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STEM-Designated MBA

STEM-Designated MBA


The merging of business with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields is powering business innovation in the 21st century.

UC Davis' STEM-designated MBA reflects our university's nationally recognized leadership in the STEM fields. Our rigorous curriculum emphasizes quantitative analysis and data-driven decision making, which will prepare you for leadership roles in STEM fields.

You will learn how to apply data analysis to innovate and inform important business decisions — skills that are in high demand among employers, especially those in Northern California and Silicon Valley. 

Graduate School of Management students have unique access to other electives offered at UC Davis —  a top-tier research university rated first in the U.S. for launching women into STEM professions.

International MBA Students and STEM Designation

Because STEM fields are considered essential to U.S. economic competitiveness and growth, the STEM designation offers an additional benefit for international MBA students who want to work in the U.S.

International MBA students graduating from STEM-designated programs may apply for a 24-month extension to their post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), providing up to 36 months of temporary employment in the U.S.

Read more about general OPT rules here and more about STEM-designated OPT degree rules here.