Are you in your last year of your Bachelor? Do you wish to apply for a Master starting next year, maybe abroad, but you don’t have any idea about where to start looking? Then keep on reading, because this is the ultimate guide to applying for a Masters Degree!
Many students wait until graduation to start thinking about their Master, only to find out that application periods for the Master they wanted are already over.
In addition, most people don’t realise how much time and effort it takes to apply for a Master program, and that is why it is so important to start early and be prepared!
This guide will give you some tips on how to find and apply to the Master of your dreams!
When to start looking?
The earlier, the better! Some Masters have application deadlines in January (so January 2019 to start in September 2019 for instance), but most of them have the first deadlines in March or April. So you need to start searching at least during the winter of your last Bachelor year!
How to find the perfect program for you?
When I was looking for the Business Administration Masters, the best website I came across is mastersportal.com. This website includes every Master program in the world and often contains all the information you need to decide whether it’s a good fit for you or not. Things you need to check are:
1.The tuition fee – If it doesn’t fit your budget, then you can cross it off immediately!
2. The program content – Do you really like the subjects?
3.Career opportunities – Will you be able to get a well paid job with this degree?
4.University Ranking – The higher the better! You can check them here
5. The duration of the program – Do you want a two-year or one-year program?
6. The city/country – If you are considering moving, you should definitely think about whether you will like living in that city!
Ok, you found some programs you like! What are the next steps?
- Check the deadlines!
2. Check the general admission requirements! Most programs will require the following:
- Graduation before July/August
- Your grades correspond to the requirements (some Universities are more or less strict about them)
- Knowledge of the language the program will be taught in. If the program is in English, you will most likely need an IELTS or a TOEFL certification, and it is better if you prepare these exams a few months in advance (for example, I did my IELTS in November 2017 and my Masters started in August 2018)
3. Check the specific admission requirements! Top programs such as those of Business Schools or Scientific Universities will require you to have certain competencies. For some Masters, you could even have to pass an exam! That is the case for most Business programs, which require you to have the GMAT or the GRE. I took the GMAT and it was quite difficult to study for it while writing my thesis and taking the last exams, so it is really important to start preparing for it as soon as possible.
4. Check which documents to prepare. Usually, you will need:
- Your CV
- A motivational letter on why you want to do that program
- One or more reference letters written by your professors or employers
- Transcript of grades from the Bachelor
- High School Diploma
- And, when you will get it, your graduation Diploma. All diplomas usually need to be certified copies (with the apostille and the university stamp). So again, the earlier you have them the better!
- And finally, the language test score or GMAT/GRE test score
Be careful! If you are applying for a university in a country which is not your own, you should also have certified translations of the diplomas and the transcript of grades
5. Pay the registration fee (yes, you need to pay to apply) and start the application process