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


Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Entire MBA and MSx Programs

Since April 2020, Stanford’s full-time MBA program has been STEM-designated, along with their accelerated one-year MSx program. Both courses are fully customizable offering a wide range of electives, and students who enrol in the courses will be learning at one of the top three business schools in the world.

Syracuse University Whitman School of Management

Entire MBA; MS in Business Analytics; MS in Finance; MS in Marketing; MS in Supply Chain Management

Syracuse Whitman announced in January 2022 that its MBA program “will be classified as STEM-designated for students who successfully complete concentrations in accounting, business analytics, finance, marketing and supply chain management. The class of 2022 will be the first to graduate with this new STEM-certification.”

“The STEM-designation for our MBA program reflects the commitment of our faculty to prepare students for a fast-changing business environment that includes cutting-edge technology, data analytics as well as creativity and forward-looking innovation,” says Alex McKelvie, associate dean for undergraduate and master’s education and professor of entrepreneurship. “These areas are fundamental to modern business and therefore central to our MBA education. Our required curriculum and broad set of elective courses emphasize these skills and abilities already. Receiving STEM-designation appropriately reflects our MBA programmatic emphasis and facilitates students’ success in industry after graduation.”

Elsewhere at Whitman, students in the MS in Business Analytics program complete 36 credit hours of courses “that develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the applications of analytics to the fields of accounting, finance, marketing and supply chain management by using techniques for data collection, data visualization, statistical and pattern analysis and data mining.” Benefits of the Finance program include “access to current market data, live news feeds, software for analysis and other resources used by professionals in the field” and “preparation for Bloomberg certification and professional exams, such as CFA, FRM, and CAIA designations.”

University of Tennessee-Knoxville Haslam College of Business

MS-Business Analytics (MSBA)Dual MBA/MSBA; Dual MBA/MS Engineering

The curriculum at the MS in Business Analytics at the Haslam College “emphasizes small cohorts, career coaching, and team building to reflect real-world business dynamics,” according to the school. Students learn to use advanced analytical techniques, develop skills in R, SQL, and Python, and maximize learning through professional case studies and presentations. The 62-credit MBA/MSBA “brings the full power of mathematical, statistical, and computer-based models to the world of business, developing graduates who can successfully bridge the sizable gap that currently exists between the practical aspects of business and the analytical capabilities enabled by information systems,” the school says. “The analytic skills taught encompass four overlapping areas: business intelligence, data mining, process optimization and applied statistics.” In the 60-credit, MBA/MS Engineering, grads learn “to take a leading management role in companies that must react quickly to a dynamic market where forces of competition require rapid changes via short cycles in design, manufacturing and product development.”

University of Texas at Auston McCombs School of Business

MS in Finance, MS in Marketing, MS in Energy Management, MS in Business Analytics, MS in Technology Commercialization, MS in Information Technology; 14 STEM Tracks for full-time MBA

Of the 22 concentrations in Texas McCombs’ full-time MBA program, 14 are now STEM; the certification applies to concentrations that focus specifically on quantitative topics in a range of areas, from Information Management, Business Analytics, Supply Chain and Operations to Investment Management, Energy Finance, and Clean Tech.

“The breadth and depth of our full-time MBA curriculum is a unique complement to our close-knit class of 260 students, and we wanted to focus our STEM certification efforts on areas where we’re seeing strong and active job recruitment post-graduation, such as business analytics,” said Tina Mabley, assistant dean for the full-time MBA program. “The fact that these 14 concentrations were judged to meet STEM standards after an exacting review by our faculty, university office of graduate studies, UT System, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board points to the strength of our offerings in these subject areas.”

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; MBA Operations & Analytics Concentration; MS in Finance

Vanderbilt is recognized worldwide for its finance faculty, who have received many awards for their research and teaching and who 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.

For the Finance concentration, students must take eight credit hours of electives and can choose from such offerings as Risk Management, Derivatives Markets, and Financial Data Analysis; the Operations & Analytics concentration is open to MBA students beginning in the fall of 2020. The Owen School’s MS in Finance is also a STEM degree.

Virginia Darden announced their new STEM-approved Management Science specialization in April 2019. Darden photo

University of Virginia Darden School of Business

MBA Specialization in Management Science 

The Virginia Darden management science specialization “will build on the required Darden core curriculum, offering students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of quantitative and analytical skills and capabilities.” Students must complete 12 credit hours of selected courses with a quantitative and analytical focus. Courses are available in a range of academic areas, including Accounting, Economics, Finance, Quantitative Analysis, and Technology and Operations. Forty elective courses currently taught at the school will satisfy the requirement.

Wake Forest University School of Business

Master of Science in Business Analytics; Master of Science in Accountancy

Wake Forest’s MSBA program aims to develop leaders “who can leverage analytics skills with business acumen and add immediate value to any organization across a wide range of industries.” On-campus or online, students “are given the technical skills, business acumen, and experiential learning” to drive analytics into action. The newly STEM-designated MSA program is a two-semester, 30-credit program that begins each summer and offers structured CPA Exam prep at the conclusion of the spring semester, with graduation in May.

Wake Forest also offers an optional third semester that includes the opportunity to pursue a paid internship. The nine-week paid position “is for those who enter the program without previous internship experience, or those who want to gain additional experience with a company prior to accepting a full-time offer.”

University of Washington Foster School of Business

Technology Management MBA, MBA Management Science Degree Option, MS in Business Analytics

Washington Foster joined the STEM-pede in fall 2020. “The STEM-designated Management Science Degree Option will allow Foster MBAs to make more sustained impact in their organizations following graduation,” Associate Dean Dan Turner said. “Corporate partners will have access to students who not only share their values about fostering human progress but who also have the quantitative acumen needed to move ideas and organizations forward.” Foster also offers a STEM-certified MS in Business Analytics and Technology Management MBA, the latter of which is an 18-month degree designed for tech professionals that “is built on the same foundational principles and high academic standards as our flagship full-time MBA program.”

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