Beginning with the Class of 2024, all BBA graduates at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School will graduate with a fully designated STEM degree.
The race for STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – has been red hot at graduate business schools since 2019, with another top tier school announcing a newly designated track, concentration, or degree every few months. But Goizueta is one of the few leading undergraduate business programs to hold STEM status.
“At Goizueta, one of our key strategic priorities is fostering innovation for a data-and technology-driven world. We are continuously innovating in our classrooms and research with an eye to the global economy and the skills leaders need now and in the future,” says Gareth James, John H. Harland Dean. “Our faculty has always delivered a quantitatively rigorous curriculum, so a degree that qualifies for STEM designation has been a natural progression.”
AN EARLY MOVER FOR STEM BBA
For international students, STEM degrees allow them to extend their U.S. work visas under the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. For everyone else, STEM is a clear signal to employers that prospective candidates have strong analytical and technical skills.
Goizueta’s Bachelor of Business Administration has long emphasized analytical problem-solving. After a five-year review process, it launched a new curriculum last spring that significantly enhances its technological aptitude and data analytics offerings. This STEM designation highlights that analytical focus.
“Our new curriculum equips BBA students for an increasingly data-driven world in which the outcomes of business decisions are multifaceted and far-reaching,” says Andrea Hershatter, senior associate dean of undergraduate education.
MINI BOOTCAMPS INCLUDED IN NEW CURRICULUM
The new curriculum includes mini bootcamps that equip students with specific technology skills and “simultaneously helps us build student competencies and addresses their desire to create individualized and customized academic experiences,” Hershatter says.
Goizueta Business School already offers STEM graduate degrees with its MS in Business Analytics, Master of Analytical Finance and each of its MBA programs (Two-Year MBA, One-Year MBA, Evening MBA, and Executive MBA). Its undergraduate BBA is an addition to its STEM portfolio.
Emory Goizueta was ranked No. 13 in P&Q’s latest ranking of the top undergraduate business schools.
You can learn more about its BBA here.
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