International Business Students get F-1 STEM OPT, 24-month work extensions

Saunders international students have the opportunity to work in the United States for up to three years after graduation!

STEM OPT Gives International Students Hands-on Experience

If you are an international graduate student majoring in Computational Finance, Business Analytics, or Global Supply Chain Management, you have the opportunity to apply for a STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. These programs qualify international Saunders business students to work in the United States for up to three years after graduation – in roles that are in high demand and pay great salaries.

An extended STEM OPT period allows students to gain more real-world experience to add to their resume. Increased work experience allows students to be more competitive in their field and earn higher salaries as well as supplement their graduate studies. 

Three In-Demand Business Programs That Offer STEM OPT

MS in Computational Finance

Computational Finance majors go on to be “financial engineers” or “quantitative analysts” and change how business gets done in every industry. They use financial models to generate profits and reduce risks. Saunders offers a competitive, top-ranking computational finance program to provide students with the knowledge to succeed in their field. According to “most firms are hiring a large number of computational finance professionals who show the right computer science expertise, financial knowledge, and algorithmic comprehension to get the job done in line with corporate expectations.” Learn more about computational finance at Saunders.

MS in Business Analytics

Business analysts are in high demand by employers as they try to stay ahead of a digital world where Big Data continues to grow exponentially. They get control of massive data sets, find insights to advance business missions, while finding creative new ways to tap new data sources. Students in the business analytics program gain through training in a wide range of skillsets, including managing information systems, marketing, finance, management, and engineering. Business analytics majors have the opportunity to receive the Advanced Certificate of Accounting and Financial Analytics. According to BLS, the median salary is $83,610 for business analysts. Learn more about business analytics at Saunders.

MS in Global Supply Chain Management

Supply chain managers are the engineers of business. They touch and drive improvements through every stage of business life cycles, from suppliers, to production, through to customer purchases. Saunders provides a program that incorporates supply chain, operational management, analytics, industrial engineering, global business, and management to provide students the knowledge they need to become business leaders. Harvard Business Review published that “The U.S. supply chain contains 37% of all jobs, employing 44 million people. These jobs have significantly higher than average wages, and account for much of the innovative activity in the economy.” Learn more about global supply chain management at Saunders.


Are you an international student interested in one of these programs? Apply today and upon graduation become eligible for the F-1 Stem OPT 24-month work extension, which will allow you to work up three years upon graduation from Saunders College of Business at RIT..

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