The STEM-designated MBA programs at the GW School of Business

 

The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) is proud to offer new STEM-designated Global MBA degree and Accelerated MBA degree programs beginning in Fall 2020. Our STEM-designated programs were created based on feedback from students and employers that desire job education outcomes that result in advanced knowledge of business management through technology. As the business environment evolves, students are much more interested in the intersection of technical and quantitative fields with the traditional business discipline. An additional benefit of the STEM-designated programs is that international students can qualify for extended Optional Practical Training (OPT) following graduation from their program.

 


"Even before COVID-19, the future of work was in STEM. Now more than ever, STEM-specific jobs are in demand by employers. A STEM major is an important signal to employers that our students are ready to add immediate value to organizations in today's economy and society."

Dr. Liesl Riddle

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
The GW School of Business


 

Degree Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

Global STEM MBA—53 credits, including 32 credits in required courses, 3 credits in analytics/technology-focused courses, and 15 credits in STEM-focused elective courses.

Accelerated STEM MBA46.5 credits, including 31.5 credits in required courses, 3 credits in analytics/technology-focused courses, and 12 credits in STEM-focused elective courses.

Global STEM MBA

Required
MBAD 6206Professionalism as a Performative Art
MBAD 6207Leadership Lab
MBAD 6211Financial Accounting
MBAD 6213Accounting for Internal Decision Making
MBAD 6223Operations Management
MBAD 6224Decision Making and Data Analysis
MBAD 6235Finance
MBAD 6240Competition in the Global Economy
MBAD 6242Microeconomics for the World Economy
MBAD 6250Technology for Business in DC
MBAD 6263Organizations and Human Capital
MBAD 6274Marketing
MBAD 6281Business Ethics
MBAD 6284Business and Public Policy
MBAD 6286Strategic Management I
MBAD 6287Strategic Management II
MBAD 6294Consulting Abroad Project
Students must complete two enrollments in MBAD 6294 for a total of 3 credits, one on-campus and the other as the study abroad component of the Consulting Abroad Project.
Analytics/technology focused courses
3 credits selective from the following courses. ISTM 6500 may be repeated for credit provided the topics differ.
DNSC 6209Forecasting for Analytics
DNSC 6215Social Network Analytics
DNSC 6232Machine Learning for Managers
DNSC 6240Decision Models for Managers
DNSC 6320Pricing and Revenue Management
DNSC 6321Social Network Analytics
DNSC 6323Visualization for Analytics
DNSC 6325Business Process Simulation
DNSC 6327Sports Analytics
ISTM 6500Technology Skills for Managers
Students may enroll in these courses multiple times with different topics.
STEM electives
15 credits in courses selected from the following:
ACCY 6106Financial Statement Analysis
ACCY 6202Advanced Strategic Cost Management
ACCY 6501Accounting Information Systems and Electronic Data Processing
ACCY 6900Special Topics (Data Analytics for Accounting)
DNSC 6209Forecasting for Analytics
DNSC 6210Decision and Risk Analytics
DNSC 6232Machine Learning for Managers
DNSC 6240Decision Models for Managers
DNSC 6251Optimization Models for Decision Making
DNSC 6252Risk Analysis for Decision Making
DNSC 6254Risk Measurement and Management
DNSC 6257Cost Estimation and Control
DNSC 6262Integrated Project Analytics
DNSC 6278Big Data Analytics
DNSC 6280Supply Chain Analytics
DNSC 6302Programming for Analytics I *
DNSC 6303Programming for Analytics II *
DNSC 6311Stochastic Foundation: Probability Models *
DNSC 6312Statistics for Analytics I *
DNSC 6314Machine Learning I *
DNSC 6315Machine Learning II *
DNSC 6320Pricing and Revenue Management
DNSC 6321Social Network Analytics
DNSC 6323Visualization for Analytics
DNSC 6325Business Process Simulation
DNSC 6327Sports Analytics
EMSE 6200Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management **
EMSE 6220Environmental Management **
EMSE 6225Air Quality Management **
EMSE 6230Hazardous Waste Management and Cleanup **
EMSE 6235Water Quality Management **
EMSE 6245Analytical Tools for Environmental Management **
EMSE 6260Energy Management **
EMSE 6285Analytical Tools for Energy Management **
EMSE 6296Beyond Compliance: Next Generation Environmental Governance **
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management **
EMSE 6310Information Technology in Crisis and Emergency Management **
EMSE 6315Risk Management, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Decision Making **
EMSE 6325Medical and Public Health Emergency Management **
EMSE 6345Building the Resilient Organization: Continuity, Crisis and Disaster Recovery Management **
EMSE 6350Managing Disaster Resilience Through Hazard and Threat Mitigation **
FINA 6221Financial Decision Making
FINA 6223Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
FINA 6224Financial Management
FINA 6234New Venture Financing: Due Diligence and Valuation Issues
FINA 6239Applied Portfolio Management
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
ISTM 6200Programming in Python and R
ISTM 6201Information Systems Development and Applications
ISTM 6202Relational Databases
ISTM 6203Managing Cloud Security
ISTM 6204Information Technology Project Management
ISTM 6206Information Systems Security
ISTM 6209Web and Social Analytics
ISTM 6213Cloud Applications
ISTM 6214Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6215Human-Computer Interaction
ISTM 6216Mobile Application Development
ISTM 6217Internet of Things Management
ISTM 6218Business Applications of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6222IS/IT Strategy and Implementation
ISTM 6223Technology Entrepreneurship
ISTM 6224Management of Technology and Innovation
ISTM 6225Cloud Foundations
ISTM 6233Emerging Technologies
ISTM 6234New Venture Financing
MGT 6290Special Topics (HR Analytics)
MKTG 6243Marketing Research
MKTG 6261Dynamic Pricing Strategy
MKTG 6262Digital Marketing Analytics
MKTG 6263Marketing Decision Analytics
MKTG 6264Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Marketing Automation
MKTG 6265Marketing Relational Databases and Customer Relationship Management
MKTG 6290Special Topics (AI & Marketing Strategy)
TSTD 6221Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Market Analysis

STEM MBA—accelerated and professional formats

Required
MBAD 6205Business Essentials for Dynamic Markets
MBAD 6211Financial Accounting
MBAD 6213Accounting for Internal Decision Making
MBAD 6223Operations Management
MBAD 6224Decision Making and Data Analysis
MBAD 6235Finance
MBAD 6240Competition in the Global Economy
MBAD 6242Microeconomics for the World Economy
MBAD 6250Technology for Business in DC
MBAD 6263Organizations and Human Capital
MBAD 6274Marketing
MBAD 6288Strategic Management
MBAD 6289Business Ethics and Public Policy
Analytics/technology focused courses
3 credits selected from the following courses.ISTM 6500 may be repeated for credit provided the topics differ.
DNSC 6209Forecasting for Analytics
DNSC 6215Social Network Analytics
DNSC 6232Machine Learning for Managers
DNSC 6240Decision Models for Managers
DNSC 6320Pricing and Revenue Management
DNSC 6321Social Network Analytics
DNSC 6323Visualization for Analytics
DNSC 6325Business Process Simulation
DNSC 6327Sports Analytics
ISTM 6500Technology Skills for Managers
Students may enroll in these courses multiple times with different topics.
STEM electives
12 credits in courses selected from the following:
ACCY 6106Financial Statement Analysis
ACCY 6202Advanced Strategic Cost Management
ACCY 6501Accounting Information Systems and Electronic Data Processing
ACCY 6900Special Topics (Data Analytics for Accounting)
DNSC 6209Forecasting for Analytics
DNSC 6210Decision and Risk Analytics
DNSC 6232Machine Learning for Managers
DNSC 6240Decision Models for Managers
DNSC 6251Optimization Models for Decision Making
DNSC 6252Risk Analysis for Decision Making
DNSC 6254Risk Measurement and Management
DNSC 6257Cost Estimation and Control
DNSC 6262Integrated Project Analytics
DNSC 6278Big Data Analytics
DNSC 6280Supply Chain Analytics
DNSC 6302Programming for Analytics I *
DNSC 6303Programming for Analytics II *
DNSC 6311Stochastic Foundation: Probability Models *
DNSC 6312Statistics for Analytics I *
DNSC 6314Machine Learning I *
DNSC 6315Machine Learning II *
DNSC 6320Pricing and Revenue Management
DNSC 6321Social Network Analytics
DNSC 6323Visualization for Analytics
DNSC 6325Business Process Simulation
DNSC 6327Sports Analytics
EMSE 6200Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management **
EMSE 6220Environmental Management **
EMSE 6225Air Quality Management **
EMSE 6230Hazardous Waste Management and Cleanup **
EMSE 6235Water Quality Management **
EMSE 6245Analytical Tools for Environmental Management **
EMSE 6260Energy Management **
EMSE 6285Analytical Tools for Energy Management **
EMSE 6296Beyond Compliance: Next Generation Environmental Governance **
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management **
EMSE 6310Information Technology in Crisis and Emergency Management **
EMSE 6315Risk Management, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Decision Making **
EMSE 6325Medical and Public Health Emergency Management **
EMSE 6345Building the Resilient Organization: Continuity, Crisis and Disaster Recovery Management **
EMSE 6350Managing Disaster Resilience Through Hazard and Threat Mitigation **
FINA 6221Financial Decision Making
FINA 6223Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
FINA 6224Financial Management
FINA 6234New Venture Financing: Due Diligence and Valuation Issues
FINA 6239Applied Portfolio Management
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
ISTM 6200Programming in Python and R
ISTM 6201Information Systems Development and Applications
ISTM 6202Relational Databases
ISTM 6203Managing Cloud Security
ISTM 6204Information Technology Project Management
ISTM 6206Information Systems Security
ISTM 6209Web and Social Analytics
ISTM 6213Cloud Applications
ISTM 6214Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6215Human-Computer Interaction
ISTM 6216Mobile Application Development
ISTM 6217Internet of Things Management
ISTM 6218Business Applications of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6222IS/IT Strategy and Implementation
ISTM 6223Technology Entrepreneurship
ISTM 6224Management of Technology and Innovation
ISTM 6225Cloud Foundations
ISTM 6233Emerging Technologies
ISTM 6234New Venture Financing
MGT 6290Special Topics (HR Analytics)
MKTG 6243Marketing Research
MKTG 6261Dynamic Pricing Strategy
MKTG 6262Digital Marketing Analytics
MKTG 6263Marketing Decision Analytics
MKTG 6264Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Marketing Automation
MKTG 6265Marketing Relational Databases and Customer Relationship Management
MKTG 6290Special Topics (AI and Marketing Strategy)
TSTD 6221Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Market Analysis

*To take this course, students must be admitted to the graduate certificate in business analytics program.
**To take this course, students must be admitted to one of the following corresponding graduate certificates: business crisis, continuity, and recovery management; energy systems management; and environmental systems management. 

Additional STEM Options

In addition to the individual STEM options listed above, current and incoming graduate students have the opportunity to apply for a dual or joint STEM-designated program. Dual and joint degree programs allow students to share credits between two programs, resulting in the awarding of two degrees which can save time and money for students interested in earning two credentials. The STEM-designated programs are:

4+1 Combined Degree

  • BS in Business/TBD
  • BS in Business Analytics/TBD
  • BS in Finance/TBD
  • BS in Information Systems/TBD

Dual Degree

  • MBA/MS in Business Analytics
  • MBA/MS in Information Systems Technology

Joint Degree

  • MBA/MS in Applied Finance
  • MBA/MS in Finance

 


 

Admissions

Admission to the STEM MBA program is highly competitive and enrollment is limited. Students operate in two cohorts throughout the academic year.

Due to the rolling admissions policy, it is highly recommended that candidates submit applications early. The candidate’s major and trend in grades, personal achievements, and letters of recommendation also affect the admission decision. This program seeks social, ethnic, cultural and geographical diversity in its student body.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Strong academic performance
  • Demonstrated professional interest in business

Applying to a program at the GW School of Business may seem like a complicated process, but the GWSB admissions team is here to help. The application process for this program can be found on our How to Apply page. All application materials should be sent to the GWSB Graduate Admissions Office. The GRE or GMAT test is not required — however, if you feel that submitting your scores will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them. We also offer a wealth of resources to help you finance your degree, from scholarships and fellowships to loans and work-study arrangements.

To be considered complete, the following must be included in the application:

  • Completed online application form
  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • Current résumé uploaded through the online application system
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional and/or academic reference
  • Statement of Purpose: In no more than 500 words, describe how this program fits into your professional life and your career objectives.
  • Upload copies of your transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, whether or not the program was completed or the credit appears as a transfer credit on another transcript. Note that admitted students will be required to submit official, sealed transcripts with proof of bachelor’s degree. There is no need to submit them at the time when you first apply.
  • GMAT Score or GRE Score (optional): Test date must be within past five years. GMAT code: QK4-4F-40; GRE code: 5246. Not eligible for a test waiver? GW School of Business applicants can benefit from 10% off any Kaplan GMAT or GRE preparation course. Use discount code GWUSB10.

International applicants must submit one of the following: an official TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test), an official IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5, a PTE Academic Score of at least 53, or an official Duolingo English Test (DET) score of at least 105. Test date must be within the past two years. TOEFL code: 5246

Please note that, if you achieve the following scores, you are also exempt from taking EAP courses: an official TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based test), an official IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0, a PTE Academic Score of at least 68, or a DET score of at least 120. Test date must be within the past two years.

Exceptions to this requirement:

  • You have earned a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction and the official language of the country in which the university is located. In addition to the United States, applicants from the following countries are exempt from this requirement.
  • You have earned a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency — see the list of approved schools.

View Additional Admissions Information for the STEM MBA Program

 

Application Deadlines

Candidates seeking financial assistance and international students requiring visas are encouraged to apply early. Only completed applications, with all required materials, will be considered for admission.

  • Spring - N/A (Spring 2023 deadline coming soon!)
  • Summer - N/A (Spring 2023 deadline coming soon!)
  • Fall - July 1, 2022

Please note: Admission to the Global MBA and Accelerated MBA programs is only offered for the Fall semester. The MBA in Security Technology Transition is only offered for the Spring semester. The Online MBA, Professional MBA and Healthcare MBA programs are offered for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.

Tuition and Other Costs

Explore tuition rates and fees, view health insurance and housing costs, and more.

Please visit the Student Accounts Office for a complete list of tuition rates and fees.

  • Student Health Insurance
    GW offers voluntary comprehensive health insurance through Aetna Student Health. All F-1 and J-1 international students are automatically enrolled. See the Student Health Insurance page for rates and other important information.
  • Housing
    View information about on-campus and off-campus housing for full-time GW graduate students.

Financial Resources

From scholarships and fellowships to loans and work-study arrangements, we offer a wealth of resources to help you finance your degree.

The GW School of Business offers merit-based fellowships to incoming students at the time of admission. While applying to graduate degree programs at GWSB, prospective students may opt in to be automatically considered for all fellowship award opportunities funded by the School of Business, as well as various University-funded tuition awards administered by the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF). Unless otherwise stated, no separate application is required.

In limited circumstances, current students may also be eligible for merit-based tuition fellowship awards.

For more information, explore the GWSB Fellowships and Financial Support page.

The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) maintains a comprehensive database of GW and external fellowships to support graduate-level study and/or research. Incoming and current students are encouraged to browse the OGSAF website for information about additional merit-based funding opportunities.

U.S. Citizens and eligible noncitizens may qualify for:

  • Federally sponsored education loans through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Programs
  • Need-based financial assistance through the Federal Work Study Program, which allows students to earn income while working part-time at pre-approved organizations during their program

To apply for federal financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the appropriate deadline using GW’s FAFSA school code: 001444. Please note that students must apply for federal financial aid each academic year.

Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance for details about eligibility criteria, application steps, and deadlines. Information about alternate private and federal loans is also available.

Employer Discounts

The GW School of Business offers a tuition discount to current employees of the following companies:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Leidos
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Organization of American States (GS/OAS)
  • SAIC

Please note that eligible programs vary by employer. For details about eligibility, conditions, and the application process, visit the Employer Tuition Discounts page.

Nationally recognized as a top military- and veteran-friendly university, GW offers a wealth of services and benefits to student veterans, military personnel, and dependents of the United States Armed Forces. As a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, GW funds tuition expenses exceeding the maximum base pay amount covered through the GI Bill®, and its contributions are matched by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program and other education benefits, visit GW Veteran & Military Services (VMS).

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

The F. David Fowler Career Center supports GWSB student and alumni professional development by providing career management resources, career fairs and expos, and employer information sessions. GWSB students also have access to employment services and resources provided through GW’s Center for Career Services.

Handshake is the official online recruiting platform and event calendar for the F. David Fowler Career Center and the Center for Career Services. To search for jobs and internships, find and register for events, and connect with career coaches, log in to Handshake.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program is a federally-funded and need-based work program that allows GW students to earn income through part-time employment during the academic year at GW and other pre-approved organizations. Graduate students interested in the program must submit the FAFSA and apply through the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

The Center for Career Services provides awarded students assistance with finding positions. Visit the Center for Career Services for information about the Federal Work Study Program at GW.

International Students

Students studying at GW on F-1 or J-1 visas may have additional restrictions on their employment due to visa regulations. F-1 Students are required to obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization from the International Services Office for all paid, off-campus internships and employment. GW-sponsored J-1 Exchange Visitors are required to obtain employment authorization for all employment, whether on-campus or off-campus.

For more information about the CPT application process, see GWSB Global & Experiential Education’s Curricular Practical Training page.

For information about how your visa status may affect your employment options, please visit the International Services Office.

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