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3. Admission Information

3.1 Admission Information

The University of Oklahoma requires all prospective graduate students to apply using the online application for admission.

3.2 Admission Application

Applicants who apply for graduate study at the University of Oklahoma are applying for admission to the Graduate College and the specific academic program in their proposed area of study. Information about the graduate application process and requirements can be found at the Office of Graduate Admissions website.

Norman Campus:
Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Oklahoma
731 Elm Ave., 318 Robertson Hall
Norman, OK 73019-2115
gradadm@ou.edu

(405) 325-6765
http://ou.edu/gradcollege/admissions

Extended Campus (formerly OU Outreach):
OU North America and Europe (formerly Advanced Programs)
OU Online (formerly Liberal Studies)
PaCS Admissions, Registration, Records, and VA Operations
1700 Asp Ave., Room B-1
Norman, OK 73072
pacsregistration@ou.edu

Tulsa Campus
Office of Admissions
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
4502 E 41st St., Room 1c114
Tulsa, OK 74135-2512
tulsainfo@ou.edu

  • Many academic units have program-specific deadlines. A list is available at the Graduate Admissions website.
  • International applicants are subject to university-based application deadlines due to the additional time needed to process international applications and to obtain student visas. A listing of the international deadlines is available at the Graduate Admissions website

A senior graduating from the University of Oklahoma who wishes to apply for admission to a graduate program should complete the online application for admission.

Every student admitted to the University of Oklahoma will receive a health questionnaire. This questionnaire must be completed and returned to Goddard Health Center before the student can enroll.

3.3 Admission Criteria

The admission criteria are intended to allow academic units to assess the likelihood that an applicant will succeed in a particular academic program. 

  • The dean of the Graduate College governs admission and enrollment in the Graduate College utilizing the recommendations of academic units. The Office of Graduate Admissions oversees all matters pertaining to general admission to the university.
  • To be considered for admission, the Graduate College requires that all applicants hold a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Undergraduate applicants in their final two semesters at regionally accredited colleges and universities may apply for admission to the Graduate College.
  • Admission to a graduate program at the University of Oklahoma is based on an evaluation of an applicant’s overall record, experience, personal qualifications, and proposed area of study.
  • The Graduate College does not set minimum GPA requirements and encourages academic units to evaluate applications holistically, but generally, successful graduate applicants possess a 3.00 cumulative GPA over their undergraduate and/or graduate work.
  • Academic programs may set more stringent admission requirements. Check with the program to which you are applying to determine any program-specific requirements.
  • The University of Oklahoma uses the following 4.0 scale to calculate grade point averages:

A     4.0 points per credit hour
B
    3.0 points per credit hour
C
    2.0 points per credit hour
D
   1.0 point per credit hour
F
    0.0 points per credit hour

  • If an applicant’s prior college or university uses a different scale, the grade point average is converted to a 4.0 scale or equivalent to determine whether the applicant meets University of Oklahoma grade point admission requirements.
  • The grade point average is based on the following:
    • If a bachelor’s degree has been earned at a regionally accredited college or university, the cumulative grade point average from the conferred degree is used. All letter-graded courses are subject to evaluation.
    • If graduate work has been completed at a regionally accredited college or university, but no master’s degree has been earned, the cumulative grade point average from the conferred bachelor’s degree is used. All letter-graded courses are subject to evaluation.
    • If a master’s degree has been earned at a regionally accredited college or university, the cumulative grade point average from the conferred degree is used. All letter-graded courses are subject to evaluation.
  • The University of Oklahoma generally discourages the admission of applicants who already hold a Ph.D. to our Ph.D. programs. Such admissions require the approval of the Dean of the Graduate College. The academic unit must recommend admission and explain (1) how the training the applicant would receive differs from the training they received in the prior Ph.D. program, (2) how the professional prospects of the applicant will be improved by seeking a second PhD, and (3) why the applicant cannot receive appropriate training and professional development through a different mechanism, such as a master’s program or postdoctoral appointment.
    (Graduate Council, 9-4-19)
  • Academic units may require transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • The Graduate College does not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other standardized tests. However, many academic units do require the GRE or other standardized tests.  For more information about required tests, applicants should contact the academic unit to which they are applying.
  • To determine additional academic unit requirements, applicants should consult with the graduate liaison of the academic unit to which they are applying.

3.3.3.1 English Proficiency

Before being admitted to the University of Oklahoma, all applicants for whom English is a second language must present documentation of proficiency in the English language. English proficiency requirements are discussed in detail on the Graduate Admissions website.

3.3.3.2 Financial Support Documentation

International applicants must provide documentary evidence of immediately available funds to cover the estimated expenses for the first year of the degree program to which they are accepted.

3.3.3.3 Financial Assistance

An international student may apply for aid offered by Financial Aid Services only if considered an “eligible non-citizen” by the U.S. Department of Education. Most international students are not eligible for this type of government-supported financial aid. Contact the Student Financial Center for additional information.

International students may be eligible for university or academic unit scholarships, fellowships, grants, or assistantships. Contact your academic unit and/or program for more information about these forms of financial assistance.

3.4 Types of Admission

The University of Oklahoma recognizes the following types of admission:

An applicant can be admitted if they have met all University of Oklahoma admission requirements, are recommended for admission by the appropriate academic unit, and are accepted for admission by the dean of the Graduate College. The admission recommendation may be based on many factors, including the applicant’s grade point average.

An applicant who shows the potential for academic success in graduate school, but does not meet all of the minimum admission criteria of the academic unit, may be admitted to a degree program with conditions.

  • Admission with conditions is contingent on the recommendation of the academic unit offering the degree program and approval of the dean of the Graduate College.
  • Admission with conditions will depend on other indicators of the student’s potential for academic success, such as strong performance on standardized tests, a high grade point average in the major, and/or experiences that clearly indicate strong academic ability.
  • The graduate liaison must provide the Graduate College with a recommendation for admission with conditions. The recommendation must indicate:
    • any grade requirements beyond the Graduate College-recommended 3.00 average
    • any course deficiencies to be satisfied.
  • The Graduate College must approve the recommendation for admission with conditions.
  • A student who fails to comply with the conditions specified may be subject to dismissal; the academic unit should notify their Graduate College academic counselor no later than the second week of classes.

Non-degree admission types include unclassified status, teaching certification status, and graduate visitor status. Students who are admitted solely to a graduate certificate program also are considered non-degree seeking (see Graduate Certificates).

Future admission to a graduate program is not guaranteed for students admitted to a non-degree status.  Students who complete graduate coursework in a non-degree status and later apply to an OU graduate degree program should review the sections of the bulletin regarding OU Coursework Taken before Admission to a Master’s Degree Program or OU Coursework Taken before Admission to a Doctoral Degree ProgramCredit completed as a non-degree student is not guaranteed to be applicable to a graduate degree.

Students admitted to a graduate non-degree status are generally not eligible to receive financial aid.  Additional information is available from the Student Financial Center

3.4.3.1 Unclassified Non-Degree Status

This status may be appropriate for applicants who want to take graduate-level coursework, but either have not chosen a field of academic study or do not intend to pursue a graduate degree. In addition to meeting this description, applicants must meet the Graduate College Admission Criteria to qualify for unclassified admission. The deadline to apply for unclassified admission is 30 calendar days prior to the start of the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll.

The following restrictions apply to unclassified status students:

  • A 3.00 cumulative grade point average from the undergraduate and/or graduate work is required for admission. Admission with conditions is not available for unclassified status.
  • Enrollment as an unclassified student is limited to 12 total hours. The Graduate College will place an enrollment hold on an unclassified student who has reached this limit.
  • Enrollment will be stopped and further enrollment as an unclassified student will not be permitted if the student’s GPA for the term is less than 3.00, or the student earns any grade of D, F, or U.
  • Students admitted to unclassified status for a given semester will not be eligible for admission to a graduate program for that same semester. However, unclassified students may apply to a graduate program for a future semester by submitting the online Addition or Change of Program application (see Addition or Change of Program).

3.4.3.2 Teaching Certification Status

A student wanting to fulfill requirements for a State Education Certificate (not a graduate certificate) may be admitted to teaching certification status. Applicants to teaching certification status should contact the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education for additional information.

3.4.3.3 Graduate Visitor Non-Degree Status

A graduate student who has earned a baccalaureate degree and is in good academic standing in a graduate program at another regionally accredited institution may apply to take courses at the University of Oklahoma as a visitor. For information about applying as a graduate visitor, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

3.5 Addition or Change of Program

  • A graduate student who is currently enrolled and wishes to add or change graduate programs must complete the online Addition or Change of Program application.
  • Students may not simultaneously pursue degrees in separate majors without prior approval of both the academic units involved and the dean of the Graduate College.

3.6 Readmission to the Graduate College

  • A student who has been admitted and does not enroll for the term of admission must reapply for admission.
  • An admitted student must register for courses at the University of Oklahoma for the term of admission to retain active status as a graduate student.
  • The student is subject to the regulations applicable during the first term of enrollment so long as continuous enrollments are maintained.
  • A student whose initial enrollment as a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma is during the summer session will be subject to the university catalog or bulletin in effect for the academic year following that summer.
  • A graduate student who has a lapse of enrollment for one year must reapply for admission.
  • A graduate student readmitted after a lapse of enrollment is subject to the current conditions and curriculum of their program of study at the time of readmission, not those in place at the time of the initial enrollment.
  • Readmitted students are subject to all course age limits as outlined in the master’s and doctoral degree sections of this bulletin.
  • A graduate student who finds it necessary to temporarily discontinue the program of study may request an academic leave of absence.
    • The request must detail the reasons for the academic leave of absence and specify the semester in which the academic leave of absence period will begin and the semester in which the student will resume study. Whenever possible, the request should be submitted while the student is still enrolled.
    • The request must be endorsed by the student’s committee chair and graduate liaison.
    • As a general rule, the academic leave of absence period will not exceed two years from the student’s last enrollment.
    • The period of the academic leave of absence will count toward the time limit for completing the degree.
    • Academic leaves of absence do not affect the policies governing lapses in enrollment. A student on an academic leave of absence of three or more consecutive terms (including summer) will need to reapply for admission and pay all associated application fees.
  • Exceptions to this policy may be made to accommodate academically reasonable requests related to pregnancy and parenting, disability, emergency medical condition, or similar extenuating circumstances. Individual accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • If approved by the Graduate College, an academic leave of absence allows the student to remain under the degree requirements in effect at the time of the student’s original admission to the program.
    • In addition, if the student has begun enrollment in 5880, 5980, 6880, or 6980, the continuous enrollment requirement is waived for the duration of the academic leave of absence.
  • A graduate student requesting an academic leave of absence may wish to contact the following offices for further advice: