The Georgia Tech Master of Architecture (M.Arch) has been officially designated as a STEM degree program by the Board of Regents of Georgia. The STEM designation, which refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, will further benefit highly skilled international students who want to continue to gain work experience in their field of study in the United States following graduation.
Under the OPT (Optional Practical Training) program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months. Students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program can remain for an additional 24 months on the F-1 STEM OPT extension.
The goal of the M.Arch professional degree program is to introduce students to fundamental principles and precedents of architecture as a discipline and as a profession and to provide both a preparation for practice and a basis for innovation in the field. Now with the STEM designation, we can help extend the experiences of our international students in the field of architecture in the U.S. beyond the completion of their degrees.