MEM, MIS, MIM, MSIS – management and engineering programs

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As technology spreads to every tiny aspect of our lives, role of engineering management is becoming more relevant in every domain and industry. Be it pharmaceutical company or an agricultural one, everyone is dealing with engineering challenges at some level – chemical, mechanical, civil, hardware electronics engineering dealing with tangible products while software and computer engineering dealing with the abstract information.

Understandably, there has been a constant increase in the demand for managers who understand technology and engineering aspects alike which gave rise to programs such as MEM (MS in Engineering Management), MIS (Management Information Systems), MIM (MS in Information Management), MSIS (MS in Information Systems) and so forth. With few differences, these programs aim at combining technical depth with business breadth so that the students can understand both management and engineering language. One theme that underlines all these programs is that they are core business programs with engineering electives. The focus is still on management courses such as statistics, analytics, supply chain etc and one can pick electives in database, programming, networks etc.

Remember that these programs are likely to be biased towards applicant with some work experience.

Some of these course names might be confusing, so lets take a look one by one-

MEM – Core management programs with courses in Marketing, Finance, Management, Operations, Modeling and available engineering electives (not just software but industrial engineering, nanotechnology etc). Typically, prepare candidates for consulting, business analysis in any engineering related work function. Duke’s MEM program is leading in this category. Look at their electives to get a sense of the course offering. Above chart shows how the incoming student profile is distributed. As you can see, it is widely spread among various engineering majors.

MIS – More like MEM for IT, so focusing on IT electives such as data mining, AI, networking etc. One might think of it as a less competitive version of MBA specializing in IS (but then, less reputed than an MBA too). Expect roles such as system analysts, data analysts, systems engineer, database admin after this.

Here are top 10 Management Information courses as specified by US News in 2013 (these are not restricted to MIS but include MBA in IS courses too, so don’t try searching for MIS at MIT)-

  1. CMU
  2. MIT
  3. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  4. University of Arizona
  5. University of Texas, Austin
  6. University of Maryland, College Park
  7. University of Pennsylvania
  8. Georgia State University
  9. University of Georgia
  10. Indiana University– Bloomington

MSIS, MIM – These are other variations of MEM and MIS programs. You will find some more such as MSTM, MSEM offered with various names in different schools. Before you decide which one to apply to, take a good look at the curriculum to ensure it suits your background and goals.

I have seen a lot of engineering grads going for these courses recently and we receive lot of inquiries about this program. So check out this post on FAQ for MIS/MEM programs.


If you found this useful, there is lot more information in MS Book: Smart Engineer’s Complete Guide to MIS in USA

Since there is a bigger demand for these courses right now, acceptance rates are fairly high. For more admission data and professional counseling help if you are applying for MIS/MEM in Fall 2014, please check our counseling packages.

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  • Mugdha
    Reply

    Thnank you for helpful articles. I am a HR manager soon moving to US after my marriage. I think I could study MIS there to get jobs?

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Thanks Mugdha. Whats your undergrad major? Yeah you can go for MIM I believe or MBA too but MBA applications are lot more time consuming.

  • Anagha
    Reply

    Hello,

    Thanks for the list of universities. Under what name does UPenn give this degree? I went through their website but I found Computer Science degrees that can be clubbed with a few electives from Wharton, if the professors allow.

    Thanks,
    Anagha

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Hi Anagha,
      That is a valid confusion since UPenn only offers MIS for undergraduates. For graduate programs, you can look at the ones that do offer it. That list is based on college rankings for MIS. Hope that helps.

      • Anagha
        Reply

        Thanks for your quick response, Nistha! 🙂

        I am also looking up Ivy Leagues, may be every applicant’s dream. But I didn’t find an MIS-type program there? How close are Data Sciences/Information Sciences programs to MIS? A few Ivy League websites say their courses are streamlined to pursuing careers in analytics, which is something I want to do. For eg. Columbia has a new MS in Data Sciences program beginning next year. How good is Columbia for this course, since it is better known for the other programs it offers?

        Okay one last doubt! 😛 I want to go specifically into Market Research. An MIS/Analytics degree is good enough for it, right?

        • Nistha Tripathi
          Reply

          Data Sciences program are better suited for analytics and since that is your interest, you can definitely go for those. For market research, analytics degree would be more credible – the emphasis being on quants and numbers as opposed to IS (more of computer and databases related side of data). That’s just a cursory thought, would need to discuss to give more definite opinions.

  • Surbhi Sehgal
    Reply

    Hey

    I’ve completed my bachelors in Information Technology, and thinking of pursuing an MS degree from US. Am confused between mem program and mis . Which one should i go for ? Is there any major difference between these two courses ? and which one is better? also what are the career paths?
    I know too many questions in one go 😛 , but please really need help right now.

    Regards
    Surbhi

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      MIS is better for roles in Information Services sector whereas MEM offers courses outside IS too. Depends on your goals and background. Feel free to call us to discuss.

  • Surbhi Sehgal
    Reply

    Surely, will get in touch soon.
    Thanks very much for the help 🙂

  • Adit
    Reply

    I was wondering if doing an MBA after MEM ,MIS or any techno-management related courses would be redundant .
    Although these courses have a management component can they effectively replace a traditional MBA ?

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      No, they do not replace MBA and there will be some or significant overlap at least in management courses but their reputation has still not reached that of MBA. At the same time, MIS/MEM are not as competitive as MBA, so its easier to get in and if you plan well, you can land some great jobs after these courses as well.

  • Jaideep
    Reply

    I m entering my Final year doing B.Tech in I.T
    i have a total of 8 backlogs of which 2 are yet to be cleared ( 6 have been cleared ) after which my CGPA will be around 7.4
    I want to do M.S in MEM.
    should i go for GRE this semester or should i take Work-Ex for 1-2 yrs and then go for M.S since i don’t have a very impressive profile ( or cgpa ) ??

    n thanks in advance 🙂

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Yes I think some work experience would help you. Going with backlogs is probably not a good idea.

  • eashwer manmeeth
    Reply

    hello
    I have received an intake from Florida institute of tech for mis and csu east bay for engineering management and I am unable to decide between both
    ppl are telling me that California is better some say mis is a better option

    I believe that there is not much of a difference in curriculum but I am unable to narrow down between the two

    YOUR SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE HELP FULL

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Neither of them has super brand value, so it would not make much of a difference frankly in terms of career opportunities. You can go for either – both are good weatherwise anyways, so that won’t be a factor. California may have more tech companies around.

  • Akshata
    Reply

    I have an under graduate degree in Computer Science from an NIT with a cgpa of 7.37..1 backlog..i want to pursue my masters in a manegement course and work in the same domain, courses like MIS MIM etc as i read above arn’t at the level of MBA so what kindof a course should i take that would have more of manegerial subjects with technology as well to have a position in management during jobs or should i specialise in specific management subjects like Ms in Operations Management, Supply Chain etc to increase my chances of getting a good job?

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Hi Akshata,
      You can go for MIS. But first do a little introspection on what kind of career are you looking for later on. Can discuss that on phone.

  • JA
    Reply

    Hey!
    Is there such a thing that MIS students have more difficulty finding jobs etc . Im planning to pursue MIS with data analytics but thinking whether should go with Ms in Cs with data mining

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Good question. MIS will let you take core business courses where as MS CS wouldn’t. That is the prime difference. MS will be helpful if you want to continue core technical career whereas MIS will open consulting, analytical roles.
      I dont think MIS has limited potential…one of my students with very competitive profile chose to go for MIS even though he could have been admitted into top MS programs…so its a matter of what kind of career are you looking for. Call us if you want to discuss in detail.

  • kshitij
    Reply

    I just graduated in Information Technology. My aggregate percentage is 54% which is obviously less. I have total of 6 backlogs. I want to pursue masters in CS or MIS but I am not sure if I could make it to some good/average universities in US. My profile is not that impressive. What do u think I should do to get into those universities? How can I improve my profile? Do I need to work before applying to universities? What about global certifications? I know I’ve asked a lot many questions, but these questions always remain unanswered and i can’t go past it.

    Need help!!

  • samir rane
    Reply

    I graduated(July 2012)in Instrumentation Engineering with 58% Aggregate marks.I have 6 months Internship Experience in Design and Enginnering Company and Currently working as Project Engineer for a Swiss Instrumentation Company from last 1.5 years and my work profile includes project mangement,schedhuling,cost control logistics.So My Total Experience is Internship+Current Exp=2 years.
    Im interested MEM in US for FALL 2015 ,Im going to appear for GRE & TOEFL in month of NOV . My question to you is what is minimum GRE marks required for good universities for getting in MEM . Will my less aggregate affect my admit ? can it compensated with good gre score,LOR & SOP . Can i consider DUKE university ? Also,besides DUKE which are other good universities offering MEM ? Since I will applying in month of December 2014 will be it late ??? Will my current experience be counted for Admit ?
    Im also considering Ms in MIS , will be it considering a non it background .

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Sorry for the late reply.
      Your GPA is too low, so you want to target higher on GRE, hopefully 320+
      If there is a valid reason for your low GPA, you should try explaining that. You should target MEM over MIS since thats what matches your background. I can’t predict for Duke but you will need a very solid application for it to compensate for your GPA. Can only discuss that on phone.

      • Ashok kumar
        Reply

        Dear madam,

        I have b-tech civil engineering degree with 62% passed out in 2012 and also worked as Quantity surveyor or estimation engineer (autocad, excel, data managemet, costing softwares .. ectc) on two years in India and 9 months in Dubai. I would like to take MS on MIS. May I get F1 VISA approval ?.

        thanks
        K.Ashok

  • Pallavi
    Reply

    Hi,
    I’m planning of pursuing MEM. Could you give me the list of colleges that offer this course?

  • vidhika
    Reply

    hey i just want to enquire about what kind of subjects mis has i have heard that it also consists of programming for building information system business is jst a small part of it can u plz help me out wid this

    • vidhika
      Reply

      hey reply na asap

  • gyana
    Reply

    dear sir/mam
    my name is gyana mam my btech % is 57, and i want to do masters in management in usa is it possible for me can u tell me which are the good universitieswhich offer this courses

  • Rakshith
    Reply

    Hi Nistha,
    I’m Rakshith, I have an aggregate of 69% in BE and working as Oracle DBA since 2 years.
    Im planning to do my masters in MIS. My GRE is 283 and im willing to take GRE again in DEC and IELTS in JAN. Could you please let me know for 283 what colleges i may get and list of colleges for the same course as im retaking GRE.
    Im wishing to join for Georgia tech Univ, what would be the approximate fee expenditure and cost of living there ??
    Please advice.
    your help would be much appreciated.
    Cheers,
    Rakshith

  • Prateek Sharma
    Reply

    My profile is as below :
    GRE- 303(Q-156, V-147),
    TOEFl- 91
    Work Exp – 3.5 Years
    UG GPA – 3.2/4 (69.18%)(B Tech In Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering)
    No Backlogs
    Target Course – MIS / MEM confused!!
    Target Country – US or Canada
    I want to pursue more management driven course instead of moving for Core technical courses.
    Kindly suggest

  • nam
    Reply

    Hello, what’s the difference between umcp MIS and umcp MIM? Are they very different in terms of job prospects?

  • nishu
    Reply

    hi,
    can u please tell me the difference between MIS , MS ITM , MS IS , MS IT are they all similar courses ?? . I want to do masters in MIS . can plaese guide me.
    its really urgent.

  • aman
    Reply

    Hi Nistha,

    I am a Chemical engineer with 2.5 yr of work-ex planning for MEM courses, could you please tel me the scope of mem?? and jobs after MEM?? Being a chem engg. which one is preferable MEM, MIM oe MIS??

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      MEM should be the one for you I believe but not all programs will have enough electives in Chemical. So, you need to check individual programs to find the ones that are relevant for what you are looking to do if you dont want to leave your chemical background altogether.

      • aman mishra
        Reply

        hi nistha,

        Thanks for the reply. Chemical really is not the most sought out streams ( anything apart from CS or IT for that matter) in the US, I am more inclined towards masters in management degrees like masters is supply chain or masters in strategic management, can you kindly suggest a few mid to high level institutes that offer these courses??

  • Lakshya
    Reply

    Hey Nistha,
    I am Electrical Engineer with CGPA 7.4, working with Infosys from past 15 months dealing with business reports and analytics. planning to take GRE in 2015 end. Want to pursue MSIS from any one of them i.e. NYU, SUNY Buffalo, UC berkley, Texas A&M, ASU. Is there any chance of getting admit with score range 325 – 330 or do i have to increase my target score above 330 for any one of them?

  • Lakshya
    Reply

    Hey Nistha,
    I did my B.Tech in Electrical Engineering with CGPA 7.4, but working in IT firm (Infosys) from past 15 months dealing with business reports and analytics. planning to take GRE in 2015 end. Want to pursue MSIS from any one of them i.e. NYU, SUNY Buffalo, UC berkley, Texas A&M, ASU. Is there any chance of getting admit with score range 325 – 330 or do i have to increase my target score above 330 for any one of them?

  • Anuj Jain
    Reply

    Hi Nistha, can you suggest me whether to go for MEM or MIS. I have done my undergrads in Electronics and communication engineering and working in Deloitte as an Technical consultant for past 1.5 yrs. My grads say 9.03/10.00. Please suggest which course to follow?

  • anish
    Reply

    confused between MS IN IS & MS IN EM . INSTRUMENTATION ENGG – 53% GRE-302 , TOEFL -85 .3+ YEARS OF EXP IN OIL INDUSTRY BUT DOES MEM GUYS GET JOBS AS PPL WITH IS MAJORS ATLEAST GET SOME JOBS .NEED HELP.

  • Parvathy
    Reply

    Hi Nishta,

    I have done B.tech in ChemE (7.21 gpa,no backlogs) , I have work experience as an Associate System Engineer at IBM for 1 year now.
    My GRE is 309 and Toefl 97, I’m interested in Analytics area and I would like to pursue MIS in USA. Currently I am taking courses in R and Python.

    Is it okay for me to take MIS being from a different stream?

  • Vikrant
    Reply

    Hi NIstha,

    I have completed my engineering in 2012 from Pune University.
    I have 3 years of work experience in Software Testing.
    I wish to do MS in MIS.
    I will be taking my GRE this year.
    Would you please tell me some universities and courses which offer lesser amount of coding involved..? Can you please guide me?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Prashanthi
    Reply

    I have completed my BE in ECE and am working in a reputed IT firm now. I have always wanted to go for a management course and I prefer a MEM or a MIS. Now it is ok to go for MIS with a under grad in ECE ? Is there something called MEM with computer science?

  • Jeevith
    Reply

    Hi
    I am in dilemma to choose mis /Cs .. But many people wil tel mis requires more work experience .. I wil have 1 year experience in database team . at the time of fall 2016 so what u suggest wil I get admit in univ and job ??

  • Anuj Jain
    Reply

    Hi Nistha,

    I have done by BE in Electronics and Communication Engineering with CGPA of 9.03 and i am working in Deloitte consulting for past 1.5 Years as Technology Analyst. Can you please suggest me whether MEM is better or MIS. I got score of 315 in GRE and TOEFL yet to be give. Please suggest Universities in US for the same..

  • Raj
    Reply

    Hii Nistha !!
    KUDOS to you.Really you are doing a great job by helping many applicants who dream of studying in the US.I am a 2016 fall MIS applicant.Completed my BE from SRM UNIVERSITY Chennai in ECE.My profile is BE-7.6 ,GRE -305(q-159,v146,awa-3) taking up IELTS on 19th sept.Will be having a work-exp of 18 months till next fall in TCS.Have got decent extra curricular(have won many State and National level singing competition in college as well as school),lead vocalist of a professional band,organised many musical and other events in college,was Convenor of a club in college,have been an active member of NGO and NSS etc.I will try to write a decent SOP and can get good recommendations .I would request you to help me in shortlisting colleges suitable for my profile.Thanks in advance.

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Please look at http://scholarstrategy.com/contact and schedule an appointment

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Sorry for the late reply. Feel free to schedule a phone chat if still looking for guidance – scholarstrategy.com/contact

  • Shraw
    Reply

    Hi Nistha,

    I completed my Btech. in CSE with 77% and having an experience of 2.1 years in famous MNC in India, 10th- and 12th- 85%.
    I am having profile of java development, worked in development for past 2 years. I want to pursue MS in MIS, will be appearing for GRE next month. Is my profile apt for MIS?

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      I will need more details to comment substantially but yes, you can go for MIS.

      • Shraw
        Reply

        Details as in?
        I want to know being in java development domain and from CS background, Apart from good GRE score. will my profile be selected by good universities?

  • sowmya
    Reply

    Hi Nistha,

    I did my undergrads in CS . CGPA – 8.98/10
    GRE -316
    TOEFL – 104
    IELTS – 8
    WORK Exp- 1+ in MNC
    Decent extras.
    Could you please suggest universities for my profile?
    I am planning to apply for MIS/MEM.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Nistha Tripathi
      Reply

      Due to high volume of queries, not able to provide personalised guidance on blog. You can contact us if you are interested in our counseling packages. We have great MIS results from Fall 2014 – scholarstrategy.com/results-2015/

  • Sharmili Nag
    Reply

    Hi I got 298 in gre and I have 2yr of work ex and my GPA is 8.47.I want to apply for MIS for Fall 2016.Please suggest me colleges according to my profile.

  • Rohan Kopare
    Reply

    I have completed my masters in computer science and i wish to study more. I’m confused between mim and mis. i do not like programming and wish to do something on the management side. Could you please suggest the better of the two?

  • rutuja
    Reply

    Hi nishta,

    I did my engineering in computers in 2015.
    And I am confused with the degrees MIS or MEM . plz let me know in terms of job perspective because I am interested more in the management side but I don’t know what kind of specific jobs are available.
    Kindly help

  • Arpit Bagadia
    Reply

    Hi Nistha!

    I am an Electrical Engineer. I want to pursue Engineering Management. What is the career after doing this course. Also I have a experience of 2+ in a manufacturing industry. i am yet to give GRE and IELTS. Plz help me suggesting some good universities.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Anapurna Monga
    Reply

    Hi Ma’am,
    I wished to know regarding the Masters in Management program that is being offered by many universities and by the Kellog School of Business as well.Is it a good program and does it have scope like an MBA?

  • Vidhi Ravra
    Reply

    Hi Nistha
    I’m a student of btech, cse third year. I am literally very confused what should I do now, whether I should go for a job after btech or do higher studies. I’m in a dilemma. Can you please guide me regarding this issue. It’ll be highly appreciable.

  • Sujata
    Reply

    Hi
    How is Arizona State University’s Masters in Management. I cannot get much information on it. Can you please suggest. Thanks

  • sagarika
    Reply

    Hi , According to you is UIUC MSTM (1 year , expensive fee)program more valued when compared to UTD MSTM program.
    The course is different but your opinion will be great.
    Would like to know your views.

  • Aditya
    Reply

    Hi Nishta ,

    PFB profile details

    GRE – 319 (Quant – 162 , Verbal – 157)
    Work Experience – 4 years (Infosys and Tech Mahindra)
    Graduation – BE Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
    Graduation University – University of Pune
    Graduation Aggregate (Avg. of all 4 years) – 67.1 (Distinction)

    Target Universities –

    University of Texas Dallas (considered safe as per Edulix and Stupid Sid )

    Any higher ranked university which can be applied with reasonably good chances ?

  • Nilesh Trivedi
    Reply

    Hii, my gre score is 300.
    toefl-86,
    2 yrs work exp
    GPA :- 3.00
    Is is possible that i could northeastern ???

  • Adithya
    Reply

    Hi
    First of all thank you so much for this useful information
    this is very helpful.
    I got admit to Syracuse MEM to fall2016 with 30% Scholarship
    and IIT Chicago MSCS with no scholarship
    but i am not able to decide between these two.
    could you please share your view about this
    (pls give some idea about MEM job scenario also for international student)
    Thanks in advance for your valuable input

  • Simran pal singh
    Reply

    Hi. Thanks for sharing the information. I want your suggestion for something. I have done B.tech in ECE and Mba in marketing from India and i am working in Sales job based on my mba campus recruitment. Now i want to further study MS in usa. Which course do you think i should choose? MS in Cs or MIS or MEM?? I have interest in computer related subjects but i have never done programming as a core subject.
    What would you suggest?. Thanks

  • dhanya MJ
    Reply

    Hi Nistha Tripathi,
    I completed my BE in information science in 2016, I’m not much interested in programming, coding i mean technical part.., But i want to continue in my field doing MIM, Which course is best in management ? MIS? Digital Marketing? etc.. Is France good to do MIM? Please do reply
    Thank you.

  • himanshu bisne
    Reply

    Hello How can I know which universities include MIS in STEM Course.I searched many sites but that does not give clear idea about the university which include mis in stem. Please help me out.

  • Ananda PAdmanabhan Manicka Sundaram
    Reply

    Hi. I am a Structural Engineer with 5 years experience. Will MIS be suitable for my career?

  • Deepu
    Reply

    I am BE mechanical engineering graduate and with two years of experience in the Field of HVAC.Can i do a MS in MEM in US? does it require a work experience in the management field to get admission in US?

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