APPLYING FOR MASTERS PROGRAMS IN FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES
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Applying to Graduate School
The steps: Beginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School? Researching Your Options: Is this graduate program right for you? Your Application (Transcripts, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, Interview, Testing Information) Funding Your Graduate Study Graduate Study @ The University Resources
Beginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School? Why do You want to go to graduate school? Is it for the right reasons? What are your career goals? Will graduate school assist you in meeting your career goals? What will you specialize in? What are your interests? Do you have the motivation for another two to seven years of school? Do you have the academic and personal qualities to succeed?
Beginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School?The Undergraduate Student Breadth over depth Recipient of Knowledge Externally directed The Graduate From apprentice to expert Depth over breadth Analyzer and creator of knowledge Self-directed
Beginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School?The primary purposes of research-oriented, thesisbased Masters programs (e.g., MA & MSc) are: To understand thoroughly and think critically about what is known in a particular academic field To learn how to conduct research in that field (and perhaps prepare for PhD study) To begin affiliating with the academic community of the field
Beginning Your Research: Should you go to Graduate School?The primary purposes of professional Masters programs (e.g., MEd, MArch, MEng) are: To understand thoroughly and think critically about what is known in a particular professional field To master skills (including research/ experimentation) that are necessary for advanced practice in a particular professional field To enhance affiliation with the professional community of the field
As Hamlet would say:
To go, or ,not to go? That is (not) the Question (here).
Researching Your Options: Is this graduate program right for you? You want a school with a good reputation. You should ask others in your field, especially those in charge of hiring, which programs they respect the most. Talk to other graduate students at various stages of their programs. You must look for the school that is the best fit for you in terms of faculty and curriculum. In addition to quality, you must look at cost and location.
Your Application: The Process Who is involved? What goes into an application file? What counts most in an admissions decision? How long will this take? When is a good time to apply?
Your Application: Who Is Involved?Your proposed program is going to evaluate your application, looking for (but not limited to): background preparation in the field of study academic ability/research ability (published papers etc.) relevant experience (for professional programs), etc. The graduate school office will evaluate your application on a slightly different basis. possession of the prerequisite degree grade point average, test scores, etc.
Your Application: What Goes Into an Application File?An application file usually consists of the following items: An application form. A Statement of Intent / Purpose for Graduate Study Official transcripts Letters of Recommendation Additional items, such as: Courses-in-progress/Projected Coursework (if you are working on a degree at the time you apply). Samples of your research/published work Test scores
Your Application: Letters of Recommendation Usually two or three letters of recommendation are required. Some letters need to come from your instructors (professors), but others can come from employers, research advisors, and so on. Think about whether the letter will be relevant. Talk to the person about the nature of the letter. Supply him/her with an up-to-date resume, transcript and your statement of purpose. Ask the person to write a personal recommendation letter.
Your Application: Personal statement Should be a persuasive statement market yourself. Keep it short -about one two pages. Make it relevant: Why you want to attend graduate school? What you hope to accomplish? How you plan to accomplish it? What you plan to pursue after graduate studies? Emphasize any research experience. Emphasize qualities that make you unique and desirable. Briefly explain any embarrassing grades. Type it, get it read by friends & peers, check for mistakes, sign it.
Your Application: Testing Info GRE. Ensure you take the time to adequately prepare. Make sure that you sit the exam in time for the school to receive the marks when applying, marks older than 2 years may not be accepted. Find out how much weight the school places on these exams; and, whether or not the average multiple test scores or file the highest (or lowest) score if you are considering retaking the exam. International students may be required to take language assessment exams such as the TOEFL.
What Counts Most in an Admissions Decision? The standards used by a particular program in evaluating applicants for admission will vary from program to program, and may vary from the general graduate school standards. Another major factor will be the level of competition in the admissions process. Because graduate study is highly specialized, it is the program that usually sets the standards on the background preparation required of applicants. You should ask (or find out!) at the schools you are considering what their criteria are, and what weight each criterion carries in their evaluation.
Your Application: How Long Will This Take?
Send in the application well ahead of any deadlines (good manners!). The deadlines are usually in Jan. or Feb or Fall Semester. Notification will probably occur during in 2 or 3 or 4 months time, the better ones get sooner.
Funding Your Graduate Study
Teaching/Research Assistantships Provincial and Federal Funding (OGS,SSHRC, NSERC in Canada) University sources of funding Learn what awards are common to your field Borrow wisely (if at all. Perhaps the last option!)
ECE Masters in Canada Few very good universities U of T (Univ. of Toronto) UBC (Univ. of British Columbia) UoW (Univ. of Waterloo) Mcgill Univ. Others Queens univ., McMaster univ., Univ. of Western Ontario, Univ. of Alberta etc...
University of Toronto Very good ECE Program Ranked 11th in 2007 Times Higher Rankings for Technology Universities Communication Biomedical Engineering Computer Engineering Electromagnetics Electronics Energy Systems Photonics Systems Control
University of Waterloo Groups in Electrical and Computer Engineering* Communications and Information Systems o Broadband Communications (BBCR)Research Group o Centre for Wireless Communications Research Group o Leitch - University of Waterloo Multimedia Communications Laboratory o Coding and Signal Transmission (CST) Laboratory
University of WaterlooCMOS Design and Reliability Group Control Systems Group Generative Software Development Lab Giga-to-Nano Electronics Group Integrated Quantum Optoelectronics Laboratory Intelligent Integrated Radio and Photonics Group (IIRPG)
University of WaterlooNanotechnology Group Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Group Power and Energy Systems Group Radio Frequency Silicon Device and Integrated Circuit Group Silicon Thin-Film Applied Research (STAR) Group Software Technologies Applied Research (STAR) Group VLSI Research Group
McGill UniversityRanked 27th in 2007 Times Higher Rankings for Technology Universities Bio-Engineering Computational Electromagnetics Intelligent Systems Micro-Electronics and Computer Systems Nano-Electronic Devices and Materials Photonic Systems Power Engineering Systems and Control Telecommunications and Signal Processing
University of British Columbia West Coast of Canada Ranked 30th in 2007 Times Higher Rankings for Technology Universities
Early Deadlines Reputable Research Institutes
University of British Columbia Applied Electromagnetics Biomedical Engineering Communications and Signal Processing Computer and Software Engineering Control and Robotics Electric Power and Energy Systems Human Communication Technologies Microsystems and Nanotechnology Secure Systems Engineering Signal Processing and Multimedia Solid State Microelectronics Systems and Control VLSI & System-on-Chip
ECE Masters in Saudi Arabia
King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) from 2010 onwards. KSU (King Saud University)
KFUPM MS (EE) Electrical Engineering Digital Signal Processing esp. Image Processing, Digital Filtering etc. Power Systems Telecommunication Engineering MS (CE) Computer Engineering Computer Architecture VLSI, Digital Sys. Design Automation Computer Networks MS (SE) System Engineering Instrumentation & Control Industrial Systems
KAUST DISCOVERY SCHOLARSHIPS KAUST will offer a pre-enrollment version of this general scholarship program to students attending first-university or bachelor's degree programs. KAUST will provide financial support to pre-enrollment Discovery Scholarship recipients at their home institutions prior to the University's opening. Upon graduation, these students will enter KAUST as master's degree students in September 2009 and 2010 to complete their graduate studies on a fully funded scholarship.
Studying in Europe
Study in EuropeProvides info on: Reasons to study in Europe Country Specific Info on Scholarships, Visa etc. English Courses Search Application Guide and much more. Visit: www.study-in-europe.org
DAADProvides info on: $300 million annual budget, 50,000+ scholarships awarded annually German universities Course search University rankings German language and much more. Visit: www.daad.de
TU9 - Excellence in Engineering and the Sciences made in Germany
The members of TU9 are: Rheinisch-Westflische Technische Hochschule Aachen Technische Universitt Berlin Technische Universitt Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig Technische Universitt Darmstadt Technische Universitt Dresden Leibniz Universitt Hannover Universitt Karlsruhe (TH) Technische Universitt Mnchen Universitt Stuttgart
Technische Universitt MunchenRanked 7th in Europe and 40th Worldwide amongst technical universities (THES 2007). International Masters Programmes:Communications Engineering Computational Science and Engineering German Institute of Science & Technology (GIST) offers following 3 semester programmes: Integrated Circuit Design (TUM-NTU) Microelectronics (TUM-NTU)
Fees for GIST programmes is 30,000 Singaporean dollars! But 27,000 if you apply early (by 31st January). Fees is 500 Euros/semester for Communications Engineering. Deadline: 15th March for CE & ICD, 31st March for CSE
RWTH AachenPublic English-Taught Masters Programmes (nonconsecutive masters degree programmes) Biomedical Engineering (knowledge of medicine & natural sciences required with engineering) GRE compulsory Electrical Power Engineering Software Systems Engineering Communications Engineering Media Informatics
50 Euros application fee 500 Euros/semester tuition fee Deadline: 1st March
Technische Universitt DarmstadtInternational Masters Programmes: Information and Communication Engineering (ICE) Automation Systems Electrical Power Engineering Integrated Nanoelectronics & Microelectronics Microengineering & Precision Engineering Information Technology & Communications Engineering
Language of instruction is both English & German in some programs. Requires online test. Deadline: 15th July
Universitt StuttgartInternational Graduate Programs: Information Technology (INFOTECH)INFOTECH offers three specializations CEMT: Communication Engineering and Media Technology ESE: Embedded Systems Engineering MO: Micro- and Optoelectronics
Qualifying Examination must be passed in October to confirm admission. Step1: Email. Deadline 15th Feb Step2: Docs: Deadline 11th April
Technische Universitt Hamburg-HarburgInternational Academic Programs: Information and Communication Systems Joint European Master in Communication and Information Technologies (CIT) (TUHH-PDT-Aalborg)
GRE required Master of Science in Engineering + Professional Master in Global Technology Management (MBA) with NIT (Northern Institute of Technology Management). Deadline 31st May but 28th Feb for double Masters.
Technische Universitt KaiserslauternInternational Master Program 'Electrical and Computer Engineering offers following specializations: Automation and Control Communication Systems Digital Systems Microelectronics Power Systems Mechatronics
Intensive German course and passing exam after 1st year compulsory for going into 2nd year. GRE strongly recommended Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships for top students available. 'Master Plus Program' is free of costs!********************************* Deadline: 30th April for Winter (starts 1st August), 31st October for Summer (starts 1st March)
Christian-Albrechts-Universitt zu KielInternational Masters Degree: Digital Communications Deadline: 1st April No tuition fee.
Universitt KasselElectrical Communication Engineering Two stage application: i online screening ii send docs by post Deadline for the winter semester: 15 July Deadline for the summer semester: 15 January
No tuition fee*Courses can be selected by students based on interests but 90 ECTS (3 semesters).
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Studying in the NetherlandsNuffic - Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education. HSP Huygens Programme offers 200 full scholarships to international students. Visit: www.nuffic.nl
TU DelftRanked 5th in Europe and 17th Worldwide amongst technical universities (THES 2007). 40 MSc programmes in English amongst which are: Aerospace Engineering Computer Science Computer Engineering Embedded Systems Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (EM course) Optics in Science & Technology (EM course) Systems & Control Sustainable Energy Technology Electrical Engineering Electrical Power Engineering Telecommunications Microelectronics Tuition fee is 8460 Euros! Some scholarships available from TU Delft and other parties. Essay required! Application starts from 1st November and ends at 1st May. Outcome is announced in about six weeks.
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