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Tepper School MBA Now a STEM Designated Program

Noelle Wiker

Designation signals strength and commitment to an analytical, data-driven curriculum.

The Tepper School of Business MBA program has become a STEM-designated program, a reflection of the quality and rigor of the MBA program and the emphasis throughout the curriculum on analytics and data-driven decision making.

“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 Tepper School has implemented a number of changes over the past two years to strengthen students’ foundational experience in management science, including new course offerings that intersect with business and technology; interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities; and the adoption of more sophisticated analytical tools used throughout the program. 

“We have always placed strong emphasis on quantitative expertise as a crucial management skill,” adds Kate Barraclough, Head of the MBA Program. “These are the skills that are in high demand from employers. Across every industry, employers are looking for MBA graduates who are analytical thinkers and data-driven decision makers.”

“This change better captures the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the Tepper MBA that blends together not only foundational business disciplines in innovative ways, but also brings in expertise in technology, engineering and science from the rest of the Carnegie Mellon campus into the classroom,” said Sevin Yeltekin, Senior Associate Dean of Education. “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.” 

For international students, the STEM designation offers an additional benefit. Optional practical training (OPT) provides many F-1 visa students with the opportunity to work in the U.S for up to 12 months, gaining valuable experience related to their field of study. Students graduating from STEM-designated programs may apply for a 24-month extension to their post-completion OPT, providing up to 36 months of temporary employment in the U.S.