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STEM Designated Program

STEM Designated Degree Programs are designated by the Department of Homeland Security. F-1 students can apply for a 17-month OPT Extension if they:

  • Receive a STEM degree
  • Are employed by employers enrolled in the E-Verify system
  • Have received an initial approval of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization related to such a degree

The 17-month OPT Extension is only available to each student one time and cannot be applied for again. Students must apply for the 17-month OPT extension prior to the expiration of their Post-Completion OPT. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accept 17-month OPT Extension applications as early as 120 days before the expiration of a Post-Completion OPT.

STEM Designated Degree Programs in the LeBow College of Business include:

Detailed information and assistance on OPT is available from the Office of International Students and Scholars Services. For more infromation, contact isss@drexel.edu.