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What are the best BS and MS programs in CS?

I'm in the final year of B.Sc. Computer Science, at Loyola College in Tamilnadu, India. There are two questions I'd like to ask you. 1. What are the best Universities for M.Sc. Computer Science? 2. Is there a possibility of getting direct admission to a BS Computer Science program in the US, using the credits I have gained?

BS or MS, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Dear BS or MS:

We are a bit confused by your question. You are talking about the MS without specifying the country, and then you talk about the BS in the US.

We do not evaluate or assess colleges and universities. Instead, we refer our audience to independent sources that are in the business of ranking colleges. Ranking of colleges is not a common practice in India. Assuming that you are referring to MS in India, we direct you to the Ranking of Computer Science Colleges in India in the iMahal Education Channel. You can also find the List of Computer Science Colleges in India in the iMahal Education Channel.

Of course you are eligible for a Bachelor of Science (BS) in computer science in the US. All you need for admission into a BS program in the US is your grade 12 of high school. You are typically required to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); both are standardized entrance exam. You can find Information on Entrance Exams in the iMahal Education Channel. The List of Computer Science Colleges in the US is also available.

It is possible that your inquiry contained a typo, and you really meant an MS, and not BS, in the US. You would then need a 4-year college or university education from India in degree-granting programs. Your BS is likely to be of 3-year duration. In which case, you must complete the first year of a Master's program in India. Some colleges in the US may even require that you complete a Master's from India, before applying for an MS. You would also be required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), a standardized entrance exam.

It is also possible that you are asking about transfering into a BS program in the US, hoping that this would improve your situation for preparing for, finding, and getting admitted to a good MS program. This is possible to do, but is unlikely to be easy to do. You will have to identify a few colleges and contact them directly to learn about their procedures for mid-to-late BS transfers. One logical concern is that transfer credits would be difficult to justify simply because the US college has little experience in assessing how comparable your courses in your Indian univeristy are to their courses.

Admission requirements for colleges in the US vary somewhat. You should study college-specific requirement by visiting their websites.

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