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

Washington Olin

Washington University at St. Louis Olin Business School

Entire Full-Time MBA

According to the Olin School, school leadership applied for the STEM designation “after an analysis of 152 existing courses showed that at least 70% of them rated highly as ‘data-driven’ entries into the curriculum. Curriculum leaders have designated 84 core and elective courses that would satisfy requirements toward a STEM-designated degree. Those include courses such as Quantitative Risk Management, Economics of the Organization and Pricing Strategies.” Students seeking a STEM MBA must get at least half of their required 67 credits from a group of 84 courses. The required classes in the full-time MBA program add up to 28.5 credits worth of STEM-designated coursework. 

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.”

Alan B. Miller Hall at the William & Mary Mason School of Business. W&M photo

College of William & Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business

MBA/MSBA Dual Degree

This course of study allows students to merge the business acumen and leadership from the MBA curriculum with the highly technical skills from the MSBA to solve complex problems in today’s workplace. Candidates must apply to the MBA and MSBA programs separately to pursue the dual degree.

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business

Full-Time MBA Specialization in Operations & Technology Management or Supply Chain Management

Wisconsin’s STEM OTM specialization was the pioneer. Launched in 2016, it promised applicants they would acquire “leadership abilities, cross-functional business knowledge, and problem-solving skills needed to drive change and create value for organizations.” The specialization, supported by the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management, is for those with a background in engineering, science, or other areas of technology and operations who are interested in seeking advanced positions while priming themselves for future senior leadership roles. Those in it will “Gain broad and deep business and entrepreneurial skills from a flexible curriculum applicable to designing, managing, and improving processes and systems.” The supply chain management specialization is ranked 10th by Gartner among graduate supply chain degree programs in North America. Students undergo training in everything from data analytics and demand to the marketing, promotion, and sourcing of goods. Delivered through the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, the specialization “includes extensive experiences solving real-world issues under the direction of an engaged advisory board and alumni network.”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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 WPI, 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.”

Yale SOM

Yale School of Management

Management Science Concentration in MBA, Master of Advanced Management; Entire Master of Asset Management

“We are delighted to have created this optional concentration in Management Science for our MBA and MAM students,” says Anjani Jain, deputy dean for academic programs and professor in the practice of management. “Yale SOM offers a large selection of leading-edge courses covering all aspects of data analytics, mathematical modeling, and optimization. The concentration signals the student’s depth of knowledge in this domain of great importance to leaders of organizations.”

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