STEM-designated degree programs

Olin’s STEM-designated degrees provide the technical and mathematical skills professionals need to navigate the future of business.

What is a STEM-designated degree program?

STEM means an academic program is recognized by the US government for its focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As the number of positions for tech-professionals grow around the globe, these programs are designated by the United States Department of Homeland Security as programs that are mutually beneficial for students and United States organizations.

Benefits of earning a STEM-designated degree

In addition to being recognized as a tech-forward degree, there are other implications for international students who are studying in the United States on a student F-1 visa. For most international graduates, there is an opportunity to work in the US through a program called Optional Practical Training (OPT). Most often, the standard duration for OPT is 12 months. Graduates of a STEM-designated degree program may apply to extend their OPT up to 24 additional months for a total of 36 months.

WashU Olin STEM-designated degree programs

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