I am Nitish Shah from Rungta College of Engineering and Technology, Raipur. It is a matter of great privilege for me to share that I have received an opportunity to pursue Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Oklahoma State University, United States of America.[expander_maker id=”1″ more=”Read more”][/expander_maker]

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my hearty greetings towards Ashwini sir for making me learn under his kind guidance. I am very thankful to him and his entire team for always guiding and motivating us throughout this long process towards studies in USA.

My Journey

I am splitting my journey to question-answer format so that I can appear more articulate during your kind perusal.

Abroad studies, why?

Quality of education and return on investment (ROI) were the two prime reasons for me to select abroad studies. Course curriculum offered by Oklahoma state university (OSU) is very comprehensive and industry oriented which makes it 21st rank in North America.

Historically, it is observed that graduate students from OSU are getting placed in IT Giants like Microsoft, Amazon, Apple that enables graduates to fetch salaries as high as 110 thousand dollars (65lakhs) per annum.

why not India?

Though some of the Indian institutes offer good blend of quality education and ROI but global exposure while studying abroad will surely provide us edge for securing good position in a MNC.

Why not job right after Engineering?

I was blessed with two campus placements in the recruitment drive but I am delaying to work for a while as I want to finish my studies at stretch. I believe, Gaining little amount of work experience won’t be much accretion to my profile therefore it’s more suitable for me to have international exposure and then switch it over to jobs.

How much money we need to spend for MS?

It varies with the institution, it may be 12 lakhs, it may be 30 lakhs, or it may be even free if we receive scholarship.
Education loan can also be taken to support our education.

How to manage living over there?

Part time jobs, students are paid on hourly basis. We are allowed to work 20 hours a week. At OSU, graduate students are paid $7.25 per hour for their part time. From my experience I would like to share some important points regarding entire process:

GRE: Graduate Record Examination

1: Try to be an avid reader, READ ALOT!
2: It is more of IQ test, focus on basics.

TOEFL: Test of English as Foreign Language

1: Try speaking infront of mirror, will assist during speaking section.
2: It is comparatively an easy examination.

Application procedure:

1: Take your time; prepare best possible statement of purpose (SOP).Put your all efforts in building your profile more competitive before application process. Good internship, vocational training, paper publication can power our SOP.
2: Make good relationships with professors, work under them. This will help in getting nice letter of recommendations.


I hope this would help you all.

Thank you

Nitish Shah
Prospective Graduate student
Oklahoma State University Stillwater
MS Management Information Systems




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