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Applying for Graduate Study at the University of Oklahoma

Degree-Seeking Admission

A graduate degree is conferred for mastery of a field and thorough understanding of its related branches. The Graduate College strives to develop in each student a firm grasp of a chosen field, the skills and methods of research, and the capacity for independent thought. Students must master a body of knowledge, and class work merely provides the foundation for wider personal inquiry. Graduate students are expected to demonstrate initiative and assume responsibility for the progress of their studies.

Master's Degrees

The master’s degree typically requires 30-36 semester hours of coursework. Certain master's degrees require more than 36 hours.

Doctoral Degree

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

Non Degree-Seeking Admission

Graduate Certificates

A graduate certificate represents completion of a set of courses that provides mastery of a specific area of knowledge. A graduate certificate indicates an advanced, focused inquiry into a defined area of study and is recorded on the student’s transcript. A graduate certificate is not a graduate degree. For a degree-seeking student, a graduate certificate may indicate an area of specialization; for a professional, a graduate certificate may provide evidence of special expertise.

Graduate Visitors

Graduate students in good academic standing at other accredited institutions are welcome to take courses at the University of Oklahoma as Graduate Visitors.

Unclassified Status

Unclassified graduate student status is offered to students who want to take graduate courses and are not seeking a graduate degree or have not yet chosen an academic field of study.

Visiting the Campus

Prospective Graduate Student Tours

The OU Graduate College offers a campus tour specifically geared toward the graduate student. Led by our Graduate Student Life Advisory Council, tours can be booked for the individual or a group and can incorporate prospective academic departments.

Please email gslac@ou.edu or call 405-325-2139 at least one week in advance of your campus visit to schedule a tour. Please note that emails may be answered more rapidly than phone messages. We look forward to sharing our beautiful campus with you!

OU Visitor Center

The OU Visitor Center in Jacobson Hall is your first stop for parking passes, maps and other visitor information and materials. Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, Saturdays (excluding holiday weekends) 9am to Noon

Current OU Graduate Students

Addition or Change of Program

A student who is currently enrolled in the Graduate College and wishes to change the major area of interest or degree program must apply by completing the online Addition or Change of Program application through the Office of Graduate Admissions website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the department application deadlines?

The Office of Graduate Admissions lists program-specific application deadlines. Check the appropriate department/degree program website for additional information.

What is the status of my admission application?

You and your intended academic department can access your application information through the CollegeNET system. You may also call the Office of Graduate Admissions at 405-325-6765 to ask the status of your application.

Do I need to take the GRE?

Many academic departments require applicants to take the GRE, so you should contact the department to which you are interested in applying for more information. To find out when and where the GRE is administered, refer to the Educational Testing Services (ETS) website.