Dear Mentor:

Which telecommunications MS programs are best?

I'm engineering graduate in electronics and telecommunications, looking for doing MS within proper budget and preferably in telecommunications. Will you please help me decide which colleges to target while I take my GRE?

Targetting Colleges, Pakistan

Dear Targetting Colleges:

You would have to pursue an MS in electrical engineering and specialize in communications. Just a linguistic issue: Telecommunications typically refers to telephony and radio communications. Telecommunications is too narrow a specialization for most schools for the MS level. The appropriate lingo for the US is communications.

Deciding on which colleges to target is a personal decision. This decision depends on your personal needs, interests, and constraints. For example, securing financial assistance is often an absolute constraint for many international students. Since getting admitted is easier than obtaining financial assistance, one has to balance the desire to attend a high-quality school against the constraint of getting financial assistance.

You can and should research the colleges and associated admissions requirements while you prepare for the GRE (Graduate Record Exam, a standardized entrance exam). You can obtain the List of Engineering Colleges in the US in the iMahal Education section. Since the GRE is a critical element of assessing your candidacy for admission, you should wait until you have obtained your GRE score to create a list of target colleges. That way, you would be in a better position to balance your performance against the competitiveness of individual schools. The iMahal College Finder can help you identify colleges that best match your performance and personal needs.

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