Which country is best for studying a master's in information technology, Australia or the USA, in syllabus/course wise and career wise?

Asked by Nana Rai about 2 years ago

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ishita goyal

ishita goyal

Undergrad student | BA in Economics and Political Science | Digital content management | Event Management

I have recently been searching information technology master programs in countries abroad. The names of these two countries popped up more than once or twice. If you want to know about the specifics in the syllabus/course, jobs and career, I would explain every point separately.

First things first, the program itself. I can assure you that an information technology (IT) course is as technical as it sounds. What I mean is, the course contains subjects like systems, analytics, data, network and relevant subjects. And the USA in particular leads in these core subjects of IT. Also, you are to get more diverse and masters that are more relevant to industry in the USA.

Besides, USA universities are ranked way up higher in IT masters. About 5 of the top #10 universities that excel in IT are located in the USA. I would not recommend Australia to IT masters in any way. This is not just because the USA has better options. More than 40 percent of the $5 trillion global IT market is in North America, primarily the United States. This makes the USA the best place to work after a graduation in IT.

If you want to understand the course difference much better, look at the major subjects in IT courses for both countries. Here -

  • Major subjects in IT from USA: CS, mobile, network, software & computer engineering, electronics & communications.
  • Major subjects in IT from Australia: AI, cloud computing, data management, mobile, system and cyber security.

The subjects mentioned with USA IT courses are the core subjects and most developed ones. While Australian IT masters are more open. They have major concentration in CC and data management like subjects. I would say that the USA will be better if you want a deep career in the IT industry. Australia on the other hand is good if you want diverse work and maybe a postgrad course after.

After your 1-2 terms you will be choosing your electives. And these will be the primary directions to your job/career. Because when you start applying to organizations after graduation, you will see how many options you have. Now obviously the USA is the biggest economy in the world so it will have more jobs. But more than that, the IT sector is a USA centric industry. All the major companies have their headquarters established in the USA.

Australia is somewhat limited. Don’t get me wrong, the country is good as well, just not compared to the USA.

If you are set to go for an IT masters, my personal recommendation would be the USA. But in case your budget is limited, Australia is not bad at all. Share your profile with us to see what kind of universities you can get into. Who knows, you may be eligible for a big scholarship abroad?


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