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Sofia University

Sofia University is a U.S. private for-profit university. It is regionally accredited and offers Day 1 CPT programs in California. It has been a top choice for international students who wish to enroll in an internship in the bay area where most of the big tech firms are located.

Programs

Day 1 CPT Programs

The MSCS (Master of Computer Science) at Sofia University is a STEM program that also supports Day 1 CPT. In addition, its MBA & DBA programs also offer Day 1 CPT options to its F1 international students.

University Overview

Sofia University was established in 1975 by Drs. Robert Frager and James Fadiman. It is formerly known as the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, which provided ongoing training programs to psychologists.

After decades of development, Sofia University has become one of the best universities in the region. It acquired WASC accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC) in 1998. This is the highest form of accreditation. It is the same accreditation that Stanford University and UCLA have. In addition, Sofia University is also accredited by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Sofia University has 2 campuses. Both of them are located in California, one near the Bay Area and the other next to LA. The original campus is at the core of Silicon Valley, while the second campus is in the southern part of California. These perfect locations the premier reason why Sofia is the number one choice for those who need day 1 CPT on the west coast.

Sofia University’s Locations


Bay Area - Palo Alto
1069 E. Meadow Circle, Palo Alto, CA

Los Angeles - Costa Mesa
3333 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA
 

Sofia University’s Accreditation

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education accreditation
CHEA International Quality Group
Department of Education united states of America
Higher Learning Commission

Currently, Sofia University provides day 1 CPT options for only 3 of their graduate-level programs, MSCS (STEM), MBA & DBA With only three CPT programs, Sofia is still one of the most popular day 1 CPT universities in the region. This is due to its accreditations, scholarship opportunities, and low RFE rate.

If you are interested in Sofia University and its day 1 CPT programs, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. We will contact you back, and help you with the application process. Our free service includes consultation and waiving the application fee for eligible students.

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Day 1 CPT Universities - Quick Facts

What are the choices for day 1 CPT programs at Sofia University?

MBA

MSCS (STEM)

DBA

On-site frequency for Day 1 CPT programs at Sofia

Once a month.

The onsite instruction of the hybrid course will take place on weekends (Saturday or Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Scholarship for Day 1 CPT Programs at Sofia University?
  • Moving Humanity Forward Scholarship - $2,000
  • Merit-Based Scholarship - $5,000
  • Entrepreneurship Scholarship - $2,000
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Scholarship - $4,000
  • Honoring Heroes Scholarship - $2,000
  • International Students Scholarship - $2,500
  • Community Engagement & Social Advocacy Scholarship - $2,000

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Tuitions for Day 1 CPT programs at Sofia University?

Each program has a different cost per credit and graduation requirement, the whole program might cost approximately $24,000 to $51,300.

How long does the CPT application process take at Sofia University?

It usually takes 1 - 2 weeks to process the CPT application after students get enrolled.

Pros and Cons of choosing Day 1 CPT programs at Sofia University?

If you live in California, especially in the Bay Area, Sofia is a great choice for you due to its ideal location. At Sofia University, you can use CPT all year round without any Gap. The only downside of choosing Sofia is that it only has three Day 1 CPT programs. Please make sure that your JD and your background fit these three majors to fulfill the CPT requirement.

What to do if I miss the application deadline?

Contact our expert immediately. We are the official partner of Sofia University and provide expedited application service. Our consultant will follow up on your case and get the optimum result. We can also advise on alternative choices.

*The deadline for F1 transfer students (F1/OPT/CPT) is 4 weeks before the first day of the term.

For other students, it is 3 months before the first day of the term.

Day 1 CPT at Sofia University

Sofia University located in San Francisco, is one of the most convenient day 1 CPT school in California

Day 1 CPT Programs @ Sofia University

Why Choose Sofia University as your Day 1 CPT university?

- You can work 365 days a year: Sofia University has 4 quarters/year (11 weeks/quarter). Students can choose to take a break for a quarter after completing 3 quarters of study consecutively. They can still work full-time under CPT during the break. Also, there is no gap between each quarter, which means the student can work 365 days a year.

- MSCS (STEM),  MBA & DBA support Day 1 CPT: MSCS requires 42 credit hours to complete, MBA requires 36 credit hours to complete, and DBA requires 54 credit hours to complete. This brings the average time to graduate to 18 - 48 months depending on whether the students choose to take a break in between.

- Application Deadlines: 4 weeks before the quarter starts. If you miss the deadline, please contact us and we will arrange an interview for you to meet with the admissions officer as soon as possible. If you are admitted, you will receive the admissions letter and I-20 in as fast as 2-3 days.

CPT Eligibility

In general, international students can only apply for CPT after completing their first year at Sofia University. However, MBA and MS in CS (STEM) programs are exempted from this rule. As long as you have been studying in the United States for a year, as a F1 transfer student, you may start your internship at day 1 at Sofia University.

Class Format and Onsite Requirement

Hybird Learning Mode:

Students have to take a minimal of 2 courses (6 credit hours) /quarter to maintain their F1 status. One of them is online and the other has to be conducted onsite.

Currently, the university requires students to participate in classes on campus once per month.

For the MSCS program, during the first semester, there is a requirement to attend campus twice a month.

How to Apply for CPT

📌 To apply for CPT, you will need an offer letter from your employer and a signed CPT agreement from your manager or HR. Sofia University has a relatively flexible CPT approval process. The CPT agreement can be replaced by an employment letter or an offer letter in some cases. If you are not sure whether your documents are sufficient, check with your DSO or contact us for a free consultation.

📌 You can only start to use CPT after successfully enrolled in the CPT course which is equivalent to a 1 credit hour class.

Day 1 CPT Program - MSCS (STEM)

MSCS is the most popular Day 1 CPT course at Sofia University

  • MSCS at Sofia University is an accredited day 1 CPT STEM program, which grants its graduates 3 years of OPT after graduation. The program requires students to complete 42 credit hours of study.
  • The available concentrations are designed based on market demands, attempting to help students adapt to the industry's needs as quickly as possible. The currently available concentrations are Artificial Intelligence - Data Science and Cyber Security and Information Assurance.
Mandatory Core Courses(24 credits)

The following are the program core courses:

  • MSCS 2103 -Systems Programming
  • MSCS 3801 -Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
  • MSCS 3802 -Automata, Computation, and Complexity
  • MSCS 2401 -Data Science
  • MSCS 2202 -Machine Learning
  • MSCS 2101 -Software Engineering
  • MSCS 3804 -Cyber Security and Information Assurance
  • MSCS 3019 -Data Visualization
Concentration Courses(12 credits)

Students will select one of the following concentrations. All courses in the concentration must be completed to earn that concentration. Substitution of courses is permitted with Program Chair approval.

Artificial Intelligence

  • MSCS 3805 -Statistical Analysis for Computer Science
  • MSCS 2201 -Artificial Intelligence
  • MSCS 3008 -Introduction to Robotics
  • MSCS 3806 -Advanced Topics in AI and Machine Learning

Cyber Security and Information Assurance

  • MSCS 3920 -Cyber Security: Defense
  • MSCS 3921 -Cyber Security: Forensics and Attack Analysis
  • MSCS 3922 Applied Cryptography
  • MSCS 2219 -Advanced Threat Analysis

Data Science

  • MSCS3020 Mining Massive Data Sets
  • MSCS3805 Statistical Analysis for Computer Science
  • MSCS3807 Data Modeling in Python and R
  • MSCS3809 Advanced Data Science
Elective Courses (3 credits)

A total of 3 units of electives in the computer science, psychology, or business programs must be completed.

Work Integrated Learning-Based Program (0 Unit)
  • WILC5000 Full-Time Internship in Computer Science
Capstone Course (3 credits)

The Capstone Course is mandatory and should be completed in the final or next to final term of study.

  • MSCS 1022 -Technical Writing and Analysis for Computer Scientists: Capstone

Day 1 CPT Program - MBA

Sofia University Student Testimony for their Day 1 CPT MBA program
  • Students need to take 36 credit hours of classes to complete the program.

  • Sofia University assists students who may struggle to secure their first internship placement. The university can help in finding a suitable placement, suggest alternative internships, or advise on the filing of a temporary waiver. Additional resources include the Domestic Internship Handbook and International Internship Handbook, which provide comprehensive insights into the program.
  • Sofia University offers the STEM-certified Data Analytics Concentration. Possible career outcomes include Data Analyst, Data Scientist and Statistical Analyst. Students seeking to expand their skill set can incorporate a Data Analytics concentration into their MBA program. This specialization in Data Analytics is achievable by opting for any four (equivalent to 12 units) selected MSCS courses.
Core Courses (21 units)

The Core consists of courses that aim to provide students with both the human relations and quantitative decision-making skills to lead business operations.

  • MBA2001 Personality and Motivation (3)
  • MBA2002 Positive Psychology for Business (3)
  • MBA2003 Decision Science (3)
  • MBA3002 Finance(3)
  • MBA3005 Operations (3)
  • MBA3006 Business Law and Ethics (3)
  • MBA3008 Marketing (3)
Advanced Courses (12 units)

Advanced courses allow students to explore issues of innovation,
technology, and advanced topics in transpersonal psychology,
leadership and organizational behavior. There are 4 advanced
required courses:

  • MBA4302 Organizational Psychology (3)
  • MBA4401 Technology Innovation and Product Management (3)
  • MBA4601 Marketing and Consumer Psychology (3)
  • MBA4602 Sustainability and Global Leadership (3)
MBA Capstone (3 units)

The Capstone is the final component of a student’s graduate studies.

  • MBA4001 Capstone (3)
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Based Internship Program or Elective (0 Units)

Students pursuing the MBA Degree Program are required to pass Sofia University’s 0-credit internship class, Work Integrated Learning (WIL). WIL is a graduation requirement and an integral part to a student’s degree program. Additionally, after completion of the WIL internship class, students have the option to re-enroll in following terms, which will aid them on their continued internship journey while in the MBA program.

Data Analytics Concentration (Optional, 12 Units)

Students seeking to expand their skill set can incorporate a Data Analytics concentration into their MBA program. This specialization in Data Analytics is achievable by opting for any four (equivalent to 12 units) selected MSCS courses. These additional courses help students broaden their analytical capabilities, a skill increasingly valued in today’s data-driven business world.

  • MSCS 2401 Data Science
  • MSCS3019 Data Visualization
  • MSCS3020 Mining Massive Data Sets
  • MSCS3805 Statistical Analysis for Computer Science
  • MSCS3809 Advanced Data Science
  • MSCS3807 Data Modeling in Python and R

Day 1 CPT Program - DBA

  • This DBA provides continual immersion in an integrated program designed for business leaders interested in engaging academic methods to solve real-world problems.

  • Possible Career Outcomes Include: Executive Business Leadership, Global Team and Project Leadership, Professor in Global Business, Coach and Mentor of Global Business Leaders, and Executive Global Business Strategist & Policy Analyst.

  • Students will take one online fully asynchronous course with faculty and students. Students will also take one course in a hybrid residential format at either Costa Mesa or Palo Alto for 6 hours, three times a term.
  • To receive a Doctorate in Business Administration degree, a total of 54 units are required for graduation. There would be two courses each 10 weeks covering 2 credit courses with 2 hours of synchronous engagement and 3 credit courses with 3 hours of synchronous engagement.

The following are the specific degree requirements for the Domestic DBA:

Phase I: Global Business and Transformational Leadership Engagement (18 units)

Term 1:

  • GDBC6000 Critical Thinking and Business Communication (2)
  • GDBC6040 The Entrepreneurial Mind and Transpersonal Psychology (3)
  • DBA5011 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Term 2:

  • GDBC6010 Quantitative and Qualitative Research and Business Opportunities (3)
  • GDBC6020 Methods of Leading Change (2)
  • DBA5012 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Term 3:

  • GDBC6030 Mixed Methods Research for Business Opportunities (2)
  • GDBC6050 Transpersonal Leadership and Action Research (3) (GPHD7210)
  • DBA5013 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Term 4:

  • GDBC6020 Seminar: Business Challenges and Opportunities (2)
  • GDBC6900 Directed Studies (1)
  • DBA5014 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)
Phase II: Business Value and Global Leadership Program (18 units)

Term 1:

  • GDBC7000 Psychology of Organizational Transformation (3)
  • GDBC7010 Globalization and Sustainability (2)
  • DBA5021 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Term 2:

  • GDBC7020 Technology, Innovation and Creativity in Business (3)
  • GDBC7030 Leadership and Ethics in the Global Economy (2)
  • DBA5022 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Term 3:

  • GDBC7040 Leadership by Design (2)
  • GDBC7050 Transformational Leadership in Organizations and Communities (3)
  • DBA5023 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Term 4:

  • GDBC7060 Doctoral Project & Leadership Opportunities (2)
  • GDBC6910 Directed Studies (1)
  • DBA5024 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)
Phase III: Leadership Responses to Global Business Changes (18 units)

Term 1:

  • GDBC8100 Doctoral Project Proposal & Pitch (2)
  • GDBC8200 Doctoral Project Leadership Plan (2)
  • DBA5031 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Term 2:

  • GDBC8300 Doctoral Project Implementation (2)
  • GDBC8400 Conflict and Innovation Lab (2)
  • DBA5032 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Term 3:

  • GDBC8500 Doctoral Project Evaluation (2)
  • GDBC8600 Leadership Plan for the Future (2)
  • DBA5033 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Term 4:

  • GDBC8700 The Business Congress & Leadership Engagement (6)
  • DBA5034 Business Integration Practicum - BIP (0)

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition

Programs Total Tuition Cost/Credit Tuition/Year
MSCS $24,000 $572 $12,000
MBA $24,000 $667 $12,000
DBA $51,300 $950  $17,100

Every admitted student at Sofia University is eligible to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are offered when the requirements are met. Students are allowed to apply for multiple scholarships, but normally only one scholarship will be granted per student.

Scholarships

Moving Humanity Forward Scholarship

Who can apply: new students
Amount: $2,000

Merit-Based Scholarship

Who can apply: students with outstanding academic performance

Amount: $5,000

International Students Scholarship

Who can apply: international students

Amount: $2,500

Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Who can apply: entrepreneurs

Amount: $2,000

Community Engagement & Social Advocacy Scholarship

Who can apply: public service givers

Amount: $2,000

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Scholarship

Who can apply: marginalized and minority populations)

Amount: $4,000

 
If you need assistance with your scholarship application, Contact us!

Application

Sofia University Now Accepts Applications from International Students in 27 States (ARIZONA, ALASKA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, FLORIDA, HAWAII, IDAHO, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MICHIGAN, MISSISSIPPI, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW JERSEY, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, UTAH, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, and WASHINGTON).

Step 1. Online Application Portal **Contact us to Waive the $75 Application Fee**

Step 2. Prepare the following documents for your application:

  • $75 Application Fee (can be waived/reimbursed)

  • Statement of Purpose

  • ID (Copy of Passport or Driver’s License)

  • All Official Academic Transcripts

  • Foreign Transcript Evaluation (If Applicable)

  • English Proficiency Score (If Applicable)

  • $200 Acceptance Fee

  • F-1 Admissions Requirements Bank Statement (within 6 months: min $30,417)

  • Affidavit of Support (If Applicable)

  • Copy of Passport

  • Current I-20 Visa (If Applicable)

  • Current I-94 (If Applicable)

  • Current I-797A (If Applicable)

  • EAD Card (If Applicable)

  • Bank Statement (within 6 months minimum of $30,417)

👉Before school starts, students need to send their official transcript by email (Registrar@sofia.edu) or to the address below:

Sofia University Registrar Office

1069 East Meadow Cr.

Palo Alto, CA, 94303

⭐️ It normally takes 5-7 days to receive the result.

If you wish to accelerate the process, contact us.

Academic Year 2024 - 2025

Enrollment Windows Semester Start Date Application Deadline
Summer1 7/1/2024 6/4/2024
Fall1 9/30/2024 9/3/2024
Winter1 1/13/2025 12/17/2024
Spring1 4/7/2025 3/11/2025

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 Sofia University; we can help you accelerate your application.

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