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

Duke Fuqua offers a “second major” in its MBA program that is STEM-approved. Duke photo

Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Entire Full-Time MBA Program

Duke writes: “Our Daytime MBA program:

  • “Deepens your expertise in the tools, frameworks, and models that address managerial problems
  • “Prepares you to both lead and direct analysis
  • “Helps you understand the tools and frameworks that should be used to inform and improve decisions
  • “And NOW – the entire program (instead of the prior MSTeM track) carries the official STEM designation, giving international students whose jobs meet certain requirements 2 additional years to work in the United States”

Emory University Goizueta Business School

MS in Business Analytics; MBA Business Analysis Track

Emory’s STEM-designated MBA Business Analysis track emphasizes the use of quantitative modeling, data analytics, technological applications, and operations analysis to effectively manage and deploy resources to enhance organizational performance.

Fordham University Gabelli School of Business

Entire Full-Time MBA

The STEM designation at the Gabelli School applies to all students entering fall 2022 and beyond; it comes two years after the school announced STEM concentrations in FinTech, Information Systems, and Accounting.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Management Science Major in Full-Time MBA & Flex MBAs; Master of Science in Management

“The Georgetown MBA offers a variety of coursework focused on quantitative analysis and management science, allowing students to complete a STEM-designated management science major. In addition to 19.5 credits toward the major earned through core courses, students must complete 12 credits from this course list to earn the designation.”

The Master of Science in Management became STEM in 2020 — and promptly saw an explosion in applications.

The University of Georgia Terry College of Business offers a one-year STEM MBA for university undergrads majoring in a STEM discipline. Georgia Terry photo

University of Georgia Terry College of Business

One-Year STEM MBA Option for University of Georgia Undergraduates Majoring in a STEM Discipline

The Georgia STEM MBA is a one-year degree option for current University of Georgia undergraduates majoring in an eligible science, technology, engineering, or math discipline. There are around 45 University of Georgia majors eligible for the degree option each year. The specialized program is designed for “high-achieving undergraduate students who want a broad base of foundational business courses and the business skills needed for professional advancement and career success.” The curriculum is comprised of eight core courses, an experiential learning course, a business intelligence course, and an additional elective of students’ choosing; additionally, the Communications and Career Effectiveness course offers instruction in effective leadership and communication. This accelerated program is 36 credit hours and can be completed in two semesters; interested applicants can apply during their final year of undergrad study.

Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

Entire Full-Time MBA

The Georgia Tech STEM MBA allows MBA graduates to declare an official concentration that appears on their transcript, choosing from 13 concentration options. “Vetted by the College’s MBA faculty, the newly formalized MBA concentrations are revised versions of previous concentrations and immersive tracks. …
With the new designation, MBA students gain meticulous training in business analytics, international business, emerging technologies, industry profitability, and more. The concepts and applications the STEM curriculum offers teach students to analyze information and find better business solutions effectively.”

Harvard Business School

Management Science Track in the Full-Time MBA; Master of Science in Engineering Sciences and Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA) & MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences Program

In early 2020, HBS proposed a new academic track comprising a series of first- and second-year courses that could qualify for a management science focus. Students who opt into this track through their course selection are “demonstrating a commitment to STEM-focused careers.”

HBS also 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.”

Indiana Kelley’s move to make five disciplines within its MBA STEM was announced in early March. Kelley photo

Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Five Majors in Full-Time MBA: Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Marketing, and Supply Chain & Operations; MS in Finance

Among the measures Indiana took in 2020 to address general declining interest in full-time MBA programs, particularly among international students, the Kelley School began offering STEM-designated MBA degrees in five disciplines: Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Marketing, and Supply Chain & Operations. The change will cover all Kelley MBA students graduating with those majors in 2020 or later.

Kelley’s Master of Finance, launched in 2018, was made STEM in 2021.

Iowa State University Ivy College of Business

MBA in Business Analytics, Information Systems, or Finance

The Ivy College offers a STEM MBA in Business Analytics, Information Systems, and Finance. The school’s full-time MBA is built around 10 core courses (30 credits) and six electives (18 credits), with core courses offered on the school’s Ames, Iowa campus in the Gerdin Business Building, home of the Ivy College of Business. Electives are offered in Ames, Des Moines, and online. Students may customize their MBA experience with optional specializations and international study tours, and they have access to “comprehensive and personalized academic and career services” and “faculty engaged in leading-edge research” who are “committed to teaching excellence.” Ivy has been especially successful of late in appealing to women graduate hopefuls.

Johns Hopkins’ STEM designation for its MS in Marketing was announced in September 2019. Three other graduate degrees at the Carey School are also STEM. JHU photo

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Master of Science in Marketing

The JHU MS in Marketing “develops skills and data use for a deeper understanding of the market, the profile of the market on a granular level, and develop targeted customer experience strategies based on real-time customer feedback.” It “prepares students to meet the demand for capable and confident marketing professionals who understand the digital economy, global, and start-up environments,” and includes a STEM-designated concentration in Marketing Analytics.

Lehigh University College of Business

Business Analytics Concentration in One-Year MBA

Lehigh’s Business Analytics concentration, launched in 2020, is a 15-credit program designed to give students exposure to business data collection, storage and retrieval, predictive models, and the applications for improved decision-making in today’s modern, data-rich organizations. It is the first concentration offered in the school’s 1-MBA program.

“The rapid advancement in information technology has created a data rich environment for organizations in all sectors,” said Georgette Chapman Phillips, dean of the Lehigh University College of Business. “How to collect data, how to evaluate data collection methods and sources, and how to use the data to gain business insights and improve decision-making are the challenges faced by today’s intuitive managers. At Lehigh Business, we prepare our students to take on such challenges and grow as future business leaders.”

The Charlton College of Business has a new STEM-approved biz analytics specialization. Charlton photo

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Charlton College of Business

MBA with Specialization in Business Analytics

The Charlton MBA “provides advanced study in management for those with business or non-business bachelor degrees.” It requires 30 credit hours and can be completed part- or full-time, on-campus or online. The Charlton MBA is “responsive to the changing demands of the global, technology-driven economy. Taught by leading business scholars and seasoned industry professionals, this advanced degree also offers you the option to concentrate in specific areas.” The school offers 10 concentrations; only business analytics is STEM-approved.

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