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The following steps give you an overview on how to proceed, so you don't get lost in all the details. For detailed information, you'll find plenty of resources on this website.

I. Study all available information
1. Read the guide. Read the reports. Browse the Internet. Write emails.
2. Figure out why you want to do this education
3. Figure out which specialization you would like to focus on, this helps a lot when you select the Universities you want to apply to.

II. Apply and get accepted
1. Prepare for the TOEFL test and the GRE test
2. Select the schools you want to apply to
3. Contact graduates from that University.
4. Apply to one to four Universities.

III. Get your M.S. degree.
1. Study as much as you can.
2. Have fun.
3. Network.
4. Land a great job or pursue a Ph.D.

IV. Give your knowledge back
1. Contact the network.
2. Be a resource for other future students.

  I already have a Master's Degree - how can I share my experience?


Step by Step Plan

How can I share my experience?

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I would like to participate or help out, what shall I do?

1. Provide us some of your educational and professional data to be listed in the directory.

2. If you have the email addresses of graduates that are not listed yet, let them know about FHM-Network and send us their contact information so we can contact them personally.

3. Give us your feedback!


  FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


Step by Step Plan

How can I share my experience?

FAQ


Q: I am a student in Switzerland and I'm interested in getting a Masters Degree in North America after my graduation.What should I do?
A: Collect as much information as you can - inform yourself. This site is a good start for this. If you are more serious, talk to somebody who did that.

Q: I have information you might want to add to this site. Who can I contact?
A: Go to the About site, you'll find contact information there.

Q: What is the difference between a Master's of Science and a MBA?
A: The Master of Science degree (M.S.) is an engineering degree with focus on research (best comparable to an ETH degree in Switzerland). An MBA degree is a business degree, mainly for managers (best comparable to an HSG degree in Switzerland).

Q: The degree of ETH Engineers is typically translated as a Master's Degree. What is the difference between a ETH degree and a Master's Degree from Northamerica?
A: In Northamerica the education is split in undergraduate school (basically bachelor degree) and graduate school (Master's and PhD degrees). In order to enter graduate school, students are strictly selected (it's basically like applying for a job and for some universities there are up to 40 students for one position). The focus of most M.S. programs is research, as it is for an ETH degree, and this is the big difference to the Fachhochschule. For work in the industry a M.Sc. degree obtained abroad is definitively more valueable than an ETH degree.

Q: Will I get a higher salary with a Master's Degree?
A:
Of course a higher salary cannot be promised, but your value on the human resource market will increase dramatically when you obtain an M.Sc. degree in addition to your FH degree. By doing this you prove basically the following important skills:
- Persistence (Hartnäckigkeit)
- Will to go "the extra mile" and not go along the simplest and obvious way.
- Lived abroad: Knows and understands difficulties involved
- Experience in a multicultural environment
- English language competence.
- Research and technical experience.