Best Colleges for MS in the US

Thousands of students from all over the world travel to the US every year, for the purpose of getting higher education. Colleges in US are popular for the quality of education they impart. The job prospects after the completion of degree are also really good. Any student interested in doing research gets access to high quality research equipment and also gets to learn from highly qualified researchers.

Most of the top universities in the US require the candidates for masters or Ph.D. programs to appear for GRE. GRE Exam (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized online exam, which can be taken at any time during a year. You can select a slot for the exam 45 days prior. ETS (Educational Testing Service) is responsible for conducting the exam.

The GRE is conducted in multiple stages. In this test, the difficulty of next section depends upon your performance in the previous section. If you do well in the first verbal section, the difficulty level of second verbal section will automatically increase.

But, the difficulty level of questions within a section does not change. The scores for Verbal and Quant sections are between 130 to 170, in one point increments. Analytical writing is scored on a scale of 0 to 6, in 0.5 increments.

GRE score cut-off for various top US universities

University

Quant

(Average Score)

Quant

(Minimum Score)

Verbal (Average Score)

Stanford University

163

160

158

University of California Berkeley

162

159

155

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

162

160

157

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

163

159

155

Carnegie Mellon University

161

159

159

Georgia Technological University

161

159

155

University of Texas Austin

160

157

155

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

161

159

154

Cornell University

162

159

160

Purdue University

163

160

158

University of Southern California

163

160

158

Texas A&M University

160

157

154

University of California San Diego

166

157

154

California Technological University

166

164

158

Princeton University

163

157

158

University of Wisconsin Madison

163

160

157

Columbia University

163

157

164

University of Maryland College

160

159

154

Northwestern University

161

159

154

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

163

155

University of Washington

159

156

Ohio State University

158

155

Duke University

165

155

North Carolina State University

161

155

University of Colorado Boulder

152

155

University of California Irvine

161

152

Arizona State University

162

154

Iowa State University

160

152

North-eastern University

157

152

University at Buffalo – SUNY

161

154

University of Connecticut

157

153

University of Illinois–Chicago

158

152

Colorado State University

157

153

Illinois Institute of Technology

158

148

Clemson University

155

151

University of Central Florida

155

151

University of Cincinnati

159

155

Santa Clara University

157

151

Mississippi State University

157

148

University of North Carolina

155

158

Michigan Technological University

157

154

University of Texas Arlington

157

148

The above table represents the mean scores across various schools but the average GRE score for the top ranked schools tend to be much higher. Let’s see how much the average GRE score varies depending upon the school or the program you wish to apply to.

The following tables represent the mean GRE scores for some of the MS abroad programs as per ETS data:

Average GRE Scores for MS in Chemistry

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

164

163

2

Harvard

164

163

3

Stanford

164

163

4

University of California-Berkeley

164

163

5

University of Pennsylvania

159

160

6

Princeton

164

168

7

Yale

159

160

8

University of South California

156

158

9

UCLA

159

160

Average GRE Scores for MS in Mathematics

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

165

167

2

Harvard

165

166

3

Stanford

165

164

4

University of California-Berkeley

165

166

5

University of Pennsylvania

160

164

6

Princeton

168

161

7

Yale

165

166

8

University of South California

157

164

9

UCLA

165

165

Average GRE Scores for MS in Education

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Harvard

163

158

2

Stanford

161

156

3

University of California-Berkeley

159

152

4

University of Pennsylvania

162

156

5

University of South California

161

154

6

UCLA

158

152

7

Columbia University

158

153

8

Northwestern University

161

153

Average GRE Scores for MS in Physics

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

167

167

2

Harvard

167

167

3

Stanford

167

167

4

University of California-Berkeley

167

167

5

University of Pennsylvania

162

164

6

Princeton

168

168

7

Yale

162

154

8

University of South California

159

151

9

UCLA

162

164

Average GRE Scores for MS in Psychology

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

163

163

2

Harvard

163

165

3

Stanford

163

164

4

University of California-Berkeley

163

158

5

University of Pennsylvania

158

154

6

Princeton

165

158

7

Yale

163

160

8

University of South California

158

160

9

UCLA

163

163

Average GRE Scores for MS in Computer Science

University Name

Average Verbal

Average Quantitative

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

162

167

2

Harvard

160

167

3

Stanford

159

167

4

University of California-Berkeley

157

165

5

University of Pennsylvania

155

166

6

Princeton

162

166

7

Yale

155

170

8

Carnegie Mellon University

154

161

9

University of South California

151

163

10

UCLA

154

165

11

Cornell

154

171

The average scores keep on changing every year, as the level of difficulty of any section cannot be predicted beforehand. Just focus on the admission criteria of the colleges of your choice and prepare accordingly for choosing MS.

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