The Fall 2022 admission round is over. There could be many students who were either late or didn’t get into their top choices in the fall intake. The spring intake in the US is a good alternative as you don’t need to wait one whole year. The Spring term starts between January and March, depending on the universities and programs. In this post, we have aggregated the Spring 2023 deadlines for MS in USA. Additionally, we have also listed the GRE requirements. Also, check the Fall 2023 deadlines for MS in USA.
Spring 2023 Deadlines for MS Computer Science and Engineering
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Please note that few schools (e.g. Columbia and Pittsburgh) do have not mentioned yet the GRE requirement. They have stated that GRE is not required for Spring and Fall 2022. So, please check the respective websites in the near future.
Additionally, a few schools like Brown and Boston have decided not to accept applications for Spring intake. Those scenarios are also subjected to changes.
Spring 2023 Deadlines for MS Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Biomedical and STEM Subjects
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Spring 2023 Deadlines for MS Data Science and Business Analytics
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Spring Intake in USA
If you are currently working and interested in going for your graduate degree, and already have your test scores, no reason for you to wait to apply. More importantly, if the university you are interested in applying to is accepting applications for Spring 2023 intake.
Just remember, not all the universities and program departments accept applications for the Spring intake. So, your choice will be limited in your college options.
But also, the pool of applicants applying in this cycle is small so you may have a better chance of admission if your profile is good.
Moreover, no point in waiting another 8 months to start your graduate studies. If you start in Spring 2023, you can still graduate in June 2024 and get into the job market post-graduation.
Do international students face any problem finding internships and/or full-time jobs after attending MS programs in Spring?
Finding internships during summer is tough even if you join in the Fall program or Spring program. You may be able to find an internship through your network and contact, something that is possible to do irrespective of when you start your graduate studies.
Many graduate students tend to work on their research thesis or find a job on-campus during the summer while taking a few courses that are offered towards reaching the credit requirements for graduation.
If you start in Spring 2023, you can still use the summertime to take courses towards your graduation requirement and also start working on your thesis, while meeting profs. and university officials to find an on-campus job, TA, or RA.
Summer months will put you ahead in the list of students who may be joining in Fall 2023 and also looking for aid, on-campus jobs, etc.
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Few Things to Keep in Mind
- The first problem with the spring intake is that the number of options is limited. So, you need to be strategic with the MS university shortlisting.
- You must be in a program for at least nine months to apply for off-campus internships. Admission during the spring intake means you cannot work off-campus during the summer season when most companies have formal internship programs.
- However, if the university treats the internship as a part of your coursework, then you would be fine. It would be wise if you choose the right programs and maybe with a Co-op.
- Financial aid options are limited during the spring intake. But, again, if you are keen not to wait for 9 – 12 months, spring intake is definitely a great option.
Tips for re-applicants – who might have faced rejections in the Fall intake by Ajay Singh
If you applied for a graduate program and got rejected in Fall 2022, here are a few things for you to think about. The admission process is a subjective process and also a process of playing with odds if you are applying to competitive schools (less than 50% admission stats).
If you got rejected from your dream university in Fall 2022 and have already joined a US university, you still have a chance to apply and move to your dream school with credits from your current university. This requires you to put extra effort into engaging with your dream college and its professor.
When I came to the US for my MS in 1991, I joined Texas A&M and was able to apply and shift to U.T Austin in Jan 1992 with all my course credits from Texas A&M.
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If you did not join any college post your application rejections, you can still look at the colleges you applied to. Think through what may not have worked for you. Re-apply either to a new set of colleges/programs or re-submit your application with new information i.e. scores, experience, papers, etc.
Graduate program admissions are highly dependent on your academic background, research work, GPA, and GRE scores, plus the program area you are applying to.
If any of these things have changed, it may be worthwhile for you to re-apply. Put emphasis on why the university should admit you this time. Just sending the same information again will not help.
What are the important things to look at while applying for the Spring intake in USA?
Over the last two years, we have worked with a few students who got rejected and re-applied the following year for admissions.
Two common mistakes we found with these student applications were around:
- Not having the right college list and the program they were applying to
- Very generic LORs and SOPs – primarily a repeat of their CV and accomplishments
These two critical elements of a student’s application have to provide more information to the admissions team than what is covered somewhere else.
Good Luck to everyone applying for the 2023 admission cycle!!!
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