IIIT Bangalore, MS

The M.S. by Research degree is intended for mature students who wish to learn and perform research in a supportive academic environment. It is awarded upon successful completion of a graduate-level research program, usually lasting four semesters. Beyond the satisfaction of a relatively small number of coursework requirements, the major focus of the program is on developing research skills, leading to the completion of a Master's thesis describing significant original results. Most M.S. by Research students are working professionals (some already working as research scientists in reputed organizations or government bodies), who are sponsored by their employers.

General Information

The formal minimal prerequisite for acceptance into the M.S. program is a first-class degree in Engineering (or a first-class M.Sc./M.C.A. with relevant specialization). Students who have a good plan for academic research and believe they can be competitive with the best researchers worldwide are encouraged to apply. The M.S. program is research-driven, with a limited coursework component, and is not a substitute for the M.Tech. (i.e., it is not suitable for students who need to take many classes and do not have an interest or established background in research). The coursework is not the most significant part of the M.S.; the research is. The research must happen from day one. The courses taken are only to provide support where needed (especially in rounding out the student's exposure to relevant areas in the field other than the topic of research)

Minimum Requirements
The minimum qualification for admission to any of the programs at IIIT-B is a first-class four-year bachelor's degree in engineering (i.e. B.E., B.Tech., or equivalent). M.Sc./MCA degree holders can also apply. Final-year students expecting to graduate by August 2009 may also apply.

We are open to receiving applications to the research programs (particularly for the Ph.D.) from outstanding foreign applicants.

Working Professionals
Working professionals may apply for the M.S. by Research program. Such applications have to be sent through the employer (or accompanied by a letter from a supervisor or other authorized representative of the employer stating that there is no objection to the applicant's joining iiit-b as a student). Working students will also need sponsorship from the employer, or obtain support from other sources to meet their costs, as scholarships and other financial support are not available to working students.

International Students
Exceptional international students are eligible to apply for the M.S. by Research program.

Selection Procedure
Admission to the M.S. by Research program is on the basis of submitted records of prior academic work and other scholarship showing aptitude for research, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.

Key Dates
Applications are made at the same general time as the M.Tech. applications, and applicants are generally called for interview only in late spring or early summer, with successful applicants enrolling as students at the beginning of the Fall semester. Not all applicants will be called for interviews.

Fees & Financial Aid
No stipend is available for M.S. students. Students in the research programs pay the tuition fee of Rs. 50,000 per semester for only three semesters, though they take longer to complete.

For more information, please visit: http://www.iiitb.ac.in/aca_admissions_ms.htm