Since I started my Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications here at GGU, a lot of people have asked me how I found a school, got accepted, completed all the requirements and dealt with immigration here in USA. It took a lot of work figuring out everything and getting it ready. Especially being from Norway there are things that are trivial for Americans, but for me sounds crazy or just weird.
I dont know how the process works at all the different schools, but it is usually very similar.
I have decided to make a checklist to make it easier for you:
1. Figure out where you want to live. Big city? small city? west coast? east coast? midwest? I can very highly recommend San Francisco! It has it all! Great weather, but not to hot, diverse neighborhoods, Silicon Valley just down the “block” , a great “Hippie” mentality, and a city that is consumed with Innovation and keeping it green:)
2. Figure out which kind of school you would like. Big school? small school? Big campus college life like for example UC Berkeley or smaller business school like Golden Gate University or Hult Business school. (I am giving examples from San Francisco, because thats the ones i know). Do you care about rankings? working professionals? small classes? big classes?
3. Do you have a 3-year bachelors degree from Europe? Then you need to find which schools excepts your degree, not every school will. I advise you to call or email the school directly. You will get the information you need and they appreciate students who reach out.
4. Search the Internet for blogs or student reports from that city or school. The people who live there and go to the school will of course give you the best information, the most honest opinions and advice.
5. Apply for the school! But be aware, usually there is a application fee of around $100-200 so only pick and choose a few.
The Application process step-by-step for a graduate master at Golden Gate University:
GMAT is required for most MBA´s at GGU ( And other schools). The test can be taken all over the world, but check early for dates, as they are not offered here very often in each country. Will require some studying in advance of the test.
Can be waived if your GPA is higher than 3,5 or if you already have taken another masters from an accredited American university.
GPA: (Grade Point Average) Your grades needs to be calculated into the American grade system. Can be done by your international advisor after you apply to GGU or online before you apply. The GPA required, varies at the different schools, but at GGU it is 3.0 (B average) for most master programs.
GGU have rolling admissions, but I recommend you submit your application as soon as you can. You will also need to complete visa/immigration status after your application is complete.
So this is what you have to do:
1. Order your test dates to TOEFL/IELTS and GMAT if required. The tests are only offered a few times a year so please plan ahead. Have your test results sent directly to GGU, marked with IAA office. GMAT test centers: https://www.mba.com/service/testing/testing.aspx?Action=APPOINTMENTSEARCH
2. Apply online to GGU and pay application fee ($110) Send all the required forms online and have your transcripts temporarily evaluated.
3. Send your original transcripts in English in a sealed envelope directly from your school where you earned your bachelors degree.
4. If you would like to additionally support your application you can submit a personal motivation statement (This might be a requirement at other universities).
5. Submit your certificate of finances. If you are Norwegian and getting support from Lånekassen you can collect your preliminary statement here: http://app.lanekassen.no/forelopiguttalelse/
6. When accepted to GGU, start your visa/immigration application. Bring all documents awarded from GGU and other documents requested by the embassy.
7. After your visa is approved, back your bags!:)
I think this sums it up in a easy way. Please comment or email me if you have any additional questions! I am happy to help!:)