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# Texas-Austin vs Maryland Smith (MS Info systems)

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16 Feb 2012, 07:43
Hello and thanks in advance for the input,

I have been accepted to McCombs MSTC program and Maryland Smith MS Info systems (MSIS).

Maryland Smith ranking: 45
MSIS ranking: 4

UTexas McCombs ranking: 17
MSTC ranking: ?? somebody said it is No.3, but I'm not sure about it.

UTexas has a better reputation, but the MSTC program sounds like a MBA program. Maryland MSIS program provides more basic skills and tech skills.

I am an international student without work experience and tech background. Thus, is that better for me to go to Maryland in order to find a job after graduation? What is going to be the best option?

Thank you again for your input!
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16 Feb 2012, 09:26
yltt wrote:
Hello and thanks in advance for the input,

I have been accepted to McCombs MSTC program and Maryland Smith MS Info systems (MSIS).

Maryland Smith ranking: 45
MSIS ranking: 4

UTexas McCombs ranking: 17
MSTC ranking: ?? somebody said it is No.3, but I'm not sure about it.

UTexas has a better reputation, but the MSTC program sounds like a MBA program. Maryland MSIS program provides more basic skills and tech skills.

I am an international student without work experience and tech background. Thus, is that better for me to go to Maryland in order to find a job after graduation? What is going to be the best option?

Thank you again for your input!

These are essentially different programs.

1. Smith's MSIS is a regular MIS course as you mentioned providing basic IT/Tech skills to land a job or progress in a corporate IT or IT consulting role.
McCombs's MSTC is more a technology transfer/commercialization program aimed to serve entrepreneurs and those interested in corporate jobs where technology commercialization is valued (All tech firms have such roles- Apple, MS, Google, Amazon..).

2. Smith's MSIS is full-time and can be completed in a year although you can stretch it to 2 years.
McCombs's MSTC is a part-time (weekends) program that runs for a year. So it is geared more towards people who are working. If you're not working then you'll have to figure out what you'll do on the weekdays for a year.

3. Rankings. As per US News business school rankings for Information Systems specialty:
McCombs: 3
Smith: 5

Hope this helps.
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16 Feb 2012, 20:15
Thank you! I mainly concerned about the following points:

1. As you mentioned, if I graduate from UT MSTC, then I'm afraid that no company will hire me as I do not have work experience and tech skills (I take accounting major in undergrad)

2. Maryland MSIS is good and matches my background; but Smith ranks 45 vs McCombs 17, does that make a big difference? I heard that Smith accepted a lot of International students (100 or more in its finance major) in recent years. Will this decrease its reputation?

3. TX has a lot big tech companies, but DC has more gov-related organizations. Also, UT has the best reputation especially in TX area; however, there are many other univ such as Georgetown, GWU, JHU in DC area.

As I am an International student and I aim to find a job after graduation, which program should I choose?

Thank you again for your suggestion!!

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yltt wrote:
Hello and thanks in advance for the input,

I have been accepted to McCombs MSTC program and Maryland Smith MS Info systems (MSIS).

Maryland Smith ranking: 45
MSIS ranking: 4

UTexas McCombs ranking: 17
MSTC ranking: ?? somebody said it is No.3, but I'm not sure about it.

UTexas has a better reputation, but the MSTC program sounds like a MBA program. Maryland MSIS program provides more basic skills and tech skills.

I am an international student without work experience and tech background. Thus, is that better for me to go to Maryland in order to find a job after graduation? What is going to be the best option?

Thank you again for your input!

These are essentially different programs.

1. Smith's MSIS is a regular MIS course as you mentioned providing basic IT/Tech skills to land a job or progress in a corporate IT or IT consulting role.
McCombs's MSTC is more a technology transfer/commercialization program aimed to serve entrepreneurs and those interested in corporate jobs where technology commercialization is valued (All tech firms have such roles- Apple, MS, Google, Amazon..).

2. Smith's MSIS is full-time and can be completed in a year although you can stretch it to 2 years.
McCombs's MSTC is a part-time (weekends) program that runs for a year. So it is geared more towards people who are working. If you're not working then you'll have to figure out what you'll do on the weekdays for a year.

3. Rankings. As per US News business school rankings for Information Systems specialty:
McCombs: 3
Smith: 5

Hope this helps.
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17 Feb 2012, 06:59
yltt wrote:
Thank you! I mainly concerned about the following points:

1. As you mentioned, if I graduate from UT MSTC, then I'm afraid that no company will hire me as I do not have work experience and tech skills (I take accounting major in undergrad)

2. Maryland MSIS is good and matches my background; but Smith ranks 45 vs McCombs 17, does that make a big difference? I heard that Smith accepted a lot of International students (100 or more in its finance major) in recent years. Will this decrease its reputation?

3. TX has a lot big tech companies, but DC has more gov-related organizations. Also, UT has the best reputation especially in TX area; however, there are many other univ such as Georgetown, GWU, JHU in DC area.

As I am an International student and I aim to find a job after graduation, which program should I choose?

Thank you again for your suggestion!!

prcstnatr wrote:
yltt wrote:
Hello and thanks in advance for the input,

I have been accepted to McCombs MSTC program and Maryland Smith MS Info systems (MSIS).

Maryland Smith ranking: 45
MSIS ranking: 4

UTexas McCombs ranking: 17
MSTC ranking: ?? somebody said it is No.3, but I'm not sure about it.

UTexas has a better reputation, but the MSTC program sounds like a MBA program. Maryland MSIS program provides more basic skills and tech skills.

I am an international student without work experience and tech background. Thus, is that better for me to go to Maryland in order to find a job after graduation? What is going to be the best option?

Thank you again for your input!

These are essentially different programs.

1. Smith's MSIS is a regular MIS course as you mentioned providing basic IT/Tech skills to land a job or progress in a corporate IT or IT consulting role.
McCombs's MSTC is more a technology transfer/commercialization program aimed to serve entrepreneurs and those interested in corporate jobs where technology commercialization is valued (All tech firms have such roles- Apple, MS, Google, Amazon..).

2. Smith's MSIS is full-time and can be completed in a year although you can stretch it to 2 years.
McCombs's MSTC is a part-time (weekends) program that runs for a year. So it is geared more towards people who are working. If you're not working then you'll have to figure out what you'll do on the weekdays for a year.

3. Rankings. As per US News business school rankings for Information Systems specialty:
McCombs: 3
Smith: 5

Hope this helps.

This is more a 'what can happen' type of question. I guess you are more concerned about getting a job than anything else and that's fair enough considering you'll spend a ton of money on the program you choose to attend. However, it is tough to answer that question. Nobody can say what might happen 1 or 2 years down the road.

I would suggest getting in touch with the career centers at both schools and getting historic (past 2-3 years) job statistics. That should give you a good idea of which companies recruit at the programs, what the average (/median) salaries are, what percentage of students get jobs, and in what functional spheres AND then decide which program is better suited for what you want to do.

Hope that helps !
Re: Texas-Austin vs Maryland Smith (MS Info systems)   [#permalink] 17 Feb 2012, 06:59
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