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.