Clark University offers six graduate programs that have earned STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) designations from the federal government:
M.S. in Business Analytics
Clark's Graduate School of Management master's in business analytics program equips students with the skills needed for the growing field of data analysis. You'll learn techniques to formulate insights and the capability to communicate your knowledge effectively to data scientists, managers, and executives. Graduates of the M.S.B.A. program will help organizations solve problems and make strategic decisions that improve organizational performance.
M.S. in Finance
In the Graduate School of Management master's in finance program, students integrate an understanding of the complexities of management — such as making decisions without complete information, ethical issues — with strong finance and quantitative skills. This rigorous degree benefits you no matter where you are in your career and prepares you for positions in banking, investment management, trading, insurance and corporate finance.
M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy
This degree will develop your ability to integrate natural and social sciences in response to local and global challenges. You will develop expertise in risk and vulnerability assessment, environmental justice, institutional dynamics, watershed stewardship, renewable energy and capacity building. Through classroom and experiential learning, you will develop skills essential for analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation. Offered through the International Development, Community and Environment Department.
M.S. in Geographic Information Science (GISci) for Development and Environment
This program will prepare you to meet some of the world's most pressing social, political and economic challenges by developing expertise in and applying geospatial technologies to earth system information science, land-change modeling, conservation GIS, public health and environmental justice. Offered through the International Development, Community and Environment Department and the Graduate School of Geography.
M.S. in Information Technology
By combining skills in technology, leadership and strategy, this program will give you a competitive advantage in a field that affects virtually every business, agency and organization. Learning how technology works is a valuable skill; learning how to use it strategically is even more valuable. Offered through the School of Professional Studies.
M.B.A./M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy (dual degree)
Combine an M.B.A. with a master's in science and you'll be well-prepared for a career in "green business." The program, which was recently ranked among the top 16 in the country by Entrepreneur and The Princeton Review, focuses on topics such as environmental science, environmental law, sustainable production and development, urban ecology, negotiation and mediation, and quantitative modeling. Offered through the Graduate School of Management and the International Development, Community and Environment Department.
Degrees in STEM subjects in high demand
Overall, the demand for employees educated in STEM fields continues to be high, not just in the U.S., but worldwide. To help meet the demand for STEM employees, the U.S. government has developed criteria for "STEM-designated" programs.
Since 2000, STEM jobs in the U.S. have increased nearly five times as fast as all jobs combined. STEM jobs have grown by 28%, compared with a 6% overall increase in the workforce, according to the U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index.
While salary and demand vary based on the occupation, employees in STEM fields typically earn more and advance faster in their careers than non-STEM employees.
International students can stay in the U.S. longer
International students who earn a degree from a STEM-designated program can usually stay in the United States for up to three years after graduation.
Students who graduate with a STEM degree today may be eligible to remain in the U.S. for up to 36 months on Optional Practical Training (OPT). That's seven months longer than was previously allowed.
All students can apply for 12 months of post-completion OPT. Students in designated STEM degree programs may be able to extend their OPT for an additional 24 months, provided that they have maintained their status while on OPT and that their employment meets certain criteria established by the Department of Homeland Security. Details are available at the STEM OPT HUB tab at Study in the States.
Having an additional 24 months of OPT gives students more flexibility as they seek an ideal position and employer. Students have few employment restrictions while on OPT, and can change jobs or work multiple jobs. This may increase the likelihood that they will find an employer willing to sponsor them on an employment-based visa (H-1B). The additional time on OPT could potentially allow a student's employer multiple chances to submit an H-1B petition if the student's application is not selected for the lottery on the first submission.
For more information
Please contact the Graduate School of Admissions:
Phone: (508) 793-7373