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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

This is a type of off-campus work/internship that is directly tied to the student’s program of study.  It is not available after the student complete their respective degree program.

GRADUATE CPT ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

  • Graduate students can request CPT in their first semester of enrollment, it is an integral part of the student’s graduate studies.
  • There is no limit to the number of months a student utilizes part-time CPT.
  • If a student completes 12 months (11 months and 29 days) or more of full-time CPT, he or she will not be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of the number of months he or she has participated in CPT.
    • Please note, the written offer of employment/internship experience must be included with the application. In addition the offer letter must meet the following requirements:
      • Must be written on company letterhead
      • Must contain an original signature from an authorized individual from the company
      • Be dated within the past six months.
    • Any student who wishes to participate in CPT must be enrolled in the executive format of their respective program. All assignments included in the course must be completed in order to maintain compliance with the CPT process and pass the course.
    • Student must have an approved CPT application before participating in employment. 

CPT REQUEST PROCESS:

  • The student must meet the above mentioned enrollment requirements. 
  • The student must secure a job/internship offer (in writing) in a position directly related to the student’s field of study. 
  • Graduate students must complete the CPT Request Form or CPT Renewal Form. 

CPT APPLICATIONS:

IMPORTANT: CPT applications are specific to term and employer. If employment changes OR if a student starts a new program of study a new request is required. Submitting a request for one term does not automatically carry over to the next term even if some request have already been applied, approved, or issued. Please make sure to submit the proper application and/or renewal for each term. It is a student’s responsibility to keep track of employment details and update their DSO. For questions or concerns please contact your assigned DSO by email.

Below CPT Applications apply to the Summer 2021 term (processing begins January 25, 2021)

  • New CPT Application (open January 4, 2021 close July 25, 2021) – Complete this application if you have changed programs OR if this is your first time applying for CPT.
  • Change of Employer CPT Application (open January 4, 2021 close July 25, 2021) – Complete this application if you have active CPT employment on your I-20 for the current term, but are wanting to start working for a new employer for the current term.
    • If you have already submitted a change of employer of application and need a new form to change employment again, please contact your assigned DSO by email for assistance.
  • CPT Renewal (opens March 1, 2021 closes July 25, 2021) – Complete this application if you are NOT changing programs for Summer AND you want to continue with CPT with the same employer you had during Spring 2021 semester. Students must submit their CPT renewal by March 28, 2021 to guarantee processing by the start of the Summer term.
    • Renewal requests submitted after March 28 deadline will get processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Any CPT renewal application submitted after March 28 will be reviewed in the order of submission ONLY, and we cannot guarantee you will no gap in employment.

Below CPT Applications apply to the Fall 2021 term (processing begins April 19, 2021)

  • New CPT Application (open March 29, 2021 close November 14, 2021) – Complete this application if you have changed programs OR if this is your first time applying for CPT for Fall 2021.
  • Change of Employer CPT Application (open March 29, 2021 close November 14, 2021)  – Complete this application if you have active CPT employment on your I-20 for the current term, but are wanting to start working for a new employer for the current term.
    • If you have already submitted a change of employer of application and need a new form to change employment again, please contact your assigned DSO by email for assistance.
  • CPT Renewal (opens June 28, 2021 closes November 14, 2021) – Complete this application if you are NOT changing programs for Fall AND you want to continue with CPT with the same employer you had during Summer 2021 semester. Students must submit their CPT renewal by August 1, 2021 to guarantee processing by the start of the Fall term.
    • Renewal requests submitted after August 1 deadline will get processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Any CPT renewal application submitted after August 1 will be reviewed in the order of submission ONLY, and we cannot guarantee you will no gap in employment.

 ***Please do not use Google Chrome when submitting your CPT application as you may experience difficulty uploading your documents.***

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