Components of the admission application
Components of the Admission Application - The mere thought of applying to US universities for MA-PhD programmes is enough to send a shiver down the spine to the average student.
Like any other intimidating and complex task, US graduate school applications too can be successfully executed if one clearly identifies the various components of admission application.
Remember, GRE and TOEFL scores are only one component of your application and it is easy to get overwhelmed by preparation for these exams. However, it is important to keep in mind that these scores are not the ultimate determinant of the success of your application. As, if not more, important are the other components of your application. They are the statement of purpose (henceforth, SoP), writing sample, curriculum vitae (cv), transcripts of your marks and recommendations from teachers or other relevant people.
Statement of Purpose (SoP)
Start working on this latest by late October. Stay within the word limit specified by the department to which you are applying. State briefly and clearly what you want to work on, why you want to work on it, how you will do it (i.e. what particular place or archive or data you will examine), what is the relevance of your proposed research to your discipline and what relevant qualifications you have to pursue your research (such as language skills or technical training or prior research experience).
Again, start work on this by late October. Applications for an MA-PhD in the social sciences require one (or sometimes two) sample of your academic writing. This essay may be something you have already written in the course of your MA or may be something that you write afresh for the application. Be sure that it is what you consider the best example of your academic abilities. If the sample has nothing to do with the topic on which you are proposing to work, that is alright but do not exceed the specified page limit.
Letters of recommendation
Make sure that you inform your referees (that is, those who will write letters in support of your application) at least 6-8 weeks prior to your application deadline. While choosing your referees, choose those teachers or employers or academics who know you well as a student and who will be able to reflect upon your abilities as a writer, thinker, speaker and person. You should offer a brief overview of your proposed research to your referees so that they are familiar with what you want to study and can incorporate it in their letters. Most universities require three letters of recommendation.
Your CV should contain basic information such as your date of birth, your marks (class XII, BA, MA etc), educational institutions attended, degrees earned, scholarships/fellowships/ grants, prizes/awards, work experience, research experience, publications, extra-curricular interests and achievements -- whichever of these you may have.
Transcripts of your marks containing a detailed break up of marks you earned in each paper in the course of your BA, MA (and MPhil, if applicable) and the exact title of each course you took are required. Usually two copies of each transcript are required for each university. Make sure the transcripts are signed, stamped and sealed in envelopes before you send them with your application. Start this process by mid-October since it can often be tied up in red-tape and bureaucratic paperwork.
Each department to which you apply will have a link to its online application. Fill out each of the sections in the online form and pay the fees online through a credit card when your application is complete. Send the paper components (usually the writing sample, transcripts and cv, and sometimes the SoP too) of your application through mail or courier to the address stated on the department website. Letters of recommendation can now be submitted online by your referees. If you prefer to take them all in one go from each referee, you can send in paper copies in sealed envelopes.
In case you do not have access to a credit card, you can download the application form, fill it out on paper and pay through money order. Be sure to mail the application at least 2 weeks before the deadline and keep a photocopy of the final application for your own records. Send your GRE and TOEFL scores to the department through the ETS. Make sure your application and its various components reach the department by the stated deadline, so mail/courier them well in time. You should receive an email confirming the receipt of your online application and later, an email confirming that your application is complete. Make sure to track whether each of your applications is complete so that you can re-send those components of your application that may get lost in transit.
So, between the months of September and December you can easily accomplish the various tasks that make up a US grad school application.
Break it down into each of the steps described above and then tackle each step at the appropriate time. With this approach, you will be in control of the situation and not the other way around. Graduate school applications need not consume your entire life and can easily be executed well by putting in 3-4 hours a day.
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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?
Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.
Is there any age limit to take admission into Ph.D in USA?
The age limit which almost every University demands is 35 years. If anybody is above that they can might miss the chance to get enroll theirselves for phd.
This age is decided because phd is all about researching and writing ,they usually demand people who is also iinvolved in academics and departmental works.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?
Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in New York?
It will all depend upon the lifestyle and the office hours you put in the work. The number of opd days, OT days and the visit to the wards for rounds. It all affect the free time period for a doctor. In USA,you have to pay tax for the services thus it can be little less than what you make in india
Are US Neurosurgeons rich enough to live a comfortable life in the United States?
It will totally depend where are you working and what are you getting paid.
As US is anyways costly ,there lifestyle tends to change.Neurosurgeons in Us are paid according to their qualification as well as where they work
According to research
The average income for a neurosurgeon is $775,968
The middle range income is approx $704,170
the lowest paid are $350,000
And the top 10 % of the neurosurgeon get a pay of $1,229,881 per year!
So it totally depends upon your qualification and the place you work if you can have a comfortable life or not