University of Rochester’s Simon Business School has announced that the New York State Department of Education has provided them with a STEM designation option for two of its part-time programmes: the Professional MBA and the Executive MBA.
This makes Simon Business School one of the few top business schools in the United States to offer a STEM-designated option regardless of concentration.
Molly Mesko, executive director of Simon Business School’s Professional MBA and EMBA programmes said: “Our part-time programmes continue our tradition at Simon of being focused on providing students a STEM option for their studies.
“Not only does this designation help out international students, but for our domestic students it signals a commitment to data-driven outcomes.”
In 2018, the Simon Business School was the first top 50 business school (according to US News) to receive a STEM designation for all concentrations in its full-time MBA programmes.
Andrew Ainslie, Dean of the Simon Business School, said: “This was a natural step. We thought it was important to provide the same STEM designation to our part-time and Executive MBA students.”
STEM MBAs attractive to foreign students
STEM MBAs are designed to not just develop students’ business skills but also technical skills, making them increasingly popular with foreign students.
They include accounting, business analytics, decision theory, finance, economics, information technology, law, marketing, management, statistics, and strategy while providing the business skills required to be successful in management and leadership roles.
For employers seeking to hire international graduates, a STEM designation is incredibly important. Graduating from a STEM designated programme, students will have received an additional 24 months optional practical training.
This helps to bridge the gap between a student visa and a work visa.
Mesko added: “We are committed to making a Simon degree as affordable as possible. This sticker price, we think, will help families and businesses see real value in Simon education.”
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