STEM-Designated MPAc


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

UC Davis' STEM-designated degrees reflect 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 in the public accounting profession, the industry, and government agencies. 

International 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 students who want to work in the U.S.

International 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.