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The application process begins with your decision of which programs you are interested in applying. Typically, you would begin with a broad list of universities and then start the elimination process based on certain factors.

It will be the easiest for you if you are planning to pursue a subject in which you have your Bachelors degree. If you are planning a change of subjects, you will have to do that extra bit of convincing about the reasons for the change and demonstrate your eligibility for the new subject.

While it is possible to apply to a department that is different from that of your bachelor degree program, you would need a good reason to justify the change.

You need to talk to all your seniors and friends who are already in the US, take their views and ask them for universities they feel are good for a person with your background.

You have to spend long hours on the Internet, researching universities, their programs, entry requirements and their reputations. Read articles on the internet about the universities, besides going through the university websites.

Networking is an important part of the graduate engineering admissions process. This is more important if you are looking for financial aid in form of tuition or research assistantships. Many graduate departments at universities offer teaching assistantships or research assistantships to their graduate students (students pursuing a master's or doctoral degree particularly in engineering).

Assistantships usually involve a tuition award and some sort of salary in return for teaching or research duties. Every school has a limited number of openings for assistantships based on the amount of funding allocated. As a result, such scholarships are merit-based, meaning they are competitive, based on your academic performance to date.

Individual departments at the university generally control funds.  It always helps to write directly to the department to inquire about available funding.  Students who are research oriented or have published papers in a particular field should contact professors interested in that field.  By contacting professors in advance and building a relationship, you can greatly enhance your chance of getting admission and aid.

The whole procedure can get very difficult and it requires you to be organized to make sure that the decisions about the courses and universities you choose is the right one.

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