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Hello Everyone,

Yesterday a Student asked me that “I have completed by B.E from Computer Science. I am confused whether to go for MBA or MS.” So I thought that I would clarify this question that many students have in their mind. Making a decision to go to USA for studies, itself is a good decision by the Students. It requires lots of courage and passion to move out of your comfort zone. So let’s discuss this Question in detail.

1. What is MS?

Most of the students are aware of this but still I would like to explain a little bit. MS deals with specializations in a particular technical course that you have done in Under Graduation. If you want to have a Technical Career and not interested in managing things of the Company then MS is the Best. Your Career path after say MS in CS will be Software Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Designer etc. who don’t manage people. They just do their own work and go home. This will be the life if you go for say MS in Computer Science.

2. What is MBA?

MBA focuses more on the Management side than on the Technical Side. The Management is really an integral part of any company. You require professionals to manage things from Recruiting people for the Company like HR to Focusing on the Financial part of the Company. All these things are done by the MBA Professionals. The Career path can be Team Lead in an IT Company, HR etc. So if you are interested more towards handling the management side of the Company go for MBA.

3. After Under Graduation MS or MBA?

I personally feel that Students who have just completed Under Graduation are not ready to take up MBA. They will not have any idea about the Corporate sector and how it functions, thus finding it tough to learn the Subjects that are taught in MBA. To do MBA in USA most University wants their Applicants to gain some Experience and then Apply. But some of the Best Universities like Carnegie Mellon doesn’t require any Experience for applying, but Students with Experience have a higher priority than the Freshers. So If you are Interested in pursuing a career in Management side then work for at least 2 years and then go for MBA.¬†

4. Is MBA’s Salary more than that of MS?

Yes. Students who pursue MBA have a much higher pay than that of MS. But there is no point in looking at this factor. Because you need to pursue the Career you love and not the Career that pays a lot. So I would advice Students who are willing to work in the Technical Side should go for MS and the Students who are willing to pursue Management should work for 2 years and then go for MBA.

5. Can I do MBA after MS?

Yes. You can pursue your MBA after MS. But then too work for at least 2 years after you complete your Masters and then go for MBA.

6. Why Experience is Important for MBA?

You would have seen me above saying that Work for 2 years before going for MBA. Why is it so important to gain experience before MBA? One of the reason is that the topics that are covered in MBA needs some experience in Corporate field to Understand it. When you work in a Company you will get a better understanding about the Management related jobs and what exactly a person with an MBA degree do in a company. It will help you in deciding whether to go forward for MBA or pursue MS.

7. What are the requirements for MBA in USA?

All the requirements are similar to MS except for One. You need to give GMAT instead of GRE. Others are the same as that for MS: – TOEFL, Transcripts, SOP and LOR. So just one change GMAT instead of GRE.

8. Will I get Financial Aid from University while Studying for MBA?

Financial Aid is hard to obtain when you pursue your MBA. Plus the fees for doing your MBA is higher than MS. Plus the Credit hours to complete is higher than that of MS. But it generally takes 2 years to complete.

So to Conclude I would suggest: –

  • Students who want to pursue a Technical Career should go for MS after their Under Graduation.
  • Students who want to pursue a Career in Management should go for MBA after gaining an Experience of at least 2 years.
  • Students who do not know which path to take should gain Experience for sometime. While you work you would come to know which path you need to take.

All The Best.

MS or MBA in USA After Under Graduation?

14 thoughts on “MS or MBA in USA After Under Graduation?

  • September 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    What about an MS in MIS?
    Doesn’t that count as both management and technical?

    • September 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Yes you are right. MS in MIS is a special kind of course that combines Technical as well as Management. But to get into MIS Universities require experience in the IT field. So Students who do not experience in IT field will find it difficult to get into MIS

  • September 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    i hav completed BE in electronics now i want to do MS in electronics, can u plz tell me wat shud be my next step, which all exams i shud b appearing for?

    • September 26, 2012 at 3:19 am

      Hi Shruti, If you are interested in pursuing MS in Electronics then: –
      First you need to give Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL. After giving these two exams, based on your scores and also your percentage in acads I can suggest you the Universities that you can apply.

  • December 1, 2012 at 6:17 am

    What is the pay difference between MS+MBA and
    MS+Ph.D (to opt for professorship in the US)

    • December 1, 2012 at 6:24 am

      Mostly the Pays for Both are almost the Same… MS+MBA has a little upper edge though when compared with MS+PHD

  • March 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    hello sir,
    i wanted change the program into mba.my btech gpa is low.is that hampers my chances?

    • March 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Hello Ganesh,

      You can change your course to MBA after BTech. US Universities generally require students who have 2 yrs of Exp or more for MBA. So if you come under this category then go ahead with your GMAT.

      If you do not have an experience then chances of getting into a Good University for an MBA is little low

  • March 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    wat abt low gpa sir? does it effects to the admission in mba finance?
    thanks in advance

    • March 10, 2013 at 6:22 am

      Low GPA will play a role in admissions but you can make it up by providing a good SOP, LOR and a good TOEFL Score.

  • September 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Hello there,

    I’m passed out with a BBA degree just this year, but I’m a little confused on which course to select : MBA or MS in he USA? MBA should be my option because of my management background, but MS is also fine with me as I’m pretty good in sciences as well. My question to you is which course offers better job opportunities, faster growth in career & more advantages if seen in money prospective. Hope to have a quicker reply.

    Thank you.

    • September 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Depends on what you like. If you are interested in Management itself then go for an MBA or else go for MS. It depends entirely on what you like to do apart from Job Opportunities which are good for both MBA and MS.

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