By Lacie Blankenship
The Vanderbilt Master of Marketing (MMark) program is excited to announce that it has been designated as a STEM degree program. The designation allows international students to extend their training in the US by 24 months.
Under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, international students in F-1 status who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) which provides up to 12 months of work authorization in their field of study.
Now that the Vanderbilt Master of Marketing program has a STEM-eligible CIP code, international graduates in F-1 status can apply for an additional 24 months of OPT, also known as the OPT STEM extension, for a total of 36 months of work authorization after graduation.
“I’m so excited to offer our MMark international graduates the opportunity to apply to work in the US for three years prior to needing an H-1B visa,” said Suzanne Feinstein, Director of the Vanderbilt Master of Marketing program. “This gives our graduates time to receive additional work experience here and establish themselves professionally.”
If you are an international student in F-1 status, please contact Jillian Hautman in ISSS to determine your eligibility.