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 Master’s programs are STEM programs: Architecture, Construction Management, Sustainable Design, Geospatial Technologies for Geodesign, Historic Preservation, Urban Design, as well as the 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.