University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business Master's degree, Management Information Systems, General
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How did you get to where you are today? What is your story? What incidents and experiences shaped your career path?

Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Fri May 15 2020
This is Tejaswi. I'm from India. I'm currently pursuing a Masters from the University of Utah in Information systems. I would like to share some of my experiences which shaped my career path. Going back 10 years, I started out with a bunch of engineers from the family who helped me in having a strong desire growing need to know more about computers. But there was a huge competition to get into a good university in a computer science program. I was able to secure a good rank in the entrance exam and got into computer science and engineering. This program taught me a lot about various aspects that encompass the world of computers and how these aspects fit into various industries. Right after my graduation, I joined Tata consultancy services, which is one of India's leading service consulting company. I worked as a software tester for around 5 years and TCS has given me opportunities to explore and contribute to three different projects. So with clients such as McKesson, Microsoft, and Davita. At TCS, I learned a lot about how technology can solve real-world problems in the most efficient way. I wanted to compliment my experience by getting an in-depth knowledge of information systems, which will help me propel towards my career interest and the MSIS program at the University of Utah is the perfect choice to achieve my goals.

What are the various courses & majors in your program? Which ones are your favorites & why? Discuss your weekly time spent for classes, assignments & test-preparations.

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Management Information Systems, General, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Fri May 15 2020
MSIS program is well suited to major in a wide variety of areas. It integrates both technology and business. And there are four different areas of focus, mainly business intelligence and analytics, IT Security, Software and systems architecture, product and process management. These combinations allow professionals coming from various backgrounds to pursue their related areas of interest and grow into a field they have always wanted to master. Among these courses, I personally found business intelligence and analytics to be the best fit for my interest. Using business analytics major corporations are able to use the huge data they generate and pinpoint the growth opportunities they have and leverage their strengths in most efficient way. This whole process is very fascinating and makes me thrive for more knowledge gain in this area. I chose my courses aligned to this interest. Some of them would be an intro to business analytics, data mining, statistics, and predictive analysis, and Big Data. My classes are conducted in a single stretch and they usually last for 3 to 4 hours for each class, the workload of assignments and other preparations take about 5 to 6 hours.

How does the program prepare you for your career? Think about faculty, resources, alumni, exposure & networking. What are the best parts?

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Management Information Systems, General, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Fri May 15 2020
The courses and training in this program are very much industry focused on prepares the students to tackle the real-world scenarios which companies expect from their employees. The faculty is highly knowledgeable, and they're very proactive in engaging us with the industry. They bring in real companies as sponsors for our capstone projects. They're always ready to advise and guide us with the next steps in our careers. Coming to the alumni, MSIS has very strong and happy alumni distributed all across the country. They're always willing to mentor new students. The best part is that many of the MSIS graduates are placed in major companies in Utah and they're available to share their experience and information about the program.

What other majors and universities did you consider? What prompted you to pick this program over others?

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Management Information Systems, General, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Fri May 15 2020
My first priority was to get into MSIS program as this is my personal choice. It suits my interest. I come from a software background where I feel like I'm lacking some of the business skills. So the mix of this technology and management course, so the MSIS is a perfect choice for me. Apart from University of Utah, I initially thought about a couple of other universities. It's just an afterthought, but I never really had to apply for that. Since I got the admission on my first attempt Also, I heard really great things from seniors about the Faculty, Department, and other career opportunities one can get after graduating with an MSIS degree. There was no second thought in applying for a program other than MSIS University of Utah.

What strategies helped you get into this program? What exams and kind of scores are needed? What things did you highlight in your application package or interview?

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Management Information Systems, General, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Fri May 15 2020
MSIS program considers many aspects of the candidate's qualifications apart from the test course, such as they would expect a decent work experience, a good statement of purpose and academic records. One can take either GMAT or GRE for the test score. The department sets a target of a minimum of 515 GMAT and around 12 in GRE. A minimum of 8 TOEFL score would be required. For my application. I mainly stressed the importance of this degree for my career, but also how I can be an ideal pick for the program.

What is the approximate cost per semester that you pay? What various funding, scholarships, and part-time jobs students typically get, and how?

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Management Information Systems, General, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Fri May 15 2020
The fee would be approximately 20,000 per semester if you take 10 credits. The MSIS course is of the 30 credit course. The program provides merit-based scholarships I was awarded with 9500 scholarships for each of two semesters that is for fall and spring. Apart from this, I was lucky enough to secure a graduate ambassador position, which provided a scholarship of 2500. There are many other funding or part-time. opportunities such as teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, which not only reduce the financial burden but also provides a great opportunity to work closely with the department.

What are some future career path(s) for you? What skills, certificates, or experiences do you plan on acquiring?

Based on experience at: Master's degree, Management Information Systems, General, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Fri May 15 2020
After joining the program, I really found my field of interest in Analytics. So my current plan is to get into business analytics or data science-related companies. I'm currently working on acquiring skills in R programming, Python, and data science.

What were the responsibilities and decisions that you handle at work? Discuss weekly hours you spent in the office, for work travel, and working from home.

Based on experience at: System Engineer, Tata Consultancy Services
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Fri May 15 2020
I was working for Tata Consultancy Services located in Hyderabad. I initially joined TCS as a Java developer, but later I shifted to testing. My initial project was McKesson, which is a US client. It's a health care company. And my project was to develop an E-prescription. And my role in the project was to write test cases, execute them on and provide a weekly report to the client. And we used to have regular client interaction. I worked for 5 days a week and it would be around 9-10 hours a day.

What was the hiring process like for your job? What were the roles of people who interviewed you? What questions were asked and how did you answer them?

Based on experience at: System Engineer, Tata Consultancy Services
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Fri May 15 2020
My process for the interview was through campus placement. It happened in the final semester of my undergrad. There were three rounds of interviews. One was a written test. And from there who all get filtered would enter the technical round. There will be another managerial round where the HR would take the interview.