Choosing a master’s program is an important step in deciding to take your education further. There are excellent programs all over the world offering opportunities to expand your academic and practical knowledge. The key is finding the program that’s the right fit for you and your needs, interests, and experiences.

Let’s talk about what makes a Master of Science different, and why it could be the right fit for you.



What is a Master of Science degree?


A Master of Science is given in subjects that qualify as science or technology. This covers traditional sciences, maths, technology, engineering, and even certain social sciences. You can get an MSc in things like marketing or finance, for instance. An MSc in any subject will involve quantitative analysis, which often sets it apart from an MA in the same area.


To get an idea of what sorts of subjects you can do an MSc in, here are the ones we offer at the Barcelona School of Management:


As you can see, an MSc can cover a whole range of topics.



Can I apply for an MSc even if I don’t have a science background?

Yes! However, as MSc programs have a scientific approach, if you do not have an educational background focused on science or economics, you may be asked to submit additional documentation to prove you are a suitable applicant.


MSc programs may also require letters of recommendation and interviews (either in-person or via Skype) in addition to test scores and academic records.


How long does an MSc take to complete?


A typical Master of Science takes between 1 and 2 years to complete.



What’s the difference between an MSc and an MSci?


These two degree types are easy to mix up! An MSc is a Master of Science, whereas an MSci is a Master in Science. Both are masters-level degrees.


The MSci is like an integrated masters, which you do as an additional year during your undergraduate program.


You might choose an MSci if you are interested in a professional subject related to science. On the other hand, an MSc has a more academic focus.


What are the advantages of an MSc?


Because Master of Science programs typically take a rigorous, technical approach with detailed quantitative analysis, an MSc will be a strong recommendation on your resume or C.V.


You can also hone in on an area of study you’re particularly interested in. Perhaps you enjoy marketing, but you’d really like to focus on marketing for IT Management. With an MSc, you can do just that. You’ll get the specialized training and knowledge you need to make your career a success.

A good MSc program will also offer career services and a strong network of alumni, both of which can be a powerful resource. Here at the Barcelona School of Management, we offer a strong, creative, and global community of talented alumni who participate in:

  • Networking events
  • Conferences and talks
  • Workshops on career skills


What can I do with an MSc?


You can continue studying at PhD level to specialize even further and continue research.


You can also start to work immediately. Lots of companies search specifically for candidates with an MSc. Your MSc degree can help you stand out in a pool of applicants. In some cases, a company may even come directly to you.


Long-term, an MSc will open up new professional opportunities to you, and can increase your salary and networking potential.


No matter which direction you choose to take, a Master of Science is a strong investment in your future.


Interesting in learning more about a Master of Science? Get in touch today at, or attend one of our upcoming informational sessions.

The UPF’s Barcelona School of Management offers a range of MSc programs with a practical focus and an international orientation supported by a world-class faculty. All programs are taught in English, and include an individualized Career Development Program.