Curricular Practical Training

It is the student's responsibility to follow all the rules and guidelines of both the Immigration & Naturalization Services and our department. You are reminded that INS may audit a student's record when applying for permanent residency. You may pick up a packet of information from the International Office (I.O.), or read and download the Curricular Practical Training Information on their web site.

IMPORTANT: Read our instructions below when requesting approval for CPT. See Important Information at the bottom for DATES of employment and COURSES used to satisfy CPT requirements.

PhD and MS/MA Thesis Students

  1. Student must have received a formal offer letter from the company which includes a job description, dates of employment, and compensation. Attach a copy to your completed CPT form when submitting it to the graduate office.
  2. Email approval from supervising professor for CPT must be sent to the graduate adviser with a cc to the graduate office. The email should explain how the CPT relates to the student's field of study and serves an academic purpose.
  3. CPT Required for completing dissertation or thesis? The supervising professor's explanation and signature is required on the form prior to the graduate adviser signing the form. As a department we do not ‘require’ CPT for thesis or dissertation so be sure the explanation includes why in your particular case you are required to do this CPT.
  4. Student submits a copy of offer letter and CPT authorization form (signed by supervising professor if necessary) to the Graduate Office for adviser's approval and signature. REMINDER: Tell the grad office what semester you will take CS 195, Thesis, or Dissertation hrs. to apply towards this CPT. (see Important Information below)
  5. Student submits completed and signed forms to the I.O. for the issuance of the work authorization.

Masters Coursework Students

  1. Student completes the CPT Authorization form found on the I.O.'s CPT Authorization Packet or web site (see above).
  2. Student submits completed form and a copy of the formal offer letter which includes a job description, dates of employment, and compensation.to the Graduate Office for the graduate adviser's signature. REMINDER: Tell the grad office what semester you will take CS 195 and apply it to this CPT. (see Important Information below)
  3. Student submits completed and signed forms to the I.O. for the issuance of the work authorization.

Important Information:

COURSE(S) USED TO SATISFY CPT REQUIREMENT: CS 195, Practicum in Computer Sciences Application, is the course designated by our department to satisfy the CPT requirement.  Students must be enrolled during the period of their CPT; however, students doing Summer CPT may choose to defer enrollment in the CPT course to the following fall.  If you plan (after obtaining permission) to continue the CPT in the Fall you will be expected to register for two CS 195 courses, one correlating to summer and one correlating to fall. Exceptions to this rule: Doctoral/Thesis students in candidacy may use the dissertation/thesis course for CPT if it is being required for some reason.

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: Students cannot begin employment until all course work and final exams have been completed. The recommended first date of employment should be after May 15.* Teaching Assistants cannot begin employment until their TA responsibilities are complete; generally this is after final exams for their course have been graded. Students who expect to be appointed as TA's must be on campus prior to the beginning of the semester to participate in any and all necessary orientations, workshops, etc. All students doing summer CPT must return to campus by the first class day.

*EXCEPTIONS TO THE ABOVE DATES REQUIRE SPECIAL APPROVAL FROM THE SUPERVISING PROFESSOR AND GRADUATE ADVISOR.