STEM-Designated Degrees at VSB

Student in Finance Lab

What is a STEM-designated degree program?

A STEM-designated degree program meets criteria of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). DHS maintains a list of approved fields of study which qualify for this designation.

Does Villanova School of Business offer any STEM-designated degrees?

Yes, VSB offers two STEM-designated degree programs: the Management Information Systems (MIS) major at the undergraduate level, and the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) at the graduate level.

What are the benefits of a STEM-designated degree program for international students?

Typically, international students are eligible to work in the U.S. for 12 months in order to gain work experience in their field, known as optional practical training (OPT). Students who complete a STEM-designated program and are working in their direct field of study can apply to potentially extend their F-1 visa up to an additional 24 months for STEM OPT. Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for additional details.

Why should I consider a STEM-designated degree?

Aside from the practical implications for student visas, in a STEM-designated program you will gain the cutting-edge skills and expertise needed to meet the demands of today’s global business environment. With the rapid pace of technological advances in the business world, students with STEM degrees are in high demand from employers.

VSB's STEM-Designated Degrees

Hubert WhanTong
Director, Office for International Students and Scholars

To learn more about the undergraduate MIS major:

Academic Advisor in the Clay Center

To learn more about the graduate MSF program:

Shea McCormick
Associate Director, Admissions