The University of Michigan Ross School of Business has announced it will launch a STEM-designated track within its full-time MBA program. Starting in fall 2020, this new STEM track will meet the needs of students interested in pursuing quantitative management and business analytics roles across many industries.
“Business analytics has become essential in helping organizations make strategic business decisions,” says Ross School Dean Scott DeRue.
“Our new STEM track will leverage the world-renowned general management curriculum at Ross to prepare students from a variety of backgrounds to be leaders in the business world of today and tomorrow.”
Besides the required full-time MBA core courses, the STEM track will require students to complete an additional 18 credit hours. Students can choose from a specific set of electives across many business disciplines. These include accounting, finance, management and organizations, marketing, and technology and operations.
Electives slated for the new track will include:
- Big Data Management: Tools and Techniques
- Marketing Engineering and Analytics
- FinTech: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and Other Technology Innovations
The Ross School will announce more details on the approved set of electives for the STEM track in February.
STEM Track continues innovation trend at Ross
The announcement marks the latest in a series of MBA program innovations at Michigan Ross. This year, Ross began offering a +Impact Studio course. In it, full-time MBA and graduate students from across U-M translate insights from faculty research into solutions for pressing societal challenges.
The school also launched the Michigan Ross FinTech Initiative. This comprehensive academic program aims to prepare students for successful careers in the rapidly growing fintech sector.
Three years ago, Ross created a data and business analytics concentration, which has seen strong student interest. The school continues to expand its Ross Experiences in Action-Based Learning (REAL) portfolio as well. This collection of experiences allows students to start, advise, lead, and invest in real businesses while at Michigan Ross.
“We are constantly looking for new ways to provide our students with the educational experiences and opportunities that will enable them to thrive in their future careers,” said Soojin Kwon, managing director of Full-Time MBA Admissions and Program at Michigan Ross.
Current first-year Ross MBA students can express their interest in pursuing the STEM track later this semester. All incoming Full-time MBA students will be able to participate.