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Hello @admission consultants

I have been researching for some time now on options apart from MBA.
Google answered most of my questions but there are variations in answers regarding MS/MSC/MIM programs.

MBA is said to be a more secure and long term option but where MS/MSC/MIM stand? Are these good options, in terms of:

1) Job prospects
2) Value for money
3) ROI
4) Market competitiveness

Where does an MS/MSC/MIM put someone in the industry?

I have selected a few options. What is your take one these?


1) MS Market research and consumer behaviour- IE Business School
2) MSMS - Kellogg
3) National University of Singapore MS+MIM
4) London Business School MIM
5) MS from Columbia Business School


Also are there any business schools that accept part time work experience for MBA?



Thanks
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Hi Shiv,

I am an MS in Marketing student at USC Marshall. I also have an MBA degree from a top 10 Indian B-school. I'd like to weigh in on the MS aspects of your question and share my experience.

I think the choice between whether you want an MS or MBA degree really boils down to a couple of factors such as what kind of roles you'd like to work in upon graduation, what stage of career are you at, how much clarity of thought do you have in terms of what you expect from your career etc.

An MBA degree gives you a great general overview of how businesses operate. The scope for specialising is limited. For example, I technically had a "marketing major" during my MBA. But I remember studying a lot of finance, operations, and trade subjects as well. Eventually I got into a product/brand management kind of a job, which is what I wanted all along, and I never really had the chance to apply my finance or operations learnings except maybe basic P&L management. Not to say that that knowledge was a waste (because no knowledge goes waste), but definitely application of concepts outside of marketing was very limited in my role. I think studying a vast number of subjects also helped me realise that marketing is what I wanted to be in.

An MS degree, on the other hand, helps you learn in depth about a field of study that you already know you're very passionate about. For example, in my case, I had developed an interest in marketing during MBA. I did an internship in marketing and then worked in marketing for a couple of years as well. I was keen on exploring some more nuances of marketing, especially the analytical aspects. That is the reason why I decided to do an MS. Another important fact to keep in mind is that marketing is an integral part of a business and not a stand-alone business function. So the case studies that I work on at class now don't focus solely on marketing problems but on the overall business operations. I think that helps you develop a good understanding of business overall and what role marketing plays in the entire scheme of things.

So you should ask yourself if you know what career path you want to be in after you graduate. You'll know whether you want to specialise in something or get a broader overview.

As far as job prospects, ROI etc go, no matter what degree you have, finding a job in the US depends upon your networking skills to a very very large extent. You should make sure that the program that you join offers you ample chances to interact with the industry through guest speakers, seminars, info sessions etc. You should also be a part of an alumni network that is super responsive and is willing to help you with your job hunt. At least these were some of the factors that I took into consideration before identifying MS/MBA programs in the US.

Hope this helps!

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Shiv2016 wrote:
Hello @admission consultants

I have been researching for some time now on options apart from MBA.
Google answered most of my questions but there are variations in answers regarding MS/MSC/MIM programs.

MBA is said to be a more secure and long term option but where MS/MSC/MIM stand? Are these good options, in terms of:

1) Job prospects
2) Value for money
3) ROI
4) Market competitiveness

Where does an MS/MSC/MIM put someone in the industry?

I have selected a few options. What is your take one these?


1) MS Market research and consumer behaviour- IE Business School
2) MSMS - Kellogg
3) National University of Singapore MS+MIM
4) London Business School MIM
5) MS from Columbia Business School


Also are there any business schools that accept part time work experience for MBA?



Thanks
Shiv


Shiv,

I am assuming you are just starting your career if you are looking at MiM programs. MS or MBA, you could consider working a couple of years before embarking on either of
the two programs. Practical knowledge, gained through professional experience will be beneficial to understand classroom concepts from your own experiences.

Do write back about what you are doing currently and why you want to study now.
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Consider doing an MS if you are a techie, and have a genuine interest in pursuing a technical career.

If you wish to move to the business side of things, do an MBA - this offers you the best long-term potential. An MS/MiM in management degree is for relatively inexperienced candidates. Post-degree options will be such that you can move out of your current technical path, but will not be as impressive as what you will get after your MBA.

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Shiv2016 wrote:
Hello @admission consultants

I have been researching for some time now on options apart from MBA.
Google answered most of my questions but there are variations in answers regarding MS/MSC/MIM programs.

MBA is said to be a more secure and long term option but where MS/MSC/MIM stand? Are these good options, in terms of:

1) Job prospects
2) Value for money
3) ROI
4) Market competitiveness

Where does an MS/MSC/MIM put someone in the industry?

I have selected a few options. What is your take one these?


1) MS Market research and consumer behaviour- IE Business School
2) MSMS - Kellogg
3) National University of Singapore MS+MIM
4) London Business School MIM
5) MS from Columbia Business School


Also are there any business schools that accept part time work experience for MBA?



Thanks
Shiv

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New post 09 Nov 2017, 16:27
One additional note, not covered above, is that a lot of the value of an MBA is the the interpersonal training and development. MBA programs are largely training you to be a leader in the organizations you are a part of and manage the people with the MS, MiM, MSC. Your expectations from your employer once hired may be different given the degree you receive. Now there are examples of people with non-degrees rising to senior positions but the MBA specifically trains you for these leadership roles. This is one of the main reasons why most top MBA programs require work experience as this is integral to supporting your leadership development. Just another perspective for you
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