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Johns Hopkins Carey Business School: STEM-designated business degrees that can accelerate your career

Dana Blackwood’s career took off after she completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Before pursuing the qualification, she was an on-site engineer with an undergraduate background focused on the technical training associated with engineering specialities. Now, she’s leading business development pursuits and teams of people for the largest domestic contractor in the US.  

“The MBA programme at Carey integrated financial, operational, and business facets, so getting my MBA really changed the game for me in my life and career,” says Blackwood.  

The school’s two locations – in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. – are located near thriving business hubs, opening the doors to opportunities in the wider business world. Baltimore ranked #14 in the NY Times 52 Places to Go in 2024 list for being the ultimate place to shop, dine and play. The small but mighty city has also cemented its reputation as an up-and-coming tech city, making it the perfect place to pursue a future-focused degree. 

Carey’s future-focused and STEM-designated degrees are open to all backgrounds and aspirations. In fact, over 50% of its students are women — a clear call out to the school’s commitment to fostering an environment fueled by diverse perspectives. 

“Getting to study alongside other Hopkins students pursuing other degree programmes gave me a much bigger perspective on areas where Hopkins exceeds across academia,” says Blackwood. “It all really boosted my confidence in my skill set and the value I can bring to anything we’re working on.” 

For Armani Bryant, being a part of Carey’s MBA programme meant being able to explore the business of health. As someone who has always been passionate about healthcare, her MBA gave her the experience and formal training required for healthcare consulting, as well as an opportunity to look into both the technological and business-related aspects of the field simultaneously.  

“Getting my MBA at Carey really propelled my career and my confidence in the business world. I’m able to move forward and make sure that I’m not just limiting myself to technology as I was before, but also adding in healthcare consulting and technology,” says Bryant. “We had a few classes that dove deep into communication, and I believe that that allowed me, especially in my new manager role, to convey my image and vision very clearly.” 

The programme’s engaging curriculum, immersive experiential learning opportunities, and tight-knit cohort aren’t the only reasons to apply; Carey is one of the first 10 American business schools to earn a STEM designation for its full-time MBA programme. This is exciting news for international students with F1 visas keen on remaining in the US after graduating.   

And the MBA programme isn’t Carey’s only STEM-designated qualification. Four of its six full-time master’s programmes are designated, too — apt choices for international students interested in pursuing Business Analytics & Risk Management, Information Systems, Marketing, or Finance.  

The Master of Science in Finance was everything Johnny Medina needed and more. He had reached a stage in his career where he was “growing and moving up, and didn’t want to leave that behind.” Carey’s emphasis on flexibility was a key selling point for him, considering all of the school’s part-time MS programmes can be completed 100% online. 

 Medina had always aimed to start his own company, and pursuing this qualification gave him the confidence to make his dreams a reality.  

“From day one, all the tools and professors are there for you,” says Medina. “Another thing that stood out about the school’s business professors is that they’re all practitioners. A lot of my professors, in particular, were industry leaders. Some were hedge fund managers, some worked for the Federal Reserve, and that’s just invaluable insight.” 

Guided by expert faculty and equipped with the knowledge he needed, Medina found a gap in the financial industry – making financial planning accessible to everyone. He quickly realised he had the solution for it. “I realised, wait a minute, I know exactly what’s going on because of what I’m learning in school,” he says. “That was really what drove me to say that I can do this, and here I am today. I was able to start my own company.” 

Medina’s company, nhabla, offers financial planning and investment solutions. It stands out for breaking barriers and reshaping the industry landscape through transparency and empathy. And they’re not alone – according to the Poets & Quants, Carey is known to launch some of the most disruptive MBA startups.  

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