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.
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.