STEM-Designated Program

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.

Computing and Information Systems Ph.D. 110101
Information Technology MS 110103
Computer Science MS 110701
Instructional Systems Technology MEd 130501
Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation Ph.D. 130601
Engineering, General MSE 140101
Civil Engineering MSCE 140801
Electrical Engineering MSEE 141001
Electrical Engineering Ph.D. 141001
Mechanical Engineering MSME 141901
Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. 141901
Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems MS 150503
Engineering Management MS 151501
Construction and Facilities Management MS 159999
Biology MS 260101
Biology Ph.D. 260101
Bioinformatics MS 261103
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Ph.D. 261103
Mathematics MS 270101
Applied Mathematics Ph.D. 270301
Mathematical Finance MS 270305
Chemistry MS 400501
Earth Sciences MS 400601
Applied Physics MS 400801
Optical Science and Engineering MS 400807
Optical Science and Engineering Ph.D. 400807
Nanoscale Science Ph.D. 409999
Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics MS 512706
Data Science and Business Analytics MS 521399
Economics MS 45.0603
Architecture MS 04.0902
Fire Protection and Safety Management M TBD