Wish to apply to MS in Computer Science? Here are a few things you must know.
Why MS in Computer Science?
Technology is growing rapidly; professionals in Computer Science are in high demand to develop solutions for technological and computer-related challenges. A host of career opportunities await those who complete Master in CS programs from reputed US universities. Areas of specializations in this field include Information Systems, Systems Engineering, Instructional Design and Technology, Health Informatics, and Cyber security. A master’s degree holder in Computer Science can expect a salary of US $80,000 to $140,000 per annum.
So, if you have decided to apply to US Universities for MS, one of the most important factors of your application is Statement of Purpose (SOP).
How important is an SOP?
SOP gives you a sure shot opportunity to convince the admission committee that you are a suitable candidate. It goes without saying that you must meet all other criteria to qualify. The SOP should include your educational background, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and your future goals.
Sample SOP for MS in CS
Name of Student – (Your name)
Course Applied – MS in Computer Science
I consider myself lucky to be in an era of technological and computing revolution that potentially redefines our lives. Advances in computer science influence nearly all other fields, from health to education. I am excited at the prospect of dedicating my career to this fast growing industry. Over the years, I have witnessed the rise of the modern computing industry and I can sense that there are still developments to come and challenges to overcome. Adam Osborne once said, “The future lies in designing and selling computers that people don’t realize are computers at all.”
Right from my childhood, I have enjoyed experimenting with computers and applications. So, it was natural for me to choose Computer Science as my area of study for bachelor’s degree at ABC College in India. Now, I at the end of my undergraduate studies, am determined to continue my education in this field, but in a more competitive and global environment.
You may ask, “why US?” Computers contribute nearly 10% of America’s GDP. The nation is way ahead of any others in technology. This would give me the best opportunities and infrastructure currently available. I chose to apply to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Master of Science in Computer Science because it is one of the renowned educational institutions in terms of university reputation, research and faculty in Computer Science department.
The comprehensive curriculum of ABC University’s content has given me exposure to the core areas of Computer Science and I have thorough understanding of the concepts.
Over the past two years, I have developed an interest in mobile computing. As part of a mandatory project in my final semester of study, I worked on developing a word-processing application that would work even on Java-based mobile devices. Growing in a developing country where smart-phones are still a luxury to many, I knew that such a system can make a huge difference. The external reviewer rated my project 4.5 out of a maximum of 5 rating points. However, for my MS degree, I wish to explore other areas of Computer Science as well.
It is important to discuss, think and re-think before you reach a conclusion. It is this belief that motivated me to join the online technology forum at our University. Soon, as one of the moderators and a key participant of this forum, I was able to help numerous students with technology related challenges. Eventually, this became a confidence booster for me. It taught me that the basis for good work is planning and most importantly, in-depth analysis. I also learned to accept criticisms and use them to improve my works.
In conclusion, I would like to say that an opportunity to study MS in Computer Science at your University will be a major step towards achieving my goals. I hope I will be provided an opportunity to pursue my graduate studies with financial assistance at your institution.
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