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Benefits of a STEM degree

Why it matters:

Encompass a wide variety of experiences and skills through a STEM-designated degree to strategically prepare for the future.

Experiential Learning

Refine your problem-solving skills and tap into your creativity through an experiential learning course tailored for your career.

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*Editor’s note: Since publishing this web article in April 2021, we have created a new STEM degree webpage with updated information regarding Carey’s STEM-designated programs. Please visit our new STEM webpage here.

Not all master’s degrees are created equal. You need a degree built with cutting-edge skills and emphasis on technology and innovation to drive your career. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degrees are purposefully built with an emphasis on the quantitative skills that set you apart from other job applicants.

How do I know if a program is a STEM degree?

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School offers four STEM-designated programs: MS in Business Analytics and Risk Management; MS in Finance with a concentration in financial econometrics; MS in Information Systems; and MS in Marketing with a concentration in Marketing Analytics. Students must be admitted to the full-time track of each program to be STEM eligible.

STEM degrees for international students

In 2016, the federal government created the STEM Designated Degree Program, which makes it possible for international graduates to remain in the U.S. for an additional 24 months after graduation and receive training through work experience. International students with STEM-designated master’s degrees can apply through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduation without an H1-B visa. 

How do I qualify for STEM?

To qualify for the Optional Practical Training program after your degree, you must be approved for the post-completion OPT, maintain F-1 status, and have no more than one previous STEM extension. A minimum of 20 hours per week in a position directly related to your degree must be completed with an employer who is registered through E-Verify. Learn more

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The Optional Practical Training program allows international students who meet certain criteria to work in the U.S. for up to 24 months after degree completion.

Experiential learning and STEM

Our degrees and experiential learning opportunities give you the ability to work with real data sets, take on field assignments, compete in case competitions, and lead teams in simulators. You can also choose co-curricular (non-credit) experiential learning opportunities to augment your curriculum and tap into the Johns Hopkins network. Learn more

STEM salaries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for STEM jobs will grow by 13 percent by 2027, with higher wages than non-STEM jobs. The U.S. national average for STEM salaries is $87,570 (all STEM salaries, not just those with a graduate degree), while non-STEM jobs earn roughly half as much, with an annual average of $45,700. Learn more

Explore Carey’s STEM degrees

MS in Business Analytics and Risk Management (full-time)

All business opportunities face risk and businesses don’t always understand the full implications of the risks they’ve incurred.  That’s why modern, interconnected global businesses need leaders like you – leaders who have the advanced analytics skills to ask the right questions and make difficult decisions. 

The STEM-designated full-time Master of Science in Business Analytics and Risk Management trains business leaders to harness analytics while navigating risk and uncertainty.  Our curriculum empowers you to respond and prepare for risk-related threats and uncertainties through data analytics and scenario planning.   

Gain the tools and knowledge to analyze information and improve decision-making in business settings. Use multiple methods of data analysis to solve complex business challenges and lead in volatile environments. And master data analysis and delivery from all angles— retail, operations, social media, and more. Quantify multiple dimensions of business problems, uncover potential approaches, and create and implement business solutions.

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MS in Finance (full-time)

A career in finance requires the ability to discover opportunities. That’s why our curriculum in the full-time Master of Science in Finance prepares graduates with a firm understanding of leadership and innovation through the fundamentals of complex financials.

The STEM-designated concentration in financial econometrics is highly quantitative and focuses on data analysis. Our curriculum exposes students to various software programs, including MATLAB, R, Python, and STATA. Become an experienced expert in finance to maximize shareholder value.

As a strong differentiator from other MS in Finance programs, you will graduate with tools to identify, evaluate, and implement the confidence to deliver superior returns while applying balanced asset management and risk awareness. Gain a firm grasp on the concepts necessary to become a well-rounded expert in finance to create an impact on business in your community. 

MS in Information Systems (full-time)

The demand for computer and information systems experts is vastly growing. Organizations are looking for leaders to leverage an ever-changing technology world. Learn how to differentiate yourself in the marketplace and transition to a leadership role for increased organizational effectiveness.

A STEM-designated Master of Science in Information Systems offers valuable experience from the fields beyond IT for students who want to enhance their understanding of technology’s role in business. Use information technology to improve decision making skills and gain strategic advantage over competitors. And gain knowledge from world-class faculty – professors and IT practitioners – who drive to make business better through technology.

An MS in Information Systems degree provides you with the skills to leverage the science of technology systems and become a better leader. Manage complex business and information system challenges. And connect with classmates who are driven to make an impact in the evolving technology world.

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MS in Marketing (full-time)

Consider the interconnected world and the increased pace of doing business globally. Marketing in a digital, global age requires professionals who understand appropriate methods to gain consumer insight. Marketing professionals – like you – are building the foundation for the future.

A full-time Master of Science in Marketing degree develops skills for a deeper understanding of the market. With our STEM-designated concentration in marketing analytics, you will enter the business world with the ability to integrate digital platforms into plans and detect relevant trends to improve marketing performance in an organization.

Translate theories of psychology to understand consumer decision-making. That way, with real-time consumer feedback, you will be able to develop targeted customer experience strategies. Competitive marketing professionals must understand appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to build the expertise and skills necessary for the future of marketing.

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