Should I study/apply MS or MBA in US after B.Tech/ B.Com ? MBA vs MS fees, degree focus, funding ? Which is better ? – Part 2

Fees  MBA vs MS ? Which is cheap ? State University Vs Private Schools

This article is continuation of Should I study/apply for MS or MBA in US after B.Tech/ B.Com ? MBA vs MS fees, degree focus, and funding issues explained – Part 1, please read the previous article  before you read part 2.

MS fee is typically much cheaper than MBA fees. You might ask, why is it ? Simple answer, because MBA is typically done by people who are working and for significant number of them their companies pay for the fee. Why do companies pay for education ? Well, they want their employees to grow and become elite managers to sustain the growth and boost  their organization. Also, people can get paid lot more after MBA because their designation changes if they are good ! With recession it is tough these days…. Will everyone make high salary ? Nope, it depends on your talent and University you go to…economy too L   . Again, it depends on every University. State schools fee is always cheaper than Private Schools. For instance, MBA at private school like University of Chicago will cost you ONLY the tuition for NINE MONTHS is $49,000 and MBA at state school like University of Wisconsin will cost you $13,348 for a SEMESTER or around $26,800 for two semesters.  For masters it is same typically in terms of state or private schools, it is cheaper to study in state schools. For instance, fees at University of Houston Masters program is around $600 per credit, that comes to $5400 per semester if you take 9 credits.  Again, in state schools fees for MBA and MS might be pretty much very close or same with exception of special fee they charge for MBA. But private schools it is much different.

Funding for MBA and MS ?

Funding is a big thing for students and most common types of funding as I explained are in form of TA, RA and GA. Check the post about what are TA, GA and RA for more info if you do not know with funding info.    Let’s think logically first, MS is more technical and research oriented, logically speaking if the University has more research funding then, there is more funding for MS. On the other hand, MBA, it is not tied very much to research, where do funds come from ?  Only source for MBA funding is Fellowships, scholarships or TAs for Undergrad Business students.  If you notice, for MBA, research part is almost not there unless you are in PhD. Guess what, if you are MBA and applying for funding in Business school,  MS people of Marketing or Finance are competition to you for that too.  So, your option is to work in other departments or no funding at all. But for MS, you have many options like working as RA, TA or GA in your department or other department based on your background.  Not only logically, in reality too, there is less funding for MBA than MS due to the research focus and other related aspects. You may get in-state tuition in state universities if you stay long enough like year or so and pay taxes in that states, but in private schools forget about funding…

Confused??  Here is my piece of advice….

I know most of you want to be managers and entrepreneurs in future by jumping into MBA right after B.Tech, B.A or B.Com… Let me tell you the truth folks, You will learn very little if you go to MBA without two to three years of work experience. You have to work in an organization setting to fully comprehend and appreciate the full potential of MBA.  For this reason, most of the business schools have requirement of 3 to 5 years of work experience as a major factor.  Think about this, “if you were never a team member, how will you understand the team member’s problems and their perspective if you  were never a team member and directly have become a manager”. So, start at the base and then climb up ! My recommendation is if you are starting your career, then do not go for MBA, work and then go. Check this article for more info on this. As of MS is concerned, as I said in previous posts there are many types of students who would like to come to US for education and some for Job only.  Depending on your situation, you may pick one of the below.

  • Typically, MS is done for anyone with career path of PhD  or research.
  • If you want to do PhD some day and be professor, then MS and PhD integrated program.
  • If you worked for two years, and have money to support your MBA financially, then MBA
  • If you are not sure what you want to do, then take time to think about what you really like and where you see yourself in next 10 years and take a decision on what makes sense for your career path.

These are just my personal suggestions…it is your decision, plan well and go for your passion… I am not trying to discourage anyone to do MBA right after B.Tech, but just telling you the facts I have learnt. If you have any questions, post a comment under this, I will respond !

Good Luck ! Make a Wise Decision….It is your future !

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627 comments… add one

  • rohit Nov 18, 2015 Reply

    Hi Kumar, My name is Vemulapati Rohit Kumar Reddy. My details are as follows:-

    1) D.O.Birth : 11-07-1991
    2) SSC : 83%(Completed on 2006)
    3) Intermediate : 73%(2006-2009)
    4) Degree : 55 %(Pursued Bcom(Computers from Kakatiya
    University, Warangal). (2009-2012)
    5) Work experience : Working as Junior Assistant in State Government Area Hospital, Malakpet,
    Hydeabad(From 17.07.2010 to till date)

    Now I want to pursue MS or MBA according to my background in
    United States for Fall-2016 As I have done my 15 years of education.

    I have a good touch in Maths. My passion when I completed Intermediate was computers but due to circumstances I have done BCOM(Computers).

    My purpose of going US is to make money. If I go with MS or MBA what is the specialization good for my profile. Which career is good in long-lasting basis.
    My contact number is 9849532679.

    • Kumar Nov 21, 2015 Reply

      Rohit, Unfortunately, if your goal is to just make money, then I am afraid, you need to rethink about studying in US, because of the lottery situation over the last few years. I suggest you read study in US with H1B lottery to get some idea. Read goal for ms in US

  • gita Nov 14, 2015 Reply

    I would like to know about the1. financial status and 2.types of positions in the companies; of the individuals after completing their respective courses of MS or MBA.

    • Kumar Nov 14, 2015 Reply

      Gita, It totally depends on the role you apply to. There is no blanket answer. For instance, if you do MBA and get into Investment banking, you may make quite a bit of money…unlike, if you do MS and end up in a developer role, you may make less…so, it depends.

  • Lalit Nov 12, 2015 Reply

    Hi Kumar, I have done M.C.A and 4+ year experience in Software industry. I am planning for MBA in US. But I am confused about MS vs MBA. Sometime I think about MS in Data Analytics or BigData but after reading your article looks like I should go for MBA. Need your suggestions …

    • Kumar Nov 14, 2015 Reply

      Lalit, As I mentioned about, it totally depends on your career aspirations. Your degree should help add value to your career growth. If you are keen on pursuing management roles, MBA will help…Again, doing MBA is one part, it comes down to how you position yourself to that roles. Take time to think about your long term goals and make a decision based on that.

  • Iyan V Nov 5, 2015 Reply

    Hello sir.. Myself completed ma b tech aeronautical engineering 2015 pasd out .. I like to do mba in US.. But every one saying mba without experience won’t help u..But to be frank as of aeronautical it’s tough to get in to any job… I don’t like to waste years for searching jobs alone.. So can I start ma mba from tis September 2016? Inspite of wasting years for searching jobs

    • Kumar Nov 7, 2015 Reply

      Iyan V, Usually work experience helps a lot. Read Is work experience required for MBA Having said that, if you are in tough situation like you mentioned, you may go ahead. The catch is that some of the really good schools would have work experience as a requirement…one of the ways to increase your chances is to get really good scores in GMAT and TOEFL.

  • rahul Oct 31, 2015 Reply

    Hiii Kumar. I have few doubts I want to ask you. I am in the last year of my B.Tech. right now and I am now pretty sure that I dont want to be in technical line anymore, so I opted for MBA. But then I gave it a even more thought to and I realised that I love Maths more than anything. Now that I knew that I want to do something which can keep me involved in maths only so I searched even more, so I came up with some confusion in head if I should do MBA from some IIMs or MS in Mathematics because I can have all those job opportunities as that of an IIM student by MS too I guess… I am not sure??? Also please tell me what would be the opportunities I would be having after doing MBA and after MS in Mathematics…

    • Kumar Oct 31, 2015 Reply

      Rahul, Where do you see yourself in 10 years time ? Doing what ? You should be dreaming of what you want to be in 10 years and make sure higher education helps you with that…MBA or MS should add value. The degree is how you position yourself….You can do MBA and have an emphasis in Operations Research, which is quite number focused…you could do MS in Finance and be around numbers…So, the opportunities are there….Coming to your question, I do not know if MS students from IIMs will be allowed for all job interviews like MBAs from those schools, it is very school specific…I suggest you look at your long term goals and where you want to be and then add education to that…

      • rahul Nov 3, 2015 Reply

        hiii kumar
        Firstly, thanx for replying to it. Now actually the problem is firstly as I already told you that Maths is my area of interest, apart from that I searched over for the subjects taught in IIM A. Most of them, to me, were more of commerce subjects and less of maths. Now that, if I opt for MS mathematics, then the field would obviously be of my interest but not sure of much job opportunities in it. Basically, I want careers in which my knowledge of pure maths could be fully used. I tried to find students who are doing or have passed out MS mathematics degree for further career perspectives but didn’t found any. If you have someone in your knowledge… please do let me know. And please tell me what do you think over this matter ??? What should I opt for according to you ?

        • Kumar Nov 3, 2015 Reply

          Rahul, Your education degree is less relevant these days with Software jobs. You see people with Biology background doing Comp Science roles. I would suggest you think about your passion…Many data scientists have background in Mathematics….There are plenty of opportunities, it is how you position yourself for jobs. You can even look at doing such degrees in US or UK…Think about it…What do you see yourself doing in 10 years time…look from that perspective and then plan your education to help that…

  • Varun C Oct 24, 2015 Reply

    Do you think that going for MS first and then MBA , you would be wasting your time doing MS?

    • Kumar Oct 25, 2015 Reply

      Varun C, Absolutely ! I wasted 2 years of my time doing MS. I would rather work and get experience during that two years, instead of MS, and do MBA directly.

  • Shivam Oct 22, 2015 Reply

    Hi Kumar, nice article posted by you. However, i have a very different kind of query. Firstly, i am not sure about what to choose MS or MBA. I am currently working in mainframe technologies for the past 11 months and i have worked on Java before that in my college and i liked working on Java Technologies so much as i use to hate mainframe. I really like the idea of learning new programming languages but i am really worried about my future because some people say there’s not enough money in this field. And i would like to see myself settled 3-4 years down the line, that’s why this MBA thing came into my mind.
    It would be very helpful if you provide me with the clarity as to what lies ahead (role wise) if i choose MS in computer science (considering i am an E&C graduate), what kind of jobs i might get and similarly for MBA. Keeping in mind that i am presently working in IT field and the growth prospects are very bleak and slow and i want to settle down in 3-4 years of time.

    • Kumar Oct 22, 2015 Reply

      There is nothing called settled in 3 years time. With the market dynamics, we need to be up to date to stay relevant and have good career. In in general, may not add too much value to your career unless you are into research or teaching. MBA on the other hand will give you a different track of career like project managers, product managers, other management roles. The fact is that you need to push yourself and grab such roles. Think about your interests and plan your education to add value to your career plan.

  • Shyam Oct 21, 2015 Reply

    I am a computer science student working in software field for 2 years. “If my work experience is in technical side (specific software say MatLab), in what way MBA will boost my career opportunities?” this question is confounding me whenever I think of MBA.

    • Kumar Oct 22, 2015 Reply

      Shyam, read When to do MBA , it talks about work experience value. Technology does not matter.

  • Naik Oct 20, 2015 Reply

    Hi Kumar, I have 2 years of Experience in SAP UI Fiori (no much coding was involved) and basically I have done Mechanical Engineering graduation, I am thinking of a master degree and pretty much confused in choosing the course. Should I go for MBA or MS? I am not interested in coding as well ! Please help me with that.

    • Kumar Oct 20, 2015 Reply

      Naik, What do you want to do in the long run ? Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years ? Take sometime to think about these questions… Once you are clear on that, then pick up what makes you reach there. MS or MBA should add value to your career and help you achieve your long term goals. As the above article talks, those are the differences ( check part 1 of article too). If you are looking for management roles, it is a good idea to consider MBA. You can work for year or two more and then pursue that…

      • Tejas Oct 21, 2015 Reply

        Thanks a ton Mr Kumar! I will look into that :)

  • Rhythm Oct 15, 2015 Reply

    Neatly written! Much needed advice I could infer from the article. It helped me a lot in creating a clarity of thought. Keep up the good job kumar.

    • Kumar Nov 12, 2015 Reply

      Cheers Rhythm !

  • Rishika Oct 3, 2015 Reply

    I am currently pursuing my hons and I am interested to pursue mis in USA I want to know if I am eligible with a three year degree and no prior work experience.

  • Dilip Oct 1, 2015 Reply

    Hats Off Kumar for sharing this knowledge, you are doing great Job……

    • Kumar Oct 1, 2015 Reply

      Thanks Dilip for kind words !

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