A regular MBA from an American business school could not have been the best qualification to allow Harleen Kaur Bhomrah to fulfill her dream of building a career in the US.
Despite, the recruitment head turned his mind when Ms. Bhomrah, who is Indian, told that the MBA she had finished with the STEM, designation, providing her a further 02 years on her post-study work visa.
Benefits of Having MBA with STEM Designation for US Work Visa
In the USA, STEM has an extra benefit regarding the doors it unlocks for work visas. It is essential for American business schools, which are battling to invert a drop in international applicants, due in part to the opinion that the US has become less welcoming to immigrants.
Non-US students finishing from these programs can then appeal for a 24-month voluntary practical training, or OPT, an extension to the one-year work visa that is default available following graduation.
Wisconsin converted the first US business school to allow an MBA with Stem designation in 2016, and it has had a good effect on demand. Appeals to the school’s different MBA programmes dropped 13 percent last year, but these to the degree course which is STEM-designated dropped only 7 percent.
The University of Rochester’s Simon Business School in New York has run more than either Wisconsin or Fuqua and this year obtained permission for all of its full-time programmes of MBA to be STEM designated.
Chioma Isiadinso, chief executive and co-founder of the admissions agency Expartus, observes that several prospective MBA students are moving to the US from abroad to express a benefit in courses that incorporate an element of technology education on the curriculum, especially data analytics.
The STEM is a factor, Ms. Isiadinso states. But our customers are still more concentrated on targeting schools that are top-ranked and have outstanding career statistics for the areas they wish to proceed.