OPT Extension for Students in Technical Fields
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a temporary employment opportunity for international students that is offered by the U.S. government. International students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields may apply for a 17-month extension of the OPT period, meaning that they are eligible to work in the US for up to 29 months after graduation. The MSM-OR/SC qualifies as a STEM OPT degree.
"Over the last few years of economic uncertainty, companies haven't been sponsoring as many international interns and employees," explains Collin Hanson, former program director of the MSM-OR/SC degree at Weatherhead. "It's obviously a difficult job market. The OPT extension for students in STEM fields enables graduates of the MSM-OR/SC to work for up to 2 ½ years in the U.S. and really get to know their craft in that extra time, the better to take that knowledge home with them at the end of their stay."
For more on the OPT extension for STEM students, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration F.A.Q.