STEM-designated degree programs in business

ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business is one of the best business schools in the world, welcoming more than 20,000 students from over 100 countries. With more than 60 ways to earn a W. P. Carey degree — including a range of STEM-designated programs — we’re preparing the leaders of tomorrow for wherever their careers take them. The U.S. government recognizes several of our undergraduate and graduate degree programs with STEM designations, equipping graduates with the technical and business knowledge needed to pursue well-compensated and in-demand careers worldwide.

Depending on the degree you select, STEM-designated programs give eligible W. P. Carey graduates on F-1 student visas access to a STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension for up to 36 months. The STEM OPT offers significant benefits and may help international students land jobs stateside to gain additional skills and experience in the United States. Unlike the H-1B work visa, OPT visa rules for employers are less stringent. Employers are more likely to hire OPT graduates, especially those with an additional 24-month STEM OPT. Welcome! We’re glad you’re here.

STEM business undergraduate degrees

W. P. Carey Students

W. P. Carey undergraduate students come from all over the world and are prepared for careers with global impact — no matter which path they choose. We provide direct admission for STEM-designated undergraduate business degree programs, allowing students to customize their education and timeline.

Our STEM-designated degree program list promotes well-rounded, analytical thinking. As employers rely more on analytics, they want business graduates who can make data-driven decisions. The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) reports bright employment outlooks for these undergraduate degree programs, with global companies seeking technically skilled STEM business majors to tackle complex problems. W. P. Carey degrees equip students with practical, in-demand skills such as AI, Excel, Python, Tableau, data visualization, and data modeling. As a result, our graduates possess strong quantitative skills and transferable knowledge that can apply to various organizational roles, including analyst positions.

A STEM OPT extension only applies to students on an F-1 visa and does not apply to students completing their degree through ASU Online.

STEM MBA and business master’s degrees

W. P. Carey Students

W. P. Carey is a rare business school with a STEM designation for several master's degree programs and one of the best STEM MBA programs. Our graduate recruiting team visits 20+ countries across four continents — including partner schools in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Indian Subcontinent — to bring the power of a W. P. Carey degree to more learners worldwide. Explore more facts and figures regarding our graduates.

Graduates with STEM business master's degrees from W. P. Carey gain a competitive advantage in the job market, propelling their career growth and earning potential. We prepare our students to become global business leaders with a core business education and STEM MBA concentrations. Armed with robust analytical and problem-solving skills, they are ready to thrive as executives and academics. W. P. Carey graduates stand out to employers who prioritize hiring talent with STEM-designated degrees because their technical skills align with organizational needs.

STEM MBA programs

STEM business master’s degree programs

STEM-designated business doctoral programs

W. P. Carey Students

W. P. Carey offers a range of doctoral degree programs for students pursuing advanced studies, including STEM-designated options from the Department of Economics and the Morrison School of Agribusiness. Our interdisciplinary doctoral programs leverage STEM fields of study by helping students deepen their foundation in analytical methods and explore the intersection between STEM and business. Doctoral students receive the opportunity to study real-world problems and develop innovative solutions with the support of distinguished faculty members.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with doctoral degrees have the highest median earnings and the lowest unemployment rates. A business education rooted in STEM gives our PhD students access to increased earning potential and job opportunities in various industries and functions. With a focus on research and hands-on learning, W. P. Carey's STEM-designated business doctoral programs prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry, and government.

Please note that ASU Online international students do not qualify for the STEM OPT extension.

Why choose W. P. Carey for STEM business education

The W. P. Carey Career Services Center builds employer partnerships to provide business students with STEM recruitment and networking opportunities. The center assists students with career development goals, job search strategies, and interview preparation. Employers praise W. P. Carey graduate students for their professionalism, clear career goals, and in-depth research abilities.

F-1 visa holders eligible for STEM OPT can benefit from resources about jobs for international students in the U.S. for an extended time. Even after graduation, all W. P. Carey alums enjoy lifelong access to career resources and personalized coaching.

Full-time MBA students have a unique chance to participate in the Executive Connections program, where they can learn from mentors with extensive leadership experience in countries worldwide.

Undergraduate and graduate STEM business students pursuing academic or government careers can gain intensive research experience in our research centers and labs under the guidance of esteemed faculty members.

W. P. Carey offers more than 15 STEM-designated business degrees, including STEM MBA and bachelor’s programs.

Management, business data analytics, and economics are among the top STEM-designated degrees hired for OPT at ASU.

W. P. Carey ranks No. 22 in the world for Full-time MBA career services (Financial Times, 2024).

W. P. Carey has tailored career resources for international students, including function-based career coaching.

Enjoy several international student clubs and organizations and global cultural events to connect with your peers.

Our commitment to inclusive excellence extends far beyond the ASU campus: International programs and partnerships with universities worldwide create new opportunities for ASU scholars and international students alike.

Take your next step

For future students looking to make an impact, W. P. Carey could be the right place for you. Explore our STEM business degree options above or contact and visit the school to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!