All The STEM Programs At Major U.S. Business Schools

Dartmouth Tuck’s STEM announcement came in January. Tuck photo

Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business

Management Science & Quantitative Analysis Track in Full-Time MBA

On January 17, Tuck faculty approved an option for MBA students to earn formal recognition for significant learning in management science and quantitative analysis. “The growing interest in analytics tools and careers among current and prospective students was noted by the Tuck faculty during the recent core curriculum review process, resulting in an expanded focus on analytical skills in the refined core curriculum,” says Joseph Hall, senior associate dean for teaching and learning. The new option will designate a portfolio of courses across the Tuck curriculum from which interested students can select to deepen their knowledge in analytics.”

University of California-Davis Graduate School of Management

Entire Full-Time MBA

UC-Davis’ STEM designation reflects “the quality of the nationally ranked program and a rigorous curriculum emphasizing quantitative analysis and data-driven decision making. Innovative application of data in business decision making has become a highly valued skill demanded by employers — especially here in Northern California and Silicon Valley,” the school says. “There is strong demand for UC-Davis MBA graduates in STEM-related roles.” Dean H. Rao Unnava compares his school’s MBA curriculum to Rochester Simon’s.

Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business

Entire Full-Time MBA

The Tepper School boasts of a number of recent changes “to strengthen students’ foundational experience in management science, including new course offerings that intersect with business and technology; interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities; and the adoption of more sophisticated analytical tools used throughout the program.” As outgoing Dean Robert Dammon says, “Technological innovation and the ubiquity of data are rapidly changing business and society. At the Tepper School, we are educating future business leaders to utilize technology, data, and analytics to make better business decisions and solve complex problems that impact our world.”

Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business announced in March that its MBA would be classified as a STEM program. ASU photo

Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business

Entire Full-Time MBA

The STEM designation announced by the Carey School shows its “continual focus on the growing worldwide demand for well-rounded, analytical thinkers in the workforce,” Dean Amy Hillman says. “As companies and our business partners rely more on analytics, we evolved our programs to stay future-oriented, making sure our students graduate with the technical skills employers need.” The designation applies to all five Carey MBA platforms: Full-time, Professional Flex, Executive, Online, and the new Fast-track MBA.

Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management

Johnson Cornell Tech MBA; One-Year Management Science MBA; Two-Year Management Science MBA; MPS in Management & MPS in Management – Accounting Specialization

The 2017 Poets&Quants Program of the Year prepares students for career success in the digital economy. An MBA “designed to transform tech-focused individuals into business leaders and entrepreneurs, this one-year program is where networks, industry, and experiential learning combine.” According to the school, in the program “MBAs work with engineering, law, and computer science students to produce visionary ideas grounded in significant needs. This MBA program is all about real-world experience in ideation and creation.” In April 2020 Cornell announced the launch of two new Management Science MBAs with STEM designation, one- and two-year programs that “emphasize exploration of a broad variety of business and interdisciplinary interests while developing leadership and management expertise, business immersions, and other hands-on experiences.”

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Majors in Full-Time MBA: Actuarial Science; Business Analytics; Business Economics & Public Policy; Business, Energy, Environment & Sustainability; Operations, Information & Decisions; Statistics

The Wharton School offers five STEM majors in its full-time MBA. Among them: Business Analytics, which “gives students state-of-the-art tools and techniques for solving business problems with real-world data; Business Economics & Public Policy, which “brings theoretical tools and practical experience to bear on the relationship among business, government, and society”; and Statistics, which “teaches students to develop a systematic and effective approach to data, draw inferences and conclusions, and communicate results.” Courses in the latter major include “a rigorous training in the fundamentals of statistical theory to applications of popular methodologies, such as regression analysis and forecasting.”

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