Loyola University Chicago

Department of Computer Science

STEM Designation

With a national shortage of professionals trained in STEM-related fields, employers are actively pursuing STEM degree holders. All the degree programs listed by the Department of Computer Science satisfy the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requirements for a STEM designation. Under this classification, international students can extend their training in the U.S. by working in their field of study. Students can qualify for a 24-month OPT (Optional Practical Training) Extension, bringing the total OPT time granted to 36 months.