MBA vs MCA: What is Better after BCA

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: November 03, 2020

Students are often confused about whether to go for an MBA or MCA after completing a BCA course. This article provides a comparison of various factors of the two courses to help you make the choice between an MBA vs MCA.

MBA vs MCA

There is no shortage of options when it comes to selecting a postgraduate course for a candidate in almost any stream. This might cause some confusion in the mind of a student. Choosing the correct postgraduate course is very important for any student to ensure that they follow the correct career pathway for their goals.

Two courses that are often considered particularly by students with a background in BCA are MBA and MCA. Both MBA and MCA are professional postgraduate courses but in different streams. Both courses have an excellent career scope and potentially good salary prospects. In this case, the question that arises is whether is it equally beneficial to take up MBA or MCA after BCA?

Generally speaking, MBA is a better course for a candidate who is more inclined to take up leadership and managerial roles while MCA is more suited for a student who wishes to hone their technical skills.

In this article, we provide a comparison between the MBA and MCA to help you make the right choice. When choosing between the two courses, it is important that you first identify your interests and define your career goals. This will not only help you in choosing the right course but also make it easier.

MBA vs MCA: About the Courses

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a management course that imparts and nurtures managerial and administrative skills in a candidate. The course provides in-depth knowledge to a student about how by using various logical and analytical methods, they can help a business manage its various resources such as Finance or HR.

Master of Computer Applications (MCA), on the other hand, is a core technical course. It provides advanced knowledge in the core technical aspects related to computer applications. An MCA course involves the study of subjects including software development, database management, networking, various programming languages etc.

A large fraction of the students considering the choice between MBA and MCA are those with some level of work experience. It is common knowledge that having work experience is recommended for an MBA degree (it is even mandatory for some colleges or courses). There is no such conception about MCA, even though work experience before MCA is desirable for better results.

Choosing the right course is as simple as aligning it to your career goals. Let's take a look at how some key factors of the two courses compare.

MBA vs MCA: Overview

Features

MBA

MCA

Stream

Management

Computer Application

Duration

2 years

3 years

Eligibility

Graduate in any stream

BCA / BSc / BCom / BA
+
Maths in Class 12th or graduation

Admission Process

Entrance Exam + GD / PI

State / University-level Entrance Exam

Popular Colleges

See All MBA Colleges in India

See All MCA Colleges in India

Average Course Fee
(Approx.)

Rs. 5 lakhs

Rs. 2 - 3 lakhs

Average Salary
(Data from Payscale)

Rs. 7.64 LPARs. 7.59 LPA

Also Read

MBA Admission Process in IndiaAll about the MCA Admission Process

MBA vs MCA Specializations

Here are some of the top specializations for MBA and MCA in India.

MBA Specializations

MCA Specializations

Information Technology

Technology Management

Business Analytics

Systems Management

Computer Science etc.

Systems Development

Software Development

Management Information Systems

Networking

Hardware Technology etc.

Also Read:List of MBA Specializations and How to Choose

MBA vs MCA: Course Curriculum

The exact course curriculum of MBA and MCA depends upon the specialization. Here is a comparison of some of the subjects included in an MBA (IT) and MCA courses.

MBA Curriculum

MCA Curriculum

Software Project Management

Information Systems Management

Database Management

Business and Legal Environment

Financial Management

Business System Design etc.

Information Systems Design

Database Management Systems

Management Support Systems

Software Engineering

Programming and Data Structure

Accounting and Management Control etc.

Also Read:MBA Subjects and Syllabus

MBA vs MCA: Career Scope

An MBA makes you eligible for some of the top-level administrative positions in the business. MBA is one of the most in-demand courses today and MBA graduates earn some of the best salary packages in any industry. Plus, since subjects such as Finance, Accounting, Marketing etc. are common across industries, MBA is a very versatile degree and can open up career prospects in a wide range of sectors.

Some of the job profiles available for MBA graduates include the following.

Job Profiles

Average Annual Salary

Marketing Manager

Rs. 6.95 lakhs

Finance Manager

Rs. 9.94 lakhs

Business Development Manager

Rs. 5.99 lakhs

Customer Relationship Manager

Rs. 3.56 lakhs

Also Read:Government Jobs after MBA

The case with MCA is quite different since it is a highly specialized course that targets technical aspects of the software development and IT industry. MCA graduates are hired for roles which include writing software, providing custom software solutions for a client's needs, taking care of the networking requirements of a client, managing the IT department of a business etc. MCA graduates are generally hired in tech-based or software development companies.

Some of the popular job profiles for MCA graduates are given below.

Job Profile

Average Annual Salary

Software Developer

Rs. 4.94 lakhs

Web Designer

Rs. 2.82 lakhs

Software Engineer

Rs. 5.29 lakhs

Database Manager

Rs. 14.15 lakhs

Network Engineer

Rs. 3.24 lakhs

MBA vs MCA: Salary

The salary prospects for MBA and MCA courses are compared in the table below.

Course

Entry-Level

Mid-Level

Top-Level

MBA

Rs. 5 - 6 LPA

Rs. 8 - 10 LPA

Rs. 12+ LPA

MCA

Rs. 4 - 5 LPA

Rs. 8 - 9 LPA

Rs. 10 + LPA

MBA vs MCA: Which is better?

Now that we have seen how the basic aspects of each course compare, let's analyse which course is better suited for which type of candidate.

Feature

MBA

MCA

Type of Job

MBA jobs are more outgoing in nature and can range from a variety of tasks including:

  • planning campaigns

  • ensuring proper execution of plans

  • working across departments for implementation of business strategies

  • getting clients on board etc.

MCA jobs can be considered to have more of a desk job feel as compared to the MBA.

It is a good course for a technically-sound candidate and includes the following tasks:

  • maintaining database or network systems

  • writing code for software and websites

  • ensuring proper code deployment

  • software testing etc.

Ideal Skill Set

  • Good Management and Analytical Skills

  • Good Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to coordinate and manage across various departments.

  • Ability to think out of the box and provide creative solutions as well as motivate a team into action.

  • Strong technical background is required.

  • An interested in new technologies and advancements in the software industry.

  • Knowledge of programming languages.

  • Ability to communicate ideas and plans effectively with team members.

Hiring Sectors

  • BFSI Firms

  • Consultancies

  • Manufacturing Companies

  • Retail Industry etc.

  • Software Development Firms

  • IT Consultancies

  • Networking Solution Providers

  • Telecom Companies etc.

Returns

MBA is generally an expensive course but offers good returns straight from the start.

The starting salary for MBA graduates can be pretty decent if you do it from a good college.

MCA is a generally inexpensive course with almost equal salary prospects as MBA.

While the starting salaries can be a bit low but it does increase quite a bit with experience.

It is very important to consider each and every aspect of a course before making a final choice. Carefully analyse your interests, skills and think of where you see yourself working down the line. Here are some other articles to help you choose the right postgraduate course.

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FAQs

Which types of jobs are available after MBA vs MCA?

After completing an MBA degree, the available job profiles are more towards working in administrative roles, solving business and administrative problems and more outgoing roles. Job opportunities are MCA, on the other hand, have more desk-time attached to them.

Does MBA pay better or MCA?

The average salaries after MBA and MCA are very similar. However, generally speaking, MBA is higher-paying course as compared to MCA.

Is MBA a more difficult course or MCA?

Both MBA and MCA are challenging courses with a stringent curriculum. For candidates who have studied BCA, MCA will seem to be an easier course because of similar curriculum. Similarly, MBA will sem to be an easier course after BBA.

Is MBA a better course or MCA?

The choice between an MBA and MCA course will depend on the career goals and preference of a candidate and no one course can be said to be the better between the two. MBA is a better course for candidates who wish to take up leadership roles while MCA is more suitable for candidates who prefer technical roles.

What is the difference between MBA and MCA?

MBA and MCA are two very different courses in all aspects. MBA is a course that delves into the business management and administrative skills but the MCA course is more focuses on imparting technical skills to a candidate.

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