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Sullivan University

📍Louisville, KY | 📍Lexington, KY


Day 1 CPT University Overview

About & Accreditation

Established in 1962, Sullivan University stands out among Day 1 CPT universities, offering career-focused education from associate to doctoral levels. Renowned for its Business and Culinary Arts programs, Sullivan has broadened its academic portfolio to include six professional colleges in fields like allied health, business technology, and more, catering to a diverse student body of 3,500. With a low faculty-to-student ratio of 10:1 and notable contributions such as providing meals for NASA, Sullivan ensures a comprehensive learning experience. Accredited by the SACSCOC and recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education, Sullivan is a key player in the landscape of Day 1 CPT universities, despite not participating in US News Rankings. 

Day-1 CPT Programs:

EMBA, MSMIT, MSM, Ph.D. in Management - IT

Estimated Tuition:

$31,680 (Master’s) / $70,200 (Phd’s)


Sullivan University Intro


Day 1 CPT Policy

Day 1 CPT at Sullivan University

Day 1 CPT Policy

◎ F1 students & CPT Eligibility 

Sullivan University, adhering to USCIS regulations, grants CPT work authorization to its students. In programs like EMBA, MSMIT, Dual Degree (MBA&MSMIT), and MSM (experiential learning track), students must complete four specific Knowledge Management Practicum courses (MGT596, MGT597, MGT696, and MGT697; 1 credit each), integrating theoretical knowledge with practical work experience from the outset of their enrollment. This requirement also extends to Ph.D. in Management students with an IT Management Concentration, who must take four equivalent practicum courses (CSC734, CSC735, CSC736, and CSC737; 1 credit each) for practical knowledge application.

Practicum courses necessitate attendance at unified sessions during the 1st, 5th, and 8th weeks of the semester, with any absence leading to the revocation of CPT authorization. Initially, enrollment in these courses is mandatory for the first four semesters, enabling students to engage in CPT. Beyond this phase, students can continue CPT without enrolling in practicum courses, avoiding the additional credit fee.

◎ Day-1 CPT Class Format

Sullivan University offers a streamlined academic year for F1 visa students, characterized by:

  • Four Semesters Annually: 11 weeks of classes with a 2-week break between terms.
  • Course Requirements:
    • First Four Semesters: Mandatory Knowledge Management Practicum courses plus one Onsite and one Online course each semester.
    • Onsite Course Attendance: Required during the 1st, 5th, and 8th weeks. Practicum classes on Fridays (5:30 PM - 8:30 PM); Onsite courses on Saturdays (8:30 AM - 5 PM). From the fifth semester, only Saturday attendance required.
    • Online Course: Offers flexibility with pre-recorded lessons and deadlines for assignments and exams.
  • Schedule Adjustments: Announced in advance for holidays.
  • Semester Break: After three consecutive semesters, eligible for a break (CPT not available during this period) upon consultation with the DSO.

This structure allows Sullivan University students to balance rigorous academic commitments with personal downtime effectively.

◎ CPT Application 

  1. For the initial four semesters, students are required to enroll in Knowledge Management Practicum courses, a requirement that is waived from the fifth semester onwards.
  2. Students must provide their CPT application documents, including the Offer Letter and the employer-signed CPT Cooperation Agreement, to the school's Designated School Official (DSO).
  3. Once the CPT is approved, students are issued a new I-20, enabling them to commence employment according to the CPT start date specified on the I-20.
  4. Typically, CPT applications are processed after the first semester begins, with CPT authorization becoming effective within the first week. For future semesters, students are encouraged to apply for CPT in advance to maintain continuous authorization without any interruptions.
Day 1 CPT Majors

Day 1 CPT Programs at Sullivan


The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program aims to provide effective management skills for mid to senior-level professionals to adapt to today's highly competitive global environment. The EMBA program is similar to traditional MBA courses but places greater emphasis on practical application

The program consists of 48 credits and can be completed in an average of 18 months.


ACT 510 Accounting Theory for Management Decisions
ECO 510 Managerial Economics
FIN 540 Strategic Financial Management
MGT 510 Leadership Communication
MGT 521 Managing Organizational Conflicts
MGT 545 Leading Organizations
MGT 571 Competing in Domestic and International Markets
MGT 596 Graduate Management Experiential 1
MGT 597 Graduate Management Experiential 2
MGT 620 Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness
MGT 680 Integrative MBA Capstone
MGT 696 Graduate Management Experiential 3
MGT 697 Graduate Management Experiential 4
MKT 570 Marketing Strategy and Implementation
QNT 550 Data Driven Decision Making


The MSMIT degree is designed for professionals who want to strengthen their data processing and IT project management skills.

The courses aim to increase technical knowledge, build a conceptual understanding of emerging IT issues, and provide the ability to conduct independent research to support IT project management decisions. Areas covered include project management, organizational principles and behavior, communications, financial analysis, leadership and team development, information security and legal issues, and system development.

The program requires 48 credit hours and takes 18 months to complete.

Dual Degree of MBA & MSMIT

This dual degree is designed for students who desire to complete MBA and MSMIT degrees in the shortest possible time frame.

On average, the program requires 64 credit hours and takes 24 months to complete.

Ph.D in Management

The Ph.D. in Management program students can complete the program while working full-time. Many professors in this program are well-known in the field of study. They have partnered with students to conduct research, co-author scholarly articles, and present at professional conferences.

The mission of this program is to provide opportunities for students to develop research and application skills and prepare individuals to serve as leaders and scholars in their organizations.

The program's first two years are designated for completing the core courses. The students will start working on their dissertations in the third year.

This program is suitable for students committed to research and discovering new knowledge.

On average, the program requires 90 credit hours and takes 3-4 years to complete.

The program allows the students to complete in a maximum of 7 years. Starting the 4th year, the university will continue CPT authorization if the students can show progress in their dissertations.

Otherwise, the university may pause CPT authorization.

MS Management

This Day 1 CPT Program accelerates your career advancement, offering a Master's degree in just 18 months. The program focuses on:

  • Enhancing communication and leadership skills
  • Human-centric problem-solving
  • Holistic solution strategies
  • Applied research skills
Day 1 CPT Tuition

Tuition and Scholarship

Students in the master’s and doctoral programs are charged with credit hours.

Day 1 CPT Program Per Credit Credit Hours Total Tuition
Master's $660 48 $31,680
Master's Dual Degree $660 64 $42,240
Doctoral $780 90 $70,200

**Additionally, there is an application fee of $100 for a doctoral program and $50 for other programs. Please contact us to waive the application fee. After enrollment, international students need to pay a $50 International Enrollment & Student Processing Fee.


Graduate School Scholarship (up to $4,500):

  • All students with a GPA over 3.0 can apply for this scholarship.

  • The scholarship will be distributed 6 times after being admitted

(3.0 - 3.24 cumulative GPA = $3,000 , 3.25 - 3.49 cumulative GPA = $3,600 , 3.5 and above cumulative GPA = $4,500)

Academic Calendar

Terms Application Deadline Semester Start Date CPT Start Date
Summer 2023 05/26/2023 06/26/2023 06/26/2023
Fall 2023 08/25/2023 09/25/2023 09/25/2023

Initial F1 Students: 3 months before the first day of the term.

If you missed the deadline, please get in touch with us. We are the official recruitment partner of Saint Peter’s University; we can help you accelerate your application.

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Application Guide

◎ Requirements

  1. Language: IELTS – 6.0, TOEFL – 70, PTE – 50, iTEP – 4.0. (The language requirement is waived if you have a bachelor’s degree in the US, or you can contact us to waive the language requirement)

  2. GPA 2.5+ from your previous degree

  3. Additional Requirements for Doctoral Programs

    • A U.S master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0+ or GMAT 600

    • Students from a management position in the IT industry are likely to be admitted

**If your GPA is lower than the requirement or did not reach the language test level, please contact us to assist!

◎ How to apply

  • Click here for the online application form

    (receive application fee waiver, program introductions, and free consultation)

  • Submit application materials

    • Application form and application fee (will be waived if apply through us)

    • Passport, I-94, I-20, and EAD card

    • Language test score

    • Transcript (transcript from outside of the U.S. needs to be certified by WES, ECE, or FECA)

    • Deposit statement ($26,820 for master’s programs, $30,060 for doctoral programs)

    • Resume

    • Statement of purpose (750 words)

    • 3 letters of recommendation (doctoral programs only)

  • Interview

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