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 for the most up-to-date information. Corresponding UNC Charlotte STEM designated programs listed below, may qualify for the OPT extension.
|DEGREE PROGRAM TITLE||DEGREE ABBREVIATION||CIP CODE|
|Computing and Information Systems||Ph.D.||11.0101|
|Instructional Systems Technology||MEd||13.0501|
|Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation||Ph.D.||13.0601|
|Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems||MS||14.9999|
|Construction and Facilities Management||MS||15.9999|
|Bioinformatics and Computational Biology||Ph.D.||26.1103|
|Optical Science and Engineering||MS||40.0807|
|Optical Science and Engineering||Ph.D.||40.0807|
|Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics||MS||51.2706|
|Data Science and Business Analytics||MS||52.1399|
|Fire Protection and Safety Management||M||15.9999|
|Infrastructure and Environmental Systems||Ph.D.||30.3301|