STEM students at Donnelly College. Science Technology, Engineering, Math. Donnelly programs such associate degrees, bachelor's degrees such as business leadership and information systems and information technology or nursing programs. Students get scholarships and financial aid at Donnelly which helps to make Donnelly the most affordable private college in Kansas or Missouri.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Donnelly College

Three of the five fastest-growing segments of the Kansas City economy are science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related--the architecture and engineering industry, the computer industry and the life sciences industry (Mid-America Regional Council, 2014). While the demand for STEM career fields is high, so is the pay. Some STEM tracks can earn up to $3.4 million more than other college majors (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, McCourt School of Public Policy: The Economic Value of College Majors, 2015).  

Despite the growing need for STEM professionals, just 14 percent of graduates from associate and bachelor’s degree programs in our region are earning STEM degrees. Donnelly wants to change that. We offer academic programs and clubs/organizations with a STEM focus. These opportunities prepare our students to become the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and leaders in STEM fields.   

Graphic showing engineering program starts at Donnelly and finishes at UMKC

Pre-Engineering Program

Pathways to Engineering Careers (PEC) is a cooperative program of Donnelly College and the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). The PEC program is designed for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering at UMKC. Admitted students would enroll at Donnelly in a structured pre-engineering program that will transfer seamlessly into UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering. This program is targeted to students with an interest in and aptitude for engineering, who need to boost their math and science readiness before transitioning to UMKC.


  • High-quality academic instruction and mentoring from outstanding Donnelly and UMKC faculty
  • Scholarship support
  • Free academic tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction in STEM courses
  • STEM service learning activities and STEM Club
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Summer STEMBridge programs


Do you have an interest in a STEM field? If so, Donnelly College invites you to participate in STEM Camp! Over this two-day experience, you will have hands-on classroom and laboratory learning experiences.

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Ana Maradiaga

Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Assistant Professor