International Students: FYI (I cannot attest to the accuracy)…Data science graduates on new U.S. visas can earn $100k. The Biden administration added data science & financial analytics to the list of degrees for which international students on student visas can spend three years after graduating in the U.S. instead of the standard 1 year for most courses. Known as ‘optional practical training’, the 3-year waiver is now being applied more widely.

The US gov has added data science & financial analytics to the list of degrees where you can get a 3-year visa extension after graduating instead of the standard 1 year. Known as ‘optional practical training’, the 3-year waiver is now being applied more widely.

From me: how is this different than the STEM OPT extension of 24-months from 2016?

OPT Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT)
Certain F-1 students who receive science, technology, engineering, & mathematics (STEM) degrees may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT.

The STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student’s program of study in an approved STEM field. On May 10, 2016, this extension effectively replaced the previous 17-month STEM OPT extension. So, since 2016?

Also: International Students majoring in Business Analytics at WMU can get a 3-year visa extension for their OPTs. Why is the U.S. doing this? Answer: we need more people w/ data analytics skills (especially in supply chain)…

Actually, at WMU, Business Analytics is in its own STEM category, see:

The WMU Business Analytics degree was already a STEM major under a different CIP code. It is nice to see that it now has its own CIP code.

Business Analytics Major at WMU:

The WMU graduate certificate in business analytics – The curriculum is comprised of 4 HANDS-ON (best way to learn IMHO) courses that focus on major business analytics skills & applications w/ emphasis on data understanding & statistics, data visualization, data mining and predictive analytics, & databases.

You may earn the grad cert in business analytics as a standalone credential, or while being enrolled in the MBA or an M.S. degree program in business, through elective courses.

Program info:

Job saving technology:


Lastly, I am grateful for my international students. They have broadened my horizons & made me a better person.

Dr. Sime (Sheema) Curkovic, Ph.D.,
Professor, Operations/Supply Chain, Lee Honors College Faculty FellowWestern Michigan University, Haworth College of BusinessKalamazoo, MI 49008-5429 | 269.267.3093 |
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