The STEM Designated Degree Program List consists of select fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as identified by the field's CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) Code. CIP codes are codes determined by the federal government and the University System of Georgia to ensure that programs of study are classified correctly for all international students; this is the reason the name of major on your I-20 may not always match the name of the major at Georgia Tech.
How to determine STEM eligible majors @ Georgia Tech
1. Review the Board of Regents Authorized Majors and Degrees website to find your degree's CIP code.
2. Review the list of STEM eligible majors and CIP Codes.
3. Compare the CIP code form the Board of Regents' website with the CIP code on the ICE STEM Eligible list. If the CIP code from step #1 matches a CIP code in step #2, then your major is eligible for the OPT STEM Extension.
If the CIP codes do not match, you may not be eligible for the OPT STEM Extension. Please contact ISSS to confirm eligibility or if you have additional questions about the eligibility of your major.
If you do not see your major listed and believe you may be eligible for the STEM OPT Extension, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can confirm.