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How U.S. Universities Evaluate Your 3-Year Indian Bachelor’s Degree

Thursday | April 10, 2014 | by WES Advisor

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Do you have a 3-year Indian bachelor’s degree? Most bachelor degree programs in the U.S. are for four years. Because of this, many universities in the U.S. may feel hesitant about accepting a bachelor’s degree with only three years of study. Traditionally, a three-year bachelor’s degree from India has been viewed in the U.S. as comparable to the completion of three years of undergraduate study. This is why Indian students are usually required to complete extra credits to be admitted into a graduate school in the U.S. This may be frustrating for students and we’ll explain how you can properly evaluate your hard-earned degree below.

The Indian higher education system is based on the British model, which consists of a three-tier degree structure (bachelor, master, and doctorate). Although it’s similar to the system in the U.S., Indian degree programs are mostly three years in length. Students who complete a three-year program are awarded a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Business Management (B.B.M.), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), or Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.).

Where Can You Get Your Three-Year Bachelor’s Degrees from India Evaluated?

World Education Services (WES) is a nonprofit organization with over 40 years of experience in evaluating international credentials. WES recognizes some three-year bachelor’s degrees from India as equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree when the following conditions are met:

  • The degrees have been earned in Division I
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This means that if you have earned a bachelor’s degree, such as B.Sc. or B.Com., with Division I from universities accredited by NAAC with a grade of “A” or better, then WES may evaluate your degree as equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Which U.S. Universities Accept Three-Year Indian Degrees?

Universities in the U.S. set their own standards for admission and may change them at any time. We recommend applicants to contact the universities of their choice for specific information on admissions requirements. Below are several universities that would accept candidates with a three-year bachelor’s degree:

Megha Mirchandani, a former WES Student Ambassador, shared that “despite having a master’s degree from the UK, my three-year degree was not considered an equivalent of the U.S. four-year undergraduate degree. So, I had to get my degree evaluated from WES to match my credits to the U.S. system. This was a process, as I had earlier used a different evaluation agency which was not familiar with the Indian system, and spent an additional four weeks in getting my transcripts re-evaluated by WES who was familiar with the Indian system.”

So if you are planning to study abroad in the U.S. for a graduate degree, our advice is to start the process early and find out if you need to get a credential evaluation. The number of U.S. universities accepting these degrees is growing, so check with the admissions office before applying!

Do you still have questions regarding Indian degrees? Read our follow-up post: Your Indian Degree Questions Answered.

Are you considering getting a credential evaluation report? If so, start the process early because it takes time for your home institution to send documents to the credential evaluation agency. You can start the process here. Also, check out our free tools to estimate the U.S. equivalency for your GPA and degree certificate:

  • Use the free WES Degree Equivalency ToolThis tool includes most degrees awarded by recognized degree-granting institutions. Not all degrees and institutions may be available.
  • Use the free WES GPA Calculator: This tool provides a U.S. GPA calculated on a 4.0 scale.

WES Advisor is an initiative of World Education Services, a non-profit organization with over 40 years of experience in international education. We provide tips and advice for international students and skilled immigrants to help them make informed decisions about education, employment, and immigration opportunities in the U.S. and Canada.