STEM MBA Programs At U.S. B-Schools

Rochester Simon’s STEM MBA is the 2018 Poets&Quants Program of the Year. Rochester Simon photo

University of Rochester Simon Business School 

All Specializations in Full-Time MBA

Rochester Simon tweaked every part of its curriculum to become the first MBA program to be fully STEM-designated no matter what specialization a student chooses. MBAs at Simon can now specialize in everything from brand management and strategy to asset management and venture capital and still get the precious STEM designation that especially appeals to international students. Click here to learn more about the Simon School’s MBA.

Harvard Business School

Master of Science in Engineering Sciences and Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) & MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Program

HBS has two STEM degrees, both joint degree programs with other schools at Harvard. The first, launched in 2018, is the Master of Science in Engineering Sciences and Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA), operated jointly with the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. It is a two-year, full-time program that spans four semesters, augmented by additional summer and January term coursework. In the first year, students take a System Engineering course that “emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing complex systems,” as well as the HBS MBA Required Curriculum which “conveys concepts and builds skills across disciplines relevant to general management, including marketing, organizational behavior and finance.” In the second year, students take electives at each school.

About the second degree, announced in June 2019, HBS says, “The world needs more leaders working at the intersection of science and society.” The MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Program is a collaboration of HBS and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, and it aims rot equip students with “approaches to the science and medical aspects of entrepreneurial activities and will empower them to build organizations with the potential to transform human health.” The curriculum focuses on “an understanding of effective, sustainable structures for discovery and development, the ethical implications of new therapeutics, and equitable access to the fruits of therapeutic discovery.”

MIT Sloan School of Management

MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I) Track

The MIT Sloan E&I Track is for students within the MIT Sloan School of Management MBA program “who already have a strong commitment to an entrepreneurial life — technology-based or not — as well as for those who want to learn more about entrepreneurship as a part of their future managerial careers.” The track focuses on the how-tos in launching and developing emerging tech companies, emphasizing “the integration of academic lessons, team practice, and real-world application in entrepreneurship.” Students in the E&I Track “meet and work with a cohort of like-minded peers early in the MBA program, gain exposure to key MIT faculty, staff, and other entrepreneurship resources, and tap into a global entrepreneurship network.”

Delaware Lerner offers a STEM-designated dual degree that gets grads an average starting salary of more than $80,000. Lerner photo

University of Delaware Lerner College of Business and Economics

MBA/MS Dual-Degree Program

The Lerner College MBA/MS dual-degree program promises that students will “master the tools you’ll need to use data to leverage assets, optimize outcomes and predict future results.” Located in central Delaware within a few hours of Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, the growing tech scene of Wilmington, and the financial centers of New York City, the Lerner program boasts accomplished faculty and a diverse cohort. The school’s state-of-the-art facilities, such as the JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center and the Lerner College Trading Center, “are designed to foster collaboration among students, faculty and industry.” The average salary for graduates is $83,357, and 96% of all students rated their overall educational experience within the Lerner graduate and MBA programs as excellent or good. 

Pace University Lubin School of Business

MBA in Information Systems

With a Lubin MBA in Information Systems, students can “take charge of technology transformations and gain a strategic advantage through a thorough grounding in critical business factors, specialized database and IT network knowledge, faculty who are experienced and well-connected in the field, and internships in leading organizations headquartered nearby.” The MBA in Information Systems, which costs $139,220, allows them  to lead an organization through strategic decisions about information systems, telecommunications, database administration, Internet technologies, systems analysis and design, and how they support the needs of the business.

What is Vanderbilt best known for? If you answered “finance,” you’re right. Vanderbilt photo

Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management 

MBA Finance Concentration

Vanderbilt is recognized worldwide for its finance faculty, who have received many awards for their research and teaching and also serve on prestigious editorial boards. The school’s finance courses provide students with a grasp of the fundamental techniques required for the practice of financial management. Relying upon extensive experience in the classroom, Vanderbilt continually updates the finance curriculum to incorporate the latest developments and important innovations in the markets, as well as academic research. Students must take eight credit hours of electives and can choose from such offerings as Risk Management, Derivatives Markets, and Financial Data Analysis.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Foisie Business School

Full-Time MBA

The MBA program for STEM professionals is “student-centered, inquiry-driven, and problem-oriented from start to finish and offers the flexibility to complete the degree requirements around your other obligations,” according to the Foisie School, which has around 14 MBA students. Total tuition cost: just over $75,000. The program boasts online learning and “robust” face-to-face interaction, with a format that emulates the real world as students work with faculty, form multidisciplinary teams, and “coordinate action across geographic distances, time zones, cultural perspectives, and languages.”