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STEM MBA: All You Need To Know

12 December, 2022
SA Team

A STEM MBA combines business knowledge with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—aka STEM—applications. It comprises an analytical and data-driven curriculum to prepare students for business careers in technology and analytics. Academically, STEM MBA programs are a hybrid of the traditional MBA and MS.

A STEM MBA graduate can not only perform company objectives of an MBA role but also data processing and analysis expected from MS graduates.

STEM MBA in the United States is a popular choice among international students. STEM graduates have numerous professional opportunities, and this degree is highly valued worldwide. STEM is increasingly being incorporated into MBA curricula at universities across the United States. Being an engineer and then attending an MBA program has proven to be a highly successful professional path. The curriculum is highly flexible, and the addition of STEM has significantly strengthened the degree.

US STEM MBA: Advantages

Graduates of accredited STEM degree programs are eligible for STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training).STEM OPT is a 24-month extension of the F-1 visa that allows the respective graduates to use their skills acquired during the degree program while working full-time in the United States.

STEM MBA program integrates technology and business. Thus, STEM MBA affords opportunities in specialized fields for graduates holding a technical degree if not a traditional MBA.

A management graduate with strong technical skills is undoubtedly in high demand on the job market. As a STEM graduate, you are highly qualified for higher-paying job opportunities in the United States.

With the twenty-first century recognized as the pinnacle of technology, modern businesses requires qualified applicants with technological and analytical abilities in addition to administrative and business skills. As data analytics becomes pivotal in corporate development, the demand for such skills will invariably grow.

Top 20 STEM MBA Schools in the US

UniversityTop Programs Offered
Anderson Business School, UCLAFull-Time MBA with specialization in Digital Marketing Strategy,

Technology Analytics,

FinTech etc.

Booth School of Business, University of ChicagoFull-Time MBA with emphasis on Finance, Leadership and Management, and Business Environment
Columbia Business School, University of ColumbiaFinance, Investing, Marketing, Data Analytics, and Product Development in Full-Time MBA
Darden School of Business,

the University of Virginia

Specialization in Management Science in Full-Time MBA
Emory University’s Goizueta Business SchoolMBA with Business Analysis Track
Fuqua School of Business,Duke University in DurhamMBA with Track Credential in Management Science and Technology Management
Haas Business School, University of California BerkeleyFull-time MBA with concurrent degrees programs in MBA with Law, Engineering, Public Health, or International Area Studies
Harvard Business School, Harvard UniversityFull-Time MBA with General Management Curriculum
Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice UniversityFull-Time MBA
Kelley School of Business, Indiana UniversityFive Majors in Full-Time MBA: Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Marketing, and Supply Chain and Operations
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern UniversityMBA, MBAi, MMM, JD-MBA, and MD-MBA
Michigan Ross, the University of MichiganBusiness Analytics Track in Full-Time MBA
Rady School of Management, the University of CaliforniaFull-Time MBA
Stern Business School, New York UniversityFull-Time MBA with Consulting, Entertainment and Media, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Healthcare, Luxury Retail, Marketing, Real Estate, Social Enterprise, or Technology
Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon UniversityManagement Science, Technology, and Analytics in Full-Time MBA
UNC Kenan–Flagler Business School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBusiness Analytics and Management Science Concentration in Full-Time MBA
University of Connecticut School of BusinessMBA in Business Analytics, MBA in Digital Marketing Strategy, MBA in Financial Management and Investments, MS in Business Analytics and Project Management, MS in Financial Risk Management
University of Notre DameOne- and Two-Year MBA, focused on Finance, Consulting, Technology, Marketing
Wharton Business School, University of PennsylvaniaSTEM MBA Majors: Business Analytics, Business Economics and Public Policy, Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Operations, Information and Decisions, Quantitative Finance, Statistics
Wisconsin School of Business, the University of Wisconsin–MadisonMBA in Operations and Technology Management and Supply Chain Management specialization


Next Steps

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Author –

Dipti Pal

Head, Admission Consulting



Ilika M

Editor, Admission Consulting



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