Exploring the Benefits: Why Pursuing a STEM MBA Program is the Perfect Career Move

If you are aspiring to pursue MBA career opportunities by becoming an international student in one of the Business Schools of the United States, there are some aspects you should consider to take the best out of your experience and to accelerate and maximize your ROI.

Technology-oriented became the new normal. COVID-19 undoubtedly accelerated the digital revolution, and the world had to quickly adapt to remote work, virtual meetings, and online learning. We all increasingly turned to technology to stay connected, leading to a surge in video conferencing, messaging apps, social media platforms, e-commerce, and online delivery services.

This scenario boosted one of the most popular MBA specializations, of Business schools around the world, the STEM MBA, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. A STEM MBA will enhance your skills to domain the technology needed to optimize company processes and profitability AND automatically make you eligible for STEM OPT in the US, which means three years of legal authorization to work in the United States. STEM graduates in the United States are qualified for three years’ OPT—post-graduation work experience in a related field.

What exactly is the OPT, and how can it benefit me?

OPT stands for Optional Practical Training. OPT benefits the F-1 visa holders (Student Visa) who complete their academic program, Bachelor or Master, in the United States.

“Eligible students can apply for up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization.” (https://www.uscis.gov/)

So, why do we say three years of authorization to work?

Because there is more than one type of OPT, and there is an OPT Extension known as STEM, like our STEM MBA.

The STEM OPT Extension means that if you have earned a degree that scopes Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) fields, “you may apply for a 24-month extension of your post-completion OPT employment authorization”. (https://www.uscis.gov/)

In other words, you could get the OPT (12 months employment authorization) + STEM (24 months extension) for a total of 3 years employment authorization, and guess what? Our STEM OPT automatically enables you to receive these benefits!

Tips to choose the program that gives you THE MOST

When a professional thinks about investing in their career, multiple factors come into play to make the best decision. Here is when research becomes a MUST.

  • According to the Corporate Recruiters Survey 2022, of the Graduate Management Admission Council, among the Eight Reasons for Confidence in Business School Graduates, there is the ability to navigate the challenges of technological disruption.
  • The platform Coursera also established in a recent publication that “transitioning to a career in data analytics can mean stable employment in a high-paying industry once you have the right skills.”
  • Upwork, an American freelancing platform headquartered in San Francisco, California, revealed in recent data that IT, data analytics, and programming are among the most desirable aptitudes and decisive factors for recruiters to choose a professional against another similar skill set.

Why is our STEM MBA an excellent option for you?

The STEM MBA program of our Business school is an innovative, dynamic, and cutting-edge educational experience that provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly changing technological landscape. Our highly specialized and internationally experienced Instructional Designer Team created this accelerated program for individuals who want to combine technical expertise with a deep understanding of business principles to drive innovation and create impactful solutions.

Our STEM MBA combines business management education with a focus on technical skills and knowledge. Combining these two areas of study provides our graduates with a unique skill set highly valued in today’s job market.

One of the key advantages of studying our STEM MBA is the degree’s versatility. STEM MBA graduates can pursue a wide range of careers across many different industries, including healthcare, finance, consulting, and technology. Additionally, the business management education provided in the MBA program can help STEM professionals to develop the necessary skills to manage projects, lead teams, and make strategic business decisions to improve a company’s profitability and sustainability.

Another HUGE advantage of a STEM MBA of our Business School is the potential for higher salaries and more significant career opportunities. STEM fields are more likely to offer high-paying careers, and a STEM MBA can help graduates take their careers to the next level. According to the Employment Projections for STEM occupations of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, published on Sep. 8, 2022, the median annual wage projected for NON-Stem occupations 2021 – 2031 will be around $40,120, while the STEM Occupations projection will be about $95,420.

Additionally, multidisciplinary knowledge also provides graduates a competitive advantage in the job market. With the increasing demand for STEM skills across many different industries, combining technical and business knowledge can make graduates highly sought after by employers. Our STEM MBA program includes hands-on learning opportunities, which equip students with real-world experience and make them more attractive to potential employers.

Our STEM MBA experience will benefit your personal and professional growth by helping you develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and the ability to communicate complex ideas to technical and non-technical audiences. These abilities are crucial and can help our graduates to succeed in their careers.

Last but not least, studying a STEM MBA is the opportunity to build a solid professional network, especially here at Atlantis University, where you would join a Global Learning Community of international students, professionals, and Faculty. Our Business School brings together students from diverse backgrounds and industries, providing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and exposure to valuable worldwide experiences, which could also bring you new MBA career opportunities. What else could you look for? This is precisely what this journey is about!

Laura Rojas

Laura Rojas

Director of Communications - Atlantis University

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