Data Science STEM OPT Designated Program: US F1 Visas

A STEP OPT eligible 30-credit MS in Data Science degree program.

What is Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students?

UConn’s Master’s of Data Science degree is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Designated Degree Program and is categorized by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) within Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code 30.71 .

  • The optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 students provides the opportunity to gain temporary employment within the US, both during and after a student’s study within programs deemed as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related.
  • This designation allows for graduates of UConn’s MS in Data Science to apply for up to a 24-month STEM optional practical training (OPT) extension on an F1 visa. There are a number of STEM OPT opportunities concerning employment.

Learn More About OPT Visas, Job Requirements, and Visa Status

To learn more about the requirements for optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 students please visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website.