Somesh Pursnani

Part-time or Full-time Post Graduation for IT professional

Hi Folks, To Introduce my-self, I 23 Years Old, I've done B.Sc. Computer Science from Mumbai University. I am working in a IT Company. Lately, I have been thinking to pursue PG. I did lot of on-line re-search on credibility of Distance Education in long-run and have mixed response on same. Then I hit MeraCareer where actual HR Pro are available to help. So, a good old questions for you all, DOES DISTANCE EDUCATION HAS ANY CREDIBILITY IN CORPORATE WORLD ? Also, your thoughts on MCA vs. MBA IF yes, which is the one university you'll suggest. Thanks in advance :)

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RE: Part-time or Full-time Post Graduation for IT professional

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
Verified Career Expert
Counselor at Adaptive Minds
  • Mumbai

Hi Somesh,

Thank you for reverting your question to us at

As far as a part-time and a full time course is concerned, their value would depend mainly on
  • the Institute you pursue the course from
  • The course curriculum
  • Practicalvs theoretical exposure
  • Last but not the least, companies differ in their view point
Majorly, a part-time course is opted by students, who wish to continue with their job, and at the same time wish to update their knowledge.
Here is where the major difference steps in.
Due to this, the Institutes believe that the student either is well equipped or would get hands on experience as they are working and their course is then purely theoretical based. At the same time, they lack the basic necessity or requirements of the industry. In short they are below industry standards.

But mind you not all Institutes. Certain recognized Institutes like CISCO, APTECH, NIIT and others update themselves regularly and their courses are less theoretical and they are associated with companies, as you may be aware that companies hire from such Institutes too.

So while choosing a course, please do a thorough check on the course keeping the above points in mind.

As far as an MCA and MBA is concerned.
We all know that MBA is the need of the hour.
But what would be the use of a management degree, if one lacks the basic knowledge or hands on experience. Delegation or supervising can happen only when one is aware of the technical difficulties one may face while working.

So definitely MBA is a must, but here my suggestion would be to prove yourself in the industry where you work and force your management, that they sponsor your MBA degree or if you notice as per the need of the organization, pursue a part-time MBA program.

MCA is a personal choice. It is a specialized degree, more on the practical side rather than theoretical. If you wish to enhance your knowledge in a particular system, then an MCA is a must.

Rather a degree in IT or BCA is quite reliable for an entry level position, and to move up the rank, the hands on experience is enough. But the Industry these days focus on degrees. So pursuing an MCA would be advantageous for you to gain higher positions.

Hope this answers your query.

Wish you good luck...................

RE: Part-time or Full-time Post Graduation for IT professional

Surabhi Dewra
Surabhi Dewra
Verified Career Expert
Founder and CEO at CareerGuide.Com
  • Noida

Somesh, I would go with Meghana on this- distance MBA would work if this is not a gateway for getting a job.

On MBA & MCA - largely will depend on - do you want to continue being in technical side or non-technical side?

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