Study MS or MBA Abroad - Which is a Better Option after B.E/B.Tech?

By Neha Kumari Updated On - Mar 02, 2021 04:12 PM

MS and MBA are two most promising course options at the Masters level. The scope of both courses is vast but varied. Check which among the two-courses is best for a B.E/ B.Tech graduate.

If you have done Engineering from India and wish to pursue higher education abroad, then this article is for you. You must have faced that dilemma of having to choose between MS (Master of Science) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA). And why shouldn’t you? The prospect of beginning a career in a foreign country along with earning in foreign currency is quite an attractive deal and both MS or an MBA can lead engineering graduates to these things. 

There are a lot of students who have or are yet to complete their B.E/B.Tech and want to further obtain higher education abroad. However, many students get confused about the choice of courses. To help such students, all the aspects related to these two popular courses have been discussed here in detail:

MS vs MBA Abroad After B.E/ B.Tech

Following are the major highlights to differentiate between MS and MBA degree programme to study abroad: 




Course Name 

Master of Science (MS)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Popular Specialisations 

M.S Computer Science, M.S Mechanical Engineering, M.S Civil Engineering, M.S Physics, M.S Data Science etc. 

Finance, Marketing, International Business,  Supply Chain Management, Human Resource, Operations etc. 


1- 2 years 

1, 1.25, 1.5 or 2 years 

Academic Requirements 

Graduate in Science/ Engineering 

Graduate in any stream 

Test Requirements 



Average Fees 

Varies country wise 

Estimated fee: 15- 45 Lakhs 

Varies country wise 

Estimated fee: 20- 45 Lakhs 


Engineering Field, Research-Based Work, Teaching

Management Role, Business, Entrepreneurship

Top Universities 

Also Read: Canada or USA? Which is Better for Pursuing MBA

All About Studying MBA Abroad after B.E/ B.Tech

MBA is one of the most popular courses among B.E/ B.Tech graduates looking forward to do their Masters. The course can be studied in India as well as abroad. However, the requirements to study MBA abroad are different from that of India.Therefore, one must understand the difference thoroughly.

In this section, we will discuss every aspect of pursuing an MBA abroad after completing B.E/B.Tech like the eligibility criteria, application process, exams scores required, etc. 

Eligibility Criteria to Study MBA Abroad

Following are the minimum requirements to pursue MBA abroad: 

Academic Requirement: The applicant must be a graduate (in this case a B.E/B.Tech degree holder) from a recognised university. The Foreign Universities prefer those graduates who have a full-time degree, i.e who have completed their graduation in a regular study mode. Masters or doctorate holders can also apply for MBA admission abroad. 

Work Experience Requirement: Most MBA offering institutions/universities abroad demand applicants to have good exposure to the professional world. They do so because such MBA aspirants will not only add value to their institutions but will also draw maximum benefits from the MBA programme. Most of the top B-Schools abroad offering MBA demand a minimum of 3 to 4 years of work experience from the applicants so that when they complete their MBA studies, they become automatic choices for mid and senior management level jobs where higher salaries are offered. However, not all top B-Schools abroad demand work experience from the applicants. 

Application Process to Study MBA Abroad

The application process for studying MBA abroad is quite time-consuming and an elaborate process. The entire application process is divided into three important steps, unlike an easy MBA application process in India. 

Basic Details in Application

This is the objective part of the MBA application process where the applicants have to furnish their basic personal details name, bio-data, age, languages known, entrance test scores, academic grades, etc. Some foreign B-School MBA application forms also ask the applicants to mention their work experience whereas some demand a separate resume. This is the easiest part of the application process to study MBA abroad. 


In this part of the application process, the applicants have to answer various questions like why they want to study MBA, their strengths and weaknesses, their career goals after completing MBA, etc. Based on these questions, the Admission Committee will gauge if the applicants are fit enough to join their MBA programme. 


This is particularly for those institutions abroad which demand the applicants to have some work-ex. The applicants have to provide at least 2 to 3 (or more) recommendations from colleagues, managers, supervisors, etc with whom the applicants have/had a professional relationship where the applicants’ potentials, skills etc will be mentioned. The recommendation format of each B-School abroad is different from the other. 

Exams to Study MBA Abroad

This is another important aspect of MBA admissions in foreign countries. Primarily, there are two entrance exams - GMAT and GRE and the aspirants have to clear either of these to have a chance at getting into one of the top B-schools abroad. Earlier, only GMAT scores were accepted for MBA admissions abroad but now top foreign B-Schools are also accepting GRE scores for MBA admissions, which was earlier a de facto standard for MS programmes.

In addition to the aptitude tests mentioned above, the applicants have to also appear for a language proficiency exam like IELTS or TOEFL, which are the most popular exams accepted by almost all foreign universities.

MBA Interview

This is the final step of an MBA admission process in foreign B-Schools. Some B-Schools first go through all the submitted materials, i.e essays, test scores, applications, recommendations, etc. and then decide if the applicants should be invited for an interview or not. The applicants are asked about various types of questions like questions related to aspirations, career, etc. 

Also Read: How to Prepare for GMAT Online Exam?

All About Studying MS Abroad after B.E/ B.Tech 

Joining an MS (Master of Science) course after having obtained a B.E or B.Tech degree from a reputed institution in India is a very good decision, and becomes an even better option if a graduate wants to pursue MS abroad. Unlike applying for MBA admission, where the maximum emphasis is given to obtaining professional work exposure, applying for an MS degree means the candidates want to prolong their ties with the technical discipline. There are several renowned institutions abroad that offer MS degree programmes and eventually place the students in leading organisations. 

Eligibility Criteria for MS Admissions Abroad

Those who wish to apply for MS admission in foreign countries, they need to possess a graduation degree in either of the following education format - 

  • 10+2+4 year Bachelor's degree

  • 10+3 year diploma+3 year bachelor's degree

  • 10+2+3 year bachelor's degree (in this case B.Sc)+2 year masters degree (in this case M.Sc)

Application Process for MS Admission Abroad

Before beginning to apply for MS admissions abroad, the applicants must make sure that they have all the required documents in scanned format. The list of documents required has been mentioned below. The applicants have to then upload all their relevant documents on the official website of the institution in which they want to take admission. After uploading all the documents, the applicants have to deposit the MS admission application fee and wait until the university responds after verifying the documents. 

Documents Required to Apply for MS Admission Abroad

While applying for MS admission at a foreign university/institution, the applicants have to ensure they have the following documents ready in scanned format - 

  • Copy of a valid identity proof/passport

  • All academic documents

  • Transcript

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Copy of the online application form

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Letter of recommendation (2 x Nos)

  • Language Efficiency Test certificate (IELTS, TOEFL etc)

  • Video presentation

Exams to Study MS Abroad

The MS aspirants have to clear GRE for the best shot at getting admission in one of the top MS universities abroad. Aspirants can also get admission into the MS programme with an average GRE score provided several other things are well-constructed like a well-drafted MS application etc. In addition to GRE, the aspirants also have to qualify for a language efficiency test like IELTS, TOEFL, etc. if they wish to pursue MS studies from a reputed foreign university/institution. 

Also Read: Know All About GRE General Test at Home

MS or MBA Abroad - Which is the Better Course to Opt after Engineering? 

The answer to this question lies in your goals. If you wish to make progress in the field of engineering or engineering related sectors, the best option for you would be an MS degree. If you are one of those who do not wish to elongate your ties with technical courses and instead want to work on your skills like management, leadership, among others, then MBA from a reputed foreign university is the course for you.

Nothing should come between you and your necessities or ambitions to lead you to your higher education degree. Try not to opt for something which will pay you well in future unless it is exactly what you want from your life. Everything has its pros and cons and you must consider both very carefully before deciding whether MS or MBA is a better option for you to pursue abroad after your engineering. 

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