities in the US.
If you are targeting the Top 20 Universities, it is advisable to have a GRE score of 320+.
Statement Of Purpose
Like the name suggests, your SOP is the statement explaining your purpose in pursuing an MS in the particular university. Your SOP should be Clear, Concise and Complete. In fact, you can even say that it should be as crisp as a pack of chips. Moving past the pathetic joke, let’s reiterate the fact that your SOP is as important as your GRE score.
Letter Of Recommendation
A LOR is basically a Recommendation Letter for your higher education.
The only purpose of a LOR is to convince the University of your candidature.
LOR’s have three rules for them.
The Right Person
Who should you approach?
Understand the significance of a LOR and the credibility it can provide to your application process. Shortlist people who can provide you with a precise LOR.
The Right Information
And what should the LOR be like?
Have a rough flow ready that can portray your profile in the best possible light. Also, make sure you discuss the same with the writer of your LOR.
The Right Time
Another major factor here is the clock.
Make sure you follow up on your LOR’s and get them on time so that you can review and ask for the necessary changes from the respective person.
< / Conclusion >
Well that is pretty much it!
What is out there,
What competition you are up against,
What Universities you should target and
How you should go about it
So what are you waiting for?
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