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 for the most up-to-date information.  Corresponding UNC Charlotte STEM designated programs listed below, may qualify for the OPT extension.  

Computing and Information Systems Ph.D. 11.0101
Information Technology MS 11.0103
Computer Science MS 11.0701
Instructional Systems Technology MEd 13.0501
Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation Ph.D. 13.0601
Engineering, General MSE 14.0101
Civil Engineering MSCE 14.0801
Electrical Engineering MSEE 14.1001
Electrical Engineering Ph.D. 14.1001
Mechanical Engineering MSME 14.1901
Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. 14.1901
Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems MS 14.9999
Engineering Management MS 15.1501
Construction and Facilities Management MS 15.9999
Biology MS 26.0101
Biology Ph.D. 26.0101
Bioinformatics MS 26.1103
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Ph.D. 26.1103
Mathematics MS 27.0101
Applied Mathematics Ph.D. 27.0301
Mathematical Finance MS 27.0305
Chemistry MS 40.0501
Earth Sciences MS 40.0601
Applied Physics MS 40.0801
Optical Science and Engineering MS 40.0807
Optical Science and Engineering Ph.D. 40.0807
Nanoscale Science Ph.D. 40.9999
Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics MS 51.2706
Data Science and Business Analytics MS 52.1399
Economics MS 45.0603
Architecture MS 04.0902
Fire Protection and Safety Management M 15.9999
Infrastructure and Environmental Systems Ph.D. 30.3301