Master USA...really worth?

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22-Sep-15, 12:17
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Avatar for Electron23
posted about 5 years ago
Hello everyone,

First of all, I would like to introduce myself since this is my first thread in this forum. My name is Manuel and I just finished a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Electronics and Automation, in Madrid, Spain.

I would like to ask if you guys think applying for a masters in the United States is actually worth the money, since we all know they are crazy expensive. The masters I would apply for, would be a masters in electrical engineering.

Thank you very much.
posted
22-Sep-15, 13:17
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by AOE26
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posted about 5 years ago
Hi Electron23... grats on the BSc.

When you say "worth the money" can you expand on what you hope to gain from it, how you intend to use it and where?
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22-Sep-15, 15:40
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Avatar for DrJeckyll
posted about 5 years ago
Hi Manuel,

I can really not advice you as I don't know your personal circumstances,where do you plan to work etc Most Europeans that come to do a master in the UK, they do it for one of the following reasons:

1) Enter the job market in the UK (it would be much harder with a European undergraduate degree);
2) continue for a PhD (increases chances of funding);
3) go back home (where they already have an established career) with extra qualifications.

A self-funded master in the US is worth only in case 3.
posted
22-Sep-15, 16:40
Avatar for Electron23
posted about 5 years ago
Quote From AOE26:
Hi Electron23... grats on the BSc.

When you say "worth the money" can you expand on what you hope to gain from it, how you intend to use it and where?


Thanks for your answer!

I hope to gain some extra knowledge in my major (electronics), and I would like to use it either there (trying to get a job there with a visa) or in Europe, working for a higher level company, since I imagine having a masters degree in a good university from the US will open many doors...

Those are my guesses... but I dont really know if that is too optimistic or its a good approach...


Quote From DrJeckyll:
Hi Manuel,

I can really not advice you as I don't know your personal circumstances,where do you plan to work etc Most Europeans that come to do a master in the UK, they do it for one of the following reasons:

1) Enter the job market in the UK (it would be much harder with a European undergraduate degree);
2) continue for a PhD (increases chances of funding);
3) go back home (where they already have an established career) with extra qualifications.

A self-funded master in the US is worth only in case 3.


Thanks for your answer!
posted
22-Sep-15, 16:59
Avatar for TreeofLife
posted about 5 years ago
I knew a MSc student from the US, she paid $25k for fees (extortionate considering she lived in the state, so this would be discounted) and took a $25k loan for living expenses. I really don't think it's worth it for a one year course, and I'm not sure how many doors it would open in the UK (probably depends if the uni is well known) and the US job market is extremely competitive.

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