If you’re applying to a master’s program abroad including an MBA, you’d be required to have your transcripts ready for submission as a part of the app
If you’re applying to a master’s program abroad including an MBA, you’d be required to have your transcripts ready for submission as a part of the application process.
There’s confusion among applicants regarding what an academic transcript means and what the transcript format for Indian applicants should be. In this post, we’ve tried to address some of the common questions among applicants.
All about academic transcripts for college admissions
What is the meaning of an academic transcript?
An academic transcript is an official document which contains the summary of your academic record.
It would include the name of the degree obtained along with the dates of attendance, the date the degree was conferred as well as the names of the subjects/courses you had taken in each year along with the marks or grades obtained in each of them.
It would need to be on the college/university letter-head stamped and signed by the registrar or the concerned authority.
Where and how are these transcripts used?
International universities & Masters (MS, MBA) colleges get applications from around the world. There is very little consistency in the content and scope of what’s covered across the regional educational institutions. The subjects, the grading standards, the specialisation, the number of courses, the duration can all vary significantly.
Academic transcripts can act as a single window through which admissions teams of Masters and PhD programs can evaluate what the applicant has studied and how she has performed.
Having said that, there are still many challenges. For instance, comparing transcripts from the universities and colleges based in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and other cities isn’t easy though they are all from the same country.
Imagine the complexity that admission officers handle when they are looking for transcripts from other countries.
What is the difference between marksheets and transcripts?
Marksheets are what you get from your college at the end of each semester or year. They contain details of the list of subjects, total marks for each subject and how much you scored.
For an engineering program that has 8 semesters (spread across 4 years, if you are capable and/or lucky!), you will end up with 8 marksheets.
In contrast, the transcript puts all of this in a single document. You’ll have only one transcript for one course.
Do I need to submit the original transcript along with my MBA / MS application?
You may be applying to multiple colleges at the same time. So, initially at the time of application, you may be able to manage the process with scans of the official transcript of records, depending on the requirement of the institution where you apply.
The scan of the transcript can be uploaded and submitted along with your application form. However, be sure that the scanned version that you upload is clear and legible.
However, once you’ve received an admission offer and accepted it, you’d be required to submit an official transcript.
I attended different colleges for my bachelor’s & master’s degree? Do I need to submit separate transcripts?
If you have a bachelor’s degree from a college, you’d need a transcript from that college with the summary of the subjects taken in each year and the marks/grades obtained.
Also, if you’ve done your master’s elsewhere, you’d need another transcript in support of the same. If you’ve attended a non-degree program at some other institution, you’d need another transcript with the details of the courses taken and the grades obtained.
In short, you’d need to submit one official transcript from each college or university you’ve attended. Each of these transcripts would contain various details related to the program taken.
If the transcript is issued in any language other than English, then you’re required to submit the certified copy of the original transcript along with a certified English translation. Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original records.