||Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
||After 7 months of full-time, on-campus studies, students begin their search to fulfill the curricular practical training requirement. Pictured at the left are Accounting Professionals MBA students who are working at The Tower Companies in Rockville, MD. With them is Jeffrey Abramson (center), partner at The Tower Companies.
||Frequently Asked Questions (for students in the Professionals track)
||Does the University select a student’s U.S. practical training position? Each student is expected to take initiative in obtaining the practical
training position that fits their career path. The University's placement specialists provide
support and advice. The Career Strategies Workshop given during on-campus studies provides students with training for CPT search.
May a student negotiate his own salary?
Yes. The Accounting MBA program’s job specialists will educate you
about expected compensation amounts based on your skills and experience.
How does the University help prepare a student for an internship position? Through
a systematic schedule of Career Strategies Workshops and individual
meetings, the University provides guidance to ensure your maximum
Is a student guaranteed a practical training position? The
University is highly motivated to assist you in obtaining a good CPT position. However, like any other university, we do not
guarantee practical training positions. The reasons for this include:
(a) students vary
in the their ability to promote their professional competencies, (b) the
student’s English fluency affects placement efforts, and (c) the U.S. economy and job market are subject to change.
How can a student best prepare for relocation and job search?
- Arrive in the USA with strong written and spoken English
- Accept a goal to pass at least one part of the US-CPA exam (auditing) during the 7 months of on-campus studies
Bring sufficient additional financial resources to support your CPT search.
We recommend at least $3,000–$4,000 for travel and living expenses
during CPT search.
What are the prospects for getting a good CPT position? There
are many opportunities for professional accountants. Students who are
diligent and focused on applying for positions are finding good CPT
positions. University counselors are available at every step to provide
guidance and support for this process. It normally takes 2–6 months to
secure a CPT position.
What happens if a student doesn’t get a CPT position during the practicum period?
Students are expected to begin their CPT within a few months of
leaving campus. A student who hasn't begun CPT within the specified time
frame must return to campus for additional course work.
How does Distance Education (DE) work for this program?
During the two years of full-time CPT, students complete the remaining
academic credits through distance education
courses. The courses consist of guided-study courses, including preparation for CMA or
CPA exams. The University faculty provide a schedule of assignments,
monitor and advise students on their progress, provide guidance on
technical questions, administer periodic examinations, lead online discussion
forums and live conference call discussions, and facilitate essay writing assignments.
||Curricular Practical Training Sites
||Listed below are some of the employers who have hired our MBA candidates.
Academy for Educational Development
Access Home Care Inc.
Aeron Lifestyle Technology Inc.
Aga Khan Foundation USA
Armstrong Management Services
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Atma Investment LLC
B. F. Saul Co.
Bert Smith & Company
Blair Towers, LLC
Bokhara Carpet Palace Ltd.
Boots & Coots
Business Integra Inc.
Catholic Charities of LA
CH2M HILL, Inc.
Chesapeake Pharmaceutical & Health Care
City Colleges of Chicago
Community Preservation & Dev. Corp.
Corporate Executive Board
Creative Financial Staffing
DeVolt & Company, PC
Eagle Academy Public Charter School
EDGAR Online, Inc.
General Growth Property
Ghenene & Associates
Government of the District of Columbia-
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
Host Hotels & Resort
Institute for Psychological Sciences
Jackson Family Enterprises
K.Neal International Trucks
Lanre Banjo CPA t/a Banjo & Associates
Letap Group Inc.
Marriott International Inc.
Meadow Financial Virginia, LLC
Midwest Development & Investment Corp.
Mitchell & Titus
National Oilwell Varco LP
Neiswanger Management Services
New Israel Fund
Nina Jo Associates LLC
Object Net Technologies
Ofori & Associates
Patriot Residential Management Services LLc
Power Costs, Inc (PCI)
PricewaterhouseCoopers Princeton Optronics
Reed & Associates
Rivet Software Inc.
Robert Half Management Resources
Rodman & Renshaw
Russell Yamane & Associates
Save the Children
Sullivan & Company
The Maple Gas Corporation
The World Bank
Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates
Tower Construction Group, LLC
Transworld Logistics & Shipping
United World Telecom LC
Whitman Walker Clinic