Fall 2021 Deadlines for MS in USA

It’s again that time of the year when MS in US aspirants start gearing up for applying to the universities. The majority of application windows are going to open up in August or September. In this post, we will look at the fall 2021 deadlines for MS in US. Additionally, we have also compiled the average GRE scores, application fees, and acceptance rates for MS in US. Check out the fall 2022 deadlines for MS in USA.

USA will Continue to Attract International Students

Due to certain issues, the US did lose a little bit of attraction. However, it’s still the most preferred study-abroad destination, particularly for STEM subjects at the graduate (MS & PhD) level. Presence of reputed & top-ranked universities, availability of funding, OPT (post-study work) opportunities, top-notch recruiters, etc. have always been the pull-factors for the US. So, we are pretty sure, 2021 round will also attract quality applicants.

Fall 2021 is Going to be More Competitive

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, quite a few admitted students from fall 2020 deferred their acceptance to fall 2021. Secondly, due to the economic downturn, US universities are likely to see an increased number of applications. Therefore, the fall 2021 admission round will be extremely competitive. Hence, it will be only wise to put serious effort into the applications and keeping the basics right – such as submitting applications as early as possible, rather than just a few days before the application deadlines. However, there is no point in submitting a half-baked application. You need to submit a strong application by all means.

Don’t Neglect GRE

Many US universities have gone test-optional (i.e. GRE is not mandatory) or dropped the GRE requirement (GRE not required). A few such universities include Harvard, Stanford, Brown, Northwestern, etc. But, as international applicants, applying with a competitive GRE score is strongly recommended in order to stand out in the applicant pool.

Fall 2021 MS Deadlines for Top (Most Selective) US Universities

Fall 2021 Deadlines for MS in US
Fall 2021 Deadlines, GRE Scores, Application Fees & Acceptance Rates for MS in US


Fall 2021 MS Deadlines for Other Top Universities in USA

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Note: Please check the official program sites to confirm the deadlines!


Also, even if the application deadline is Dec 1 or Jan 1 for a university, the financial aid or scholarship deadline could be way earlier. For example, the application deadline for the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship at Stanford is October 14, 2020 (for fall 2021 intake).

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Check out a few Feedback of the Students who worked with us on their applications: 

MS Business Analytics Admits at 3 Top-10 US Universities for ECE Graduate with Less than 1-year experience (Fall 2020)

MS Bioinformatics Admits at Boston and SDSU with Low GRE Score (Fall 2020)

MS EE/Robotics Admits at Top-50 US Universities with Average GPA (Fall 2020)

MS Business Analytics Admits at UT Austin and Purdue (Fall 2019)

MS Computer Science Admits at Cornell, Georgia Tech and Rice after Multiple Rejections (Fall 2018)

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