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Updated: How U.S. Universities Evaluate Your Three-Year Indian Bachelor’s Degree

Thursday | August 22, 2019 | by WES Advisor

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Do you have a three-year Indian bachelor’s degree? Most bachelor degree programs in the U.S. last four years, although some schools offer a three-year track. For this reason, many U.S. universities 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. Therefore, Indian students usually must complete extra credits to be admitted into a graduate school in the U.S. This can be frustrating and time-consuming.

In this blog post, we explain how you can properly evaluate your hard-earned three-year Indian bachelor’s degree.

The Indian higher education system is based on the British model, which consists of a three-tier degree structure: bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Although 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, Bachelor of Business Management, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Where Can You Get Your Three-Year Indian Bachelor’s Degree Evaluated?

World Education Services (WES) is a nonprofit organization with over 45 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 a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Commerce) with Division I from a university 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, which they may change at any time. We recommend applicants contact the universities of their choice for specific information on admissions requirements.

Below is a small sample of universities and graduate programs that are more likely to consider candidates with a three-year bachelor’s degree:

We encourage you to contact each institution for information on its application and admissions requirements, as well as to verify that it accepts WES credential evaluations.

Megha Mirchandani, a former WES 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.”

If you are planning to pursue a graduate degree in the U.S., 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 three-year bachelor’s degrees is growing, so check with the admissions office before applying!

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WES Advisor is an initiative of World Education Services, a non-profit organization with over 45 years of experience in international education. We provide advice and resources for international students and skilled immigrants to help them make informed decisions about education, employment, immigration, and integration opportunities in the U.S. and Canada.