George Mason University’s School of Business now offers students a STEM-designated program through the newly launched Master of Science in Business Analytics. A STEM-designated program is an academic program that is classified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as having a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math topics. For international students on an F-1 visa, graduating from a STEM-designated program allows them to extend their time in Optional Practical Training (OPT) from 12 to 36 months in the U.S.
“The STEM designation for the MS in business analytics highlights our curriculum’s emphasis on having our students acquire the analytics training and experience with current technology to better address company’s problems with data-informed decision making,” says Jessica Hoppner, co-director for the MS in business analytics program.
According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019–29 employment projections show that occupations in the STEM field are expected to grow 8.0 percent by 2029, compared with 3.7 percent for all other occupations. This rapidly growing field is in need of qualified professionals.
STEM-designated programs were designed to be mutually beneficial for international students and the United States workforce. There has been a continual decline in qualified STEM professionals in the United States. STEM-designated programs attract and retain professionals in fields that will benefit the U.S. economy. For international students, OPT is one of the best ways to earn a work visa.
Designed to provide a deeper knowledge of analytics and data-driven decision-making, the MS in business analytics program can be completed in just one year. This 30-credit program will offer convenient in-person evening courses on the Fairfax Campus to accommodate working professionals. Open to everyone looking to expand their skillset, no previous work experience is necessary to apply. The program includes a capstone course designed to provide hands-on sessions, teamwork, and active interactions with clients to understand and provide real-world solutions to business problems utilizing business analytics. Learn more about the Master of Science in Business Analytics