STEM Designated Programs

STEM designated programs provide interdisciplinary technical and mathematical skills, as well as the business acumen needed to help solve complex business issues and help navigate the future of business.

STEM Designated Degree Programs are designated by the Department of Homeland Security. F-1 students can apply for a 24-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

Students must apply for the 24-month OPT extension prior to the expiration of their Post-Completion OPT. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accept 24-month OPT Extension applications as early as 120 days before the expiration of a Post-Completion OPT.

STEM Designated Degree Programs

Master of Science in Management of Drug Development (51.2006 Clinical and Industrial Drug Development)

Master of Science in Medical Product Quality (51.2009 Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences)

Master of Science in Regulatory Science (52.1399 Management Science and Quantitative Methods, Other)

Please contact the Office of International Services at ois@usc.edu for detailed information and assistance on OPT.