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Optional Practical Training (OPT)

APPLY YOUR CLASSROOM KNOWLEDGE Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of employment authorization that allows F-1 visa students to gain practical experience directly related to their major field of study through 12 months of U.S. work experience. If you successfully complete the equivalent of one full academic year and earn an 8-month Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, you may be eligible to apply. This is an exciting opportunity to put your education into practice in the American business world.

OPT Work Authorization

If you are granted OPT authorization, you are eligible to work in the United States for up to 12 months.


Real-World Business Experience

Northeastern University’s Graduate Certificate in Business Administration for International Students is a valuable credential for international learners.

There are many benefits to earning your Graduate Certificate. It is an opportunity to earn a credential from a prestigious American university and learn from the renowned business education leaders at D’Amore-McKim. You’ll leave the Graduate Certificate program better prepared to succeed in your global career.

Complete the 8-month certificate format, and your experience doesn’t have to end on your last day of classes. Students who complete one academic year of study and successfully earn a graduate certificate may also be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization.

If you are granted OPT authorization, you are eligible to work in the United States for up to 12 months. Immerse yourself in American business culture and put the lessons learned in your D’Amore-McKim coursework into real-world practice.

We understand the needs of international students. Northeastern University hosts over 11,700 international students and scholars from 140 nations. With so many global learners in our community, we are well-equipped to provide for your needs.

We understand that applying for OPT is a technical and sometimes confusing process. Northeastern University’s Office of Global Services can help guide your way. We encourage certificate students who are interested in seeking OPT to begin working with the Office of Global Services early in their certificate program. Their staff of experts offer presentations throughout the year to help you make sense of the OPT process and learn more about this opportunity.

Hear from OPT-authorized students

Nabyla Tanaka

"OPT is a great opportunity to start working in U.S. and improve your professional skills.” — Nabyla Tanaka, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, 2015

Wengang Yang

"OPT was great opportunity to build my business network in the USA and learn more about business from people with advanced professional skills" — Wengang Yang, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, 2015