The common question which many BCA degree holders like you have on their mind is ‘can I do an MS abroad after completing my BCA?’ Well, the answer is ‘yes, of course you can’.
How is it possible?
Masters abroad in Computer Science aka an MS or M.Sc. (depending on the country) is either a theory- or research-based subject or a combination of both, which entirely depends on universities. All you need to have is, as you know, a good score in competitive exams like the IELTS, TOEFL and GRE apart from having a good academic profile.
Ideally, a masters degree involves two years of studies, along with a thesis or any other project. But again the duration of your study will depend on the university where you get enrolled. Coming back to the question, ‘Is it possible to do an MS abroad after BCA?’ the answer is ‘yes, it is possible’.
With a BCA degree, you can pursue an MS abroad in various streams of Computer Science, be it IT or PG diploma in CA. You should always check with the university regarding the eligibility criteria in various streams they have on offer.
Possible MS in Computer Science options that you have abroad are as follows:
- Masters in Computer Management.
- Masters Degree in Information Management (MIM).
- Master of Science in Information Technology (M.Sc IT).
- Masters in Information Security Management.
- Masters in Artificial Intelligence.
- Masters in Cyber security/ Cyber Forensics.
- Masters in VLSI/ Embedded Systems.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Applications.
- Post Graduate Programme in Corporate Studies (PGPCS).
- Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM).
Popular universities abroad to study an MS in Computer Science after BCA:
In New Zealand –
- Victoria University of Wellington
- The University of Waikato
- The University of Western Australia
- University of Adelaide
- RMIT University
- University of New South Wales
- Curtin University
In the United Kingdom –
- Birmingham City University
- University of Bristol
- University of East London
- Middlesex University
- University of Hertfordshire
- University of South Wales
- Northumbria University
- Goldsmiths, University of London
- University of Leicester
- Swansea University
Study this article to know about universities in Canada to study Computer Science.
How to apply for an MS in Computer Science abroad?
- You need to have good academic scores in your undergraduate degree.
- IELTS band score of minimum 6 or a GRE score of 310–320 (depending on where you apply at).
- Incisive SOP/LOR; recommendation letters and other financial documents are must.
- Some universities ask for either 15 years or 16 years of undergraduate studies to apply for a masters. Please check all relevant criteria with the university you wish to study at.
Future prospects for an MS in Computer Science graduate:
What are the job prospects for an MS in Computer Science graduate?
A common question that you will have on your mind for which there is no single answer because a Computer Science graduate’s salary will depend on his/her experience and knowledge and on the job profile he/she is offered.
Computer Science gives you the freedom to explore fields like Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Security, Animation Programmer or Engineer, Research, etc.
Did you know according to the Forbes, masters in Computer Science is one of the best degrees to study in the world, with a median pay of $109,000 (mid-career) and common job prospects are of a Software Developer, Software Architect and Software Engineer.
Check the table below to get a fair idea of the average annual salary for different job roles in Computer Science.
Hope this helps. You should visit the university profile pages (listed above) to know about the courses they offer. Talk to our advisors to get detailed information and how to apply to the above universities.
Data source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics