Monthly Archives: December 2010

Response to a parent


Dear Dr.Umagupta greetings for a wonderful New year 2011 it with great gratitude i am writing, it is nice of you to serve the indian students, for their higher studies at USA, My daughter is doing her second year , B.P.T. Bachelor of Physiotherapy in chennai, tamil nadu, india, Sri Ramachandra University a deemed university, which has alliance with Harvard medical international she has 2.5 years to finish her course,she is a gold medalist, till now , i shall be greatful if you can guide me, regarding which are the best universities in usa, for her MPT,OR DPT and what are the entrance exam she has to write for her post graduate at usa please guide me thanking you easwaran india

Dear Mr. Easwaran,

As a parent myself, I understand your anxiety and eagerness to find the right US university for your daughter. She seems like an exceptionally bright and dedicated student. Since she has another 2 plus years to complete her Bachelor's,it is too early to decide on a university.  There are many excellent universities for Physical Therapy and the competition is often stiff. Strong academic background and good grades (your daughter has both) are essential. The right school will also depend on her career interests – what does she want to do after she earns her degree? Please stay in touch and when she is about one year from graduation, we can offer more specific advice and guidance. Best wishes! You are a great dad!

Dr. Uma Gupta is CEO of PlanetGPA, a New York company that helps international students find the right US university. She can be reached at


PhD Study in US


The PhD is a terminal degree. This means it is the highest degree that one can earn in a given field. Phd degrees from the US are highly sought after by international students all over the world. US institutions are therefore very selective in their selection process.

The path to a PhD is usually Bachelors-Masters-PhD. Some universities will allow you to combine a Masters and PhD. In other words, you will be admitted into a Master's program and  into a doctoral program.This is not that common, but such programs are available.

PhD is not for the faint-hearted. It takes 4 to 5 years simultaneously to earn a PhD. It is hard work. It requires a love and passion for research. It requires dedicating ones life to the pursuit of knowledge in a given field. If this is you, then step forward. The US offers PhD in every imaginable discipline and embraces students from all over the world who love learning!

Dr. Uma Gupta is the CEO of PlanetGPA ( that helps international students interested in study abroad.

Fall 2011 – Time to Act


The clock is ticking! If you plan to attend a US university in August 2011,from now on every day counts. Here are a few simple things to do:

1. Practice GRE; practice GMAT; practice TOEFL; or practice IELTS – regardless of what test you plan to take, practice is key. 

2. Short-list your universities carefully. Research each university thoroughly. This is the most important decision you will make with regard to your education. Don't blindly follow someones advice. Do your homework.

3. Write a good essay. Be prepared for at least 7 to 8 iterations. US universities give great deal of importance to good essays!

Dr.Uma G. Gupta is CEO of PlanetGPA, a US firm that matches students with US universities. She can be reached at