STEM Frequently Asked Questions

What is STEM?

The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and refers to majors that integrate these subjects into their principle subject area.

Can architecture and design related programs be designated STEM?

Yes, STEM programs encompass a wide-variety of disciplines that pertain to the built environment. At Jefferson, the following programs are STEM-designated programs.


  •  Architecture
  • Architectural Studies
  • Construction Management
  • Landscape Architecture


  • Architecture (MArch and MS)
  • Construction Management
  • Interior Architecture
  • Historic Preservation
  • Sustainable Design
  • Urban Design
  • Real Estate Development
  • PhD in Architecture and Design Research

How does the STEM OPT rule benefit international students?

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of work authorization for F-1 student visa holders that provides an opportunity for employment in the United States. STEM OPT allows international students to be eligible for an additional 24 months of OPT for a total of 36 months of employment within their discipline.

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