By Nathaniel Luce
The Vanderbilt MBA program is excited to announce that, effective May 2020, its Operations & Data Analytics concentration has been designated as a STEM degree program.
“The addition of a second STEM concentration in Operations and Analytics is a direct result of listening to our current and prospective students around the world,” said Sue Oldham, Associate Dean of MBA Operations.
The Vanderbilt MBA Finance concentration received a STEM designation last year.
The STEM designation allows international students the eligibility to prolong their post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the U.S. International graduates on F-1 visas are eligible to remain in the U.S. for an additional 24 months, utilizing the STEM OPT extension.
Under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are eligible to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months.
With the STEM designation, International Vanderbilt MBA students who earn an Operations & Data Analytics concentration now have access to work in the U.S. within their field of study for a total of 36 months after graduation.
“The importance of a STEM concentration within the MBA degree is more evident in today’s ever-changing employment market,” said Oldham. “Our ability to deliver game-changing service on a Personal Scale is what sets Vanderbilt Business apart.”