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All The STEM Programs At Major US Business Schools - Poets&Quants

All The STEM Programs At Major US Business Schools - Poets&Quants

All The STEM Programs At Major US Business Schools - Poets&Quants

Posted: 20 Apr 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include new STEM offerings from Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management, and others.

At first, it was about politics. (As always, it's about cost, too.) Now, for some schools, it may be about helping students and alumni in an emergency.

For more than three years, business schools big and small in the United States have embraced STEM as a way to mitigate the losses of Indian, Chinese, and other indispensable international student populations in response to attrition caused by heated immigration rhetoric, higher tuition and cost of living, and other negative factors. Designating all or part of their MBAs and specialized master's degrees as Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math programs allows B-schools to lure international students with the promise of legal standing to remain in the U.S. three times longer, making it an easy and popular move — if not nearly enough to offset the larger antipodal forces driving down both application volume and international enrollment.

Now another, even larger force has emerged. The coronavirus pandemic now wreaking havoc on admissions season — and commencement ceremonies, job prospects, freedom of movement, and so much more — has upended the graduate business education universe. The keenly felt chaos is ubiquitous — but with interesting side effects. While painfully disruptive on so many levels, the pandemic is also likely to become another big driver of the STEM movement in U.S. B-schools.

Recently seven more major programs joined the movement: Georgetown University McDonough School of Business added a STEM Management Science major on May 1 (see page 5 for details); Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management launched two new Management Science STEM MBAs on April 24 (page 6); Washington University at St. Louis' Olin Business School designated its full-time MBA a STEM program April 21 (page 2); Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business announced STEM designation for its full-time MBA in March (page 6); and on April 23, the biggest program of them all, Harvard Business School, confirmed that it had completed the process to designate as STEM a management science track within the HBS MBA.

One week earlier, on April 16, ASU's affiliated school, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, confirmed that a STEM designation is in the works there as well. But while ASU Carey's move was in the offing for more than a year, Thunderbird is joining the crowded market of B-school STEM offerings amid the full throes of COVID-19. Dean Sanjeev Khagram tells Poets&Quants that his school is actively seeking the designation for its one-year Master of Global Management and, thereafter, select executive programs. Khagram says he expects the designation to be in place for the Thunderbird MGM within the year.


International graduates of U.S. business schools currently may hold U.S. jobs for only 12 months before needing an H1-B visa. But there's a workaround. In 2016, the federal government created the STEM Designated Degree Program, which makes it possible for international graduates to remain stateside for an additional 24 months after graduation and receive training through work experience. That means students with STEM-designated master's degrees can work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduation without a H1-B visa. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for STEM jobs will grow by 13% by 2027, with higher wages than non-STEM jobs: The national average for STEM salaries is $87,570, while non-STEM jobs earn roughly half as much, with an annual average of $45,700; and of course MBAs from top schools make a great deal more.

Reading the lay of the land, schools quickly began designing and offering STEM programs to take advantage of the new rules and attract new interest from foreign applicants. The University of Wisconsin-Madison was the first top-50 school, receiving STEM designation from the Department of Homeland Security for its concentration in Operations & Technology Management in 2016. The next year, Duke University added a STEM Management Science and Technology Management track to the Fuqua School of Business MBA program. And in 2018, the University of Rochester became the first school to have its entire MBA program designated as STEM. That December, Poets&Quants named the Rochester Simon MBA our Program of the Year.

Simon had tested the waters before plunging in with its MBA. The school gained STEM designation for its MS in Marketing Analytics and MS in Business Analytics in September 2016. Simon added STEM designation to its MS in Finance in December 2016 and to its MS in Accountancy in July 2018. Applications surged by 41.4% for all four programs, to 4,104 in 2017-2018 from 2,903 in 2013-2014. However, apps there and everywhere in graduate business education soon began their ongoing nosedive — fueling the STEM movement even more.


The chart above shows new STEM designations in 2019-2020. The past year going back to mid-2019 saw a veritable "STEM-pede," with 25 major programs declaring STEM designation to some degree. The cause is plain to see in recent application data for the most common program represented, the MBA.

Of 18 schools above for which we have sufficient MBA application data to make a three-year comparison (those in the top 25 of our 2019 ranking), the total number of applications dropped from 75,477 in 2016-2017 to 65,200 in 2018-2019, an overall decline of 10,277 apps or 13.6%. The biggest losses came at Indiana Kelley (-40.6%), UNC Kenan-Flagler (-38.5%), and CMU Tepper (-28.7%); the smallest were at Columbia (-2.2%), Cornell Johnson (-4.1%), USC Marshall (-5%), and Chicago Booth (-5.2%). The average decline was 17.8%.

Of the 18 schools in the top 25 of our 2019 ranking that have made the move to STEM in the past year, the total number of applications dropped from 73,735 to 63,842, equaling a decline of 9,893 or 13.4%. The biggest losses came at Indiana Kelley (-40.6%), UNC Kenan-Flagler (-38.5%), and CMU Tepper (-28.7%); the smallest were at Columbia (-2.2%), Cornell Johnson (-4.1%), USC Marshall (-5%), and Chicago Booth (-5.2%); Stanford's loss was modest but measurable at 10.2%. The average decline was 18.1%.

Despite their embrace of STEM (but certainly not because of it), many of these programs are bracing for an application hit again this cycle, the most disrupted since the Great Recession a dozen years ago — though some hope for a jump in apps given gatekeepers' relaxed requirements at some schools. In the midst of a suddenly tight job market, recently graduated international MBAs are pushing for retroactive STEM classification at several leading schools, including Harvard and Northwestern Kellogg, in the hope that having a STEM degree might qualify them for employment deemed essential — which is to say, less likely to be laid off. Meanwhile, criticism of B-schools' "STEM-pede" continues to mount.


In the past 18 months, Thunderbird Dean Sanjeev Khagram has overseen a $100 million facelift that includes the groundbreaking on a new state-of-the-art facility. The school, once left for dead, is on the rebound, with its new building slated to open in fall 2021. Now Thunderbird is expanding multiple programs and partnering with schools and companies worldwide, and within the year the school's flagship Master of Global Management degree will have STEM designation to boast about.

Sanjeev Khagram. Thunderbird photo

All signs point toward a renaissance in the desert. Will COVID-19 derail or accelerate Thunderbird's comeback?

"Obviously we're all pivoting, but we're quite confident in the kind of digitally enhanced delivery that we're doing," Khagram says. "Our faculty and students have really adapted, because of ASU's digital innovation capacities for Thunderbird. As part of ASU, we've been able to transition to what we call 'digital enhanced,' digital face-to-face learning, rather than online learning. And that's gone really well with our current programs.

"We are very strong believers that the world will open up again. Getting STEM is critical, because there's lots of students from around the world who of course want to stay here and get work experience. But we've been very active with our regional centers of excellence around the world in Tokyo, in Nairobi, in Seoul, and soon we're going to launch in Mexico City, in Sao Paulo, to create opportunities — job opportunities, internship and employment opportunities — for our students, to either go back to their home region or city or go to a different home city or region. Or for our American students to get out into the world. That's really what makes Thunderbird unique.

"We have a two-pronged strategy for STEM that we're going to keep advancing, so that we can support those who really do want to stay here, but also working with our alumni and our centers around the world to generate more employment opportunities — so that a student from India doesn't have to just stay because they think that the United States is the only place. They can actually go to another part of the world.

"We are still continuing to believe that our global strategy has to complement the domestic STEM strategy to create job opportunities for our students."

See the next pages for a complete list of STEM programs at U.S. business schools, along with course descriptions and links.



















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Posted: 22 Apr 2020 12:00 AM PDT

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The Top One-Year MBA Programs In The United States - Poets&Quants

Posted: 29 Sep 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Kellogg students study on the Global Hub's three-story staircase. Kellogg 1Y and 2Y MBA students take the same elective classes together. Courtesy photo

If such a person as a "typical" business school student exists, Tirth Patel is almost certainly not that person. He's not even a business person, really. The native of Gujarat, India earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Mumbai's Institute of Chemical Technology, then went to work for an Indian chemical manufacturing firm. Later, he got a graduate degree in chemical engineering. His path seemed set.

But there were gaps in Patel's knowledge, and soft spots in his skill set. And he knew it. And so B-school beckoned.

"After two years of working, what I realized is that I had some skill gaps in terms of technical skills as well as managerial skills," Patel, 25, tells Poets&Quants. "I applied for a master's in chemical engineering at UC-Berkeley, and got my master's there, but that program was focused more on product development and product management — not much from managerial side, but more on the technical side. So I clearly knew that I had to get an MBA."

Patel didn't wait to apply to MBA programs; he started soon after arriving at UC-Berkeley. But even as he began his research, he knew he wasn't interested in traditional, two-year MBA programs. With no desire to change industries — he plans to return to Mumbai for work — he needed something shorter and cheaper, but still reputable.

"That," he says, "is where I got to know about Cornell's one-year MBA program."


One-year MBA programs may be having a moment. They have long been popular in Europe; but as two-year, full-time MBA programs in the United States suffer their worst application downturn in years, alternatives are getting a hard look from both international and domestic applicants: Online MBAs, part-time and weekend MBAs, and specialized master's degrees all are seeing bumps in interest, and so are one-year MBAs. The latter are not only shorter but typically cheaper and — at least at the elite schools that offer them — largely the same degree, with the same level of instruction and equally talented and driven students, only on a more intense calendar.

Schools are noticing the demand, raising tuition by double-digit percentages in the last three years, while a few highly ranked schools have launched high-profile new programs to respond to the demand — among them, NYU's Stern School of Business and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Duke's new program is designed to draw Master in Management students from Europe; likewise, another school, Texas Tech's Rawls College of Business, offers a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) MBA that can be completed in one year.

The ROI of one-year MBA programs may be their biggest selling point. The programs exist because of a desire to accumulate knowledge quickly and return to the workforce to put that knowledge to use — to get back to work and get back to earning as quickly as possible. Most one-year MBAs are just that, 12 months long; a few are shorter, in the 10- to 11-month range; one U.S. program, at the University of Miami, is only seven months long. But even the most expensive programs, such as the ones at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management or Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, cost between 70% and 80% of the price of the two-year residential programs at their respective schools. The total cost for Kellogg's one-year program, for example, is an estimated $140,366; compare that to two years in the No. 5-ranked Kellogg full-time MBA, which according to the latest estimates cost around $211,000. At Cornell, a one-year MBA through either the Ithaca, New York-based program or the Tech MBA in New York City costs an estimated $141,000; two years in this Ivy League school's two-year program costs nearly $190,000.

For the third time (see here and here), Poets&Quants has compiled a list of the best one-year MBA programs in the U.S. (see page 4). The list comprises 24 programs at 22 schools. Most are schools that are ranked in our annual 100-school ranking of two-year programs. Several are elite schools with elite programs that boast comparable, if not exact, levels of instruction as that of their two-year counterparts (and promise comparable employment outcomes, as well). Almost all have increased their tuitions since 2016, roughly when the current downturn in two-year applications began — and some have increased it by double-digit percentages. Kellogg, for example, has increased its tuition by $9,572 over the last three years, or 10.4%, from $91,716 to $101,288. Cornell in that span has increased tuition for its accelerated one-year MBA, based in Ithaca, by $17,530, or 19.5%, from $90,000 to $107,530. Emory University's Goizueta Business School has increased 1Y tuition by $15,632, or 18.3%, from $85,500 to $101,132. USC's Marshall School of Business, which has perhaps the premier one-year MBA on the West Coast, increased tuition $15,120, or 15.8%, from $95,760 to $110,880. Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business jumped its tuition by $8,418, or 11.9%, from $70,456 to $78,874. And SMU's Cox School of Business had the biggest increase by percentage — 21% — in hiking its tuition by $12,570, from $60,000 to $72,570.

Another difference between one- and two-year MBAs is how difficult it can be to find information about the 1Y versus 2Y programs, leading to a lot of gaps in available data. Employment outcomes are hard to discern in many cases; for Kellogg, one- and two-year employment figures are combined in the school's annual report. Some key numbers for select schools:


There are many top schools in Europe with one-year options: INSEAD in France, Cambridge Judge, Oxford Said, Warwick, IE Business School in Spain, and IMD in Switzerland all have one-year MBA programs; most also offer the Master in Management, a one-year degree that is much more firmly entrenched in Europe than the U.S. In the most recent Financial Times ranking of global business schools, nine of the top 25 schools have one-year MBA programs or only offer MBAs in one year (or less, as in the case of INSEAD's 10-month program). But in the U.S., like MiMs, one-year MBAs still fly under the radar. Why? We know the pros — what are the cons of one-year MBA programs?

Alex Min, CEO of The MBA Exchange. File photo

The chief drawback, says Alex Min, CEO of The MBA Exchange, is the lack of a summer internship, the benefits of which do not require lengthy explanation. But that's not the only issue.

"Beyond the lack of summer internships, key disadvantages of a one-year MBA education include having fewer chances to add basic management knowledge through core courses and/or specialized learning through electives," Min tells P&Q. "Furthermore, the shorter duration of one-year programs means less opportunity to bond with classmates and participate in student clubs, activities, and treks."

In other words, there is less potential for a strong school attachment — read: alumni involvement — or strong networking links with one-year programs. Moreover, some view the one-year programs at elite schools like Kellogg and Cornell as "diluting the brand" of the two-year degrees. How should someone who sloggers through two intense years at a leading school feel about a colleague who got the same degree in half the time? Are they really doing only half the work?

"Depending on their current situation and post-MBA goals, an increasing number of MBA candidates are seriously considering and pursuing one-year programs," Min says. For example, if an individual is already well-established in his or her career path, doesn't need a summer internship to explore options, and wants to return to the same field or function with an MBA degree as soon as possible, a one-year program makes excellent sense. Likewise, if a candidate has family obligations — whether personal or a family business — that require his or her direct involvement and full attention, a one-year program will get them back to those responsibilities quicker. Most one-year students took undergraduate business classes; for them, the two-year experience would mean at least some duplicate learning.

"One-year programs at top-tier business schools are excellent," Min adds. "Faculty and classes are identical to those available to two-year students. Access to the alumni network and prestige of the school brand are also the same. Advantages of a one-year MBA include reduced tuition and out-of-pocket expense as well as foregone income while enrolled. Ultimately, the biggest differences are related to time — i.e., pace and duration of the program."


Tirth Patel is not a typical B-school student — so it makes sense that he would follow a not-so-typical route to an MBA. He was, in fact, the perfect candidate for a one-year MBA program.

After doing his due diligence, including hard looks at Northwestern Kellogg, Oxford Saïd, and other schools, Patel found Cornell — and immediately felt it was the right choice.

"I thought it was the right fit, as it would start immediately after I finished my master's and in one year I'd have my MBA too," he says. "So it was like I was going for the goal of getting two master's in two years and then go back to the industry."

When he graduates in May 2020, Patel will return to Mumbai, where he hopes to go back to work in chemical manufacturing — only he'll do so with a great deal more knowledge, ability, and confidence.

"It's been great," he says of being at Cornell. "It's a fast-paced program, so I would say people who prefer a fast-paced program should definitely go for it. Another criteria I would say to select the program would be how clear you are on your goals. There's no internship opportunity in a one-year MBA program, so if you are like a lot of people who consider an MBA who are trying to switch careers, and the internship is really important, you may want to consider a two-year MBA.

"If you're coming to a one-year MBA, it's a little bit difficult if you're trying to switch careers, but if you're already sure which industry you want to go to and you have a good amount of work experience in that industry, or an education in that industry, and you want to go back to the same industry, I would say it definitely makes more sense to get a one-year MBA. Because you're getting what a regular two-year MBA student is getting and you're getting it in one year, and you can go back to the industry pretty early."

See page 4 for a full list and data on the top 24 one-year MBA programs in the United States.


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