What is a STEM MBA?

March 18, 2021

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What is a STEM MBA?

A STEM MBA, also known as a STEM-certified MBA, teaches you to bridge the gap between business and technology through specialized programs.

STEM stands for “science, technology, engineering and mathematics” and generally relates to technical careers. An MBA isn’t designated as a STEM MBA by default, but many universities are now providing a way for students to combine the two tracks.

A STEM-certified MBA is a combination of both a business and technical education and offers a curriculum that is taught with an emphasis on STEM applications.

The Eller College of Management provides a few STEM-certified options through dual degree programs and the Technology Leadership Program:

The Eller College of Management’s STEM-certified Technology Leadership Program prepares students for a career in the information technology field by providing unique technology and business learning experiences. Classroom-based learning is supplemented with group collaboration, consulting projects, case competitions and professional development, all completed in two summers.

International Benefits

STEM-certified programs allow a lot of benefits for international students, mainly with the extension to Optional Practical Training (OPT) provided.

OPT allows international students to stay and work in the United States for 12 months after graduating. Because U.S. companies have a need for STEM-trained individuals, those who graduate from STEM-designated programs are given the opportunity to apply for a 24-month extension to their OPT, for a total of 36 months (three years).

STEM MBA Careers

STEM careers are currently in high-demand due to the increasing gap between individuals who have either STEM skills or business management skills. STEM-certified MBA programs and related careers—like the ones listed below—help bridge this gap:  

  • Data analytics manager
  • Business technology manager
  • Finance/Accounts manager
  • Risk management
  • Computer systems administrator
  • Database administrator
  • Information security analyst
  • Quantitative analyst

Start Your STEM MBA Journey Now

A STEM MBA can accelerate your business career while helping you acquire the skills needed in STEM industries, making you the perfect candidate for many different careers.

Industries and fields are on the lookout for STEM MBA graduates­—information technology, social media, accounting and investment management are just a few of the many fields that are searching for candidates with both a business- and STEM-oriented experience.

Jumpstart your career and begin working towards your STEM-certified degree today through one of our rigorous and engaging programs:


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