STEM-Designated Programs and OPT Work Permit Extensions
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency publishes a list of STEM-designated programs which allows holders of certain Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degrees to obtain an additional 24 month OPT work permit extension, in addition to the 12-month post-completion OPT work permit. Essentially, a STEM degree allows for a total OPT time of 36 months, compared to 12 months for non-STEM degrees. Graduate certificate programs are not eligible for the OPT work permit extension.
Please see the STEM-list programs provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and corresponding UNC Charlotte STEM designated programs (below) to determine if a particular graduate program qualifies for the OPT extension.
|DEGREE PROGRAM TITLE||DEGREE ABBREVIATION||CIP CODE|
|Computing and Information Systems||Ph.D.||110101|
|Instructional Systems Technology||MEd||130501|
|Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation||Ph.D.||130601|
|Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems||MS||150503|
|Construction and Facilities Management||MS||159999|
|Bioinformatics and Computational Biology||Ph.D.||261103|
|Optical Science and Engineering||MS||400807|
|Optical Science and Engineering||Ph.D.||400807|
|Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics||MS||512706|
|Data Science and Business Analytics||MS||521399|
|Fire Protection and Safety Management||M||TBD|