17 Months STEM OPT Extension – List of Eligible Degrees

Foreign Students in USA graduating with STEM degrees are eligible to get 17 months OPT Extension in addition to 12 months of OPT.

Students with STEM degrees can get additional 17 months of OPT.

  • Read more about OPT STEM Extension at OPT Guide

Last May, list of STEM degrees eligible for 17 months OPT was expanded.

Source of the list – ICE.gov

Is My Degree a STEM 17 Months OPT Eligible?

The first step is to find the classification number of your degree.  CIP code should be listed on page 3 of  SEVIS Form I-20.

Also, the Classification of Educational Programs, a database provided by the Department of Education is helpful in looking up the CIP code for a specific degree.

Once the degree classification is determined, then compare that CIP code with following table. If your degree is listed, then you are eligible for 17 months STEM OPT extension.

[Jan/2012] – New Rule to further expand STEM OPT extension eligibility.

STEM OPT Eligible Degree list


CIP Code Family2010 CIP CodeNumeric Order CIP Code Title
11.0901Animal Sciences, General
11.0902Agricultural Animal Breeding
11.0903Animal Health
11.0904Animal Nutrition
11.0905Dairy Science
11.0906Livestock Management
11.0907Poultry Science
11.1001Food Science
11.1002Food Technology and Processing
11.1101Plant Sciences, General
11.1102Agronomy and Crop Science
11.1103Horticultural Science
11.1104Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
11.1105Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
11.1106Range Science and Management
11.1201Soil Science and Agronomy, General
11.1202Soil Chemistry and Physics
11.1203Soil Microbiology
33.0104Environmental Science
33.0502Forest Sciences and Biology
33.0509Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology
99.0702Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
1010.0304Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and SpecialEffects
1111.0101Computer and Information Sciences, General
1111.0102Artificial Intelligence
1111.0103Information Technology
1111.0201Computer Programming/Programmer, General
1111.0202Computer Programming, Specific Applications
1111.0203Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification
1111.0301Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
1111.0401Information Science/Studies
1111.0501Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
1111.0701Computer Science
1111.0801Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
1111.0802Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
1111.0803Computer Graphics
1111.0804Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
1111.0901Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
1111.1001Network and System Administration/Administrator
1111.1002System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
1111.1003Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assu
1111.1004Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
1111.1005Information Technology Project Management
1111.1006Computer Support Specialist
1313.0603Educational Statistics and Research Methods
1414.0101Engineering, General
1414.0201Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
1414.0301Agricultural Engineering
1414.0401Architectural Engineering
1414.0501Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
1414.0601Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
1414.0701Chemical Engineering
1414.0702Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
1414.0801Civil Engineering, General
1414.0802Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
1414.0803Structural Engineering
1414.0804Transportation and Highway Engineering
1414.0805Water Resources Engineering
1414.0901Computer Engineering, General
1414.0902Computer Hardware Engineering
1414.0903Computer Software Engineering
1414.1001Electrical and Electronics Engineering
1414.1003Laser and Optical Engineering
1414.1004Telecommunications Engineering
1414.1101Engineering Mechanics
1414.1201Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
1414.1301Engineering Science
1414.1401Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
1414.1801Materials Engineering
1414.1901Mechanical Engineering
1414.2001Metallurgical Engineering
1414.2101Mining and Mineral Engineering
1414.2201Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
1414.2301Nuclear Engineering
1414.2401Ocean Engineering
1414.2501Petroleum Engineering
1414.2701Systems Engineering
1414.2801Textile Sciences and Engineering
1414.3201Polymer/Plastics Engineering
1414.3301Construction Engineering
1414.3401Forest Engineering
1414.3501Industrial Engineering
1414.3601Manufacturing Engineering
1414.3701Operations Research
1414.3801Surveying Engineering
1414.3901Geological/Geophysical Engineering
1414.4001Paper Science and Engineering
1414.4101Electromechanical Engineering
1414.4201Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
1414.4301Biochemical Engineering
1414.4401Engineering Chemistry
1414.4501Biological/Biosystems Engineering
1515Engineering Technology, General
1515.0101Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0201Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0303Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0304Laser and Optical Technology/Technician
1515.0305Telecommunications Technology/Technician
1515.0306Integrated Circuit Design
1515.0401Biomedical Technology/Technician
1515.0403Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology
1515.0404Instrumentation Technology/Technician
1515.0405Robotics Technology/Technician
1515.0406Automation Engineer Technology/Technician
1515.0501Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0503Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
1515.0505Solar Energy Technology/Technician.
1515.0506Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and RecyclingTechnology/Technician
1515.0507Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
1515.0508Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
1515.0607Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0611Metallurgical Technology/Technician
1515.0612Industrial Technology/Technician
1515.0613Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0614Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0615Chemical Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0616Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
1515.0701Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
1515.0702Quality Control Technology/Technician
1515.0703Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
1515.0704Hazardous Materials Information Systems Technology/Technician
1515.0801Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0803Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.0805Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
1515.0901Mining Technology/Technician
1515.0903Petroleum Technology/Technician
1515.1001Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.1102Surveying Technology/Surveying
1515.1103Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician
1515.1201Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.1202Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
1515.1203Computer Hardware Technology/Technician
1515.1204Computer Software Technology/Technician
1515.1301Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
1515.1302CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
1515.1303Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
1515.1304Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
1515.1305Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD
1515.1306Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
1515.1401Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician
1515.1501Engineering/Industrial Management
1515.1502Engineering Design
1515.1503Packaging Science
2626.0101Biology/Biological Sciences, General
2626.0102Biomedical Sciences, General
2626.0204Molecular Biology
2626.0205Molecular Biochemistry
2626.0206Molecular Biophysics
2626.0207Structural Biology
2626.0209Radiation Biology/Radiobiology
2626.0210Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2626.0301Botany/Plant Biology
2626.0305Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
2626.0307Plant Physiology
2626.0308Plant Molecular Biology
2626.0401Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
2626.0404Developmental Biology and Embryology
2626.0406Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
2626.0407Cell Biology and Anatomy
2626.0502Microbiology, General
2626.0503Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
2626.0508Microbiology and Immunology
2626.0701Zoology/Animal Biology
2626.0707Animal Physiology
2626.0708Animal Behavior and Ethology
2626.0709Wildlife Biology
2626.0801Genetics, General
2626.0802Molecular Genetics
2626.0803Microbial and Eukaryotic Genetics
2626.0804Animal Genetics
2626.0805Plant Genetics
2626.0806Human/Medical Genetics
2626.0807Genome Sciences/Genomics
2626.0901Physiology, General
2626.0902Molecular Physiology
2626.0903Cell Physiology
2626.0905Reproductive Biology
2626.0907Cardiovascular Science
2626.0908Exercise Physiology
2626.0909Vision Science/Physiological Optics
2626.0910Pathology/Experimental Pathology
2626.0911Oncology and Cancer Biology
2626.0912Aerospace Physiology and Medicine
2626.1002Molecular Pharmacology
2626.1005Molecular Toxicology
2626.1006Environmental Toxicology
2626.1007Pharmacology and Toxicology
2626.1104Computational Biology
2626.1302Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
2626.1303Evolutionary Biology
2626.1304Aquatic Biology/Limnology
2626.1305Environmental Biology
2626.1306Population Biology
2626.1307Conservation Biology
2626.1308Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics
2626.1310Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2626.1401Molecular Medicine
2626.1503Neurobiology and Anatomy
2626.1504Neurobiology and Behavior
2727.0101Mathematics, General
2727.0102Algebra and Number Theory
2727.0103Analysis and Functional Analysis
2727.0104Geometry/Geometric Analysis
2727.0105Topology and Foundations
2727.0301Applied Mathematics, General
2727.0303Computational Mathematics
2727.0304Computational and Applied Mathematics
2727.0305Financial Mathematics
2727.0306Mathematical Biology
2727.0501Statistics, General
2727.0502Mathematical Statistics and Probability
2727.0503Mathematics and Statistics
2929.0201Intelligence, General
2929.0202Strategic Intelligence
2929.0203Signal/Geospatial Intelligence
2929.0204Command & Control (C3, C4I) Systems and Operations
2929.0205Information Operations/Joint Information Operations
2929.0206Information/Psychological Warfare and Military Media Relations
2929.0207Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare
2929.0301Combat Systems Engineering
2929.0302Directed Energy Systems
2929.0303Engineering Acoustics
2929.0304Low-Observables and Stealth Technology
2929.0305Space Systems Operations
2929.0306Operational Oceanography
2929.0307Undersea Warfare
2929.0401Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology
2929.0402Air and Space Operations Technology
2929.0403Aircraft Armament Systems Technology
2929.0404Explosive Ordinance/Bomb Disposal
2929.0405Joint Command/Task Force (C3, C4I) Systems
2929.0406Military Information Systems Technology
2929.0407Missile and Space Systems Technology
2929.0408Munitions Systems/Ordinance Technology
2929.0409Radar Communications and Systems Technology
3030.0101Biological and Physical Sciences
3030.0601Systems Science and Theory
3030.0801Mathematics and Computer Science
3030.1801Natural Sciences
3030.1901Nutrition Sciences
3030.2501Cognitive Science
3030.3201Marine Sciences
4040.0101Physical Sciences
4040.0203Planetary Astronomy and Science
4040.0401Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
4040.0402Atmospheric Chemistry and Climatology
4040.0403Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics
4040.0501Chemistry, General
4040.0502Analytical Chemistry
4040.0503Inorganic Chemistry
4040.0504Organic Chemistry
4040.0506Physical Chemistry
4040.0507Polymer Chemistry
4040.0508Chemical Physics
4040.0509Environmental Chemistry
4040.0510Forensic Chemistry
4040.0511Theoretical Chemistry
4040.0601Geology/Earth Science, General
4040.0603Geophysics and Seismology
4040.0605Hydrology and Water Resources Science
4040.0606Geochemistry and Petrology
4040.0607Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
4040.0801Physics, General
4040.0802Atomic/Molecular Physics
4040.0804Elementary Particle Physics
4040.0805Plasma and High-Temperature Physics
4040.0806Nuclear Physics
4040.0807Optics/Optical Sciences
4040.0808Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
4040.0810Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
4040.1001Materials Science
4040.1002Materials Chemistry
4141.0000Science Technologies/Technicians, General
4141.0101Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
4141.0204Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician
4141.0205Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician
4141.0301Chemical Technology/Technician
4141.0303Chemical Process Technology
4242.2701Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
4242.2702Comparative Psychology
4242.2703Developmental and Child Psychology
4242.2704Experimental Psychology
4242.2705Personality Psychology
4242.2706Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
4242.2707Social Psychology
4242.2708Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
4343.0106Forensic Science and Technology
4545.0702Geographic Information Science and Cartography
5151.1401Medical Scientist
5151.2003Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
5151.2004Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
5151.2005Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
5151.2706Medical Informatics
5252.1301Management Science
5252.1302Business Statistics
5252.1304Actuarial Science



  1. NAGARJUNA on November 24, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    Greetings,. I am, planning for getting my MASTERS in Master of public health in Biostatistics.In the given list it was only mentioned about Biostatistics, what about Master of public health in Biostatistics does it comes under the same category.
    Can you please answer query.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 24, 2015 at 6:21 AM

      You have to ask the university or department if the degree comes under STEM.

  2. Kunal on October 17, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    My Major’s CIP code is 14.0901 Computer “Engineering” – Gen. Can I work as a SW dev. ? and can I work as a BI Dev. (Informatica)?

  3. gaurav on October 1, 2015 at 4:09 AM

    is DATA MODELLING/WAREHOUSING and DATA ADMINISTRATION eligible for H1, it us under STEM and its CIP CODE is 11.0802 plz someone help me with the info thanks.

  4. K.VIJAY KUMAR on January 30, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Hi am doingMBA healthcare management it comes under STEM or not

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 30, 2015 at 7:49 AM

      In General MBA is doesn’t come under STEM Degree.

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  6. Sudipto on January 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I have done my Masters in Architecture. Currently working under EAD. Can someone please help me with the code I should be using for my STEM extension?


  7. Abhy on May 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I am presently in OPT, done my Master’s in Management Information Systems. I heard a rumour that even this course has been brought under stem this year 2012. Its CIP Code is 52.1201. Can you provide the updated CIP codes under Stem or verify if this course CIP code is added.


    • suren on June 5, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      hey i also did undergrad in MIS with same code, did you find out more on whether this is eligible for extension? thanks in advance

      • Farhad on November 5, 2012 at 10:34 PM

        I have also done MIS which is 52.1201. Is this eligible for OPT extension? Please let me know thanks.

  8. Shadi on April 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I have a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and my concentration is Quantitative Methods (Biostatistics+Epidemiology), MPH is not listed among the eligible degrees but Epidemiology and Biostatistics are both eligible. So can I possibly be eligible for extension?

    • shravanti on October 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      I have the same question and my concentration is Epidemiology and biostatistics too. Am I eligible for OPT extension?

      Thank you.

      • cherry on April 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM



    • Ankita on November 21, 2015 at 2:11 AM

      I have done MPH from Drexel University in 2014 .Does it come under STEM.

      • Raghuram Sukumar on November 21, 2015 at 7:33 AM

        You can look at CIP code of the degree or ask your advisor.

  9. Sri on February 12, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Informative..! Thanks… 🙂

  10. Aashca on February 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Does MBA with concentration in Computer Information system considered in the 17 month STEM Program???

  11. Anirudh on February 8, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    normally wat will be the last date to apply for the universities to get admission for spring season

    • HariKrishna on February 9, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      If you are applying to US uivs and looking for any kind of funding, its advisable to apply 9 – 10 months prior. To my knowledge funding and admission happens on first come first serve basis.

  12. NS on February 8, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Thanks for the list. When will this come into effect ( I actually thought it was already in effect).

  13. HariKrishna on February 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Thank You HSB, thank you for the comprehensive list. Just a quick question, Has this come to effect?

    • HSB on February 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      Not yet.

  14. Nav on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I had my major as environmental science (3.0104 ) when I was admitted but last year when I applied for OPT, it was changed to environmental studies (3.0103) in my I20, which I did not know until I wanted to apply for STEM extension. This happened after the new rule came that would make Environmental Science eligible for STEM extension…


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