Hello That's a great choice.
GRE is easy and it is designed for an individual to take it on the go, although with preparation things does get easier. Most of the university ask for GRE and usually universities have certain criteria more of a base cut off on GRE scores.
Then further ranking is based on your Statement of purpose (SOP), LOR and overall profile. Usually you can browse the programs an university has aligning towards your interest. I would reached out to the Grad School Dean/ Liaison and the Professor itself to get more details, such as on programs, funding opportunities, etc. Some of the reference are
FE is a great idea.
PS: In my cases the research ran out of funding in my 2nd Semester, but I got that funding/scholarship/assistantship from my Department
Abhay recommends the following next steps:
- Reaching out to Graduate school's (once narrowed down based on initial browsing research)
- Narrowing down the grad school's to apply to
- Follow up on Scholarships with acceptance