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Stem Designated Programs

Westphal’s STEM designated programs provide interdisciplinary technical skills, as well as the design theory and practicum needed to help solve complex design issues and help navigate the future of the performing and visual arts, entertainment, digital media, and design.

STEM Designated Degree Programs are designated by the Department of Homeland Security. F-1 students can apply for a 24-month OPT Extension if they:

  • Receive a STEM degree
  • Are employed by employers enrolled in the E-Verify system
  • Have received an initial approval of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization related to such a degree

Students must apply for the 24-month OPT extension prior to the expiration of their Post-Completion OPT. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accept 24-month OPT Extension applications as early as 120 days before the expiration of a Post-Completion OPT.

STEM Designated Degree Programs in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design include:

Please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars Services at for detailed information and assistance on OPT.