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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:

    Fall 2020 CPT Applications (processing begins June 1, 2020)

    • Initial CPT Application (closes November 8, 2020) - Complete this application if you have a new job offer or if you have changed programs, and this is your first time applying for CPT for the Fall 2020 semester.
    • CPT Renewal Application - Complete this application if you are not changing programs for Fall, and you want to continue CPT with the same employer you had during the Summer 2020 semester. Students must submit their CPT renewal applications by July 5, 2020, to guarantee processing by the start of the Fall term.
      • Applications submitted after the July 5 deadline will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Any CPT Renewal Application submitted after July 5 will be reviewed in the order of submission ONLY, and we cannot guarantee you will have no gap in employment.
    • Change from Renewal CPT Application (closes November 8, 2020) - Complete this application if you have a new job offer, but you already have an approved CPT Renewal Application for the Fall 2020 semester.
      • Any Change from Renewal CPT Application submitted after July 5 will be reviewed in the order of submission ONLY, and we cannot guarantee you will have no gap in employment, regardless of previous CPT Renewal Application approval or authorization dates.
    • Change from Initial CPT Application (closes November 8, 2020) - Complete this application if you have a new job offer, but you already have an approved Initial CPT Application for the Fall 2020 semester.

    Spring 2021 CPT Applications (processing begins September 27, 2020)

    • Initial CPT Application (opens September 8, 2020) - Complete this application if you have a new job offer or if you have changed programs, and this is your first time applying for CPT for the Spring 2021 semester.
    • CPT Renewal Application - (opens September 27, 2020) - Complete this application if you are not changing programs for Spring, and you want to continue CPT with the same employer you had during the Fall 2020 semester. Students must submit their CPT renewal applications by October 25, 2020, to guarantee processing by the start of the Spring term.
      • Applications submitted after the October 25 deadline will get processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Any CPT Renewal Application submitted after October 25 will be reviewed in the order of submission ONLY, and we cannot guarantee you will have no gap in employment.
    • Change from Renewal CPT Application (opens September 27, 2020) - Complete this application if you have a new job offer, but you already have an approved CPT Renewal Application for the Spring 2021 semester.
      • Any Change from Renewal CPT Application submitted after October 25 will be reviewed in the order of submission ONLY, and we cannot guarantee you will have no gap in employment, regardless of previous CPT Renewal Application approval or authorization dates.
    • Change from Initial CPT Application (opens September 8, 2020) - Complete this application if you have a new job offer, but you already have an approved Initial CPT Application for the Spring 2021 semester.

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

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