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Fall 2018|MS|CS|GRE(Q-170/V-155)|CGPA 8.22|TOEFL 108|IIT BHU
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In many universities, they can be a little less competitive, assuming that the peer strength in a typical MCS in a given intake is a little less competitive as that of the MSCS in the same intake. But, that cannot be guaranteed, and it changes every intake, so I wouldn't take that as a fact that's set in stone.

Just keep in mind that most MCS programs are non-thesis, and you won't be able to get involved in research in an MCS program in most universities that offer it (so, you would be ineligible for RA positions). Be very sure you're okay with those things; if you are interested in pursuing research during and after your MS, or are in a field/area of specialization where doing research is necessary or beneficial in your career, or if you're planning to apply to a PhD program at some point down the line, I recommend you apply to an MSCS instead of an MCS.

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RE: Fall 2018|MS|CS|GRE(Q-170/V-155)|CGPA 8.22|TOEFL 108|IIT BHU
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Thanks The_Observer for the prompt reply.
Apart from the research aspect of these degrees(and the RA opportunities as well), are these degrees different in the academic reputation that they carry? I mean to say, why does a lesser competitive peer group apply to MCS as compared to a MSCS programme?
From what I saw, the courses that are taught are pretty much the same in both the courses.

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Courses are generally the same, yes, but what most people (especially international students) fail to understand that the true value of a grad degree in the US comes not from what you learn from books, but from the projects/internships you do while in grad school. In many cases, especially in the CS/IT/IS fields, one doesn't need or expect to do research in grad school to get internships, because most jobs in those areas don't have a research component. For those that do, having some research experience is useful, but for a regular developer/SDE or tester/SDET role, you neither need to have research experience nor do most employers expect it. And most people in most MS programs are just there to use it as a way to get into the US job market, who could care less about research for that reason (at least the aforementioned CS/IT/IS folks). Therefore, for students who don't care about pursuing a thesis-based MS, and for universities that want to attract such students - which is actually most of the students applying these days - a MCS/non-research MS makes a whole lot of sense. That's why the # of applicants and the intake numbers for non-research MS programs are rising, but not necessarily the competitiveness in a qualitative sense (the folks who actually are highly interested in original research don't want to apply or get into a non-research programs for obvious reasons). So, the competitiveness in an MCS applicant pool comes more from the number of people applying, than because of them having published a ton of research papers (which is actually the case only if you don't consider the top 20-odd universities, which do get similar applicants for both sets of programs). In any case, unless you're going to apply for a Ph.D. program at some point after your MS, and unless you want to work for a research entity or in a job that involves a substantial research component, doing an non-thesis MS is no different from a thesis-based one (as long as you have the chops to get hired, of course).

1) Please mention as many details as possible about your academics, research and work-ex, in terms of projects worked on, technologies used, roles/responsibilities handled, papers published/presented, awards/honors obtained, etc. All those have to be put in the misc details section of your UniSearch profile if you expect any help on Edulix. Also, before requesting for profile evaluations, please go through this excellent post.

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