PRACTICAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Sullivan University continually strives to attract students who are committed to higher education and offers unique programs that are specifically designed to help prepare students for careers in their chosen field. As such some undergraduate programs require standard academic “on-the-job” experiential/practicum/externship learning that is an integral component of the established curriculum and required for degree completion. These opportunities allow students to facilitate the application of theory to practice by observation and participation in administrative, technical, and clinical procedures under direct supervision in an approved setting.

The Sullivan University Graduate School offers two graduate programs and one Ph.D. level program in which professional work, in a related field, is a required component of the education: 1) the Master of Science in Managing Information Technology (M.S.M.I.T.); 2) the Executive Master of Business Administration (E.M.B.A.); and the Doctor of Philosophy in Management with a concentration in Information Technology Management (Ph.D.). The Graduate School also offers one graduate level program in which professional work, in a related field, is an integral part of the established curriculum, the Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.).

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

In accordance with 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(10)(i), An F-1 student may be authorized by the DSO to participate in a curricular practical training program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. These programs offer Sullivan University Non-Immigrant (F-1) students the opportunity to participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT). 

"F-1 student in an academic program that requires “on-the-job” experiential/practicum/externship learning will be enrolled and required to participate in program specific courses that are designed to demonstrate the relationship between gained practical employment knowledge and the established curriculum of the program.“

Graduate School students enrolled at Sullivan University in the EMBA and MSMIT programs will be required to enroll and participate in four Graduate Management Experiential Courses (MGT596, MGT597, MGT696, and MGT697 each one credit hour) that are designed to demonstrate the relationship between gained practical employment knowledge and the established curriculum of the program. Students enrolled in the MSM program who elect to participate in the experiential learning track will be required to enroll and participate in Graduate Management Experiential Courses each term of enrollment in which CPT authorization is requested and approved (MGT596, MGT597, MGT696, and MGT697 each one credit hour).These courses are designed to demonstrate the relationship between gained practical employment knowledge and the established curriculum of the program and a minimum of four Graduate Management Experiential Courses must be completed to fulfill the experiential learning track of the MSM program. 

For acceptance to the Information Technology Management concentration in the Ph.D. in Management Program there is an emphasis on IT Management. Applicants will demonstrate that they are currently employed or have an offer of employment in IT Management related positions and will be required to enroll and participate in four Knowledge Management Practical Application Courses (CSC734, CSC735, CSC736, and CSC737) that are designed to demonstrate the relationship between gained practical employment knowledge and the established curriculum of the program.

A Note: Each student is responsible for obtaining their own employment and explaining how that employment correlates to their related graduate level program of study.

Students must renew their CPT authorization every quarter. Applications will be reviewed for CPT eligibility on a quarterly basis and there is no guarantee of employment or ongoing permission to have CPT extended.

Part-Time Vs Full-Time CPT

Part-time CPT: Employment for 20 hours or less per week is considered part-time. Though there is no limitation upon the length of time you may participate in part-time CPT, you must be simultaneously enrolled in classes full-time in order to maintain lawful F-1 status.

Full-time CPT: Employment for more than 20 hours per week is considered full-time. Please be aware that 12 months or more of full-time CPT will invalidate your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

How to Apply for CPT

Each student is responsible for obtaining their own offer of employment and is responsible for providing information pertaining to how that employment correlates to their related program of study. 

Students may apply for CPT once the application window opens. Prior to admission, new students able to demonstrate practical training eligibility may apply for CPT based on acceptance to an approved program of study. 

Students are required to apply for CPT authorization each academic term and there is no guarantee of employment/training authorization. 

Note: Unauthorized work/training in the United States is unlawful. As such, it is the responsibility of the DSO to report any periods of unauthorized employment/training to SEVP and to enforce applicable penalties in relation to the nonimmigrant student’s status.

Students must be in the last academic term of study to be eligible to apply for Post-Completion OPT and may apply for OPT up to 90 days before, and 60 days after, program completion date.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is practical work experience in a field that is directly related to a student’s program of study. A student may apply to USCIS and be granted authorization to engage in temporary employment for two different types of optional practical training directly related to the major area of study: Pre-Completion OPT and Post-Completion OPT.

Pre-Completion OPT

A Non-Immigrant F-1 student may apply to participate in Pre-Completion OPT after they have been enrolled on a full-time basis for one full academic year. Students authorized to participate in Pre-Completion OPT, may work part time (20 hours or less per week) during an active academic term and may work full time during an approved quarterly break between academic terms.

Post-Completion OPT

A Non-Immigrant F-1 student may apply to participate in Post-Completion OPT after completion of an approved academic program. Note: USCIS will deduct any amount of time a student participated in Pre-Completion OPT from Post-Completion OPT authorization eligibility.