US Employment Permission (post-graduation)

QSB graduates are eligible for a total of 36 months of US employment authorization as Optional Practical Training (OPT) following degree completion

  • QSB is a STEM OPT eligible program:  CIP program code 26.1199
  • QSB graduates are eligible for 12 months of OPT, plus 24 months of STEM OPT extension for a total of 36 months of OPT

  • Participation in OPT does NOT affect eligibility for visas for Ph.D. or M.D. programs 
  • For more information, visit these links:

     Northwestern University International Office

        • OPT Program Information

        • 12-Month OPT Eligibility Information

        • 24-Month STEM OPT Extension Eligibility


     US Government

        • OPT Program Information

        • 24-month STEM OPT Extension Information