What is MCA?
Master of Computer Applications (MCA) is a three-year (six semesters) professional Master’s Degree in computer science awarded in India. The course was designed to meet the growing demand for qualified professionals in the field of Information Technology. It is a postgraduate course that can be taken up after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree. The MCA programme is inclined more toward Application Development and thus has more emphasis on latest programming language and tools to develop better and faster applications.
Duration of MCA and What is Covers
Typically,an MCA is a full-time degree course with a duration of three years (six semesters). It covers various aspects of computational theory,programming, algorithm design and optimization, network and database management, mobile technologies, electronics, mathematics, probability,statistics, accounting, finance, etc. Some institutes provide a six years (eleven semesters and six months On Job Training) integrated MCA.
How are MCA programmes designed
As the IT and the software industry are dynamic and fast growing, all the programmes are designed keeping in view the requirements of industry. The programmes aim at the understanding of the fundamentals of computing among the students so that they can compete in the present-day global situation. The MCA programme is inclined more toward Application Development and thus has more emphasis on latest programming language and tools to develop better and faster applications.
Objectives of the MCA course
The MCA program prepares students to take up positions as system analysts, systems designers, Programmers and managers in any field related to information technology. The program, therefore, aims at imparting comprehensive knowledge with equal emphasis on theory and practice. The MCA students are encouraged to spend a full semester working in the industry in the institute giving them insight into the workings of the IT world.
Training to Students are trained in the fields of
Application Software Development,
Enterprise Resource Planning,
Web Designing and Development,
Parallel and Vector Processing,
Data Mining and Warehousing, etc.
Specializations In MCA:
* Systems Management
* Systems Development
* Systems Engineering
* Application Software
* Management Information Systems (MIS)
* Software Development
* Hardware Technology
Career Opportunities for an MCA graduate:
As today is an age of computers, a candidate with an MCA degree will have great job opportunities in top level IT companies and consultancy firms. They will have opportunities in large corporations having an in-house systems department.
An MCA graduate can work for any IT company big or small as a system developer and various other roles such as :
* Software Programmer
* Software Engineer
* Software Developer
* Systems Analyst
* Software Application Architect
* Software Consultant