As the culmination of two years of strengthening analytics and data-driven decision making in their curriculum, the Tepper School MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University is now STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) designated. The new related course offerings meld business and technology, and students also have access to additional interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities and analytical tools. For example, throughout the core requirements, the Tepper MBA has infused analytical tools like optimization, prescriptive modeling, and predictive modeling.
“Technological innovation and the ubiquity of data are rapidly changing business and society,” said Dean Robert Dammon. “At the Tepper School, we are educating future business leaders to utilize technology, data, and analytics to make better business decisions and solve complex problems that impact our world.”
The federal government created the STEM designation to help with the shortage of qualified workers in the STEM fields. The program makes H1b visas far more attractive because, if a student attends a STEM-designated education program and gains a STEM job after graduation, they gain an additional 24 months of optional practical training (OPT) time. This lengthens their stay in the U.S. from one to three years, which is very attractive to candidates and a solid reason for schools to consider the STEM designation.
The Tepper School MBA now joins Rochester Simon’s full-time MBA program with the STEM designation status. Other programs have only succeeded in securing the designation for certificate programs or specific specializations.
Sevin Yeltekin, Senior Associate Dean of Education commented,
“Looking ahead, we will continue to create opportunities for students to extend their technology and analytics skills, and to deepen the connection with business through our rigorous core, interdisciplinary tracks and concentrations, and transformative leadership development program.”
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