Top 3 Reasons to Choose a STEM-Designated Master's Degree

Deciding to pursue a master's degree is a big decision and can be a huge time commitment. For international students who want to earn their degree in the United States, this can be an even more daunting prospect. But a master’s degree can also bring a world of opportunity with it, especially if it’s a STEM-designated degree.

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In recent years, pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree in the U.S. has gained significant popularity among international students due to the comprehensive nature of the curriculum and increased career-related opportunities. Here are three main reasons why so many graduate students are now seeking out STEM-related programs.

1. Enhanced Career Opportunities

One of the main advantages of pursuing a STEM-designated master's degree is the breadth of job opportunities that await you upon graduation. Graduates from our STEM designated Fashion Marketing, Consumer Analytics, and Global Fashion Supply Chain and Marketing programs can put their degree to use not only in the fashion industry, but also in the business, technology, and media sectors. With a strong emphasis on practical skills and hands-on experience, you'll be well-prepared to meet the demands of the job market.

2. Access to Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

If you’re an F-1 international student, one of the standout advantages of pursuing a master's degree in the U.S. is the option for curricular practical training. CPT is a work authorization that allows you to gain practical experience in your field of study and earn academic credit. At LIM College, you may be eligible to start your internship within your first semester, providing you with invaluable real-world experience and a competitive edge in the job market.

3. Extended Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT is another significant benefit available to F-1 international students pursuing a degree in the United States-this benefit affords you the opportunity to work in the U.S for up to 12-months post program-completion. And with a STEM-designated master's degree, you may be eligible to complete STEM OPT which adds an additional 24-months of work in your field of study.

Are you ready to unlock a world of opportunity? Explore available master’s programs at LIM College’s Marcuse School of Graduate Studies.