MSc after MBA ???

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  • Posted by raghavkhurana on 07/17/13 7:12pm


    My name is Raghav Khurana and i have done by bachelors in engineering in biomedical sciences followed by an MBA from an average B school in India (IBS gurgaon). I am presently working with a reputed Bank and have more than two years of work experience, but want to increase my exposure internationally and to work at a more strategic level and hitting the goal of working with an Management Consulting firm.

    I am considering for applying in MIM, MSc in Management Consulting and MSc in management across various university. Do you think it is justifiable to do a MSc after a MBA?

    If yes, then how effective it will in getting placed in MNCs. If No, then which other course should i pursue.


    Work Ex: 2 and half years
    MBA CGPA : 7/10
    BE : 52%
    Senior Secondary (XII): 76%
    High School (Xth) : 78%

    Thank you for your help.

    Raghav Khurana


    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 07/18/13 12:54am

      Hi Raghav,

      thank you for your question. Given you profile, you are on the way to become the typical MBA camdidate. A Master in Management typically is for graduates or recent graduates while the Master of Business Administration (MBA) is for professionals.

      I don't know where you got your MBA from and I know that in some countries it is normal to grant the MBA already without work experience. But that's not the idea behind the MBA, at least not as I see it and as it is maintained in most countries. The MBA is a meeting place for professionals to exchange their experiences, receive a very practical management education, and apply for advanced jobs afterwards. The Master in Management (MIM) typically is for graduates or people with only little work experience. Please read our article on MIM and MBA.

      Now, from your message I read that you are not happy with your current career perspectives and that your MBA didn't satisfy you in these respects.What can you do now in terms of increasing your education?

      I do NOT recommend you doing a Master in Management - and I don't think that many schools would accept you. Why? Because they want graduates or recent graduates that apply for job entry positions afterwards - not for professionals like you.

      You could do the MBA again, but at at school with more career potential. This would, however, provide you with redundant content and would create some irritation for future employers that read your CV.

      Or, you may consider doing a specialized Master in a field of your interest (e.g. finance, consulting, IT management, HR, supply chain management, accounting etc.). You can search for these programs using the filter "Program type" in our search engine.

      Or, you can keep on working, maybe at the same employer, maybe at a different employer, and consider a part-time education at some point in the future. This education would primarily focus in ednowing you with extra knowledge - for example in general management (part-time MBA or part-time MSc in Management) or in a specialized area of your interest (e.g. finance, accounting etc.).

      I understand that you are in a reflection process and this process may hold on for a while. That's good because you need to weigh your options carefully against each other. Outlining some of your options above hopefully helps you with this.

      Best wishes

      by Thomas Graf

      • Posted by raghavkhurana on 07/18/13 8:56pm

        Hi Thomas,

        Thank you for your reply.

        Firstly, Yes, it is very much prevelant here in india, that one gets MBA w/o a work exp.

        Secondly, i am really into a masters course with an area of specialisation (Management consulting/Strategic managemnt). But with your experience, and people with whom you interact, how often do you encounter candidates with double MBA and what would be a general prospect for such candidates in carrer perspective.

        And truly, i am in the reflection process and would certianly weigh the options and my hard earned money into a program.

        Thank you once again for the swift reply.

        Kind Regards

        Ragha Khurana

        • Posted by Thomas Graf on 07/19/13 2:18pm

          Hi Ragha,

          I have never encountered someone with a double MBA but I wanted to mention this option for the brainstorming process. Personally, I tend to recommend you the specialized option so that you do not only enrich your cv with the reputation of renowned business school and its network (though these two benefits should guide you in selecting a school) but also with new knowledge that enriches your competence.

          You can either look for specialized Masters (e.g. in the MIM Compass search engine) or - maybe an alternative - for MBA programs with an explicit specialization. You can find them on the MBA Compass website under "Concentration".

          I have never been favoring those MBA programs in the past since specializations and (general management) MBA programs always appeared to me as contradicting each other. Today I think, however, that a general management MBA with some specialization courses in the advanced stages may make sense for some schools that have a strong competence in a specific business area and the appropriate network to companies in that area (e.g. schools that have the competence in logistics, are based in an important city for logistics, and have the company network).

          Best wishes

          By Thomas Graf

  • Posted by Swarna latha on 05/14/18 11:02am

    My name is M.swarna latha, I have completed my MBA on February 2018. I am searching for a job in colleges. I have interest to teach statistics but they need M. Sc candidates. So can I do M. Sc? Is I am eligible to do. My MBA percentage is 8.16 CGPA. I have done my degree B. Sc computer science in the year 2011. After completion of my graduation, I have joined in job and I have experience of 3 years.
    If yes, please tell me

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 05/15/18 10:04am

    Hi there,

    if you are just interested in doing a Master of Science - well, then all you need is an undergraduate degree. if you are interested in Masters in Management specifically and in so-called top schools, then you should inform yourself about what these schools expect from their candidates - and here I recommend you to read the eBook "The MIM - Entry Requirements for the Master in Management".

    Best regards,

  • Posted by Aman Jain on 12/24/18 6:02pm

    My name is Aman Jain, an year earlier I did my MBA from an average university here in India after working for one year in a private ltd company post BBA and being unsatisfied with my profile I have decided to pursue another MBA from a reputed university probably from western Europe but the problem is the ongoing confusion inside my head after several suggestions from people about doing a Msc in management instead of an MBA. I would highly appreciate any type of suggestion from you if doing a Msc in management would be any better post MBA for my career and profile or should I simply just go for another MBA. Waiting to hear your advise.

    Thank you,
    Aman Jain

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 12/27/18 9:24pm


    please read my article on MIM vs MBA.

    Best wishes,

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook

  • Posted by sneha nair on 01/24/19 6:44pm

    Can i pursee ms degree in canada or australia.Right now i am pursing mba in IT after my btech in electronics.Please reply can i pursee ms in computer network or IT after my mba?

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 01/25/19 9:55am

    Hi there,

    why should you not be able to do an MS in IT or other areas after your MBA? Just check the admissions criteria of your favorite schools.

    A different question is whether you WANT to pursue an MS in IT. This is a specialized education in a specific area where you will be qualified as an expert - wheras the MBA provides you with a general management education. If you want that specialized education - e.g., to work in such an area after graduating - then it makes sense.

    Another question to consider may be the type of program. Instead of studying full-time, you may also find a part-time program that allows you to keep on working and earning money.

    Best wishes,

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook

  • Posted by Raja nandini gaddam on 04/23/19 7:02pm

    Can we do MSC after MBA?If yes,what are the advantages and disadvantages?

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 04/24/19 12:45pm


    studying a Master after the MBA - in general - is possible. However, there may be some thoughts to consider.

    Ususally, you do an MBA with a minimum of 2 years of work experience. This means that you are not a graduate or career starter anymore.

    Most postgraduate degrees in business beyond the MBA are "pre-experience" degrees, however. This means that either they focus on graduates with no or few work experience only and you won't be eligible for them - or you may be eligible but find yourself in a class of much younger students and you may meet employers coming on the campus for recruiting career-starters (and nor professionals like you).

    Therefore, I recommend you to watch out for "post-experience" degrees. In finance, for instance, you find the Financial Times Master in Finance Post-experience Ranking.

    If you are interested in the MSc in Management (MIM), particularly, basically all of them are pre-experience degrees. They focus on graduates with no or few work experience. Content-wise (similar content as MBA, though more theoretical), career-wise (focus on career-starters), and eligibility-wise (focus on graduates), the MIM does not make sense AFTER the MBA.

    Best wishes,

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook

  • Posted by Ananya on 05/08/19 7:48am

    Hi, i am currently pursuing mba in finance specialization and was thinking of pursuing msc finance in some good university abroad.. Do you think its worth purusing Msc after completing MBA and having a work ex of around 2 yrs after mba

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 05/08/19 10:45am

    Hi there,

    I don't know if it's worth it FOR YOU. It depends on what you plan to achieve with it.

    If you are interested in finance and wish to gain competence here - of course, it is worth it.
    If you wish to work as finance expert afterwards, of course it will be an important qualification.

    If you want to work in a specific company, a specific industry, at a specific salary... and if you want to know your chances to get your Wants fulfilled with a MSc, then you have to assess this in advance.

    In my eBook Business Masters I provide several tips how to do this. For instance,

    • Check your favorite campuses if your target employers recruit there.
    • As the school how many graduates last year found a place in your target industry.
    • Read your target employers job platforms and get in contact with them (via phone call, job fairs, alumni networks etc.)
    • etc.

    Also, since you have work experience, I recommend you to consider deciding for a Postexperience MSc in Finance - as opposed to studying a Preexperience MSc in Finance.

    Best wishes,

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook

    • Posted by Ananya on 05/09/19 3:56pm

      Thankyou soo much.. for your valuable advise...