The conversion from CIP 2010 to CIP 2020 was accomplished in SEVIS Release 6.55, implemented on October 16, 2020. CIP codes are shared by all SEVIS categories, F, M, and J.

  • SEVP's SEVIS Release 6.55 Planning Guide contains information on what was and wasn't included in the release (e.g., City of Birth remains an optional field in this release).

  • CIP Conversion 2020, a SEVIS Help Hub article, explains how to prepare for the 2020 CIP code conversion, how SEVIS will convert CIP codes in certain SEVIS student records, and how to complete the conversion for certain records. That page has not yet been updated to reference the new October 16, 2020 date, so it still says August 28.

The DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List

The following two-digit CIP codes include all four- and six-digit codes within those two-digit series in the CIP taxonomy, including any codes that are subsequently added under those two-digit series in the future:

  • 14 - Engineering
  • 26 - Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • 27 - Mathematics and Statistics
  • 40 - Physical Sciences

The 2020 CIP added 17 new codes to those four 2-digit series, which will automatically be STEM-OPT eligible. The CIP Conversion 2020 SEVIS Help Hub article says:

"Of the 496 new CIP codes in the NCES 2020 CIP, 17 will automatically be included in the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List because they fall within one of the above four two-digit series. These include:

  • 14.0103, Applied Engineering
  • 14.0202, Astronautical Engineering
  • 14.0299, Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, Other
  • 14.4700, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 14.4701, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 14.4800, Energy Systems Engineering
  • 14.4801, Energy Systems Engineering, General
  • 14.4802, Power Plant Engineering
  • 14.4899, Energy Systems Engineering, Other
  • 26.0509, Infectious Disease and Global Health
  • 26.0913, Biomechanics
  • 26.1311, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • 27.0600, Applied Statistics
  • 27.0601, Applied Statistics, General
  • 40.0512, Cheminformatics/Chemistry Informatics
  • 40.1100, Physics and Astronomy
  • 40.1101, Physics and Astronomy

There are many other CIP codes that are not within the above two-digit series but that have been included on the STEM Designated Degree Program List as "related fields." These other fields are listed by their six-digit CIP code. The CIP Conversion 2020 SEVIS Help Hub article identified the following 11 changes to CIP codes and descriptions among those "related fields" included on the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program list:

  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 15.0503, Energy Management and Systems Technology. 2020 CIP, Code and Title changed to: 15.1701, Energy Systems Technology/Technician
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 15.0505, Solar Energy Technology/Technician. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 15.1703, Solar Energy Technology/Technician
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 43.0106, Forensic Science and Technology. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 43.0406, Forensic Science and Technology
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 43.0116, Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 43.0403, Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 51.2502, Veterinary Anatomy. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 1.8105, Veterinary Anatomy
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 51.2503, Veterinary Physiology. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 1.8109, Veterinary Physiology
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 51.2504, Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 1.8107, Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 51.2505, Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 1.8108, Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 51.2506, Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 1.8111, Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 51.2510, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 1.8110, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health
  • 2010 CIP Code and Title: 51.2511, Veterinary Infectious Diseases. 2020 CIP, same Title, Code changed to: 1.8106, Veterinary Infectious Diseases

There are also several new codes in the 2020 CIP for majors that in the 2010 CIP were categorized under STEM-eligible codes, but whose new code in the 2020 CIP are without a 2010-2020 crosswalk and which places them outside the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List. For example, the 2020 CIP now has specific codes for Data Science (30.70xx) and Data Analytics (30.71xx) which are under the "Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies" 2-digit code 30 and do not appear in the 2016 DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List.