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Masters abroad: preps and steps

Fall Intake in USA: Find Out Application Deadlines, Process & Requirements for Fall Intake in USA

Yocket Editorial Team
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Pursuing higher education in the United States is a dream for many students. Thousands of applicants from around the globe apply to these universities each year in a hope to live their dream, but only a few get to do it. Therefore, as a student you must acquaint yourself to the nitty-gritties of the admission procedure.

The first step towards this is understanding the best time to apply. Since Fall intake in the USA is the most preferred or primary or major intake period, we’ll tell you all about it in this blog.

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Why Is Fall a Preferred Admission Season for International Students?

Before we discuss the timeline of fall intake in the US, let us start by analysing why it is considered the preferred admission season. 

In the US, the admissions take place in two seasons: Fall and Spring. There is also the summer intake but only a limited number of universities offer programs during this season.

Here’s a quick comparative look into these intakes:


Starts From


Fall Intake

(Primary/Major intake)

Late August or September

September–December/early January

Spring Intake

Secondary intake



Summer Intake



MUST READ: Admissions in the US in Fall vs Spring

The Fall intake is the most preferred intake and is also considered the primary intake at all major universities in the US.  This is because of many reasons, including:

  • Fall marks the beginning of the academic year, therefore, the maximum number of students apply to universities and colleges during this time.

  • Universities offer a wide range of their flagship programs and courses during the fall intake.

  • Fall offers more opportunities for students in terms of scholarships and financial aid.

  • In the Fall, it is relatively easier for students to find internship opportunities

  • Fall season is also better for students interested in networking and other on-campus activities

Timeline for the Fall Intake in the US: What, When & How to Do It?

The timeline for study abroad application starts an entire year in advance. This means that if you want to start your course in Fall 2022, you should start preparing in 2021 itself. Now, you may need the entire year of 2021 to prepare as you have to get a lot done.

In this section we’ll be highlighting the steps and the timeline to help you smoothly sail through the process of your MS admission!

What’s the Tentative Timeline for Competitive Exams for Fall Intake?

There are a few exams that you need to give in order to apply abroad.

English Proficiency Exam

This could be IELTS, TOEFL or PTE exam. These exams are needed in order to apply to any country (where English is the native language), not just the US. These signify that you are good at communicating in english and will be able to cope up with the classes and everyday conversations at your university. They are pretty simple and test your basic knowledge of English Language. Every university requires a student to have a minimum score to be eligible to apply for its programs.  In general, you need to score 100+ on TOEFL or 6.5+ on IELTS.

A few pointers to remember when taking the exam for fall intake in US, are:

When to Take the Exam?

You can take the exam in the month of August or before. The test scores are valid for 2 years from the test date.

Preparation Needed

You should keep about 2-3 weeks to study for these exams. Dedicating 2-3 hours a day should suffice as well.

You can reappear for these exams as many times as you like to, however, it would cost you that many times.

Standardised Admission Exams

The other exam needed for master’s admission is the GRE or GMAT exam. These exams play a very important role in your application. The higher the score, the better chance you have at getting an admit from the university of your choice. These exams test your quantitative and logical reasoning.

A few pointers to remember when taking the exam for fall intake are:

When to Take the Exam?

The last month by which you should have your score should be September end.

If you start preparing in the month of January, then you can give this exam once in May/June, and if you are not happy with the result, then once in August.

The test scores are valid for 5 years.

Preparation Needed

You should keep 2-6 months, depending on the daily time you can dedicate to studying, for the preparation of these exams. Practice is the key to preparation.

You can take these exams multiple times, however, it is not recommended to take these exams more than twice. It is time consuming and very expensive.

NOTE:  As you may already know, you need to send the scores of all your competitive exams officially through the organization. This process can take anywhere between one to three weeks. Therefore, you should keep a three-week buffer between the date you submit your scores and the application deadline.

When & What Documents to Prepare for Fall Intake?

In order to submit your application, you need to submit your academic documents. These include your semester wise marksheets, degree certificates (or provisional certificates in case your degree hasn’t been issued yet) and transcripts.


Your transcripts need to be generated by the university itself.  It should be scanned for your reference, as well as sealed and stamped by the registrar of your university.

Some universities may have specific criteria for transcript uploading or submission, you will find those details on the university’s website. For MS admissions, some US universities require you to submit WES evaluations of your transcripts or marksheets.

The WES Evaluation takes about a month and needs to be submitted to the university via WES itself. Therefore, it's best to apply for your transcripts (or WES evaluations) in the months of July.

Now, a lot of applicants are still in their final year of study when they start applying. In this case, you will specify that you have transcripts of only the first two (or three) years of study and that the final year mark sheets will be submitted by you when you attend the university the following year.


In your application, you will also need to specify 2-3 recommenders. These recommenders can be your professors, managers, people you have worked under, etc. For students without any work experience, all the recommenders can be professors, or managers who they worked under during internships.

For working professionals, at least one should be the recommendation of a manager or team lead.  It may take time to get recommendation letters, therefore make sure you have them ready well before Fall admissions begin in late August.

Other Documents

Other documents that you will need include your passport, resume, etc. The documents needed will be specified on the course page on the university website. Go through the list of documents needed and keep them ready by the end of July.

Getting Your Essays Ready for Fall Admissions?

Your essay is an integral part of your application. It can make or break your entire profile.

Applicants with very high scores have been rejected by top universities in the US because their essay wasn’t great! While applicants with average scores have been admitted to great universities because their essays won hearts!

Therefore, Start preparing your Essay well in advance!

Some applications want you to answer certain questions in your essays and they specify so in their application forms. Some applications may even require you to submit multiple essays.

B-school applications also have interviews in their admissions process, but these are usually later. You can read about this process here.

What are the Application Forms and Deadlines for Fall Intake in the USA?

All application forms and portals are mentioned on the course webpage or on the university’s website. You should fill the application form very diligently and make sure you make no mistakes while filling the form.

You can also check course wise Fall and Spring application deadlines of US universities here. Make note of these deadlines and make sure to apply well before.

  • There are two types of deadlines, priority and regular. Try to apply by the priority deadline.

  • Also, deadlines for international students are different than those of domestic students.

Once you have submitted all your documents and completed the application form, all you can do now is wait!

Other Handy Tips and Information For Students Applying for Fall Intake in the USA!

  • Make an excel sheet with the names of all your universities along with important information stored in the columns. This information can include the application like, program name, course link, deadline, fees, average living cost, essay questions (if any), application link, your application login details, etc.
  • Another way to stay organized would be to follow a schedule, especially while preparing for the exams. This will ensure that you give ample time to studying as well as carry on with your regular activities.
  • Most priority deadlines are in November and December. Some US universities deadlines for fall 2022 start off in these months itself, therefore it is necessary to keep these deadlines in mind.
  • All the months specified are one year prior to your starting year. This means that if you plan on starting your masters in the US in Fall 2022, then you should follow this process in 2021 in the corresponding months. You can read about the timeline to follow after you have got an admit over here!

Applying to universities abroad can be a very lengthy and tedious procedure. However, you must keep patience and be careful while going through every step of the admission process. We at Yocket Premium can help you make the application process feel like a breeze.

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