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!!
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:
Hope this helps.