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University of the Cumberlands Day 1 CPT

University of the Cumberlands Day 1 CPT

Williamsburg, Kentucky

University of Cumberlands

University of Cumberlands

Campus Locations:

6178 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769

School Locations:

Williamsburg, Kentucky

School Accreditations:

Southern Commission on Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Day-1 CPT Programs:

  • Executive Master’s: MBA, AI, Data Science, Digital Forensics, IT, Project Management, Strategic Management, Cyber-Engineering, Finance and 2 more

Executive Ph.D. in Business, IT and Leadership

Estimated Tuition:

$19,215 (Master’s), $44,940 (Doctor’s)

Average yearly tuition: $11,500 - $12,500


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| About the School

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) is a private university located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Founded in 1888 by a Baptist minister, it was formerly known as Cumberland College until it changed its name in 2005.

UC Cumberland University offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate programs in 10 fields. The University of Cumberland currently has 4,600 undergraduate students and 14,700 graduate students, with a teacher-student ratio of 20:1. Over the past decade, UC has been the fastest-growing school in the nation.

About the School

| Accreditations

The University of Cumberlands is accredited by:

  • the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)(one of the six highest regional degree accrediting bodies in the United States), to award associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, educational specialists, and doctorate degrees

  • Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB)

  • The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), responsible for the oversight of accredited programs and ensures the proper teaching and administrator standards are fully implemented for its accredited programs

CAEP Accreditations

“University of Cumberlands was ranked #331-440 in National Universities by US News and #132 in Top Performers on Social Mobility.”

| School Locations

Williamsburg Campus

6178 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769

UC campus is located in an extremely safe location and the school has been named the safest college campus in Kentucky by

| Pros and Cons


  • Tuition is in the mid to lower range of Day 1 CPT universities

  • Onsite attendance requirement is once per semester

  • The application process is simple, and only a few materials are required

Pros and Cons


  • Required to renew CPT every semester

  • The geographical location might require heavy travel, note if you reside far from the university, it might be questioned during your H1B RFE

  • Lots of day 1 CPT students are enrolled every year, program reaches full capacity easily

| Day-1 CPT Programs

The University of Cumberlands Executive Program students is required to take three courses per semester.

  • Each academic year consists of three (3) semesters: fall, spring, and summer

  • Each semester includes two courses focused on specific course content, and the third course includes practical learning experience (CPT course), where students apply the knowledge gained in the other two courses to the real world

  • CPT is an essential part of the program

| Day-1 CPT Application Process:

  • Obtain a job/internship opportunity in a position directly related to the student's field of study (requires a formal Offer Letter)

  • Complete the CPT application form or CPT renewal form

  • Submit CPT application materials to the school's DSO (Offer Letter signed by the employer within the past six months, job description, employer CPT authorization form, signed CPT corporate agreement)

  • CPT is approved, and the student receives a new I-20 and begins working based on the CPT start date on the I-20

Day-1 CPT Programs

| University of Cumberlands Day 1 CPT Programs:

12 Executive Master’s Programs:

  • Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

  • Executive Master's in Artificial Intelligence

  • Executive Master's in Data Science

  • Executive Master's of Science in Digital Forensics

  • Executive Master's in Global Business with Blockchain Technology

  • Executive Master of Science in Information Systems Security

  • Executive Master's of Science in Information Technology

  • Executive Master's of Science in Organizational Leadership

  • Executive Master's in Project Management

  • Executive Master's in Strategic Management

  • Executive Master's in Cyber-Engineering

  • Executive Master's in Finance

3 Executive Ph.D. Programs:

  • Executive Ph.D. in Business

  • Executive Ph.D. in Information Technology

  • Executive Ph.D. in Leadership

| Program Detail

Executive Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

The program uses critical thinking and business decision-making skills to prepare you for leadership in areas such as marketing, advertising, sales, accounting, public relations and more. Day 1 CPT is supported.

Executive MS in Global Business with Blockchain Technology

Designed for working professionals and international graduate students, it offers a combination of face-to-face learning and online courses. If you want to take a leadership role in the emerging field of blockchain technology (where the business world and the IT world converge), this program is for you.

Blockchain Technology Course - 31 credits required

Executive MS in Information Systems Security

The MSc in Information Systems Security (ISS) provides the IT security tools and practical training needed to become a leader in the field. Our Information Systems Security degree is a two-year course taught by industry-experienced lecturers.

Access 24/7 technical support and a dynamic peer network to facilitate learning. UC Cumberland is recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

Executive MS in Information Technology

The Master of Information Technology degree program combines practical training with leadership "soft skills" to help you get the most out of your career path.

From predictive analytics to identifying cyber threats to using big data analytics for large industries like healthcare, this program will open doors to leadership opportunities in virtually every industry. Day-1 CPT is supported.

Executive MS in Project Management

Through practical strategies and theory in project management, you'll learn everything you need to know to lead projects and initiatives across your company.

Through classroom courses and applied learning practices conducted each semester, this program covers everything from organizational behavior and marketing management to an in-depth examination of the project management process.

Executive MS in Strategic Management

This program explores core strategic management techniques based on real-world educational experience. After completing this program, you will deepen your understanding of strategic management practices and help your company take it to the next level. Day 1 CPT is supported.

Executive Master's in Cyber-Engineering

Combining courses from multiple disciplines (Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering), the program gives graduates a comprehensive understanding of cyber engineering in order to combat cybercrime along the way.

The program provides the skills needed to maintain and protect operations, including upgrading the defenses of existing networks and systems. You can design top-down cyber defenses for your company against growing cyber risks.

Executive Master's in Finance

The Advanced MSc in Finance from the University of the Cumberland helps you build and refine the skills you need to meet the growing demand for senior financial experts across the business world.

Our Master of Finance degree program is designed to prepare you for senior management positions, including C-Suite positions, through a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of financial practice. Upon graduation, you will be equipped with the quantitative and qualitative skills needed to better guide the financial decision-making process across an organization.

Additionally, it provides a good foundation for earning top financial certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Executive Ph.D. in Information Technology

This PhD program can enhance your professional qualifications. From identifying cyber threats, to using big data analytics, to making data-driven policy decisions, you'll take a leadership role in data science and information technology.

Core courses - 18 credits required

Area of Specialization - 21 credits required

Specialized Area Electives - 21 credits required

Professional Application (Internship)

Executive Ph.D. in Leadership

During the PhD in Educational Leadership, you will engage in a comprehensive study of effective leadership, teaching and management methods. The PhD in Leadership will also delve into the political skills involved in educational decision-making processes, program planning and evaluation strategies.

Leadership Core Course - 24 credits required

Professional Studies - 24 credits required

Specialized Area Electives - 18 credits required

Professional Application (Internship)

| Onsite Frequency

Onsite Frequency

The Executive Programs of the University of the Cumberlands:

  • Have three 15-week semesters every year

  • Usually complete in 5-6 semesters

  • Take 3 courses each semester

  • A three-day onsite course is required per semester (usually on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). *Students who fail to participate will lose their F1 student status

  • Cumberland University does not require the work location to be within the scope of the school. No matter where you work, you can apply for CPT. Many students will choose to fly over to take classes

| Regarding Onsite Attendance

Is the three-day onsite course mandatory?

Yes, all three days are mandatory, and requests for being late or leaving early will not be approved. If a student does not attend the full three days, it will be considered as absent for the entire semester.

What happens if I miss an onsite course?

Students are required to attend every offline course. During the entire program, students can make up for one missed offline course at most. Missing the second offline course will result in dismissal.

Missing a course will result in the student attending makeup classes and paying a $300 makeup fee. In addition, students may be asked to provide documentation from the program department explaining why they missed the scheduled offline course. Makeup classes must be completed before the end of the semester. Failure to comply with this policy will result in dismissal.

How do I make up classes?

The academic department will contact you to inform you of the location, time, and date of the makeup classes. Only one offline course makeup is offered per semester. Failure to attend the three-day makeup will be considered as a failure, and the student may be dismissed and may face termination from the SEVIS system.

 Regarding Onsite Attendance

| Tuition and Scholarship

University of Cumberlands tuition is $549 (Master’s) - $749 (Ph.D.) per credit

Degrees Per Credit Total Credits Tuition Total (CPT not included) Annual Tuition in Average
Master $549 35 (CPT included) $19,215 $11,529
Doctorate - Business $749 66 (CPT not included) $49,434 $12,359
Doctorate - Informational Technology $749 60 (CPT not included) $44,940 $11,235

Non-Tuition Cost:

  • Application Fee: $30

  • Executive Processing Fee: $250 (non-refundable)


| Scholarships


⭐️ Apply through CPTDog / GoElite and get a $100 Amazon gift card* (when you enroll):

* GoElite MUST be mentioned in the student's original application form, or a FERPA form for GoElite must be submitted before acceptance is issued in order to qualify for the referral credit

* We regret to inform you that, as per the University of Cumberlands policy, Indian transfer F1 and Bengal initial F1 international students are not eligible for the GoElite Application Incentive. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. You may still be eligible for the Westcliff University GoElite Scholarship of $1,000!

*Note that all other applicants are still eligible for the $100 Application Incentive

| Academic Calendar

  Application Deadline (*Rolling) Session Start Session End
2023 Fall 1 7/29/2023 8/28/2023 10/20/2023
2023 Fall 2 9/24/2023 10/23/2023 12/15/2023
2024 Spring 1 12/9/2023 1/8/2024 3/1/2024
2024 Spring 2 2/5/2024 3/4/2024 4/26/2024
2024 Summer 1 4/7/2024 5/6/2024 6/28/2024
2024 Summer 2 6/2/2024 7/1/2024 8/23/2024

The University of Cumberlands conducts a semester system: a semester is divided into 2 terms (small semesters). Admission is available for each Bi-Term. There are a total of 6 admissions opportunities in a year.

  • University of Cumberlands has a rolling enrollment system, where application windows close when enrollments are full

    • Check with CPTDog to see if your program could still be applied!

  • Different UC programs have different application deadlines. It is recommended to apply at least 4 weeks before the start of the semester. Before applying, please contact us for details

Academic Calendar

| Application Guide

Minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Additional requirements for doctoral programs: a U.S. graduate degree with a GPA greater than 3.0

How to apply?

University of Cumberlands will require the following information & documents:

  • Student Full Name

  • Student email ID & Password

  • Address in the US

  • Student Contact Number

  • Emergency Contact: Name, number & Relation to the student

| Document Checklist:

  1. Passport

  2. Visa copy

  3. I20 and i94

  4. High school/Intermediate certificates (optional)

  5. Bachelor's transcripts and degree certificate (if applying for Master's)

  6. Master's transcripts (if you have completed one)

  7. English test scores (Paper-based TOEFL - 550 or Internet-based TOEFL - 79 or IELTS - 6 or Duolingo - 100)

  8. Two letters of reference (optional)

  9. CV/resume

  10. Financial statement*

*Bank Statement and Affidavit of support- showing min US$ 26,500 to show that you will be able to cover tuition and living expenses for the first year. Please note: Financial statements should not be older than 3 months

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