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Salisbury University - Center for International Education

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Practical Training: STEM Extension (Information)

STEM extension OPT
The special 17-month post-completion OPT extension for certain STEM graduates. The new rule makes recipients of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in certain STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields eligible for a one-time 17-month extension of post-completion OPT (for a total eligibility of up to 29 months). To be eligible for the extension, the student's employer must be registered in E-Verify, and agree to report to the DSO when the student is terminated or leaves employment. The student must agree to make periodic reports to the DSO. The complete list of all STEM degrees is located on the following page:


At Salisbury University, the STEM majors include:

11.0101    Computer and Information Sciences, General

11.0103    Information Technology (Information Systems)

11.0701    Computer Science

11.0803    Computer Graphics (Art)

14.0903    Computer Software Engineering

26.0101    Biology/Biological Sciences, General

26.0202    Biochemistry

26.0204    Molecular Biology   

26.0205    Molecular Biochemistry

26.0301    Botany/Plant Biology

26.0406    Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology

26.0502    Microbiology, General

26.0701    Zoology/Animal Biology

26.0908    Exercise Physiology (Exercise Science)

26.1305    Environmental Biology

27.0101    Mathematics, General

27.0301    Applied Mathematics

27.0303    Computational Mathematics

27.0501    Statistics, General

27.0502    Mathematical Statistics and Probability

40.0101    Physical Science

40.0401    Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General

40.0501    Chemistry, General

40.0601    Geology/Earth Science, General

40.0801    Physics, General