STEM OPT

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) OPT Extension is a 24-month period of temporary training available to F-1 international students who have completed a degree program in an approved STEM field. 

Babson’s Master of Science in Finance (MSF) is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) designated program. This classification allows international MSF graduates on an F-1 visa to apply for an additional 24 months of training in their field of study (called Optional Practical Training or OPT) beyond the standard 12 months.

Eligible F-1 nonimmigrant students with a STEM degree from a Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified U.S. school who participate in an initial period of regular post-completion OPT (typically 12 months) may be eligible to apply for a STEM OPT extension. 

Eligibility for Babson Students

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) is the only Babson degree program eligible for a STEM OPT extension.

Babson students may also qualify if they have earned a previous degree in a qualifying STEM field from a U.S. college/university where the period of STEM OPT was not used.  

To qualify for a 24-month STEM OPT extension, an F-1 student must:

  • Have completed a degree in an eligible STEM field from an SEVP certified U.S. school.
  • Maintained lawful F-1 status during the standard 12 month period of OPT.
  • Have employment through an employer enrolled in USCIS's E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.
  • Work with the employer to complete a formal training (I-983) and learning objectives.
  • Be employed at least 20 hours per week in a position directly related to the STEM degree.
For detailed information about STEM OPT, visit SEVP's Study in the States' STEM OPT Help Hub.