Top 10 MS specialisations available in US

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USA is the most famous choice among students when they decide to opt for MS courses abroad. The reason behind it is the world-class educational system and practical exposure offered y these universities. Besides, on passing out from these top universities will end you in a high salary package job. Though the course fees here are high, students can easily get through the loan approval process and most of these universities offer scholarships to international students. 

An MS program is more like an exclusive elective. It should be an area you must be interested in or you have future plans for research. Then this is the article for you if you are searching for top MS specialisations in the US. 


MS in Computer Science

This is one of the most shouted specializations in which one learns how the software interacts with the hardware. It has more jobs in space compared to any other specializations. According to the US Labor Statistics report, 6 out of 10 jobs are in the field of computer science. 


Who should select this specialisation?

If you are interested in making apps, Facebook, and play with artificial intelligence then this is the MS specialisation for you. And the best part of this course is students can choose from a lot of options like Algorithms, Computational Geometry, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Computer Architecture, Databases, Data Mining, Graphics, High-Performance Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Networks, Programming Languages, Compilers, Robotics, Scientific Computing, Security, Software Engineering, Systems (Operating Systems, Distributed Systems), and Theory. If want to be a software developer then this is the way to your journey.


Career prospects

If we talk about the career perspectives, MS in Computer science offers a great career in the field of software development in the giant IT companies, and it provides job applicants in various spheres such as database administrators in big MNCs.


Top Universities

  • Stanford University
  • MIT
  • University of California
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Southern California


MS in Wireless Communications

This is the transformation of information or power between two or more points that are not connected by an electrical conductor. The primary usage like Bluetooth, cordless phones, satellite television, broadcast television are examples of wireless communication.


Career Perspective

Electronics engineers, telecommunications equipment installers, equipment repairers 


Top universities

  • University of California
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Purdue University
  • University of California Berkeley
  • Ohio State University


MS in Power Engineering

Power and Energy Systems is specialisation in Electrical engineering area that talks about rotating machinery, transmission and distribution systems, surge phenomena, system protection, and dynamics, combined with other, more specialized topics like hydro, nuclear power, and wind power.


Career Perspective

Power supply engineer, line design engineer, electrical power system engineers, power transmission & distribution engineer.


Top universities


  • MIT
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Harvard University
  • University of California, Los Angeles


MS in Game Design and Game Development

MS in Game Development program requires students with a strong foundation in computer science, an engineering-oriented game development core. 


Career Perspective

Now game designers are high in demand both for education and entertainment perspective.


Top universities


  • University of Southern California
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Utah
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Santa Cruz



MS in Embedded Systems


Embedded system is a mixture of hardware and software to perform a specific task. Any electronic system which gives the capability to a device or machine to perform fully automatic and semiautomatic tasks is an embedded system. 


Career Perspective

Compiler Engineer, Software engineer, Embedded developers, senior engineers, and so on.


Top universities

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Boston University
  • MIT
  • University of Washington
  • Stanford University



MS in Pharmacy

It is not easy to become a pharmacist in the USA with a B.Pharmacy degree from India. So, it is better to switch to majors like MS in Pharmacy, MS/ Ph.D. in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Drug Administration, Biology, Health Administration, MS in pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical administration, etc


Career Perspective

Hospital pharmacist, Clinical research associate, pharmacologist, toxicologist, scientific writer, Regulatory affairs officer.


Top Universities

  • University of Alaska
  • Auburn University
  • Samford University
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of Arizona



MS in Management Information Systems

MIS include Digital Business Systems (e-commerce), Database Marketing, Telecom Management, Decision Support Systems, Project management/SDLC, Systems Development. MIS also deals with Data/Knowledge management.


Career Perspective

MIS Prepares the future IT managers, Business Analysts, Systems Analysts, and Programmers in Healthcare, Insurance, Banking and marketing, and other major professions.


Top Universities

  • University of Texas
  • MIT
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Arizona
  • Carnegie Mellon University



MS in Very-large-scale integration (VLSI)

Very-large-scale integration is the process of incorporating hundreds of thousands of elements on an individual silicon chip.VLSI is usually offered as a specialization in Electrical Engineering (MS in EE) or Electrical and Computer Engineering (MS in ECE) majors in US Schools.


Career Perspective

Master of Science in VLSI is the most demanding major offered by US Schools. Students from Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) from India can opt for this major.


Top Universities

  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Clemson University



Petroleum Engineering

This technology relies on the basic concepts of physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and economics. 


Career Perspective

This is the area where money flows right from the beginning of the career as this is one of the largest industries in the US. Some of the job prospects are petroleum engineers, reservoir engineer, engineering technicians


Top Universities


  • University of Texas--Austin
  • Texas A&M University
  • Stanford University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Pennsylvania State University--University Park



MS in Life Sciences

Life sciences comprise of the field of science that involves the scientific study of living organisms, like plants, animals, and human beings, as well as related considerations like bioethics. While biology remains the eyeball of the life sciences, technological advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have led to a growth of specializations in new fields.


Career Perspective

Biotechnologist, Immunologist, Food scientist, an analyst in pharmaceuticals, and so on.


Top Universities


  • University of Cambridge
  • Harvard University
  • University of Oxford
  • MIT
  • Stanford University


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