STEM MBA and Concentrations

As an Olin MBA, you’re able to dive deep into your studies through our STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) MBA option and concentrations that we call career platforms. Both of these degree enhancements are designed to position you for long-term career success.


The 21st century business world is demanding more analytical abilities than ever before. As millions of STEM jobs remain unfilled, the demand continues to grow, with projections reaching 13 percent by 2027, as recently cited in Poets & Quants.

WashU Olin is helping to meet that need by offering our full-time MBA degree with a STEM option for students seeking a management career in technology, analytics or any other heavily data-driven sector of the economy.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) benefits:
Beyond the value of a tech-forward degree, international students who earn a STEM-designated degree can apply to extend their OPT from 12 months to up to 36 months. Read more at
  • How do you earn our STEM MBA?
    You’ll need to take just five additional STEM credit hours beyond the core to earn a STEM MBA. Of the 33.5 STEM hours required, 28.5 are completed in our rigorous MBA core curriculum. That gives you ample electives remaining to pursue a concentration, experiential learning and more.
  • 79 STEM-designated courses to dial up your analytics acumen
    You can focus on specific functional areas with courses such as Financial Tech, Methods & Practice; Analytics-Driven Brand Management; and Operations Management in the Service Industry. You might also consider one of our STEM dual degrees.
    See all the STEM courses (PDF)
  • The Olin STEM MBA difference
    As you hone your STEM-related knowledge, you’ll also be guided by values and principles, developing a keen understanding of the impact of the decisions you make.

Career Platforms: A Deeper Dive into MBA Concentrations

Earning a STEM MBA does not preclude you from diving deep in career concentration—in fact, the two are quite complementary.

Olin’s five career platforms help focus your studies as you become the expert you’re meant to be. These concentrations in five critical business disciplines go beyond recommended coursework to include cocurricular activities, alumni networking and job search strategies, setting you up for success as you interview with recruiters for internship and full-time employment.

The platform directors work closely with the Weston Career Center (WCC), where career coaches and industry specialists can discuss the benefits of choosing a platform, help you select one and provide guidance as you navigate it. The WCC also connects you with employers who’ll value your newfound expertise. Student clubs also play a central role in the platform experience, creating opportunities for students to demonstrate their leadership in front of key influencers in their chosen field.

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Explore your options

Read more about our MBA concentrations focused on consulting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and operations/supply chain.

Coursework during the MBA global immersion is one of the ways students explore concentration platform options.