Students on STEM-designated masters can apply for a 24-month STEM-extension to their 12-month Optional Practice Training (OPT) period which allows them to work on a student visa. That means students on STEM-designated masters can work in the US for up to three years after graduation, without an H1-B visa.
The shortage of STEM professionals has made them highly lucrative in the labor market—students from around the world are certainly catching on to the employment opportunities that a STEM education can provide.
According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the STEM field has the fastest growing and highest-paying jobs this century. Combine the new STEM designation with trendy business analytics programs and what you have is a goldmine of potential.
Here are nine STEM-designated masters in business analytics programs that are sure to influence the next generation of business professionals:
1. MIT Sloan School of Management - Master of Business Analytics
MIT Sloan offers the world’s best Master in Business Analytics (MSBA) for 2023 as it holds its place at the top of the QS Master in Business Analytics ranking.
Sloan offers a thoroughly developed Master of Business Analytics program in tandem with MIT’s distinguished Operations Research Center. This is in addition to doctoral and undergraduate degree offerings in the field.
The program is tailored to ambitious students seeking to advance their careers in a variety of areas, namely engineering, math, physics, computer programming, and high-tech industries.
2. University of Texas at Austin McCombs Business School – MS in Business Analytics
McCombs' ten-month program has a specific focus on helping students achieve post-graduate success. A career development team serves as a lifeline for students seeking to secure offers from industry leaders like Walmart and Deloitte Consulting.
The McCombs curriculum teaches students how to harness data in order to tap into the multibillion-dollar big data industry.
3. UCLA Anderson School of Management – Master of Science in Business Analytics
Taking second place in the QS Master in Business Analytics ranking 2022, the UCLA Anderson MSBA lasts 15 months and aims to help students bridge the gap between tech and business and use data to transform business strategy.
The technical curriculum is combined with the intensive 10 week MSBA Career Curriculum in which guest instructors and industry professionals teach students essential skills in data story-telling, presentation skills, technical and case interviewing, and client management.
There is also a Summer Internship and Applied Analytics Project (AAP) where students partner with a corporate client and work in groups to unlock hidden data insights.
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4. University of Southern California Marshall School of Business – MS in Business Analytics
USC Marshall offers an in-depth exploration into the many facets of data analysis and management, such as statistical modeling, data management, visualization, information security, optimization, and decision-making under uncertainty.
The flexible curriculum allows students the chance to complete coursework between 10 and 18 months, catered to individuals who pursue their degree while they maintain employment.
5. University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School – MS in Business Analytics
Smith offers a roster of eight specialized masters programs; five of which are STEM-designated.
Smith’s MS in Business Analytics program doesn’t hide its tendencies toward progressive subjects in big data: cybersecurity, supply chain, transportation, and forecasting are only some of the topics covered in this program.
This is also an ideal opportunity for students seeking to study, work, and live in the DC area. And partnerships with companies like Deloitte, KPMG, and Unilever, keep the learning relevant to the real-world business environment.
6. Cornell Johnson College of Business – Master in Business Analytics
The STEM-designated MSBA program at Cornell Johnson is taught part-time over 16 months and is predominantly online, delivered through the school’s award-winning e-learning platform ecornell.
While the program is delivered asynchronously, giving students the flexibility to study in their own time, there is also two week-long residencies held in Ithaca and New York city.
The Cornell MSBA curriculum also focuses the lens on applying key learnings to industry. Students can choose from four concentrations in Marketing Analytics, Finance Analytics, Operations and Supply Chain Analytics, and Business Analytics to target their chosen career path.
There is also a Capstone Project where each student must solve a real-world problem using a large data set and analytics tools.
7. Illinois Gies College of Business – Masters in Business Analytics
The Illinois Gies MSBA program is an intensive program lasting two semesters. With just four core courses in Enterprise Database Management, Big Data Analytics, Data Storytelling, and a Business Practicum, the program is highly customizable.
Students can then choose from a host of specializations from Machine Learning in Finance to Social Media Strategy.
8. American University Kogod School of Business– MS in Analytics
Kogod’s on-campus MS Analytics program bridges theory and practice by giving students ample internship opportunities and access to guest speakers.
In the capstone practicum, students partner with a local company, solving real analytics problems for real firms. The program’s speaker series is a highlight of the curriculum both in terms of networking opportunities and direct engagement with industry leaders. Past speakers include industry leaders like the CEO of Primehook Technology, the principal data scientist for Zocdoc and the VP of data analytics for Unisys.
9. UC Davis Graduate School of Management– MS in Business Analytics
Located close to San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, Davis’ MS in Business Analytics program focuses on preparing students to venture out into a competitive marketplace.
The year-long program is committed to working with international students to establish careers and meet the demands required of STEM-educated professionals through offering an Optional Practical Training extension up to 36 months post-graduation. Qualifying students will remain in the US to do work experience and establish their careers.
This article was first published in August 2018 and most recently updated in January 2023.