M.Sc Computer Science Vs. MCA/MTech | What Should You Choose?

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MSc Computer Science is a two-year post-graduate degree programme in Computer Science and is one of the most sought-after courses for students after graduation in the field of computers apart from MCA and MTech in CS/IT. These courses are mostly the same curriculum in different flavours and have the same levels of importance. However, pursuing MSc Computer Science is always an edge apart higher than the rest. What makes it a hot pursuit for students are:

1. Intensive exposure to advanced topics:

MSc Computer Science offers an intensive, high-end exposure to topics which are exclusively focussed on advanced modules on Computers and allied sciences. In contrast, students enrolled in MCA have to undergo management modules too. Therefore, students enrolled in the MSc programme have a better understanding of the core and the advanced topics in a more intensive and dedicated manner.

2. Duration of the course and entrance:

MSc Computer Science is a 2-year programme whereas MCA is a three-year full-time programme. As a result, MSc Computer Science saves a year for the students but provides them with the same expertise. Also, admission to MCA or MTech in premier colleges/ institutions would require high scores in national level entrance tests like GATE, NIMCET and so on. On the other hand, admission to MSc Computer Science is based primarily on the expertise and performance in the graduation level programmes such as BSc and BCA which makes the programme more benchmarked. Also, MTech in CS can be pursued only after MCA or BTech and therefore it is more time efficient for pursuing MSc in Computer Science.

(BTech+MTech = 4+2=6 years, BCA/BSc+MCA+MTech =3+3+2=8 years)


(BCA/BSc+MSc Computer Science=3+2=5 years)

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3. Projects and research:

The project and dissertation in MSc Computer Science can be directed towards the software industry relevant projects as well as research-based contributory projects. This makes the course more versatile as students have a chance to taste both of software project development as well as academic research. In contrast, the projects in MCA are strongly aligned to the software development alone and those in MTech are directed towards research alone. This creates an incompleteness in the experience that the students get when they enrol in MCA or MTech.

4. Job Profiles:

Students enrolled in MCA aim primarily towards job assignments in the software industry whereas MTech aspirants are more preferred for jobs in research projects or R&D positions. In contrast, MSc Computer Science students are looked for in both software industry as well as for research projects in academia and the industry R&D labs. This makes the MSc Computer Science course more versatile as a postgraduate course as students have the option to explore industry, academia and research at the same time.

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