After B.E. in India – MS or MBA in USA?

Raghuram Sukumar Study in USA 39 Comments

After completing BE in India, which is better option — study MS or MBA in the USA? Many students ask this question, so does Atish, one of our blog readers.

Atish asks:

I have just completed my B. engineering in electrical. I decided to do MS, but still in my mind, which should I take, an MS or MBA? Then two more questions arise:
1. MS in which field? Which field is in demand now?
2. MS in which university?
Please help in solving my problem. My engineering aggregate is 67%.

MS or MBA in USA

Your decision to study in the U.S. after completing an electrical engineering degree in India should already be commended.

Many students don’t even think about doing further studies in the U.S. because of the time and effort involved in undergoing the entire U.S. university admission process, which really is a long, difficult procedure.

Having said that, selecting the field of study based on demand is doing it the wrong way. Basically, anyone will want to be in a career or work that will pay good money.

You can work primarily for money for around 6 months or up to maybe 2 years. After that, you will not feel like working if that’s a field or job you don’t really like.

If you want to enjoy your work, you have to love the work/job that you do. Selecting between MS or MBA based on job and salary alone will not help you in your career.

MS or MBA?

If you read the article MBA to be or not to be, you will understand what are involved in the technical field and management field. So evaluate yourself, what kind of career do you really want?

Talk to people in management and in technical fields, particularly those with long experience. Understand what life will be after a few years’ in a specific career.

At this point, you can decide for yourself which field you want to study. Don’t select taking MS or MBA just based on the jobs in demand or the salary range.

You will not enjoy your life if you decide that way. Moreover it will look like hell, if you hate the job you took.

Also, studying MBA without any work experience is not recommended. You will not be able to associate the theory from books to actual work situations.

Without work experience, MBA will not be of much value. If you decide to go into MBA instead of taking a master’s program, then work first for at least 2 years, then apply for MBA.

On the other hand, you don’t need work experience to study a master’s program in the engineering field. Apply right now and you can have an M.S. degree in no time.

You also have the option to study MBA after completing an MS. So this means when you have completed an MS, it’s not the end of the road for you.

I hope the answers discussed here help. Good luck in deciding between MS or MBA.

Comments

  1. Iam doing my B-TECH final year.When is the correct and apropriate time to write GRE exam.also i got 83% in 10th,79.3% in 12th and 68%(till now) in B-TECH.Will i get admission in a good University with my performance? Is there any problem in getting VISA???

    1. Dear Bharat,

      You should concentrate to your GRE, TOFFEL exam. Percentage matters but not that much. You should involve yourself in paper presentations at various institutes and some research work.

      This shows interest in your subjects. Try to appear in July month so that you can get admission in fall. Visa is toughest for doing graduations, hard for masters and easiest for PHD programs. Get a good score and you will get a good university.

  2. hello sir,

    i'm a BE – Biotech student.

    which will be better for my career?

    1. if i do MS after BE and followed by MBA .

    or

    2. if i simply do MBA after having 2 years of job experience.

  3. HI,

    I have done Engineering and now working for one MNC comapany. But i am not interested in the job. I want to do MS in the US . Can i take MS after 2 years of work Experience as there is gap of 2 years it anyways hampers the 2 year gap or advantage of 2 year Experience.

    Please Revert Back.

    Thanks & Regards

    Yash Thakur

  4. Hi HSB,

    Thanks for reply i want to know one more thing is it affects during Placements.

    Please Revert Back .waiting for Your Response

    Thanks & Regards

    Yash

      1. I am currently doing my third year B.E in Computer Science Engineering.I want to do my MBA in US.So, i am going to take GMAT-2011. I heard that a Computer science Student cannot get the visa to do his MBA in US! Is that true? I am Worried please help!

  5. Hello,

    I have nearly 3 years of experience now in the industry. I am very unhappy with my job and I think the only way i can change it is by studying further. I would like to do a MS in the US and apply for FALL 2010. I will have 4 years of experience by then. Is it worth it??

  6. Hello,
    I am an engineering student in computer science & engineering(CSE) branch.
    I want to do MBA in US after completing engineering. What should I do for it.
    Can I take admission without G.R.E.

  7. Hello,

    I m recently doing degree in IT, but confused about whether to do MBA or MS after degree and please tell me procedure about MBA or MS after degree

  8. hi my name is Aaditya, I have done BE in info-tech from India and now I have decided to go to US for pursuing MS in computer Science, please can anybody tell me what are the most popular and in demand streams in MS Computer science, I want to work in industry after MS. please do reply………

  9. Hai Sir,
    I am currently doing my third year B.E in Computer Science Engineering.I want to do my MBA in US.So, i am going to take GMAT-2011. I heard that a Computer science Student cannot get the visa to do his MBA in US! Is that true? I am Worried please help!

    Regards
    Gauth

    1. no its not true any student can get the visa, about 40% of the student applying for MBA are engg students..

  10. hi

    i hv done my engg. in computers & have completed my degree with 67% in 2010.

    i wish to apply for masters in US ,hv given gre bt score is not gud ie 985 .

    so is it apt to apply with this score??wht problm i wud face if i still appply with this score?

    1. if ur score is not that good and if u dont get a good college, then there is a chance of ur student visa getting rejected..

  11. hii , i have done my engg in computer science (2007 passed out) , i have worked as lecturer for an year in india, now am in US after my marriage, am thinking to do my masters here ,but as every1 else even i am not able to decide MS or MBA basicaly i am very much intrested in MBA , but i dont have any management backround,wat do u thnk wil it be difficult for me to do MBA? wat wil be helpful to me is it MS or MBA , its very necessary fr me to get a good job once i graduate.. plz guide me…

  12. has 6 months of work exp.

    yet to write GMAT and expecting above 500+

    68% in Btech

    84 in Toefl

    Which are the universities i can apply in USA

  13. im planning to do MBA frm USA, for which i will be giving GMAT in march. I am considered that do any colleges offer admissions at that time for the september session with scholarships…and if not so, is it fine to apply for january session..as in are scholarships available for that sessions…I'm expecting my score around 620.

    thanx

  14. Hi..
    I did my B.Tech in instrumentation and control (2008 pass out) and currently im working in a building management systems company in qatar as a design and estimation engineer. What are the suitable MS courses for me.??? I would like to apply soon…
    Im very much interested in industrial design course also..
    Can you please tell me about the prospects of this course too….
    Can I find a job in the same field after the studies..???

  15. Hi ,

    I got an admit from University of Missourie , Kansas City , with funding . Any information on the university would really be a great help for me !!!!.

  16. Hi,

    As you said MBA in US without work experience is not valuable. I have 2 yrs work experience in a MNC company. But theproblem lies with, i dont have experience in the relevant field. I am working in Mainframe support (Technical field). Whether this experience will do for doing MBA in US. Please guide.

  17. Just doing feasibilty study to know whether i can go for ms in US .
    Would like to know few things.

    Since you guys have prepared and got admits ,I congratulate all of you and wish you best of luck for studies in US.

    Based on your experience please help me out on below questions.

    1) Best institute for gre coaching in delhi .
    2) Since I have 4 year exp in IT.I am planning to do Ms in Cs.
    would like to univ for this course and their fees.
    3) How much would it cost ? I have only 15 lakhs…would i be able to manage with
    this fund. If not how much student loan can be approved without any security.
    4) Can i get financial aid based on my previos exp?
    5) My previos exp would be counted or not after MS?
    6) what should be the first step to take off for gre prep?

    thanks ina dvance for your help guys.Looking forward for some immediate replies.

  18. Just doing feasibilty study to know whether i can go for ms in US .
    Would like to know few things.

    Since you guys have prepared and got admits ,I congratulate all of you and wish you best of luck for studies in US.

    Based on your experience please help me out on below questions.

    1) Best institute for gre coaching in delhi .
    2) Since I have 4 year exp in IT.I am planning to do Ms in Cs.
    would like to univ for this course and their fees.
    3) How much would it cost ? I have only 15 lakhs…would i be able to manage with
    this fund. If not how much student loan can be approved without any security.
    4) Can i get financial aid based on my previos exp?
    5) My previos exp would be counted or not after MS?
    6) What should be the first step to take off for gre prep?
    7) What would be average cost for doing ms including expenses for accomodation n food?

    thanks in advance for your help guys.Looking forward for some immediate replies.

  19. hey guys, i am a 3rd yr electrical & electronics engg student and i want to pursue my masters degree in electrical engg itself.I’d like to ask people who are currently in US,doing their MS or pass outs, Is it better to do the masters degree in US or from IIT in India? can i get a good job as an electrical engineer in US easily like in India after i complete my m.tech from IIT(optimistic about it)?
    i am very confused whether to prepare for GATE or GRE…….but i am very much clear in my head that master’s in electrical engineering is the only thing i want to go for.
    i just have 1 yr left to prepare,plzz help me.

  20. i had done my B. E. In textile engg. in 2004. i want to do M.S in US or UK.

    is there any age criteria……..

  21. hey!!! i m currently studyin my engg in computer science(1st yr) in b’lore… i wud like to pursue my masters abroad, can i just get some help wit d kind of exam i need to prepare for n where i wud get d proper coachin for it?…. pls do reply as soon as possible…

  22. i need some information regarding MS. i have done my engineering in 2005, later i have worked for about 3 yrs. after that i got married and got gap of around 3 years. now i want to do MS in america. i want to know how to apply and also required documents for applying. please let me know, as i will be going to US in September. please mail me in my mail id. please help me.

    chamu

    1. Hai Chamu ,

      E1 I am also completed my engineering in 2005 in information science and I have total 5.5 years of experience and married.Now I am thinking of doing my MS in US .I am sure I will get seat but thinking about my shell I take along with me ? If I take along with me how do I manage the expenses ? or what is the alternative ?

  23. Hi,

    I have 4 years of experience in IT. I had appeared for GRE twice..but my score was 1000-1050..
    What are chances of getting admit in decent universities in US based on my experience and gre score..??

  24. hello frnd…
    M in BE-IT in 3rd year m from middle class family background what should i go prefered after BE, job or mba?
    Plz frnds gve me suggetions……

  25. i have done my B.E in textile and i want to do my MS in electrical engg plz suggest me i can or nt? if not then suggest which FIELD can i prefer for MS?

  26. I have completed Engineering(B.tech mechanical 2012) and working for a IT MNC now. But i am not satisfied with my job(at present). i want to work in managerial side of IT.
    will MBA degree from USA help?? if yes
    1)which specialization in MBA ??
    2)what is the minimum work exp required for doing MBA in USA??
    3)what are the exams that i need to clear??
    4) having a degree in MECHANICAL and working for an IT company. does this have any negative impact for doing MBA in USA.??
    5)what is the chance of getting a job in INDIA/USA after completing MBA??

  27. Im doing my 3rd year in electronics and communication engineering..i’m thinking to do MS or MBA after my B.E.Which one is better ? And what are the steps to do ,to do MS or MBA ?

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