MEM vs MIM

School selection
  • Posted by vikasgupta.mnnit on 11/18/13 9:20pm

    Hi Thomas,

    First of all I would like to congratulate you for this great site. It has been a great help to me and I thankyou from the bottom of my heart.

    I have done B.Tech from NIT Allahabad in ECE with CPI of 7.27/10.
    I have donesummer internship at IIT Guwahati in third year.
    I have total 19 months of work ex. including 13 months in Freescale Semiconductor as a Design Engineer.
    My scores GRE 320/340 and Essay 4/6.
    TOEFL 109/120
    I have found that core engineering jobs are not what I would like to do atleast software programming or Electronics. I want to change my domain.
    I have shortlisted two domains for this
    a) Industrial Engineering - I have seen that it also involves some management courses like Operation Research, etc
    b) Management - Here I have shortlisted two options 1) Masters in Engineering Management
    2) Masters in Management (General)
    I am certain that I don't like finance and accounting. I have some questions regarding this options and I would be grateful if you can answer them.
    Q.1) Whats the difference between Masters in Engineering Management and Masters in Technology management? Consider atleast these two factors along with those you feel important --- course and job profiles after graduation
    Q.2) I would like to know the differences in the cirriculum for Masters in Engineering Management and Masters in Management (MIM in general area no specialization)?

    I want to do MIM (not MIS and no finance specialization) from U.S and I need the course to be between 1.5-2 years and not less as I am from non-business background I would like to have more detailed knowledge before I enter job market. I have my relatives in US so that's why this choice.

    Q.3) I am also following another strategy to shortlist universities. Alongwith rankings the proximity of the university to cities where a large no. of companies are present is very important consideration for job prospects. Based on this fact, I would like to know which cities/states apart from California ( I have info about this state) should I target?
    I came to know about Austin in Texas but the McCombs School of Business has only courses which are less than or equal to one year. So this is a dead end.
    I don't know how to find which universities are closer to or situated in cities with big concentration of companies. I would like to ask you how to start looking in this aspect.

    Q.4)My choice of duration has severly affected the options I have according to the search results on this site.
    For eg when I put on the filters
    US, More than 1 year to 2 year,focus Master in General Management, full time, no academic background , english
    It returned only 22 results and almost all of them are not the name of well-known universities
    Only these looked interesting...
    Thunderbird school of management City: Glendale
    University of Maryland University College City: Adelphi
    New Jersey Institute of Technology City: New Jersey
    I was not interested in M.A. or MIS so left St. Mary's University of Minnesota
    Please comment on the three colleges above about their reputation, international recognition and job prospects. Are they close to any major business hubs?

    Q.5) If you think any other institutes can also be looked into consider the factors I have mentioned...I will be very grateful to you.

    Thanks and Regards

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 11/19/13 12:26pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your questions.

      "Q.1) Whats the difference between Masters in Engineering Management and Masters in Technology management? Consider at least these two factors along with those you feel important --- course and job profiles after graduation"
      The best way to find that out is by (1) checking the career statistics on the schools' websites and (2) by contacting the schools admissions office or career office and ask for the career statistics. As a third option, you can ask the school to bring you in contact with an alum. This person will not provide you with the statistics but maybe with some insights about hir or her persona experience and impression on how helpful the course was careerwise.

      "Q.2) I would like to know the differences in the cirriculum for Masters in Engineering Management and Masters in Management (MIM in general area no specialization)?"
      Why don't you compare the curricula and course structures on the schools' websites?

      "I want to do MIM (not MIS and no finance specialization) from U.S and I need the course to be between 1.5-2 years and not less as I am from non-business background I would like to have more detailed knowledge before I enter job market. I have my relatives in US so that's why this choice."
      Give your 19 months of work experience and the 2.5 years experience that you will have at the beginning of your course I would go for an MBA. There you study with experienced students and learn from them, and the MBA also is more renowned in the US than any Master in Management.

      "I would like to know which cities/states apart from California ( I have info about this state) should I target?"
      I like your approach but I am afraid I cannot help you here. I try to help students in developing the right questions - but when it comes to the actual research job (in your case, researching the right environment for your master's) it is up to the student.

      "Please comment on the three colleges above about their reputation, international recognition and job prospects. Are they close to any major business hubs?"
      Let me play the ball back to you: How much effort have you invested in researching on thee schools already? Have you checked ranking positions and accreditation for example already, screened the websites for career statistics etc.? I am happy to guide you but the actual research is up to you.

      In general, Masters in Management are a new phenomenon in the US. That's why you find not many school offering this. I would call it a new trend, however, and I am confident that over time more MIM programs will appear (in the same way, by the way, as US schools imitate the European model of shorter MBA programs).

      Best wishes
      Thomas

      By Thomas Graf