I recently gave my GRE exam nd got 1260(790q+470english).
I passed engg from a pune university college with 56%(branch E & TC) overall(higher second class),
I plan to go for MS in aug 2012.
My major interest is in Image processing and I am working in a company that specializes in Image and Signal processing and personally I am working on an image processing project. I plan to keep on working in the same company till 2012. I want to specialize in Image processing.
1. Please help me decide that is the score sufficient if I get a recommendation letter from my company president(He is Phd in Signal processing), and also right now I think that i cannot increase my score by more than 50-60 marks. So, should I try giving GRE once again or stay with this score.
The score of 1260 is ok. With this you will just be able to clear the minimum requirements of most of the top schools. But on the other hand, since you just clear the min req you will be the last in the group of applicants. So think about it. Also as the admission is not all about gre score, if you have a very good profile and are able to market yourself good then you sh
ould be able to get admits with this score.
Now as for
the reco, it doesnt matter if the person is the company president or your immediate supervisor. All that counts is how has he been involved with your work and how good a reco can he give. The reco should testify for you, show that you are capable of all the things you have mentioned in your application.
2. I am not financially very sound, so is there a possibility of getting scholarship outright (before even going for MS) in any US university or even in Canada for that matter. I've heard that as the reputation and ranking of university increases their fees also increases, is it true?
The fees and expenditure depends on many factors like public vs private, city vs sub urban. So you will have to look at the individual univs to get a good picture of it. As for the scholarships, I would say even though the chances of scholarships have gone down but there still is a chance. It all depends on the college, the dept's funding, vacancy available with the prof, number of students applyi
ng and things like that. With your work exp you should be able to put up a good candidacy for aid. So do go ahead and give it a try.
3. I have found out that many universities offer Image processing courses, but do we do MS in Electrical or computer Engg and get image processing as one subject or we can do our complete MS in Image processing.
As you have mentioned, you will be doing a MS in Ele or comp. But you can choose your courses in such a way that your specialization is Image processing. Moreover you should be looking at colleges that has a lot of research going on in the field you want to work. You can even narrow down the univs based on the sub category of image processing you are interested in.
4. With my 2 year of experience in Image processing field, if I find a professor who is doing research in the same field, will I be able to assist him and get some financial help.
Yes, thats how you usually get the TA/RA. So you should be trying to contact the profs and talk about your intension in helping him in his research. You can also ask him doubts and give suggestion on their work. In this way you will develop a good contact with the prof. and when they are reviewing the applications, he will be able to consider you for any open positions available.
Please suggest me the answers to the above questions.
I have heard one more thing through a friend currently doing MS in North Carolina, that Universities in US do not matter much, its the knowledge you gain throughout your course that decides your job, as the interviews are completely technical. IS it right?
Yes, thats true. The interviews are generally technical. But the college you go to also plays a imp role in this. Since the big colleges will have good research and coursework, you will definitely learn more than what you learn at the not so big colleges. Moreover the level of competition is also helps you in developing a good understanding. In the end, the reputation of the colleges also plays a role in you securing the interview in t
he first place.
Thanks & Regards,