STEM Designation

What is the STEM designation?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math and is a designation given to programs and degrees in those fields of study. 

STEM degrees are important skills relevant to the economic growth of the United States and its overall competitiveness in the global market. Because the United States has seen a decline of qualified STEM workers over the past several decades, the country has allowed institutions to assign STEM designation to educational programs meeting specific criteria.

How does STEM benefit students?

To understand and solve some of the complex challenges of the workplace, a student’s skills, content knowledge, and fluency in STEM fields are essential. 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).

How long is a student's OPT extended?

The government has recognized the programs in the STEM-designated list 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).

What STEM designated programs does the E. J. Ourso College of Business offer?