One of the most confusing things that many Computer Sciences B.Tech Students or anyone with a degree in Computer Sciences when applying to US Univerisities for MS is “ Should I apply for MS in Computer Sciences or MS in Management information Systems ?” . It can be very confusing, personally I hold an MS in Computer Sciences. I hope to explain some of the differences between Computer Scienes Vs Management Information Systems. If you not sure of MBA or MS after B.Tech, then you may want to read this article “Should I study/apply for MS or MBA in US after B.Tech/ B.Com ? MBA vs MS fees, degree focus, funding issues. Which is better ?
MS in Computer Sciences (CS) vs MS in Management Information Systems(MIS)
If you look closely at the titles of MIS and CS, you can couple of obvious keywords: one has Science and other has Management. Just as a layman without any knowledge of the degree, what do we get out of that? One is a more Science related degree, means you are going to learn everything about Computers and how they work and other is a Management related degree with managing information Systems in Businesses.
MS in Computer Sciences ( CS )
Continuing our thought process, if you join MS in CS, you learn everything about Computers as a science. You learn advanced concepts of How Advanced Databases work, how the Advanced Operating systems work, How to write compilers, Various Algorithms, Advanced Research Methods, Advanced Programming Languages, Advanced Architectures, Advanced Network security, Artificial Intelligence, etc… Also, you have an option to do research, if you do so then you choose Thesis option. Some universities, it is mandatory and some Universities it is not. So, it depends. But, if you choose not to do Thesis, you will do capstone(final) project instead in last semester.
MS in Management Information Systems (MIS)
MS in MIS is nothing but Management of Information systems. Think about it, every business collects information and uses information systems for that purpose, as an MIS graduate you will study how to store, search or use the information systems to benefit Managers, Organizations, employees, customers, etc. The point is, you are focused on the actual business side of information gathering and management to maximize the profit for company. You will study information about how to design the systems architecture to support the business, what infrastructure to use for your global systems, How to Manage IT projects, How to do enterprise models, database concepts for business, etc. There might be some overlap with classes, but the goal of the course is to help you manage information systems in the Corporation and NOT to train you to become a programmer or researcher. In some of the program, you might have Accounting, Finance classes, etc depending on the program at the school. They also offer with various names like MS in Information Technology management, Information Management. You may also read TAMU’s article on “ What is Management Information Systems? ”
Sample Curriculum or Program Information of MS in CS and MIS :
You may browse the below links to get some idea on the kinds of classes you take in CS and MIS and how they differ at various universities.
- MS in Computer Sciences at Univ of Houston – Clear Lake
- MS in Computer Sciences and Engg at Ohio State University
- MS in Computer Sciences at Purdue University
- MIS Masters Program at SUNY Buffalo
- MIS Undergraduate Program at University of Houston Main campus
- MIS Masters Program at University of Illinois at Spring Field
GRE or GMAT for MIS ?
For Computer Sciences MS, everyone knows that you need to take GRE. But when it comes to MIS it is a little different, depending on the school, they accept GMAT or GRE. The reason is, typically MIS is offered by the School of Business and CS program is offered by School of Science and Engineering. Previously, as you know for most of the Business schools, GMAT was very much a requirement. But, with recent changes, some Business schools are starting to accepting GRE too. Anyways, some schools say you have to to take GMAT and some schools say you have to take GRE. So, there is no generalized rule and it is a preference from the Business School. You will have to check the respective schools programs or look at ETS website for more info. Here is the list of MBA Programs that accept GRE General Test. It is very much possible that these list of schools that accept GRE for MBA will also accept GRE for MIS, but for others it depends. Either case, you have to double check.
To keep the articles short and crisp, check the continuation of this article : Careers of MS in MIS vs CS (Computer Sciences) in USA ? MIS Careers ?
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