How Attractive is an MIS Degree ?

    Updated on: 07 Sep 2023 5 min read

    The allure of studying abroad for higher studies has managed to retain its sheen which is why the brigade of aspiring Indian youth dare to step out in the unknown, take challenges head-on, face the world for all its odds and quirkiness and get themselves ready to be metamorphosed into young professionals for what is called the “Corporate World”. Coming straight out of the comforts of your home may give jitters to some but as long as you have your goals in sight, the fear of the unknown can be seized.

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    MIS vs MBA: Which is Better

    While both are prestigious master’s programs, MIS & MBA can pose an eternal dilemma for students who are looking to get enrolled in management related courses. The below table provides a comparison between MIS & MBA to help you with your questions such as How to Choose and Why to Choose:

    1. Degree Program - 
      • MIS - Masters 
      • MBA  - Masters 
    2. Scope -
      • MIS- Narrow with focus on Management with Computers
      • MBA - Broader with focus on Management with Business Aspect
    3. Eligibility - 
      • MIS - Bachelors in a Comparable degree 
      • MBA  - Any Bachelor’s Degree
    4. Work Experience -
      • MIS - 0-4 Years
      • MBA - 4-5 years
    5. Pre Qualifying Exams - 
      • MIS - GMAT or GRE
      • MBA - Most preferably GMAT
    6. Area of Specialization -
      • MIS - Information Systems, Computer Design & Analysis, Information Technology and more...
      • MBA - Finance, Marketing, Operations, Information Technology, HR and more…
    7. Career - 
      • MIS - Technology-centric such as Systems Analyst, Project Management, Software Consulting, & others…
      • MBA - Cross-functional stretching to every dimension of a business
    8. Program Tuition - 
      • MIS - Averages around $50K annually
      • MBA - More expensive, normally averaging around $70K- 90K at top universities


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    Smart decision making can go a long way, especially when making crucial career choices. Investing in higher education needs comprehensive research to avoid pitfalls that you may regret later. Hence, taking an MIS/MBA route should be decided after you have extensively weighed the pros and cons of each specialization. Besides looking for good salaries, make sure your final choice is aligned with your long term goals and suits your purpose well.

Written by Aishwarya Bhatt

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