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Top Interdisciplinary College Programs to Study Business and STEM

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Kimberly Asselta

Written by Kimberly Asseltaon June 21st, 2024

I started my career as an admissions counselor at College of the Holy Cross, where I traveled across the country meeting students and visiting high schools. I reviewed and made decisions on approximately 500 applications a year, supervised the admission tour guides, coordinated the transfer process, and served as the athletic liaison for several of the Division I athletic teams including hockey, baseball, field hockey and softball. I joined the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Babson College in 2004. As the senior associate director, I was responsible for all admissions communications, including both print and electronic marketing. I also coordinated staff domestic and international travel, scholarship selection, and the athletic recruitment process.
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A few weeks ago, a colleague asked the College Coach “hive mind” to add to her already robust list of schools offering programs that combine the study of business and STEM. Our team of college admissions advisors loves a challenge, and her question started a virtual treasure hunt that uncovered an incredible list of hidden (and not so hidden) gems. Here’s a sample of just a few interdisciplinary programs that might be perfect for a student interested in studying both business and STEM. Berkeley's Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) This program was created in 2017 for students “who want to be at the intersection of engineering and business.” M.E.T combines curriculum from both engineering and business and students can choose from seven major “tracks.” Tracks range from Aerospace + Business to Mechanical Engineering + Business. Carnegie Mellon's Computational Finance major. An interdisciplinary program where professors from three of the University’s Colleges (Mellon College of Science, Tepper School of Business, and the Heinze College of Information Systems and Public Policy) collaborate to create a curriculum focused on math, finance, probability, statistics and computer programing. Georgia Tech's Technology & Management Program. T&M students choose one of three minor options in Computing and Business, Engineering and Business, or Technology and Business. This program focuses on collaborative, hands-on and experiential learning as a complement to a student’s major field of study. Lehigh's Integrated Business and Engineering program is a four year honors program providing students with the opportunity to create (with the help of an advisor) an academic experience that combines course work from both the College of Engineering and the College of Business. Penn's Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology (M&T) is the oldest dual degree program at University of Pennsylvania. M&T student pursue a both a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton School and either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering (BAS) from Penn Engineering. “This combination enables our students not only to understand engineering and business concepts, but also to understand the integration of the two and how this intersection distinctively shapes our world.” University of Southern California Artificial Intelligence & Business. This Bachelor of Science degree is offered by both the Marshall School of Business and the Viterbi School of Engineering and recognizes that future business leaders need to have in depth knowledge of artificial intelligence technologies. Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Check out some more! Bucknell's Engineering & Management major,  Emory's Business Administration & Quantitative Sciences major, NYU's Business & Technology Management major, Northeastern's Computer Science & Business major, Michigan's Finance & Risk Management major, Stevens Institute of Technology's Business & Technology major, Wake Forest's Mathematical Business major and Wash U's Computer Science & Economics major. For more on the topic of interdisciplinary business-STEM programs, tune into this episode of our college podcast, Getting In, to hear from Sean Fochtman of Michigan State University about his insights working with engineering students and within MSU’s Burgess Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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