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Is an MBA or MCA the better option for an IT career?

Date: 18 May 2016   Posted By: shraddha more     Group: Education    Category: India Educational Consultants   

This year I will be completing my B.Sc. IT. I would like to know which field is better for my future career - MCA or MBA? If you suggest MBA, then which specialization/subject I should take up?

Confused about whether to take up MBA or MCA for pursuing an IT career? Get expert guidance on understanding your options.

Author: Mahesh    18 May 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

If you already have a degree in IT then it makes sense to take the career ahead with MBA. However if you can get the job without MCA then there is no sense in doing the MCA. As the syllabus of the MCA contains the same content to that of BSC IT. So you may not gain much from it.

In case of MBA you have an option to choose from - MBA IT, MBA Finance, MBA Telecom and MBA operations and logistics. All of these MBA degrees can be helpful for the IT. Depending on the stream in IT where you wish to make career, you have to approach the MBA.

Do note that your interest in stream decides whether you will benefit from MBA or MCA. I;d say discuss with friends and also know your likes and dislikes etc too.

Author: Pawan Kumar    18 May 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Its depend on your interest. MCA stands for Masters in Computer Applications and MBA stands for Masters in Business Administration. If you are good at programming and mathematics and want to see yourself as a Software Developer in the future, then go ahead with MCA. or if you want to join management field then go to MBA. but in MBA you can also choose MBA in IT and after that you can go to technical field like software testing, coding etc. Both are postgraduate degree. Now you have to decide which field you want to join.

Author: Vijay Kumar Vishwakarma    18 May 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Obviously MCA, you should pursue MCA post graduate degree to make your career in IT/software industries. If you go for MBA in IT specialization then you will not get knowledge of programming and technology. You only learn about project management and quality assurance, etc. But in MCA you will learn programming, technology, and IT management. So, it is better you to pursue MCA degree.

Author: [Anonymous]    18 May 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Here are the facts you should consider.
  1. Demand for the course
  2. Your interest
  3. Job opportunities after completion of master's degree

You have completed B.SC (IT). So, if you go for MCA then same the contents will be repeated and sometimes advanced to the concepts which you already know. If your interests are: Coding, Programming, Analysis, testing, Technologies etc. You should choose MCA.
If you would like to choose MBA then there are various specializations available. Some of them are:
  • Finance
  • HR Management
  • International Business and Relations
  • IT Management
  • Marketing
  • Retail Management
Above all courses comes under management category.
Note: After all this, I have seen some candidates who have showed their interest in teaching field. The reasons may be anything. If you are one among them, definitely you should pursue M.Tech degree. This is mandatory.

Author: Kailash Kumar    19 May 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

In my opinion a better option for the author is to start searching for a job to be joined after completing B.Sc. (IT) and complete MCA or MBA through distance learning mode while doing job. In this manner the author will be able to achieve many thing simultaneously e.g. 1. Earning and thus becoming self dependent for paying fees etc. for continuing further studies, 2. Acquiring and accumulating experience which counts towards getting promotion/better paying jobs and toward completing in studies in distance learning mode.
Continuing studies is no substitute of taking responsibility of doing a job. There is no guarantee in the present competitive age to get a job even after completing the next higher degree also.

Author: Sanghamitra    19 May 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

I can safely suggest to go for the MCA. Unless you are doing the MBA from a really good college, the placements have been pathetic the last few years. MBA makes you a jack of all trades without any extensive knowledge of a core industry.

MCA, on the other hand will spruce up your IT knowledge and teach you specifics via the electives you choose. You will get to know one subject thoroughly and that will serve you better in the long run. A MBA might be better after a few years of work experience and working in the field, so to say.

Since you want to join the IT Industry, I would say the answer is a no-brainer. MCA will be much more useful for you at this stage than a MBA. You will just be 20 years now. You can easily put in two more years of study and go better equipped to the workplace.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha    19 May 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

It would depend upon your inclination for perusal of a new course but since you are doing B.Sc ( IT), you should take up for MCA course so that you can get detailed familiarity with the programming and there are numerous different tools such as Java, Oracle and SAP technology with which you would have exposure.
Programming is an important tool and with the attainment of proficiency in this field, you can enhance your expertise by practicing the latest programming. So, at all the cost, MCA qualification would prove to be advantageous.
Once, you get a job in a software - firm, you can contemplate doing MBA (IT) for the grasp of project - job and for a deep insight of other administrative management.

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