Graduate students can now earn a STEM-designated Professional MBA in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. A STEM-MBA is available for just 10.5 additional credits when paired with a stackable, hybrid Certificate in Analytics & Information Management (AIM) or a Certificate in Supply Chain Management.
Earning a supply chain management or AIM certificate in the STEM-MBA program provides specialized skills that are in demand by employers, and it saves students time and money compared to earning the MBA and certificate separately.
“The STEM designation provides a point of differentiation and signifies to employers the achievement of highly sought-after, rigorous quantitative and analytic skills,” said Dr. Karen Donovan, associate dean of graduate programs and executive education in the business school.
In addition to adding value to an MBA, the STEM designation provides international students the opportunity to extend their stay in the United States. After completing a STEM-designated MBA, international students are eligible for a 24-month extension of their Optional Practice Training (OPT), allowing them to work in the United States for up to 36 months.
Duquesne’s flexible STEM-MBA is delivered through on-campus, online and hybrid courses.
“We have already seen robust application and enrollment gains over the last several semesters, even prior to the launch of the STEM MBA,” said Chris Rouhier, director of graduate admissions in the business school. “We anticipate the STEM MBA to further contribute to that momentum.”