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Westcliff University

Westcliff University

Irvine, California - Miami, Florida

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Westcliff University

Campus Locations:

(Main Campus) 17877 Von Karman Ave, Suite 400, Irvine, CA

(Miami Campus) 92614 825 Brickell Bay Dr, 18th Floor, Miami, FL 33131

School Locations

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School Locations:

Irvine, CA & Miami, FL

School Accreditations:

WASC Senior College and University Commission, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Council for Higher Education Accreditation,

The 2022 Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings ranked among the top 30 universities in the US

CPT Programs:

  • MS Computer Science
  • MS Information Technology
  • MS Engineering Management,
  • MBA/MBA (STEM Concentration)
  • DBA

Estimated Tuition:

$30,780 (Master’s) / $51,330 (Ph.D’s)

$5,130 (per semester) + $855 (for CPT)

$1,710 (per month)


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Westcliff University
Westcliff University
Westcliff University
Westcliff University
Westcliff University

| 1.About the School

Westcliff University is a prestigious private for-profit institution located on the West Coast of the United States. The university offers a plethora of internship opportunities, including Day 1 CPT internships. The main campus is situated in Irvine, which is ranked as the safest city in the US and the best city to live in California. I have also ensured that the text is free of any spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.

Its other campus is situated in Miami, Florida. The main campus offers courses for all programs, while the other campus mainly focuses on MBA programs.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 1:10, Westcliff offers an inclusive study environment for all courses, making it an excellent choice for students who want to learn new skills.

Westcliff instructors strive to provide excellent quality teaching, including key industry leaders from companies like Google, Hyundai, Kia, Deloitte, Hitachi Capital, etc.

About the School


Westcliff University has undergone a rigorous evaluation by a national examining committee and highly competent subject matter specialists.

It’s committed to maintaining the highest level of accreditation standards and would respond promptly and appropriately if students encounter a Request for Evidence (RFE) concerning accreditation.

Westcliff University is accredited by:

  • The Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission(one of the six regional accrediting agencies for higher education institutions in the US. This accreditation is also held by renowned California institutions like UCLA and USC, and it’s considered an assurance of the quality of teaching and administration.)

  • The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs(which is the highest level of accreditation for business schools and research institutions in the United States. Only 15% of business schools in the United States have achieved this level of accreditation.)

  • The Council for Higher Education Accreditation of the United States

* In addition, Westcliff University is ranked among the top 30 universities in the United States according to the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings.


School Locations

Academic Departments

There are 4 schools under Westcliff University:

  • College of Business
  • College of Technology & Engineering
  • College of Education
  • College of Law
  • College of Business

Offers degree and certificate programs for BBA, MBA, and DBA, as well as Certificate Program.

College of Business

Offers BBA, MBA (Master of Business Administration), and DBA (Doctor of business administration)



MBA, Master of Business Administration

Westcliff University’s Master of Business Administration program seeks to develop persons who can function successfully in upper middle management and top management positions. The emphasis is on strategic management concepts and principles.

The MBA program uses recent research findings, uses complex computer models, stresses the importance of human relations skills, and integrates strategic management processes through an objective worldview.

DBA, Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is designed for experienced professionals who are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the principles that govern global business.

The program emphasizes advanced decision-making and leadership skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of theory and applied research. Doctoral students have the opportunity to explore the challenges facing business today, including corporate social responsibility, globalization, and managing change.

In keeping with our commitment to working adult professionals, we have one of the few doctoral programs in Southern California that allow students to complete their studies in a synchronous hybrid or online format.


Westcliff Business Degree, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, whether taught via the online or hybrid platform, leads undergraduate students onto the next step in their business careers. At Westcliff University, BBA students become knowledgeable about various disciplines, including finance, accounting, marketing, operations, sales, and information technology.

Westcliff BBA’s professors, all of whom are senior managers in their respective fields, partner with BBA students to develop their verbal and written communication skills. Students lead group discussions, make presentations in class, and are encouraged to share their distinct perspectives.

Students also learn how to present their ideas professionally so that hiring managers see what they have to offer. Learning how to think critically, analyze data, and problem solve are integral components of a Westcliff Business Degree (Bachelor of Business BBA) degree.

College of Technology & Engineering

Offers Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), Master of Science Information Technology (MSIT), Master of Science Computer Science (MSCS) and Master of Science Engineering Management (MSEM) programs.







Bachelor of Science Information Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) program offered by Westcliff University is an interdisciplinary program taught from a holistic perspective, with an emphasis on information technology. The program is designed to provide pathways for students who want to pursue careers in the growing field of Information Technology. The students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills to solve challenges through data analysis and the use of Information Technology.

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program is designed to advance the professional careers of technologists in the field of information technology. The program incorporates the overall infrastructure and implementation of information technology initiatives. The importance of managing information technology projects is the main theme of the program and involves the integration of technology, people, and strategic development. Several aspects of information technology, such as emerging technologies, the IoT, and analytics are investigated to provide graduates with advanced insight into the field of information technology.

Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)

The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program is designed to advance the professional careers of technologists in the field of computer science. The program incorporates the overall infrastructure and implementation of computer science initiatives.

The importance of managing computer science and software projects is the main theme of the program and involves the integration of technology, people, and strategic development. Several aspects of computer science and associated technologies, such as the benefits of emerging programming languages and technologies, project management of software initiatives, and the development cycle of computer science related to strategic planning are investigated to provide graduates with advanced insight into the field of computer science.

Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM)

The Masters of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in engineering or related sciences to prepare them for management responsibilities. Engineering Management leadership has become a highly sought skill in today’s competitive global technological marketplace.

The custom-designed mix of management concepts and technical expertise will help prepare professionals to direct major public and private organizations in the increasingly complicated managerial environment of today’s competitive global, technical environment

College of Education

Offers Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAEd), Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA TESOL, Eligible for Day 1 CPT), language training programs, and certificate programs.

The Western State College of Law

Established in 1966, became the fourth college of Westcliff University in August 2019 after the merger.

It offers Juris Doctor Degree (JD) and certificate programs.

| 2.Pros and Cons

✅ Pros:

  • There are plenty of scholarships available, making it a cost-effective option.

  • Six enrollment windows each year.

  • The main campus is in a prime location in Irvine, California, offering convenience and safety.

  • Seven majors that support Day 1 CPT employment opportunities, including a Doctoral program, DBA.

  • Has a Career Service department that helps students find full-time/part-time job opportunities.

  • After every three semesters, students are allowed to take a break for one semester (during the break semester, students only need to register for one credit of the CPT course and can continue to work).

  • The school has experience with H1B RFE and student cases, including Day 1 CPT.

  • The minimum onsite frequency is only one day onsite per semester.

  • Initial F1 (applying outside of the US) students are also eligible for Day 1 CPT.

  • Partial credits can be transferred to new programs (up to 6 credits).

⚠️ Cons:

  • For students who have not obtained a graduate degree in the US, they may NOT be eligible to participate in the H1B *Advanced Degree Lottery after graduating from Westcliff

  • According to a few students, some courses have a heavy workload. The average workload at Westcliff is about 3-4 hours per week. It’s worth noting that we have developed a Course Evaluation/Guide System to help students avoid "tough" professors.

| 3.Day 1 CPT Programs

Westcliff University graduate programs that offer full-time CPT:

  • MS Computer Science
  • MS Information Technology
  • MS Engineering Management
  • MBA/MBA(STEM Concentration)

The school allows students to obtain CPT work authorization on the first day of school and will send out a CPT renewal notification at the end of each semester. You can use CPT for 365 days uninterrupted.


Master of Business Administration (STEM)

All MBA core courses are taken in the first academic year.

At the end of that year, you will select a concentration.

In the second academic year, you are required to complete 3 concentration elective courses.

Click here to view the MBA Concentrations

MBA - 10 Concentrations

STEM Concentration:

Information Technology Project Management (STEM)

Healthcare Administration (STEM)

Information Technology Management (STEM)

Cybersecurity (STEM)

Web Development & Design (STEM)

Non-STEM Concentration:

Strategic and Innovative Leadership

Organizational Management

General MBA

Finical Management

Coding Bootcamp

Digital and Strategic Marketing


Data-Driven Decision Making

Global Business

MBA - Course Structure

BUS 500 Organizational Leadership – 3 credit hours

BUS 505 Managerial Economics – 3 credit hours

BUS 510 Marketing Management – 3 credit hours

BUS 525 Strategic Management in a Globalized Economy – 3 credit hours

BUS 530 Managing Information Systems & Technology – 3 credit hours

BUS 535 Managerial Accounting – 3 credit hours

BUS 540 Organizational Behavior – 3 credit hours

BUS 550 Financial Management – 3 credit hours

BUS 557 Applied Methods Capstone – 3 credit hours

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The DBA program requires 60 credit hours, including 48 credit hours for core courses and 12 credit hours for concentration courses.

If the applicant has already completed Managerial Economics, Managerial Accounting, and Financial Management in a master's program, these three courses can be waived.

DBA program can be completed within a time frame of 1.5 to 4 years, up to how you want to pace it. Students can apply for a semester break (CPT eligible), every 3 semesters they’ve completed in a row.

Concentrations of the DBA program:

  • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (STEM)

  • Strategic Leadership in the 21st Century

  • Information Technology Management (STEM)

  • Applied Computer Science (STEM)

* If the applicants have used OPT during their master's program, selected a STEM concentration for their doctoral program, and worked full-time for less than one year using CPT, they are eligible to apply for OPT and OPT extension again (total of 3 years).

Using the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics DBA track as an example, if a student completes the four courses below, their major qualifies as STEM. They can apply for the 24-month OPT Extension.

  • BUS 800 Foundations in Analytics for Executives

  • BUS 801 Foundations in Analytics for Executives BUS 801 BI, Analytics, & Decision Support

  • BUS 802 Time Series & Predictive Analysis for Business

  • BUS 803 Artificial Intelligence and Prescriptive Analytics

Details of DBA Concentrations


For program details:

Click here to view the MS Computer Science

Click here to view the MS Engineering Management

Click here to view the MS Information Technology

| 4.Onsite Frequency

Westcliff University operates on a tri-semester system: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Each semester lasts for four months and is divided into two sessions.

Courses at Westcliff are offered in a hybrid format, with two courses (3 credits each) per semester, totaling 6 credits (plus an additional credit for CPT). Its attendance requirements meet the F-1 visa regulations set by the U.S. immigration agency.

Onsite courses are mandatory for students, and non-attendance may result in the automatic loss of F-1 status.

It is important to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout the academic program, as failure to do so may result in the inability to graduate and the termination of Fulltime CPT opportunities.

  • If the student resides within 50 miles of the school, they are required to attend school onsite once a week in a weekly format. The classes are held on a weekday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

  • If the student resides more than 50 miles from the school, they are required to attend school onsite once a semester in a professional format. The classes are held on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

*The student's residence address is determined by documents such as a leasing agreement, utility bill, rental insurance or car insurance bill, bank statement, etc.

*Tips: For students living in the Bay Area or other states, it is recommended to apply for programs at the main campus if there are direct flights to John Wayne Airport in Irvine. The main campus is only 2 miles from the airport, with daily direct flights from cities such as Dallas, San Francisco, and Seattle.

| 5.Tuition and Scholarship

*Starting Fall 2023 Per Credit Total Credits Tuition Total (CPT not included) CPT Fee/Semester Ave Duration (Month) Annual Tuition
Weekly Master's $795 36 $28,620 $795 28 $12,265
Professional Master's $855 36 $30,780 $855 28 $13,191
Weekly Doctorate $855 60 $51,300 $855 48 $12,825
Professional Doctorate $940 60 $53,700 $940 48 $13,425

Note: Students who apply for CPT will be billed for an additional credit hour for every semester. For a master's program, the total credit hours for each semester will be 7, and the tuition will be based on the 7 credit hours.

Non-Tuition Cost:

| 6. Scholarships

🔥Special Scholarship Only for Students Who Apply via CPTDog:

*$1,000 transfer F1 scholarship for All Semesters 2023 exclusive to students who apply via CPTDog.

About this scholarship

Must apply through our Westcliff official application link

  • Easily apply

  • Special offer

  • No GPA, document requirement

  • $1,000 will automatically apply to your account

  • Students are still eligible to apply for other scholarships

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Other Scholarships Include:

  • Distinguished Scholarship: awarded to students showing great potential during admissions with a GPA of 3.5 or above, up to $10,000

  • Giving Opportunities for Achievement and Learning (GOAL): awarded to outstanding current students with a GPA of 3.5 or above, up to $5,000

  • Building Leaders for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (BLEND): awarded to new or existing international students with a GPA of 3.25 or above, up to $2,500

  • Warrior Scholarship: awarded to students with financial hardship and a GPA of 3.0 or above, up to $2,500

  • (*New) H1B Scholarship: Students who applied for and activated H1B while remaining a Westcliff student could have 20% off on tuition and could choose to schedule courses as domestic students. (Part-time, gap, etc.)

*There are 6 chances to apply for scholarships annually. A student can apply for multiple types of scholarships. If a student has been accepted for a scholarship, it will be distributed as 6 payments during the school year (3 payments for distinguished scholarships). Once the scholarship has been fully distributed, students are allowed to re-apply for the same scholarship.

To apply for scholarships, students need to :

  • Write an essay within 500 word counts

  • Submit 3 documents to showcase themselves, such as resume, certificates, or recommendation letters. Please contact us to assist with the scholarship application

| 7. Academic Calendar

Sessions Session Start Session End Application Deadline
2023 Summer 1 5/1/2023 6/25/2023 3/20/2023
2023 Summer 2 6/26/2023 8/20/2023 5/15/2023
2023 Fall 1 8/28/2023 10/22/2023 7/17/2023
2023 Fall 2 10/23/2023 12/17/2023 9/12/2023
2024 Spring 1 1/8/2024 3/4/2023 11/27/2023
2024 Spring 2 3/5/2024 4/28/2024 1/24/2024

The graduate/doctoral programs at Westcliff University run on trimesters per academic year, each semester consisting of 2 sessions, for a total of 6 sessions per year, and students can apply for admission to any session.

The general application deadline is 1.5 months before the start of each session (for initial F1 students, the application deadline is 3-4 months before the start of the session).

Still, we recommend that students submit applications as early as possible to allow for sufficient time for SEVIS transfer and CPT application and to reduce the gap between OPT and CPT.

*If you miss the application deadline, don't worry, contact us, CPTDog could work with School Admissions to expedite admission decisions within an average of 3 days.

| 8.Application Guide

(If you apply through our application link, the application fee will be waived automatically. )

  • Complete the virtual interview (CPTDog will waive the interview for you)

  • Upload personal application information, including

    • I-20 & Passport

    • Resume

    • I-20 Release Form

    • Official Transcript

    • Bank statement ($28,000 and more deposited in your bank statement in the past 3 months; can be the same value in another currency)

    • Application Fee $50 (Waived through our link)

  • It usually takes 3-4 weeks to receive the result after applying.

    If you’re in an emergency and need to receive the offer ASAP, contact us; we’re here to help!

    We will expedite the application and transfer SEVIS results in 3-5 days.

1. Click here to enter the application system

International students can't select 100% Live Online courses. 

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2. Personal Information

Please enter your identity your information as the form application infroms.

*Note: The mailing section should be the current address to receive your mail. 

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3. Citizenship/Visa Information

In this section, please enter your nationality information and your VISA information.

Note: If you answer "Yes" to having a U.S. Visa, it will take you to a detailed section for your specific Visa type.

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4. Progam Information

Students in the following situation should choose a (New Degree) which symbolizes that they have started a degree. 

  • Students studying in the US for the first time

  • Students with H1b visas to be transferred to F1 visa

  • Student with expired F-1 visas needs visa reinstatement

For (Transfer Applicant), you are considered for the following situation.

  • Students who are on OPT and ready to transfer to another university. 

Use MBA as an example; you can select a concentration or "undecided" for MBA or DBA concentrations.

For your Modality section, please choose "In-person Professional (Weekend)"

Note: You can select Irvine (main campus) or the Miami campus for the MBA program.

For the MSIT, MSEM, MSCS, and DBA programs, you can only select the Irvine campus.

To find out if you can Waive your language score, you can contact us.

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5. Education Background

Graduate Program Applicants: Fill in information about your Bachelor's Degree

Applicants for doctoral programs: fill in the information about your postgraduate degree.

Select "Yes" for Credit Transfer if you need to transfer credits.

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6. English Testing Information

If you have an official English score, you can report it by selecting your English test type and entering your score.


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7. Supporting Documents

Please provide the necessary documents that could support your application decision. Additionally, kindly ensure all the documents are error-free, properly formatted, and have a clear copy.

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