It is seen that a lot times, students are confused as to which course to select after their graduation. Industry-focused Master of Science, abbreviated as MS, is an advanced PG degree offered by esteemed and prestigious science and research colleges.
Master of Science course is offered in two major domains: Engineering and Management, between 1.5 to 3 years in a full-time mode.
The major MS course specializations that a student can opt for are Software Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and many more in the Engineering domain, Consultant Management, Quality Management, etc., in the Management or Entrepreneurship domain.
After graduation, the most famous option that most of the students go for is to become a Research Scientist and get involved in the research scenario in both private and government organisations.
MS Course Highlights
Here are some critical details of MS after engineering:
|Full-Form||Master of Science (MS)|
|Duration||1.5 – 4 years|
|Admission Process||Based on Entrance Exams|
|Average Fees||INR 1-3 Lakhs|
|Job Positions||Research Scientist, Research Fellow, Project Fellow, Research Associate, Management Consultant etc.|
|Average Salary||INR 3-8 LPA|
|Employment Areas||Government Research Institutes, Private Companies, Colleges|
MS vs MSc: Key Differences
Most of the students get confused between the two, but these two are very different degrees. One can pursue both degrees after engineering, but it is essential to choose the best option.
Have a look at the following table for the significant differences between them:
|Degree type||Academic degree||Professional degree|
|Duration||Two years||1.5-3 years|
|Eligibility||Students should have done either Engineering or BSc in any of the Science subjects.||Anyone who has completed a Bachelor degree in Engineering or Masters in Science and Humanities pursue an MS degree.|
|Industry focus||Pure science degree which imparts theoretical and practical knowledge of a specific specialisation to the students so that they can work in a variety of jobs across various sectors||This is an industry-focussed degree. The curriculum is based so that the students can find employment in the research and industry domain.|
|Career Objectives||Academia, M.Phil.’s, PhDs||Research and industry jobs|
MS after Engineering: Eligibility
MS is available from two domains. Both have different eligibility criteria, as mentioned below:
For Science domain:
Students must have completed BTech or BE or MSc course with at least 50-60%. A valid GATE score is an essential factor to get admission in an MS degree course. Apart from GATE, you can qualify for CSIR/UGC NET/NBHM exams.
If you have none of these scores, you must have scored 80% or above 8 CGPA in BTech from any IIT colleges.
For Management domain:
Students must have completed a Master of Arts/MBA with CAT/MAT/XAT/GATE/UGC/ CSIR/ATMA/CSIR (NET, JRF, Lectureship)/GMAT/GRE.
If you have none of these scores, a minimum of 3 years of managerial experience in place of the qualifying examination is mandatory to be eligible to apply for an MS degree.
Master of Science (MS) Entrance Exams 2021-2022
Below listed are some of the main entrance exams that are required for MS admission:
|Entrance Exam||Application Period||Exam Date||Exam Mode|
|GATE||September 11, 2020||February 6,7, 13, and 14, 2021||Online|
|CAT||August 2021||November 2021||Computer-Based|
|GMAT||All around the year||As per your selection after the registration||Computer-Based|
|GRE||All around the year||As per your selection after the registration||Computer-Based|
|ATMA||February 8, 2021||February 14, 2021||Online|
Master of Science (MS) Syllabus
The syllabus is almost the same as compared to MTech courses based on specialisation. But there are lists of professional electives that students have to choose to complete the number of credits.
Apart from classroom training, the students are trained in practicals and experiments to increase their expertise in the research study field based on the specialisation you are enrolled in.
|Telecommunication Technology and Management|
|Computer Science and Engineering|
MS after Engineering: Future Scope
The scope and opportunities in the Research industry, be it of any kind, will only go forward and increase for MS course graduates. There are so many research projects and policies which require the skills and supervision of learned professionals.
In India, the opportunities are also tremendous abroad and in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Sweden, and much more.
Private Sector: Many companies require the assistance of research professionals in their department in companies such as Accenture, Dr Reddy’s, Sapient, Novozymes, Novo Nordisk, etc. The scope of getting a higher pay grade and salary is much greater in these companies than in government organisations.
Government Sector: Students can find employment opportunities in top research institutes like DRDO, ISRO, National Physical Laboratory, and other top-class research and engineering institutes in India as a Research Fellow or Junior Scientist with a salary as per the government standards, which can be INR 30,000-50,000 per month initially.
Higher Education Options: Students usually prefer to do a PhD after this MS course, mainly in specialisation during their MS course studies. But you can also go for an MBA course to get into the corporate sector in the management scenario.
We have answered some of the frequently asked questions for your help.
Q1. Can I do MS after BCom?
Ans. No, you cannot pursue MS after BCom.
Q2. What is better after BTech MBA or MS?
Ans. If you wish to focus on engineering as your core passion, work in an engineering-related sector and conduct researches in engineering, then MS would be the right path for you. Also, there are a lot of scholarships for MS as compared to MBA.
Q3. Which is the best country for MS?
Ans. The most favourable countries to pursue your degree in Master in Science as of 2021 are the USA, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, France and Asia.
Q4. How long does MS take after engineering?
Ans. Master of Science programs are available in two primary domains: management and engineering, lasting 1.5 to 3 years. Furthermore, it is one of the popular courses among students who have completed four years of engineering education. MS offers many specialties and allows for in-depth study.
Q5. Is MTech and MS the same thing?
Ans. The Mtech program lasts two years, whereas the MS program lasts three years. In Mtech, you have to work like a teaching assistant to the professor, but in MS, you will work as a research assistant. Your lecturer is responsible for your work. Most IITs permit Mtech and MS candidates to take placement tests simultaneously.
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