Resume tips for MS
Updated on Feb 23, 2017 - 5:10 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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Resume tips for MS - One of the important aspects of applying for an MS course abroad is writing a resume. As part of the application package, preparing a resume for MS studies abroad requires a different approach altogether as against any usual job application as the intent is to showcase your knowledge in a field through postgraduate study.


One of the important sections of a resume for MS studies is education. Unlike in the case of a resume for MBA or a job application, the admission panel for an MS programme looks at the educational experience of the aspirant through subjects studied and projects undertaken.


Therefore, one of the factors to consider while writing a resume for MS is to present the skills and qualifications in your resume. Here we bring you some of the best tips to write a resume for an MS programme.


Resume tips for MS


1. What should the resume include?

You may be asked to submit a resume or Curriculum Vitae, depending on the programme you are seeking. MS programmes generally demand CV while MBA programmes demand a resume. What is the difference between the two? Well, while both are similar with respect to detailing and summarising your achievements, a resume is more focused towards the professional accomplishments of the aspirant where as a CV is inclined towards mentioning the education requirements.

Here the basic pointers that you should include in your resume for MS:

  • Education qualifications: All the major educational qualifications of an aspirant should be mentioned in this block, starting from the most recent. If you have already completed your Masters, you can start with that and follow that with other qualifications. Applicants who have completed any short term course should mention the same in the resume, especially, if the course is relevant to the MS programme you are applying to.

  • Professional qualifications: While it is not the most important aspect of the resume for MS, professional qualifications, if any, should definitely be mentioned in the resume. Aspirants who do not have any prior work experience can list projects that they have worked on. If you have work experience, it is always advisable to mention the same.

  • Relevant skills: Aspirants should list work related, technical and even language skills in this section. You can highlight skills which you think gives you an edge in the programme and are relevant to your programme.

  • Personal information: Personal information may include full name of the student, contact address, phone number, date of birth, web/social media page/blog and email id.

2. How to begin?

Since a resume for MS studies does not follow the usual pattern of a job application, many aspirants have confusion in listing their objectives in the beginning of the resume for MS. While a job applicant would generally list his/her interest in working for the organisation and the related field, a resume for MS would include the candidate’s interest in joining a particular programme offered by the university. In fact, it is a much simpler and succinct description of your desire to pursue your MS course from the university or institute.



a. Objective: To obtain a position in the field of Computer science utilizing acquired skills in design and technology.

b. MS applicant- Civil engineering


A proactive researcher who is motivated by challenge with more than 2 years of experience in construction. Looking for a position that enables me to further enhance my knowledge and understanding of the said field.


3.  Focus on your programme:

While preparing a resume for an MS programme, one should shape resume in such a way that it reflects your interests in the field you are applying to. Whether it is a skill or a project that you have been part of, remember to highlight it in such a way that it reflects your potential for the programme. For example, if you are applying for MS in Computer Science, write about projects that are specific to the subject. It might be a term project or internship in the said field.




Worked on Analog Circuit Design and Analysis, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

• Participated in a series of hands-on labs to build and operate analog circuits

• Gained experience in circuit and component modeling, amplifiers and filters.


4.  Which order to follow?

For an MS programme, it is always advisable to start with your educational qualifications, provided you do not have a work experience. In case you have work experience, you can list your experiences above your educational qualifications. However, there is no hard and fast rule as far as listing a perfect order is concerned. It is always important that you highlight the points that you want the admission panel to take note of. So, whether it is educational, professional or any skill sets, you can always mention it in that order if you want to highlight any specific feature or potential. Though most common in resumes for MBA programmes, in case you have prior work experience, you may even start your resume with an executive summary of your skill sets and areas of expertise.


Most resumes follow the given sequence:

  • Executive summary (optional)

  • Professional experience

  • Educational qualifications

  • Projects and reports

  • Awards and achievements

Sample of an executive summary:


Executive summary

  • Biochemist with demonstrated leadership skills and 2 years of experience. Deep expertise in immunology and cancer biology research.

  • Successful collaboration with clinical scientists with expertise in design and analysis of clinical trials.

  • Authored and co- authored 2 high impact journals

5. Internships and projects:

It is always helpful if you can add internship experiences or projects in the resume for MS studies. Universities abroad exercise a practical approach to teaching and learning. Most of the learning is done through assignments and projects. Therefore, they always look out for students who already have experience in such activities. Also, having an internship involving work in the subject you are applying gives an edge to the resume for MS.  For example, if you applying for MS in civil engineering, then an internship experience in construction or manufacturing company will certainly boost your CV. Similarly, being a part of projects involved in this field will also add weightage to your resume for MS.



Professional experience:

(Name) Internship Programme

Investigated quality control and mechanical property effects of………

(Project name)

Investigated a novel approach to the fabrication of composites……..



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