STEM Designated Degree Programs

What is a STEM designated degree program?

A STEM designated degree program is an academic program that falls under one or more of the approved categories from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS has a published list of programs that can be classified as STEM designated which can be viewed online.

What does the STEM designation mean?

The programs in the STEM designated list have been recognized by the government for their focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. The STEM designation also has special implications for international students who are studying in the United States on a student F-1 visa. For most international students, there is an opportunity to complete work experience following the completion of their degree through a program called Optional Practical Training (OPT). The standard duration for OPT is 12 months. However, if the student has completed a STEM approved program, OPT can be extended by as much as 24 months for a total of 36 months.

OPT can only be utilized if the student has a legitimate job offer in a position that relates to their field.

As the number of positions for skilled tech professionals continues to outpace the amount of workers available, the OPT extension is crucial to the United States’ economic growth.

Are there STEM designated degree programs at Pace University?

Yes – every degree program at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems has the STEM designation, meaning that international students who qualify for OPT post-graduation can extend their training for a further 24 months.

These STEM designated programs include:

  • BA in Computer Science
  • BS in Computer Science
  • BS in Information Systems
  • BS in Professional Computer Studies
  • MS in Computer Science
  • MS in Enterprise Analytics
  • MS in Information Systems
  • MS in Information Technology
  • MS in Software Development and Engineering
  • MS in Telecommunications
  • PhD in Computer Science

Learn more about technology programs at Pace University by visiting our program page.

For more in depth information about OPT and student visas, visit the Pace University International Student and Scholar website.