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Top 10 STEM-designated Masters Programs

By Abhyank Srinet, GuestPost Contributor

For more than three years, American business schools have adopted STEM to compensate for the loss of Indian, Chinese, and other foreign student populations. And this is due to heated immigration rhetoric, higher tuition and living costs, and other negative factors. The US business schools are now banned internationally due to visa bans, lack of proper response. Also this is due to the coronavirus epidemic and the current administration’s anti-immigration policies.

This is where the STEM’s nominated Master’s programs offer some hope. Nominating all of your MBA and Master’s degree specials in science, technology, engineering, or math programs by top B-schools presents a much better opportunity for international students to reside in the United States with the promise of legal status.

Harvard Business School-Management Science Track for full-time MBA

During its drop-in time in January 2020, Harvard Business School informed MBA students that the STEM track would be included in the curriculum. The Management Science Esteem Track consists of first- and second-year courses that enable students to specialise in Management Science. According to a statement sent to P&Q, students who choose this direction through their course selection are “demonstrating a willingness to pursue a STEM-focused career.”


Stanford GSB- Full-time MBA

Just days after Harvard Business School released the notice of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math pathway’s creation in its MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business had completed the process to “go STEM” itself. This initiative will surely provide some relief to the GSB’s international students. It gives perks such as an MBA graduate from a STEM program that qualifies them for F-1 visas to work for up to 36 months in the U.S. instead of the usual 24 more months.


Wharton Business School-Full-time MBA

The six significant corporations at Wharton are STEM-designated for their full-time MBA program that has been recognized as senior executives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This help students prepare for high-demand jobs that require both business and technical skills. International students will also benefit from their Stem Majors, as they can get a STEM OPT extension for their F-1 visa after graduation. This extension allows students to use their STEM degree learning skills in a full-time job in the United States. If you choose one of these major companies, you will be eligible for 36 months OPT upon completion.


Chicago Booth-Full-time MBA

The Chicago Booth MBA program is also entirely STEM certified now for Optional Practical Training (OPT) purposes, increasing the qualification from two concentrations to the full degree. This certificate opens the door for booth graduates on F-1 student visas to apply for 24 months of additional training through work experience after completing the MBA. The Chicago Booth provides additional support to their global MBA students through international programs, offering an international student orientation and year-round advice on various issues, including language, networking, and cultural adjustment.


MIT Sloan- Full-Time MBA, Sloan Fellows MBA, Sloan Executive MBA

The MBA program qualifies as a STEM-designated program, allowing international students to expand their training in the United States 24 months after graduation. To receive the STEM position, a program must have at least 50% coursework in science, technology, engineering or math. MIT won’t have a problem in this department. In fact, despite the change in STEM’s designation for its MBA programs and its curriculum rankings from “Business / Commerce” to “Management Science”, some of the actual changes are immediately reflected in the school’s basic or optional offerings.


Northwestern Kellogg University-Management Science Major in Full-Time MBA

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, another MBA globally, has paved the way for STEM, a move that will undoubtedly accelerate the pace of elite STEM programs. According to Major’s web page, the college’s new management science focuses on “the use of analytical techniques, tools, and models in school academic subjects,” according to Major’s web page. The latest addition to the Kellogg MBA curriculum will explore a wide range of topics, including using big data efficiently to understand capital markets and how to use analytical techniques to solve business problems.


Columbia Business School-Full-time MBA, Executive MBA

Columbia Business School’s MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs have been officially designated by the US Department of Homeland Security as STEM programs, reflecting technology and data analytics’s integration into the school curriculum. Dean Costas Magliars described STEM’s position as a significant addition to the MBA and EMBA programs, emphasizing the school’s commitment to providing all graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to evolve from data. This position will allow international students to work in the United States for three years after graduation under the Extended Optional Training (OPT) permit.


UC Berkeley HAAS-Full-time MBA

Berkeley Haas is one of the pioneer business schools to offer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for MBAs. This position allows all international students to apply for an MBA to apply for an additional 24-month visa extension. The new code defines the Berkeley Haas MBA as a general program that applies research techniques to statistical modelling, data warehousing, data mining, programming, forecasting, and operations to analyze business organization and performance issues.


Dartmouth Tuck-Management Science & Quantitative Analysis Track in Full-Time MBA

On January 17, 2020, the Tuck School of Business decided to offer MBA students the option to obtain formal recognition for learning in Quantitative Analysis and Management Science. Tuck believes the new option, which encompasses a portfolio of courses across the Tuck MBA curriculum, will be included in the US Department of Homeland Security’s STEM-designated degree program listing “Management Sciences and Coordinating Methods.”


Yale SOM-Management Science Concentration in MBA

The Yale School of Management will now offer a concentration in management science in its MBA and Master of Advanced Management programs, thus extending the residency in the United States to non-U.S. Graduates for up to 36 months. The YLSOM faculty will gain extensive expertise in the new concentration analysis and management of management sciences in the YLMBA program. Courses such as Data Analysis and Casual Interference, Big Data, and Customer Analytics will be offered under this concentration.


STEM programs offer a combination of technical and vocational education. Thus, STEM MBA graduates find employment in specialized fields related to technology and analytics. STEM-designated master’s degree students can apply for a 24-month STEM extension during their 12-month Optional Practice Training (OPT) period that will allow them to work on an F1 student visa. It means that STEM-designated Masters program students can live and work in the United States without an H1-B visa for up to three years after graduation. It is the best part of these MBA programs as they offer an appreciating future career ahead.


Abhyank Srinet is a passionate digital entrepreneur who holds a Masters in Management degree from ESCP Europe. He started his first company while he was still studying at ESCP and managed to scale it up by 400% in just two years. 

Being a B-School Alumni, he recognized the need for a one-stop solution for B-School to get in touch with schools and get their application queries resolved. This prompted him to create MiM-Essay, a one-of-a-kind portal with cutting edge profile evaluation and school selection algorithms, along with several avenues to stay informed about the latest B-School Updates.








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