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MS programs gain STEM designation

MS programs gain STEM designation

The STEM designation “is a concrete sign of the quality of our program," says Katherine Acles, assistant dean of graduate programs.

Four graduate business programs in the Quinlan School of Business are now STEM designated.

The programs are:

  • Master in Business Data Analytics (MSBDA)
  • Master of Finance (MSF)
  • Master of Information Systems Management (MSISM)
  • Master of Supply Chain Management (MSSCM)

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) designation encourages international students to study STEM fields in the USA.

Under this STEM designation, international students can extend their training in the USA by working in their field of study. Students can qualify for a 24-month OPT (Optional Practical Training) Extension, bringing the total OPT time granted to 36 months.

“Strengthening talent in STEM fields ensures that the U.S. remains competitive on the global stage,” says Katherine Acles, assistant dean of graduate programs. “This is a concrete sign of the quality of our program. In addition, this designation will help us recruit more international students and ensure that all our students enjoy a global experience while studying with us.”

About the STEM Designated Programs

  • Master of Business Data Analytics (MSBDA)
    Offers specialized, hands-on knowledge of software tools and techniques for analyzing big data, statistical models, and their practical business application. Learn more →
  • Master of Finance (MSF)
    Emphasizes solving complex finance problems with a suite of quantitative and technological tools, including a requirement that all MSF students learn coding. Learn more →
  • Master of Information Systems Management (MSISM)
    Provides theoretical and practical knowledge in the technology area. Learn more →
  • Master of Supply Chain Management (MSSCM)
    Emphasizes solving critical supply chain problems with a suite of quantitative and technological tools. Learn more →

MS Program Structure

Our MS classes are held weekday evenings and Saturdays on Loyola's Water Tower Campus, which is conveniently located in downtown Chicago, as well as online. The program is on a 10-week quarter system, and for most programs, you can begin in any quarter.

The Quinlan School of Business is a top-ranked business school in the USA. Rankings and reputation →

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