Is an MBA with a STEM track right for you?
If you have a STEM career but are looking for ways to level up, fusing your love of tech and business with a STEM MBA might just be the way to go.
The Society for Human Resource Management predicts that there will be 3.5 million STEM jobs to fill by 2025.
A STEM MBA was developed in response to the need for management talent who can combine STEM-related skills in the modern, tech-driven business environment.
The programme can help prepare students to build their management skills while learning to apply data analytics and technology skills to solve and improve business challenges. It differs from other MBA programmes as it also develop students’ technical expertise.
Some of the top programmes in the US include Carnegie Mellon Tepper STEM MBA; Chicago Booth Full-time MBA; Columbia Business School MBA and EMBA; Cornell: Johnson School of Management Tech MBA; and Harvard Business School MBA with a STEM-designated specialisation.
While the programme might attract students with backgrounds in science or engineering, you don’t necessarily need to have experience in a STEM career or degree as your background to enrol in a STEM MBA. In some instances, MBA students who wish to transition to the programme may be able to do so, depending on the business school or the academic director’s discretion.
If you’re unsure whether you’ll be a good fit for the programme, MBA.com notes that it could be helpful to speak with the admissions staff and ask what types of organisations recruit from their programmes and what types of roles their graduates typically fill.
Some programmes could serve as a pipeline to STEM industry employers, but simultaneously, the programme doesn’t necessarily pigeonhole an individual into any one industry or job function.