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Ottawa University

Ottawa, KS
Surprise, AZ
Brookfield, WI

Quick Overview

Day 1 CPT Program

EMBA, DBA, MS Nursing

Enrollment Window

DBA: May 06 2024/ July 01 2024 Others: May 03 2024/ June 28 2024/ August 18 2024/ October 13 2024/ January 13 2025


Annual Tuition : $16,110 - $16,575

Key Advantages

non-profit (H1B master's cap); nursing program

History and Accreditation


Founded in 1865, Ottawa University has evolved from a single building to a comprehensive institution, now educating over 4,000 students. It operates two residential campuses in Ottawa, Kansas, and Surprise, Arizona, along with additional campuses for adult and graduate studies in Kansas City, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and online platforms.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1914, Ottawa University's Business School is recognized by the ACBSP, while its Nursing program holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The university also maintains approval from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Kansas State Department of Education. Ottawa University also has campuses in Arizona and Wisconsin, providing convenient options for those working in the central states and the west coast. The university holds both national and regional accreditation, ensuring that USCIS typically does not question the school's qualifications during H1B application reviews. In addition, as a non-profit university, obtaining a degree from Ottawa University qualifies graduates to participate in the Master's Cap H1B lottery.

Ottawa University
  • Academic Policy
  • CPT Policy
  • Onsite Policy
  • Tuition and Scholarship

Academic Policy

  • Ottawa University operates on a tri-semester system (three semesters each year), with each semester lasting four months.

  • Each semester includes two 8-week sessions, with a requirement to complete a 3-credit course in each session.

  • Students must also undertake a 1-credit practical course (CPT) each semester.

  • Total Credits per Semester: 7 credits are required to be completed each semester.

CPT Policy

  • Work Authorization: The EMBA, DBA, and MS Nursing programs provide Day-1 CPT work authorization.

  • Hybrid Format: Courses are delivered through a blend of online and onsite classes.

  • Onsite Class Locations: ON-site classes are available at Kansas City, Phoenix, or Milwaukee.

  • CPT Authorization starts on the first day of classes. There is no gap between CPT authorizations.

  • CPT Renew: CPT authorization requires annual renewal each academic year.

Onsite Policy

  • Course Requirements: Each semester, students must complete two courses: one online and one on-site.

  • Campus Attendance Frequency: Master's students are required to visit the campus once per semester for a full weekend of ons-site classes. DBA students are required to attend the session twice per semester.

  • Failure to attend will result in the termination of F1 student status. 

Tuition and Scholarship


Total Tuition

Annual Tuition











Non-tuition fee:

  • Application Fee $75 (Contact Us to waive)
  • Technology Fee $150/semester


Tuition fees are payable per semester and should be fully paid before the start of each semester.


* day1cptcolleges is official enrollment representative for Ottawa University. Contact us for scholarship application information.

Day 1 CPT Program

  • Master's programs :
    • Requires completion of 36-42 credits;

    • Typically finished in an average of 24 months, with the option to extend up to a maximum of 3 years for graduation;

    • Can provide up to 2-3 additional opportunities for H1B lottery.


  • Doctoral programs :
    • Requires completion of 56 credits;

    • Typically finished in an average of 36 months.

    • Can provide up to 3-4 additional opportunities for H1B lottery.

Executive MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Ottawa University's EMBA is a fast-growing program for professionals, combining a weekly workplace practicum with on-campus classes one weekend every eight weeks in Kansas City, Phoenix, or Milwaukee. Integrated with the Blackboard Learning Management System, the EMBA aligns coursework with students' jobs, fostering practical application, networking, and the integration of theory with professional experience. To graduate, students need to complete 6 core courses (18 credits), 6 concentration courses (18 credits), and CPT courses equivalent to 6 credits.


Core Courses (18 credits):

        - BUS 7000 Organizational Behavior and Theory

        - BUS 7200 Value Systems & Professional Ethics

        - BUS 7500 Managerial Economics

        - BUS 7600 Managerial Finance

        - BUS 7800 Management Accounting

        - BUS 8500 Grad Seminar: Business Policies and Strategies


Choose 6 Courses from one of the Concentrations (18 credits):

        - Information Technology (STEM): Available at Phoenix, Ottawa, and Milwaukee campuses.

        - Business Data Analytics (STEM) : Available only at the main campus in Kansas.

        - Operational Effectiveness (Non-STEM) : Available only at the Phoenix campus.

        - Healthcare Management (Non-STEM) : Available only at the Phoenix campus.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Kansas Only

Ottawa University’s DBA program is an application-based doctoral degree that combines rigorous scholarship with a focus on real-world practice. Through empirical exploration in strategy and evidence-based decision making, students develop successful data-driven strategies for their organizations. Designed for those advancing in management, leadership, and consulting, the program prepares students for gaining success in strategic evidence-based management. To graduate, students need to complete 56 credits.


Core Courses:

        - ARP 9001 Applied Research Project: Research Execution I

        - ARP 9002 Applied Research Project: Research Execution II

        - ARP 9003 Applied Research Project: Research Execution III

        - ARP 9004 Applied Research Project: Research Execution IV

        - ARP 9200 Applied Research Project Defense

        - BUS 8650 Strategic Organizational Development

        - BUS 8652 Informed Decision Making

        - BUS 8660 Financial Value Generation Strategy

        - BUS 8665 Strategic Human Capital Management

        - BUS 8670 Knowledge-based Competitive Strategy

        - BUS 8680 Technology-driven Organizational Challenges

        - BUS 8690 Strategy Implementation Methodologies

        - BUS 8750 Doctoral Orientation: Writing At The Doctoral Level

        - BUS 8760 Survey of Business Strategy

        - BUS 8902 Special Topics: 21st Century Strategy

        - BUS 9005 Doctoral Colloquium

        - BUS 9100 Oral Comprehensive

        - DRES 8651 Quantitative Research Methodology I

        - DRES 8653 Qualitative Research Methodology I

        - DRES 8751 Quantitative Research Methodology II

        - DRES 8753 Qualitative Research Methodology II


Supplemental Courses:

        - ARP 9005 Applied Research Project: Research Continuation I

        - ARP 9006 Applied Research Project: Research Continuation II

        - ARP 9007 Applied Research Project: Research Continuation III


Master of Science in Nursing - Overland Park, Kansas Only

This 2-year, 36-credit MS Nursing program is designed to enhance patient care quality and expand career opportunities for its graduates. This innovative program aims to help students achieve their personal and professional aspirations while potentially increasing their earning potential. As a CCNE-accredited program since March 2019, valid through December 2024, it prepares graduates to become servant leaders in various settings, thereby improving health outcomes for a wide range of populations. The accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education underscores the program's commitment to excellence in nursing education. To graduate, students need to complete 54 credits.


Core Courses (18 credit hours):

  • Transition to the Graduate Nursing Role (3)
  • Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • Research to Improve Quality and Safety for Graduate Nursing Roles (3)
  • Cultural Diversity, Policy and Advocacy with Population Health (3)

Nurse Educator Specialization (18 credit hours):

  • Foundations for Nurse Educator Practice (3 credits)
  • Teaching Strategies for Today’s Nurse Educator (3 credits)
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment Techniques in Nursing Education (3 credits)
  • Instructional Technology and Simulation in Nursing Education (3 credits)
  • Nurse Educator Practicum (3 credits)
  • Nurse Educator Capstone (3 credits)

Nurse Leadership Specialization (18 credit hours):

  • Foundations for Nurse Leader Practice (3 credits)
  • Health Information and Systems Management as a Nurse Leader (3 credits)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues for Nurse Leaders (3 credits)
  • Business Concepts for Nurse Leaders (3 credits)
  • Nurse Leader Practicum (3 credits)
  • Nurse Leader Capstone (3 credits)

Enrollment Window




  EMBA Start Date DBA Start Date Application Deadline
Summer 1 2024
May 03/2024
May 06/2024
April 03/2024
Summer 2 2024
June 28/2024
July 01/2024
June 17/2024
Fall 1 2024
August 18/2024
July 18/2024
Fall 2 2024
October 13/2024
September 13/2024
Winter 1 2024
January 13/2025
December 13/2024


*The inaugural start date of the new MSN program is August 23, 2024.



Enrollment Requirement:


To apply for the EMBA program at the University of Ottawa, candidates must have a graduate degree with over 3 years of work experience, or an undergraduate degree with more than 5 years of work experience.


If you miss this deadline, please contact us. We can assist in expediting your application process and help you get your offer and I-20 in 3 days.


* If you are F-1 transfer student (Valid SEVIS), the application deadline is two weeks before the official start of classes. Otherwise, the deadline is eight weeks prior to the official class start date.

Application Guide

How to apply and waive the application fee?


1. Start the Application: Fill out the form below.

  • The application fee is $75. As an official recruitment partner of Ottawa University, we can help you waive the application fee (contact us).


2. Upload personal application information, including: 

  • Personal Information Collection Sheet
  • Statement of Purpose (This can be waived for students who have worked or studied in the USA)
  • Official Academic Transcript
  • 3 Letters of Recommendations
  • Language Proficiency Scores:
    IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 79, Duolingo English Test 105 (This requirement can be waived for students who have worked or earned a degree in the USA)
  • I-20 Form (Submit the most recent version)
  • I-94 Form (Download by selecting 'Get Most Recent I-94')
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Resume
  • Proof of Financial Resources (A bank statement from the past three months showing a balance of over $28,990, or an equivalent amount in Chinese Yuan, is acceptable)


The processing of application typically takes 5-7 business days; contact us in urgent cases for expedited processing, which can reduce the processing time to 1-3 days.


3. After receiving the acceptance letter, confirm the SEVIS transfer date with your advisor. Then, complete the SEVIS Transfer Form to transfer your SEVIS record from your current institution to Ottawa University.


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