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

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 degree, which costs about $140K, gives grads the skills 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.

University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business

Master of Business Administration with Business Analytics

This program requires students to complete the existing graduation requirements for both the MBA degree and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. Students immerse themselves in cutting-edge quantitative methods and analytical tools, statistics, data mining, and data-driven decision-making.

Purdue University Krannert School of Management

MBA in Business Analytics and Information Management, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, or Marketing

Purdue’s Krannert School launch a STEM-designated MBA degree option in 2019, with four options for specializations: business analytics and information management, finance, global supply chain management, or marketing. The 60-credit-hour, four-semester STEM-designated MBA is based on statistics, computer applications, and data analysis, along with core business classes. “We believe this new degree option will be a perfect fit at Purdue, which is renowned for its excellence in STEM-related fields,” Greg Beaver, executive director of Krannert’s MBA, Master of Science and doctorate programs, said in 2019. “The four concentration areas give students the chance to personalize their degree by taking courses that are aligned with their career aspirations. They also will be able to gain valuable practical experience through collaborative opportunities with the Purdue Foundry, Discovery Park, and other campus incubators and innovation centers.”

Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business

All MBA and Other Master’s Programs 

When the Jones School went STEM in mid-2020, the school announced the move was “a direct response to the data-driven business environment, employer needs, and student interest. Our Rice MBA graduates are known in the marketplace for broad problem-solving skills, reflecting a curriculum grounded in quantitative and data-analytic methodologies across the disciplines. This is now reflected in the STEM designation.”

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 in 2018 to become the first MBA program to be fully STEM-designated no matter what specialization a student chooses. MBAs at Simon can 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.

Rutgers Business School — Newark & New Brunswick


Rutgers’ STEM degree is an option for students in the Rutgers Full-Time and Part-Time MBA programs as well as the Executive MBA program. The option allows students to pursue any of the traditional concentrations of study, such as supply chain management or marketing, but requires them to incorporate at least 50% of their program credits from curriculum identified as STEM.

USC Marshall offers a STEM-designated specialization in Management Science in its MBA. USC photo

University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

Entire Full-Time MBA; Entire Part-Time MBA; IBEAR MBA Program; Master of Science in Business AnalyticsMaster of Science in FinanceMaster of Science in Global Supply Chain ManagementMaster of Science in Marketing

Starting in 2019, USC Marshall offered a new specialization “designed to combine data-driven decision-making and analytics with the overall MBA program learning objectives of developing a global and entrepreneurial mindset, building a deep understanding of business fundamentals, and leading high-performing teams,” Suh-Pyng Ku, vice dean for graduate programs, told Poets&Quants in May 2019. In spring 2020 the Marshall School made its entire full-time MBA program STEM.

Since June 2020, the IBEAR MBA program has offered a STEM track as part of its curriculum. Students who opt for this track as part of their IBEAR MBA curriculum will be pursuing the International Management Science (STEM) MBA Program.

Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business

All MBA Programs

SMU Cox joined the STEM parade in 2021, making the school’s Full-Time and Working Professional MBA programs, including the Professional MBA (part-time), the Executive MBA, the Online MBA and MBA Direct, STEM degrees.

“Data and analytics are dramatically changing our business environment,” Matthew B. Myers, dean of the Cox School said. “With this designation, we’re giving our students a competitive edge and preparing them for the future. Companies now know that when they hire a Cox graduate with a STEM-designated MBA, they’ll be gaining an employee with leadership and quantitative skills that will bring value to their organizations from day one.”

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