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When it comes to postgraduate study abroad in the USA, size matters - but so does depth. The American approach to graduate education means that Masters degrees in the USA are internationally renowned for their academic rigor and their focus on a suite of transferrable skills.
With one of the world's largest and most varied higher education systems, the USA offers a huge range of opportunities for postgraduate (or, rather, 'graduate') study abroad. Masters degrees in the USA can be part of academic programmes at internationally renowned research universities, or prestigious professional qualifications at top business and management schools.
Meanwhile, a vast range of other specialised institutions offer unique postgraduate training opportunities in almost every field imaginable.
The sheer size of the USA itself also makes it hard to beat when it comes to the extra-curricular activities that are key to any worthwhile study abroad experience. Each individual state offers its own unique attractions and, with a little planning, you might well be able to visit a few - making your Masters in the USA an educational experience in more ways than one.
The USA attracts over 900,000 international students, making it the most popular study abroad destination in the world by a considerable margin. In fact, nearly 20% of the world's mobile students study in the USA - many of them on the country's internationally recognised and renowned graduate Masters programs.
The length of a Masters in the USA varies depending on the type of course in question, but is usually between one and three years. Many academic courses are part of wider graduate programs, with the option to proceed on to PhD-level work where appropriate.
Tuition fees for US Masters degrees vary significantly between courses and institutions, but international students don't usually pay more than other 'out of state' students. Approximate fees for a Masters degree at a US public university are between $20,000 and $30,000 per year. You can find more information in our guide to Masters fees and funding in the USA.
International students will need to hold an appropriate visa in order to study abroad in the USA. This is usually easy to apply for, provided you have been accepted by a recognised American university.
The USA is a big country with one of the world's largest and most varied higher education systems. That's why our guide to studying a Masters in the USA is one of the biggest and most detailed we've ever produced.
There you can find out more about American universities, their graduate programs, their application requirements and the process of acquiring an American student visa. We've also put together a postgraduate student's guide to living in the USA and American university rankings.
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The Master of Architecture (MArch) program at Parsons School of Design is a three-year NAAB-accredited professional degree for students holding a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture or a four-year non-architecture degree. Read more
Offered through the Department of Biomedical Engineering , the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering is designed to prepare students to apply engineering principles to problems in medicine and biology; to understand and model attributes of living systems; and to synthesize biomedical systems and devices in order to improve human health. Read more
Offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering , the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering helps students approach, evaluate and devise solutions to some of the largest problems facing modern infrastructure and the environment today. Read more
Communication and the technologies for message creation and dissemination are at the center of dramatic economic, social, and cultural changes occurring as a result of technological development and global connectedness. Read more
Communication is an ever changing industry, with new services and products being created and offered through the internet, mobility via wireless technology, extreme capacity created by fiber optics, as well as the evolution of policy and regulation. Read more
Offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , the Master of Science in Computer Engineering prepares students to apply sophisticated computer architecture and integrated circuit design techniques toward modern computing systems using industry-standard design tools. Read more
Offered through the Department of Computer Science , the Master of Science in Computer Science helps students acquire advanced programming and coding skills that going beyond basic concepts to cover topics such as artificial intelligence, graphic and user interface and cloud computing. Read more
Offered through the Department of Computer Science , the Master of Science in Cybersecurity in Computer Science is designed to meet the fast-growing need for technical cybersecurity experts in national and international organizations, both in the public and private sectors. Read more
Administered jointly through the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering , the Master of Science in Data Analytics aims to address the growing demand for professionals skilled in big data and data analytics in government, industry and research organizations. Read more
Offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is designed to help students understand and apply the principles of electrical engineering to the next generation of technologies improving communications, power and energy systems and micro- and nano-electronics. Read more