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The construction of a structure or a building requires the synergized work integration of various agencies such as an architect, structural designer, project management consultant, contractor etc. Along with the yardstick of the timeline, it is of utmost significance to complete the particular project within the stipulated budget. The sub-discipline of civil engineering that emphasizes on these agendas right from the project planning to its complete execution is called Construction Management. It is the most sought after stream for graduate education in Civil Engineering in universities all over the world as every project is in need of a professional service that regulates the planning, design and construction of a project from the time of its commencement till its completion. This area of study has also gained importance as a major course in architecture. Hence, along with undergraduate civil engineers, many architects too apply to such programs.

The graduate program has a coursework that constitutes of: Building Information Modelling, Construction Finance, Construction Planning and Scheduling, Sustainability and Facility Lifecycle Management etc.. Students sometimes opt for research in one of these areas. Based on their interests, they apply for internships, RAs and TAs during the program tenure. The general trend is that students join the industry by taking up plum jobs, while few opt for a career in research.

With the exponential growth in good infrastructure and housing development projects to cater to the burgeoning population, Construction Management graduates are very much in demand. General Construction Contractors, Construction Management firms, Real Estate Firms and sometimes even General Consulting firms hire out fresh CM graduates. Sometimes even large institutions such as universities, factories and other large-scale structural facilities require a construction manager of their own to oversee their construction activities. Having a firm hold over BIM, Planning and tools such as AutoCAD, Bluebeam, Office and Primavera is very crucial for the student aspiring to venture into such firms. The job profiles a CM graduate engineer and in most of the cases placed in overseeing a particular construction activity, HR and project management, reviewing the project timeline and estimated costs and also analyzing and mitigating potential risks. Most commonly employed positions at the firm are Project Engineer, Site Engineer, and Assistant Project Manager and so on. The pay scale of a Construction Management engineer is the highest as compared to all other sub-disciplines of civil engineering, with salaries being higher than $60K per annum. After gaining substantial professional experience, students also have a viable option of pursuing an MBA to climb the corporate ladder later on. That being said, placing the right internship, having a good network, decent academic grades and suitable coursework will ensure a good job for a CM graduate.

Licensure is an important aspect of a professional engineer. Upon graduation, he/she will be designated generally as E-I-T (Engineer in Training). After that, obtaining the P.E (Professional Engineer) license is crucial to start our own practice as an independent engineer. Between EIT and PE, there is also an FE (Fundamental Engineering) license, which is mandatory. Both of these licenses have their own exams and requirements subject to the state/area you are in. For example, all over the US, the PE license normally requires 4 years of professional training under a certified PE engineer.

Students who wish to pursue a PhD after their masters, opt for a thesis program. Research areas differ from university to university and it is best to check the department website of each university and identify a suitable one based on their interests. Students who intend to pursue a Doctorate are preferred for RA positions. Also, sometimes a master’s level thesis forms the background for the student to work on the same during his PhD. After completing their PhD, students can try working at a postdoctoral level at a university, a research fellow at a private institution, a professor at the university or even get placed in the industry.

The salary for each post differs substantially:

Designation Salary
Project Engineer $70,000
Project Manager $70,000
Cost Estimator $60,000
Quantity Surveyor $60,000
Postdoctoral Fellow $60,000
Assistant Professor $90,000

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Structural Engineering is a sub-discipline of civil engineering that involves the design of the built environment around us. In layman’s terms, these are the people that help design the components of a structure that enable it to withstand the various forces it is subject to. It is one of the most sought-after master’s programs chosen by undergraduate civil engineers. Architect undergraduates too can apply for such a program to establish a repertoire coherent in both: architecture and civil engineering. A master’s structural degree spans for two years generally if one opts for a research-based program. Otherwise, a non-thesis degree or course-work based curriculum sometimes referred to as M.Eng, has a study duration of one year. Nowadays, many universities have replaced the traditional structural engineering program with Earthquake Engineering.  With the added emphasis on the design of earthquake resilient structures, this program should be considered as something different from the core program.

A graduate level education in structural engineering helps students develop a firm foundation in this stream that is later strengthened by research or experience. Students opt for such a degree considering two career objectives: industry or research. Sometimes, a vocation switch proves extremely beneficial as it provides a research-based perspective while entering the industry and vice versa. Consider this, a masters graduate who has 5 years of experience of working in a structural consultancy firm becomes aware of the current industry trends and practices that will make him more competent for a doctoral program than someone who directly opts for one after a graduate degree. That being said, it is strongly recommended that students should make a firm decision about the same at the start of the program so that they can build a profile that is suited to prospective opportunities later on in that vocation.

Students who are more academically oriented and who wish to be involved in developing breakthrough and novel concepts in structural engineering that would eventually benefit the industry generally opt for research. Such students apply for a PhD after their Master’s. It is advisable that while pursuing their Master’s degree, these students should start connecting with the professors in the university by pursuing assistantships in teaching or research (TA/RA) from the very beginning of the program. These are excellent tools to aid/finance one’s education (average salary $30K per annum). Also, taking a research-oriented coursework would be more preferred by them. For example, including nonlinear analysis, risk analysis and computational method courses in one’s curriculum. After a PhD, one can continue working as a postdoctoral fellow (average salary $50K per annum) at the university or take up the position of a professor (average salary $70K per annum).

Alternatively, students who wish to begin working in the industry after attaining the degree should start hunting for internship opportunities as soon as the program commences. A consistent performance at such an internship will help the student build connections and get accustomed to the work culture of the firm. Later on, he can apply for a job at the same firm. Firms wherein structural engineers are hired to include infrastructure companies, structural consultancy firms and architectural firms. Also, after getting the job, it is significantly important to have a mentor, who would help you understand your job role and guide you to resolve issues successfully. This mentor can be the immediate senior/project engineer under whom you will be working on the initial projects of your career. Being under such tutelage will help develop a structural designer’s mindset that is unique. Salaries for beginners are around $60K annually.

In India, in the past decade, the costs of pursuing an MBA program have risen exponentially with foreign partnerships like Kelloggs, ISB (Hyderabad) and the ubiquitous IIMs ruling the roost. Not surprisingly, studies show that the cost and Return on Investment (ROI) for an Indian MBA are not comparative to that of other Asian countries. In this perspective, Singapore tops the list for having three of its universities in the top five QS Global 200 MBA Rankings, leading with INSEAD–Singapore. Even the much-lauded S P Jain School of Business has its campus in Singapore, a strategic move by far.

Reputed world-class institutions like the INSEAD France/Singapore, Nanyang Business School and the School of Business at the National University of Singapore are world-class institutions and rate among the Top 20 business schools, worldwide. In fact, in the Global MBA Ranking 2016/2017 published by the Financial Times (FT), INSEAD France/Singapore even dethroned the most hallowed Harvard Business School to claim top spot as the numero uno business school, worldwide. Given the impressive credentials offered by the Singaporean business schools, it’s little wonder then that the Gen-Next future entrepreneurs and business magnates are making a beeline to gain access to their privileged programs. After all, nearly twelve of Europe’s top listed companies are helmed by CEOs who are INSEAD Singapore graduates, which is twice more than any graduate MBAs from their home-grown competitors!

Apart from the standard living expenses, the cost of an MBA in Singapore is far reasonable when compared to the average spending on the prohibitively expensive study-abroad destinations like US or UK. Moreover, the current immigration reforms have raised pertinent questions on the fate of international students who will be graduating in the coming years. Such indecision does not plague the graduates at Singapore’s top B-schools and to add to it, they are prize picks for the several international conglomerates, who have their Asian offices headquartered in Singapore. However, admission to these hallowed institutions is most certainly a challenging task although not impossible.

While NUS’s website states that there is no minimum GMAT score, the average score of the admitted graduate is around 680-700/800, which is in addition to the requirement that the candidate fulfills the stipulated work experience that varies for the different schools. NUS requires a minimum of two years of full-time post-graduation experience, as do Nangyang School, NTU and Singapore Management University. The only exception to this rule is INSEAD-Singapore, which mandates two to five years of full time, post qualification experience and it would follow that if the candidate has demonstrated management potential, the chances of an admit increase considerably. Also, since the mode of instruction is the international business language, English, non-native speakers would need to prove their proficiency with standardized tests like IELTS/TOEFL, with a minimum band score of 6/90 respectively.

Let’s go on to discuss the costs of pursuing an MBA at one of these premier institutions. At an annual fee of SGD$62,000, NUS Business School, Singapore has the most reasonable tuition fee and the term of the course is 17 months, when compared to INSEAD-Singapore’s 10-month program at a marked SGD $110,277. This means that you would spend seven more months at NUS, where the living expenses for the additional time would up the ante significantly. However, Nanyang Business School at NTU-Singapore is not far behind with an entirely modest fee of SGD$55,000. There is also the option of applying to Singapore Management University and James Cook University, both of which are sought after for their programs. The average cost of an MBA in Singapore can be roughly estimated at SGD$60,000, excluding the living expenses and other incidental costs like examination fees, books etc. Also, you need to remember that living expenses vary on the kind of lifestyle you like to afford, the average cost of rent, utilities, food, phone etc. can vary between SGD$30,000 to SGD$70,000 per annum. But this is substantially less when compared to the fees for a hybrid MBA at ISB, Wharton, NMIMS or any of the premier business schools in India, which would set you back by a cool INR 38 lakhs on an average, excluding living expenses. With Singapore, you have the added advantage of remaining on the continent, while capitalising on the cosmopolitan and world class environment of Singapore, the Southeast Asian gateway to the West.

Further, Singapore is the only country in Asia to be ranked at No. 5 in the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, bested only by Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, and Denmark. But none of these countries have the added advantage of the world-class business schools as does the Lion-city, Singapore. With these multi-faceted advantages, your choice of pursuing an MBA in Singapore will indeed be the best decision you would ever make.

As computers revolutionise the world around us, spilling into every aspect of our lives, right from banking, financial markets, e-commerce, manufacturing, healthcare and many more sectors, the demand for computer technologists is on the rise. Similarly, several fields that intersect with Computer Science have surfaced, which require a combination of skill sets for successful execution. With students being absorbed in various roles in companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook as well as at start-ups and small and medium enterprises, these graduates having diverse backgrounds are very much in demand. The combination of skills has helped them take up prime positions in industries like bioinformatics, medicine, finance, telecommunications, media and many others.

As young aspirants contemplate switching over to Computer Science or allied fields like Data Science, Computer Engineering, MIS or Business Analytics, they are wracked by apprehension, self-doubt and a feeling of moving out of safe territory. This has dissuaded many from changing their fields after graduating, and they continue to work in an environment that does not provide job satisfaction. Well, the good news is that one can make a smooth transition with a little timely planning and effort towards imbibing the requisite skills. Pursuing a Master’s level program in Computer Science related field that suits your interests, could very well allow you to change to the Computer Science field.

With more universities recognising this need and filling this gap by offering programs that are flexible regarding program pre-requisites, aspiring students can now take up this opportunity to pursue such a program and give wings to a career in fields allied to Computer Science like Data Science, MIS, Computer Engineering, Business Analytics. However, you will need to build your profile appropriately to be able to pursue a program in the Computer Science allied field. The work experience and training you currently have can help you, but you may need to do more to transition to the Computer Science or allied field. Focussing on the following aspects and systematically planning each step would indeed help your transition become a smooth and stress-free process: 

  1. Chalking out your career goals and working backwards towards choosing a suitable program will help you identify your interests and pursue a program that would be extremely beneficial as you launch yourself in a new field.
  2. Check out your eligibility to apply to this program. Depending on the prerequisites, you need to build your profile in such a way that you meet the requirements of the program. Courses in Mathematics, Operating Systems, Data Structures, etc. that you may have covered during your college studies may help you meet some of these prerequisites. You then need to show the test result of that course. Sometimes universities ask you to take these prerequisite courses before the commencement of the graduate program.
  3. Gaining professional experience in the form of internship or a job role that is relevant to the program of your choice would increase your eligibility for the program. It highlights your capabilities in the particular domain and proves your readiness to take up the relevant Master’s program in a CS allied field.
  4. A strong Statement of Purpose (SOP) that shows your passion and interest in CS allied fields like Computer Engineering, Business Analytics, MIS or Data Science would work in your favour. If your reason is valid and acceptable enough, then Universities would definitely give you admission to the said program. Moreover, all the application essays need to be well-thought out and well-written.

Given below is information that would be beneficial in preparing for a career in a CS allied field:

Computer and Information Technology (MCIT)

Master’s of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) Designed for students and professionals with minimal or no prior computing experience or formal education in Computer Science.
Benefit Students and professionals who desire to establish or advance a career in information technology or even prepare for doctoral studies in Computer Science
On Graduation Emerge as well-informed and competent professionals in a prime position in the job market. Excellent placements. Summer internships also lead to full-time employment opportunities.

Prerequisites

Basics in Software Development, Computer Systems, Mathematical fundamentals of Computer Science, Data Structures, Software Design, Computer Systems Programming, Algorithms and Computation.

Data Science

Data Science Prepares students for a wide range of data-centric careers, whether in technology and engineering, policy-making, consulting or science. 

 

Benefits Students and professionals who desire to establish or advance a career in Data Science or even prepare for doctoral studies in Data Science.
On Graduation Apply artificial intelligence techniques to a problem, build a computational model of real-world phenomena, statistically test a hypothesis, or analyze structured, textual or image data, apply data science and data analysis techniques to arrive at decisions.
Prerequisites

o   Undergraduate degree in economics, mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, statistics, or related field is preferred, but not required.

o   Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming in at least one of the following computer programming languages is required: Python, R, C, C++, C#, VB, Java, Pascal, or Fortran. Academic transcripts, certificates from online courses, or work experience may be cited to meet this requirement. 

o   At least one semester college level calculus course with a grade “C” or better required.

 

Relevant Work Experience Not required, but strongly preferred.

MIS

MIS Prepares students for challenging careers in the application of IT to analyze, design, implement, and manage IT applications and strategies to help solve business problems. MIS professionals are the “communication bridges” between IT and the business community. They first learn business processes and then analyze how to improve the processes using IT.
Benefits They can work in risk management, technology strategy, information management or project management
On Graduation They can work as a technology analyst, business analyst, project manager, or enterprise architect.
Prerequisites
  • A course in programming (Java, C#, VB, etc.)
  • A database course
  • A course in systems analysis and design
  • A course in business data communications

 

Relevant Work Experience Strongly preferred.

Business Analytics

Business Analytics A comprehensive program for aspirants with an analytical bent of mind and a keen interest in business. Applicants should be prepared for intense course work, a proclivity for mathematics and programming, as well as basic understanding of business fundamentals.
Benefits They can work at the intersection of business management and technology analysis to enhance smooth operation.
On Graduation Gain expertise to turn data into useable information for all levels of an organization.
Prerequisites Undergraduate degree in economics, mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, statistics, or related field is preferred, but not required.

Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming in at least one of the following computer programming languages is required: Python, R, C, C++, C#, VB, Java, Pascal, or Fortran. Academic transcripts, certificates from online courses, or work experience may be cited to meet this requirement. 

At least one-semester college level calculus course with a grade “C” or better required.

Work Experience Not required, but strongly preferred.

While the above information will lend clarity about profile building and enhance your chances of securing admission in the right college/university, you need to keep in mind that the competition will be tough for non-Computer Science students aiming to gain entry into the graduate CS allied programs. With proper planning and the right profile building activity completed in advance, you can achieve your goal of getting admission in the CS program and pursuing a career as a competent Computer Science professional.

Management of Information Systems in UK

What is Management of Information Systems? MIS in UK

The Management of Information Systems (MIS) degree features a mix between a computer science and information systems degrees with a focus on business. MIS is an indispensable part of today’s professional landscape. Day to Day work life is increasingly being managed by these systems that dictate the work procedure and therefore MIS finds vast application in various sectors like trade and commerce, manufacturing, small businesses, healthcare, education and government organizations and many others. For instance, it is applicable in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems handling everyday interactions with clients and prospects to financial systems issuing an invoice and paying bills. MIS in UK

The MIS course offered by universities in UK is highly informative and provides a good insight into the vast field of Management Information Systems. Not only does it provide basic knowledge about MIS, but it also informs students about how it can be implemented within different types of organizations. It covers various supporting tech infrastructures like Cloud, Databases and Big Data. Over and above these, it also covers MIS development/procurement process and main integrated system, ERPs like SAP®, Oracle® or Microsoft Dynamics Navision® as well as their relationship with Business Process Redesign. MIS in UK

The MIS course focuses on the nature of the work involved and how it impacts the organization. It provides an explanation about how influential it is to current or prospective jobs. It gives an insight about why it imposes specific and sometimes seemingly absurd operational procedures. It also helps the students use this knowledge to their advantage in their professional life. Also, it uses real world examples to illustrate key concepts and strikes a balance between clarity and conceptual soundness. MIS in UK

 

Sub-types of Management of Information Systems

MIS is a graduate level degree program, which is usually offered through schools of business or management. Most of the MIS master’s programs can be completed in 18-24 months. The program covers solutions to problems that arise in business such as calculating the costs of production, labor and marketing. It gives an enhanced solution about the technologies used and procedures adapted to overcome such problems.

MIS courses offer a hands-on experience with either in-classroom computers or separate computer labs. Students get to study Project Management, Database Management, Information Systems and Programming. Some of the courses offered include Healthcare Information System, Business Communications, Software Design and Integration, Web Computing and Mining,  Social and Ethical Issues of the Internet,  Business Foundations for IT, Information Systems Analysis and Design,   Information Technology Audit, Information Security in Public and Private Sectors and  Business Data Communications & Networking. The program requires 33 credit hours of coursework in business, technology and managerial subjects.         MIS in UK

 

Why should I study MIS in UK?

A great number of methods, techniques and approaches to technical and management work are taught as part of the M.Sc. in Information Systems. The study course is enriched by the ongoing research program of ERCIS and it prepares students both for research posts in industrial or academic organizations and for management or consultancy positions. Through the applied research, students acquire comprehensive skills in problem solving and the ability to implement abstract concepts. The course therefore offers an excellent balance between theory and practice.  MIS in UK

The United Kingdom is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in Europe, joining people from all over the world in one truly multicultural society. More than 400,000 international students visit the UK every year. British universities provide a broad range of internationally recognized study programs, which help in preparing students for future careers in major international companies.

The United Kingdom is also home to some of the best research facilities in the world. The UK is home to some of the best-known internationally renowned universities in the world. Since 1903, UK universities have produced 88 Noble Prize winners.

 

Admission requirements

UK is home to universities that are renowned and at the top of everybody’s list of prestigious institutes and universities. The admission requirements for every university in the UK for a Management Information Systems (MIS) degree may vary. However there are some basic requirements for admission that are of utmost importance for you to get an admission at your desired institute or university. A degree in Information Systems or a similar course with a connection to IT and Economics, etc. 

For international students, the following are the documents required to pursue the Master’s program in MIS:

  • Basic knowledge of the four fields — Information Systems (Process Modelling), IT (Data Modelling and Software Development), Quantitative Methods (Operations Research, Statistics) and Business Administration. For international students, (Non US citizens), the following are the documents required to pursue MS in MIS:
  • Copies of official transcripts/academic records.
  • Copies of GMAT or GRE scores.
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international applicants only who have not graduated from a British institution (Degree must not be older than two years from the term of enrolment). Test must have been taken within two years of the intended term of enrolment. Minimum TOEFL score of 80 internet based testing, IELTS test composite score of 7 (no subject area below 6.).
  • Where an institution’s marking scheme for three year degrees does not include First Class with Distinction, you will be required to have a merit of either 75%, or a final GPA 8.5/10.
  • Resume which includes work experience with dates of employment.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Personal Statement that states your career objectives and how you expect your MIS graduate education will enhance your career objectives.
  • Completed Graduate College Application (including paying the application fee)

Documents required:

  • A certificate copy of higher education entrance qualification (for example – a high school diploma) and any other relevant qualifications in the original language of the course.
  • A translated overview of the subjects and grades of your qualifications.
  • A passport photo.
  • A copy of your passport (personal information and photo ID)
  • Proof of language proficiency in English. Proficiency of German language could help you take a course that is offered in German only and also communicate better with local residents.

 

When should I apply?

The application needs to be submitted before the deadline of the university. Every university has a specific deadline for spring and fall admits respectively.

Listed below are the application deadlines for the top 3 universities for MS in Management of Information Systems in the UK.

Sr. No University Deadline Undergraduate/ MS/ PhD
1 Imperial College London 30 July Postgraduate
2 University of Glasgow 21 July, 2017 MS, PgDip, PgCert
3 University of London 31 Aug, 2017 MS

 

Cost

The average fees for an international student taking a Masters course of MIS in the United Kingdom would be around £18,500 for a full time course and around £9,250 for a part time course. For international students, undergraduate fees for 2016/17 started at around £10,000 (US$12,300) for lecture-based courses, going up to £35,000 (~US$43,060) or more for an undergraduate medical degree at the top of the price range.

At postgraduate level, international fees for classroom-based programs in 2016/17 started at £9,700 (~US$11,930) and went up to £32,000 (~US$39,350). For laboratory-based programs, average annual fees vary from £9,900 (~US$12,180) up to £25,000 (~US$30,800), while for clinical degree programs the annual fees start at around £11,250 (~US$13,900) and are as high as £42,000 (~US$51,700) for programs such as medicine.

Income scale after Graduation

An MIS (management information systems) major can find jobs in the wide array of tasks that are required to create and sustain complex financial computing systems. Many positions are reachable with a bachelor’s degree in MIS or a related field, such as information science or computer science. Master’s degree programs in MIS are also available, including MBA programs, and can open advanced career opportunities.

The average salary range of an employee with a Management Information Systems (MIS) degree is around £32,500 to £62,500.

The salaries offered to an MIS employee varies depending on the location, here are a few examples of the salary variations in UK.

England £ 52,500 Manchester £ 47,500
London

City of London

£60,000

£62,500

Birmingham

Birminghamshire

£53,000

£55,000

Yorkshire £ 45,000 Wales £ 40,000
Hertfordshire £ 32,500 Bristol £ 37,500

 

Management of Information Systems in Canada

What is Management of Information Systems? MIS in Canada

The Management of Information Systems (MIS) degree features a mix between a computer science and information systems degrees with a focus on business. MIS is an indispensable part of today’s professional landscape. Day to Day work life is increasingly being managed by these systems that dictate the work procedure and therefore MIS finds vast application in various sectors like trade and commerce, manufacturing, small businesses, healthcare, education and government organizations and many others. For instance, it is applicable in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems handling everyday interactions with clients and prospects to financial systems issuing an invoice and paying bills. MIS in Canada

The MIS course offered by universities in Canada is highly informative and provides a good insight into the vast field of Management Information Systems. Not only does it provide basic knowledge about MIS, but it also informs students about how it can be implemented within different types of organizations. It covers various supporting tech infrastructures like Cloud, Databases and Big Data. Over and above these, it also covers MIS development/procurement process and main integrated system, ERPs like SAP®, Oracle® or Microsoft Dynamics Navision® as well as their relationship with Business Process Redesign. MIS in Canada

The MIS course focuses on the nature of the work involved and how it impacts the organization. It provides an explanation about how influential it is to current or prospective jobs. It gives an insight about why it imposes specific and sometimes seemingly absurd operational procedures. It also helps the students use this knowledge to their advantage in their professional life. Also, it uses real world examples to illustrate key concepts and strikes a balance between clarity and conceptual soundness.

Sub-types of Management of Information Systems

MIS is a graduate level degree program, which is usually offered through schools of business or management. Most of the MIS master’s programs can be completed in 18-24 months. The program covers solutions to problems that arise in business such as calculating the costs of production, labor and marketing. It gives an enhanced solution with respect to the technologies used and procedures adapted to overcome such problems. MIS in Canada

MIS courses offer a hands-on experience with either in-classroom computers or separate computer labs. Students get to study Project Management, Database Management, Information Systems and Programming. Some of the courses offered include Healthcare Information System, Software Design and Integration, Business Communications, Web Computing and Mining,  Social and Ethical Issues of the Internet,  Business Foundations for IT, Information Technology Audit, Information Systems Analysis and Design,   Information Security in Public and Private Sectors and  Business Data Communications & Networking. The program requires 33 credit hours of coursework in business, technology and managerial subjects.         MIS in Canada

Why should I study MIS in Canada?

Canada is known for a seamless education system and if you are an international student considering applying for a course in one among the several branches of computer science or IT, it would be good to get a closer look at the benefits of studying computer science in Canada. The highlights of studying the courses offered in Canada include:

  • A degree that is recognized internationally.
  • Acquiring student visa and admission at Canadian institutions is relatively easy.
  • The Canadian institutions offer a great variation in the types of programs pertaining to the field of Computer Science and other engineering specializations.
  • To help the students understand the subjects better, the programs at the Canadian institutions offer a rigorous theoretical background.
  • The institutions keep track of the rapidly changing industrial requirements and adaptations are made in the program accordingly.

The field of Business Information Systems is based on information and communication technologies that are used for the purpose of enhancing and supporting business activities, by identifying the organizational requirements and determining the best and most effective solutions. This discipline studies the relationship between the company employees and technology and the influence they cast on the success of the business. Graduates of this discipline can take up a career in the IT field, working as an IT consultant, database administrator, systems developer and more.

Admission requirements

Educational institutions in Canada may have different eligibility criteria for admission, but there is a list of basic admission requirements that are asked by institutions for admission in Computer Science in Canada. MIS in Canada

Academic requirements:

For international student (Non US citizen) following is the list of requirements based on academics:

  1. Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or more.
  2. GMAT or GRE score (There is no required minimum score. The test should be taken within the last five years of the term intended for enrolment).
  3. TOEFL minimum score: 80 (internet based testing) or IELTS Minimum score: 7

Documents required:

For an international student (Non US citizen), the following are the documents required to pursue MS in MIS:

  1. Copies of official transcripts/academic records.
  2. Copies of GMAT or GRE scores.
  3. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (the acquired degree should not be older than a period of two years from the term of enrolment.)
  4. Provide a resume which includes work experience/internship along with dates of employment.
  5. Provide two letters of recommendation.
  6. Provide a personal statement that mentions your career objectives and in what ways do you expect your MIS graduate education to enhance your career goals.
  7. A completed Graduate College Application (inclusive of the application fee payment).

When should I apply?

Canada’s university system is internationally renowned. The application needs to be submitted before the deadline of the university. Every university has a specific deadline for spring and fall admits respectively.

Listed below are the application deadlines for the top 3 universities for MS in Management of Information Systems in Canada.

Sr. No University Deadline Undergraduate/ MS/ PhD
1 University of British Columbia 31 Dec, 2017 PhD
2 Queens University – Smith School of Business 01 Feb, 2018 Undergraduate
3 Concordia University Montreal 15 June MS

 

Cost

Famed as one among the sturdiest economies in the world, Canadians enjoy a high standard of living. Even then, the tuition and living costs at Canadian universities are less as compared to US universities. At the post-graduate level (for Masters in Canada) the Commonwealth scholarship is one of the sources of financing for Canadian universities, but it is restricted to a very limited number of students, who have an exceedingly high intellectual promise and who reside in Commonwealth countries. The tuition and fees for most international undergraduate studies (for one year) may differ from CDN $15,000 to CDN $50,000 (most of the courses may range around CDN $25,000).

Income scale after Graduation

The MIS degree is a blend of computer science and information systems degrees with a focus on business. Like many other sectors, the financial and business world rely heavily upon computers and networking for the continuous flow of operations.

The MIS program is beneficial for those students who pursue a career in computer and information sciences. It provides an added insight to the funding and business perspective of these positions. Having such experience and knowledge could turn out to be an important asset for many job candidates and will help to give them an advantage in obtaining employment with well reputed companies. There are several career options for a student who has completed an MIS program. The salary and opportunities for career growth may vary on the basis of the course that is studied and the career pursued.

A student with MIS (Management Information Systems) major is able to find jobs in the vast lineup of tasks that are required to create and preserve complex financial computing systems. Many job positions are attainable with a Bachelor’s degree in MIS or a related field such as computer science or information science. Some Master’s degree programs in MIS are available, including MBA programs, and can open progressive career opportunities.

Career Titles Education Requirements Median Annual Salary (May 2015)
Network & computer Systems Administrators Bachelor’s or Master’s degree $77,810
Computer Systems Analysts Bachelor’s or Master’s degree $85,800
Computer & Information Systems Managers Bachelor’s or Master’s degree $131,600

 

Management of Information Systems in Singapore

MIS in Singapore

The Management of Information Systems (MIS) degree is a blend of computer science and information systems degrees with a focus on business. MIS is an indispensable part of today’s professional landscape. Day to Day work life is increasingly being managed by these systems that dictate the work procedure and therefore MIS finds vast application in various sectors like trade and commerce, manufacturing, small businesses, healthcare, education and government organizations and many others. For instance, it is applicable in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems handling everyday interactions with clients and prospects to financial systems issuing an invoice and paying bills.

The MIS course offered by universities in Singapore is highly informative and provides a good insight into the vast field of Management Information Systems. Not only does it provide basic knowledge about MIS, but it also informs students about how it can be implemented within different types of organizations. It covers various supporting tech infrastructures like Cloud, Databases and Big Data. Over and above these, it also covers MIS development/procurement process and main integrated system, ERPs like SAP®, Oracle® or Microsoft Dynamics Navision® as well as their relationship with Business Process Redesign. MIS in Singapore

The MIS course focuses on the nature of the work involved and how it impacts the organization. It provides an explanation about how influential it is to current or prospective jobs. It gives an insight about why it imposes specific and sometimes seemingly absurd operational procedures. It also helps the students use this knowledge to their advantage in their professional life. Also, it uses real world examples to illustrate key concepts and strikes a balance between clarity and conceptual soundness.

 

Sub-types of Management of Information Systems MIS in Singapore

MIS is a graduate level degree program, which is usually offered through schools of business or management. Most of the MIS master’s programs can be completed in 18-24 months. The program covers solutions to problems that arise in business such as calculating the costs of production, labor and marketing. It gives an enhanced solution about the technologies used and procedures adapted to overcome such problems.

MIS courses offer a hands-on experience with either in-classroom computers or separate computer labs. Students get to study Project Management, Database Management, Information Systems and Programming. Some of the courses offered include Software Design and Integration, Business Foundations for IT, Web Computing and Mining, Healthcare Information System, Social and Ethical Issues of the Internet, Business Communications, Information Technology Audit, Information Systems Analysis and Design,   Information Security in Public and Private Sectors and  Business Data Communications & Networking. The program requires 33 credit hours of coursework in business, technology and managerial subjects.        MIS in Singapore

 

Why should I study MIS in Singapore?

Recognized as a rising star in education and selected for commendation by Britain’s Education Minister, Singapore’s higher education system has developed into a leading force that assists in promoting its reputation as one of the world’s leading centres for financial growth and technological advancements. Singapore’s six national universities figure among the top 50 universities in the world – Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University and SIM University.  MIS in Singapore

Students graduating from Singapore’s universities are consistently ranked as exceptionally high performing when assessed on their knowledge in mathematics and science. In fact, according to statistical research conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Singaporean students were ranked number one. Moreover, the Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore are considered among the top 50 educational institutions in the world. In addition, students will also enjoy Singapore’s excellent healthcare system, which the World Health Organisation ranks as the sixth best in the world.

A few more reasons for choosing to study MIS in Singapore are listed below:

  • A chance to study and train within a vibrant, forward-thinking intellectual culture.
  • The professors are some of the best in the field of education.
  • International students are allowed to work 16 hours each week while enrolled full-time at a Singapore university.
  • Scholarships opportunities are also available to international students as are opportunities to work in Singapore after graduation.
  • The Best companies in industries recognize Singaporean universities and students get a shot at securing their dream job.

 

Academic requirements MIS in Singapore

For international students, the following are the academic requirements:

  1. Student must have a Bachelor’s degree in streams such as Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems or a degree with a base of IT (courses related to components of Engineering or Sciences).
  2. GMAT or GRE score (There is no required minimum score. The test should be taken within the last five years of the term intended for enrolment).
  3. TOEFL minimum score: 80 internet based testing or IELTS Minimum score: 7 (no subject area below 6).

 

Documents required MIS in Singapore

The following are the documents required for international students to pursue the MS in MIS.

  1. Copies of official transcripts/academic records.
  2. Copies of GMAT or GRE scores.
  3. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (the acquired degree should not be older than a period of two years from the term of enrolment.)
  4. Resume that includes work experience/internship with dates of employment.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.
  6. A personal statement that mentions your career objectives and expresses the ways in which the MIS graduate education would enhance the chances of achieving your career goals.
  7. A completed Graduate College Application (inclusive of the application fee payment).

 

When should I apply?

The application needs to be submitted before the deadline of the university. Every University has a specific deadline for spring and fall admits respectively.

As an applicant looking for universities and their respective deadlines, you will come across universities which have NA written for the Spring/Fall Application Deadline which means that those universities accept applications throughout the year.

Here is a list of application deadlines for universities in Singapore for MS in MIS.

 

Institute Level of study Application start date Application end date
National University of Singapore MIS Fall intake- 18th January 2017

Spring intake- 27th July

Fall intake – 14th February 2017

Spring intake- 31st August

Nanyang Technological University MIS Spring intake- August Spring intake- 30th October
Singapore Management University MIS October NA
SIM University MIS NA (rolling admissions) 31st March  (Fall intake)

30th September  (Spring intake)

Singapore University of Technology and Design
MIS NA Spring intake- 15th September
INSEAD MIS 2 months prior to the deadline (Spring intake)

2 months prior to the deadline (Fall intake)

Spring intake- 2nd March

Fall Intake- 21st September

MDIS  MIS NA 30st September
James cook University  MIS NA (rolling admissions) NA
ESSEX Business School MIS NA 1st July(Fall intake)

 

Cost

The cost of education in Singapore is considerably low as compared to other study abroad destinations like UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. The cost of higher studies in Singapore varies depending on the institute, course and durations of the course. The average amount could be from $2,000 to $12,000 on a monthly basis for students studying as postgraduate students.

A popular choice among the Indian students is MDIS and other universities as they generally have a tuition fee of Rs. 15 lakhs per year. The students have an option to take up the entire amount for payment of fees or subsidize the fees by agreeing to work for the Singapore Government for three years on completion of the degree. This comes under the ‘Service Obligation’ agreement. The tuition fee gets reduced by nearly half the amount, thereby making it an affordable option . Due to reasons like this, the fee structure sees a lot of variance. 

The educational cost for postgraduate students comes to around 12-18 lakh per year. Postgraduate students can also have their fees subsidized if they sign up for the bond to serve the Singapore Government for three years.

Average Tuition Fees (approx estimation)
University Coursework Research
National University of Singapore S$32,000 – S$72,000 S$26,000 – S$43,000
Nanyang Technological University S$28,000 – S$75,000 S$24,000
Singapore Management University S$38,000 – S$64,000 S$33,000
SIM University S$25,000 – S$39,000 S$25,000
Singapore University of Technology and Design S$39,964

 

Income Scale after graduation

The median salaries for university graduates rose from $3,200 up to $3,300 per month for the class of 2016 last year.

According to the results of a joint graduate employment survey carried out by three universities – the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University for 10,028 full-time recent graduates in November last year. The survey discovered that nine in 10 graduates found employment in six months after finishing their examinations.

Graduates from SMU have proved to be the best with 93.8% of them being employed in a period of six months after their final examinations. For graduates from NUS and NTU, there were 90% students looking for employment in the given period of time. SMU graduates also earned the most, with a mean gross monthly salary of $3,722. Their peers from NUS and NTU took home $3,541 and $3,424 respectively.

Career after BE in Civil Engineering

Career after BE in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering involves designing, constructing, building and maintaining of structures in a physically built society. It includes basic civic amenities like roads, bridges, dams, sewage treatment systems, airports, energy systems, infrastructure for beautifying the environment and so on. Career after BE in Civil Engineering

By the time a student finishes his 4 year bachelor’s course in civil engineering, he is well versed with mathematics, statistics, engineering mechanics, fluid dynamics etc. He is then prepared to step into the work environment and apply the knowledge gained practically. Career after BE in Civil Engineering

Within the industry, a civil engineer is also known as a City engineer or a Transportation engineer. Civil Engineers mostly work indoors, however sometimes they need to visit the construction sites to monitor progress.

A civil engineer’s role typically involves the following:

  • Analyzing survey maps and planning projects, reports, presentation etc.
  • Efficient planning taking government rules and regulations along with cost and environment into consideration
  • Testing and retesting of ground and soil
  • Testing materials like concrete, asphalt, steel etc.
  • Determining a project’s cost estimate
  • Use of specific designing software
  • Take environmental impacts into consideration
  • Participate in surveys as guidance for construction

Being the second largest growing industry in the country, pursuing a career in Civil engineering has great scope. Based on surveys about 30% of India’s working population depends on it.

Jobs are easily available in various sectors like research, government, private and business organization

One can expect a good salary package. It can start with 3 lacs per annum, which doubles after 1-2 years. It can go up-to a 6-figure amount as the number of years in a company increases.

The career prospects for a civil engineer are as follows: Career after BE in Civil Engineering

 

                   Post

Annual Income (average)

·         Water Resource Engineer Rs 260000
·         Site Engineer Rs 310000
·         Structural Engineer Rs 475000
·         Contract Engineer Rs 375000
·         Nuclear Engineer Rs 330000
·         Transportation Engineer Rs 300000
·         Geotechnical Engineer Rs 330000
·         Building Services Engineer Rs 300000
·         Coastal Engineer Rs 500000
·         Quantity Surveyor Rs 670000
·         Geologist Engineer Rs 480000
·         Environment Engineer Rs 350000
·         Sustainability Consultant Rs 550000
·         Construction Engineer Rs 330000
·         Research and  Development Rs 500000

 

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