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Is a Master’s degree in the US worth it?

Q: Is a Master’s degree in the US worth it?

A: Yes!

Let me explain. The US economy is in great shape, with low unemployment. Starting salaries for anyone in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are at an all-time high. If you do a Master’s in Computer Science or Data Science, then you are expecting to get between $90,000 and $115,000 in your first job after you graduate.

Once you have worked in the US for a few years, you probably will not want to leave, but if you do, you can easily get hired back in your home country on a much higher salary than you would have otherwise.

Yes, a Master’s degree in the US is expensive. It is important that you go to a college with a great reputation, so you have to have good academics and a good GRE/GMAT score in order to get accepted.

The other huge problem is the visa. If you do a Master’s program which qualifies as STEM, then you get a 3-year Optional Practical Training Visa which enables you to work for 3 years post-graduation. That is a lot. Then, each year, you can apply for the H1B Visa, and you have a probability of around 70% of getting it. So not guaranteed, but not bad either.

If you want the live the American dream, and to get truly rewarded for the investment in your education, I think you should consider a STEM Master’s in the United States.