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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for MBA Students

Please be advised that the deadline to submit three-credit CPT applications for the Spring 2016 semester has passed.  The deadline to submit completed applications was January 20, 2016. If you have already submitted your completed application, the DSO will continue with the review process and inform you once it has been completed.

Also, please be advised that if applications were submitted and were incomplete, your CPT application may be denied.  We thank you for your understanding.

CPT Eligible Courses

An F–1 visa student may be authorized by the DSO to participate in a CPT program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. CPT 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. The CPT component of any course is equal to only one (1) or three (3) credit hours. CPT is an optional component of specific degree programs at VIU. Students who wish to pursue CPT should consult with the School Dean or the Career Center for the required paperwork and permission.

  • OPTION 1:

CPT for PARTIAL CREDIT (1 credit)
All concentration courses are CPT-eligible. The one credit hour represents only one credit portion of a whole three-credit course; students must attend instruction for the remaining two credits. CPT is an optional component of the course. Students who wish to pursue this CPT option should consult with the Dean for the required paperwork and permission.

  • OPTION 2:

CPT for FULL 3 CREDITS (taken as elective courses)
The CPT component of any of the courses listed below is equal to (3) credit hours. Students who wish to pursue this CPT option should consult with the Dean for the required paperwork and permission.

MBA 560: Graduate Internship I (3)
Prerequisite: None
This course provides practical learning experience and application for qualified graduate students in a business concentration area such as: finance, accounting, management, HR, marketing, international business, global logistics, etc. The objective of the course is to provide hands-on and practical work experience in their business concentration that will give students a competitive advantage when they graduate. Students will have a chance to gain work experience in areas of their interest and gain exposure to the business environment, industry practices and key contacts for future employment opportunities. This three (3) credit hour internship is for students who are expected to work a minimum of 135 hours during the semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.

MBA 660: Graduate Project Internship II (3)
Prerequisite: None
This course provides work exposure to qualified graduate students in their area of interest for their advanced research project. The objective of the course is to give students access to information and individuals that would help in the concept and/or development of their area of interest for their graduate research project. This three (3) credit hour project internship is for students who are expected to work a minimum of 135 hours during the semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.

For more information on CPT, please visit: http://viu.edu/students/services/international-student/cpt.html

To download CPT forms, please go to http://www.viu.edu/career-planning/career-planning-forms.html

* The School of Business at Virginia International University is an Educational Member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education.