Graduate Admissions

STEM/OPT

“STEM” refers to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, an acronym popularized by the National Science Foundation. A STEM field of study is included in the U.S. Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs taxonomy for engineering, biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences, or a related field that involves research, innovation, or the development of new technologies using engineering, mathematics, computer science, or natural sciences (including physical, biological, and agricultural sciences).

The following master’s programs have earned approval for STEM designation:
Master of Architecture
Master of Science in Design (all concentrations)
Master of Science in Historic Preservation
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Urban Spatial Analytics

As a result, international students in these programs are now eligible to work in the United States for three years after graduation. As Dean Frederick Steiner puts it, “Science and technology are empowering designers in new ways. STEM helps American institutions and businesses remain on the leading edge of this trend.”