Apply for MS or MBA after Engineering(B.Tech) ? Difference ?

In Decide MS - MBA in US by Kumar249 Comments

One of the most asked question by students applying for US is Should I study MBA or MS ?  In countries like India, with the hype of all IIMs, ISB and other premier MBA institutions the shift in pursuing higher education has been slightly changed towards MBA in recent times. With all the lavish salaries MBA students get right after their graduation, many are tempted to jump the bandwagon… Students applying to US are thinking in the same direction as everyone in India and plan to land in Ivy league schools, University of Chicago, Kellog School of Business, etc. But the reality is, many do not know the implications and what it all means between MBA or MS.  This article is based on my experience after doing MS and MBA in USA. You can count on what I write here J

What is MS ? What do you study in MS ?

MS as it says, it is “Master of Science”, your focus is primarily on the advanced topics on a particular subject.  MS emphasis is more technical in nature. You will study more advanced topics  in the area of focus. Just to compare, it is like doing M.Sc or M.A back in home country . The emphasis is more on advanced topics in that particular area. Lets say you pick MS in Computer Sciences, you study classic courses like Advanced Database Management Systems, Advanced Operation systems, Research Methods, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Advanced programming languages…sorry if you are not a computer science major and you did not get it. Overall, what I was saying is, you study the technical aspects of a subject to another level and more deep. To get into MS program, it is ideal to have same background in Bachelors. For instance, lets say you have B.Tech in Computer Sciences, then it is ideal to take MS in Computer Sciences or if you have  BA or B.Com with focus on Economics or Finance, then you can do MS in Accounting or Finance. If you are from different background, then you would have to do lot of foundation classes to change the major.

What is MS good For ? What can I do with MS ?

As MS is more technical in nature, it is good for doing further research by enrolling in PhD or to work in technical positions in your job. It can be like  Database Architect,  Marketing Research Director, Advance Tax & valuation expert, etc. It will give you edge in the technical area you are working or research. Typically, many people who wish to become researches, professors one day, choose this path so that they can go to PhD and then become a professor or researcher some day. Some just take because they love the subject and want to know the details to an advanced level.

What is MBA ? What do you study in MBA ?

MBA as it says, it is “Master of Business Administration”, clearly we can see it is an Administration or Management degree by name. It is no way technical in nature. You are not trying to explore the depth of a particular subject; you are trying to learn various aspects of a business and  learn management skills to administer company’s or organization’s resources and people effectively. Typically, 2/3rd of the classes will be fundamental courses of Business and administration like  Accounting,  Corporate Finance , Organization behavior, IT for Managers, Marketing Strategy, Economics, Operations strategy, Leadership and Negotiation, etc. Rest of the 1/3rd of the classes with be electives and you have the choice. You can pick Marketing, Finance, HR, etc based on your choice or your current industry. When someone says, I got MBA in Marketing, it means that they only did this 1/3rd of the classes related to Marketing. But, when someone says, I have MS in Marketing, it means they had around 80 – 100% of their classes in Marketing ONLY. You see the difference ?  Based on university it changes, but generally you can do your own set of classes that you like for the 1/3rd of classes in MBA with variety of mix, then you will not have a degree in specialization. It will be called General Degree in MBA.

What is MBA good for ? Where can you work with MBA ? What is career path ?

MBA is for those of you who want to work in a management or leadership positions in an organization. The degree teaches you all about Business and how to effectively manage people, resources to make logical and better decisions for the business. It is ideal for anyone with few years of experience and willing to grow up the ladder in their company. It is for aspiring managers…If you want to grow to higher level in a company and one day dream of becoming a CEO  or opening your own business, then MBA is for you !  You can do specific courses of Entrepreneurship to become an entrepreneur of a Business. There are people who do PhD too, but most of the people with MBA become managers and based on their emphasis and experience, they can be end up in titles like Director of Marketing, Global Sales Manager, Project Manager, etc.  There are some people who do PhD too, it is because during their MBA some specific course got their attention and they got plugged in… Also, it is recommend to do MBA after few years of work experience, read When should you do MBA after B.Tech or Bachelors Degree  

Now that you know the difference, you need to know the aspect like Fee, Funding, experience, etc… Check out second part of  MS vs MBA after B.Tech – Fees, Funding .

Any thoughts to add on the differences of MS vs MBA ?

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Comments ( 249 )

  1. tanu

    Hello Sir,
    I have completed my B.Tech in Electronics Engg with CGPA of 7.09. I have 2 yrs of experience in an IT MNC firm.
    I love to play with machines/hardware through coding. I want to do MS, but with work experience from IT, many have told me it’s kind of impossible to get the desired course(I wanted Industrial Automation or Automotive Engineering). They suggested me courses like Machine learning and maybe Artificial Intelligence.
    But again, I also love to travel, explore world, and also some part of the entertainment world, so sometimes I feel like I should go for MBA (Media management or similar courses like that).
    but with all this, i also have financial constraints, loans and my savings are my sources of funding 🙁
    I am at a point in life where the decision needs to be taken asap or i am stuck here, in IT , forever.
    If only you could help me get clearer idea as to how do I choose between MBA or MS? any related scholarship, some good Universities for same? and also what are the chances of getting a job in US immediately after getting out of the Uni? Will MBA or MS will get one a job sooner?
    (Also as suggested by you in the other article of Personality test, I did take a Jung Personality test, and I am an INFJ personality)
    I would be really grateful if you replied.
    Thank you so much for your time and efforts for this great article.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Tanu,
      If you are passionate about it, just go for it. No, it is not true, having work experience in IT does not mean that you will not get admission. We do not advise on schools, but all I can tell is that, it is not an easy thing these days…You need do your own research on schools and pick something that suits your passion. There are definitely options for getting loans, but before that you need admission in the right school. Nothing promises job faster, it is how much you put in and try…also, there are many unknowns with H1B lottery. Read Apply to MS in US with H1B lottery

  2. Veerender Singh

    hello sir/madam.,
    Iam a btech graduate in computer science with a 65% aggregate and am willing to do MS in abroad , most probably canada but am not sure,
    please guide me to choose a country and MS courses offered for computer science students as am unaware of it

  3. Chirag

    Hello Kumar,

    Thanks for this great article. You’re doing great by putting your thoughts on paper.

    I have one question about the specialization I want to pursue in MBA. I’m a mechanical engineer and now working in automobile industry which is technically related to my Mechanical engineering degree. After couple of years working here, I want to pursue MBA in IT.
    Do you think it’ll be a good option to change career path to IT after techno-managerial work experience in automobile industry.
    If I do so, how will my career progress will be?
    Will IT giants prefer my profile?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Chirag,
      Well, if your path is Management, you can try that option. You can take courses on Information Systems similar to the ones in MIS. You can check MS in MIS vs Comp Sciences. You will still be pursuing general MBA as a management graduate and your emphasis could be that. You need to check with the schools you plan to apply, if they offer that. Well, you can head IT and become the CIO for automotive industry as the ultimate goal. Because, you have business experience working as engineer, you can position yourself well for that. Again, you need to plan well ahead and position yourself for this. Just getting an MBA will not get you anywhere.

  4. shubham sanjay pagare

    Hello Sir
    my name is shubham pagare
    i doing civil engineering at third year in which year should i take toffel exam for abroad university studies
    a
    I am very sure about it so what should i take MBA or MS

  5. Apoorva v hejjaji

    Hello sir
    I am Apoorva doing be Electrical second year in which year should I take toffel or gre exam for abroad university studies
    And which to take MBA or Ms

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