About Master's Degrees
The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work, and typically requires 30-36 semester hours of coursework. Certain master's degrees require more than 36 hours.
Master's degree programs which require a thesis consist of at least 30 semester hours. A master's thesis is the product of individual student research, and should represent an original contribution to the academic field of knowledge.
Non-thesis master's degree programs consist of at least 32 semester hours. Students must complete a non-thesis examination to demonstrate mastery of their academic field of study.
Accelerated Degree Programs
An accelerated degree program (ADP) enables qualified undergraduate students to earn a master’s degree in an accelerated time frame by sharing up to 15 percent of the total coursework required for the stand-alone bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Dual Master's Degree Programs
Dual degree programs allow students to pursue degrees simultaneously in two fields of study. To obtain a dual degree, the student must satisfy the admission, course, and examination requirements of both programs.
- The student must be admitted to both programs before 12 credit hours of coursework have been completed in either program.
- All deficiencies must be completed and all degree requirements, including research tools, foreign languages, non-thesis examination and thesis, must be met for both programs.
- Up to 20 percent of the total graduate credit hours required for both degrees taken individually may be double counted, e.g., counted as credit for both programs.
- The double-counted courses must be appropriate for each degree.
- The student must graduate with both degrees in the same semester.
Dual Degrees Offered
- Generic Dual Degree
- Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts (French)
- Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts (German)
- Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts (Spanish)
- Master of Business Administration and Master of Library and Information Studies
- Master of Business Administration and Master of Science (Mathematics)
- Master of Education (Instructional Psychology & Technology) and Master of Library and Information Studies
- Master of Arts in International Studies (Global Studies) and Master of Social Work
- Master of Regional and City Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture
With the College of Law:
- Juris Doctor and Master of Arts (Native American Studies)
- Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in International Studies (Area Studies)
- Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in International Studies (Global Studies)
- Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration
With the OU Health Sciences Center:
- Generic Dual Degree with OU Health Sciences Center
- Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health
- Master of Business Administration and Master of Science (Health Administration)
- Master of Business Administration and Master of Science (Pharmacy Administration)
- Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health
- Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing) and Master of Public Health
Professional Master of Arts Degree with Specialization in TESOL
The TESOL master's degree is the most well-recognized credential for teaching English to international speakers at home and abroad. The Professional Master of Arts combines academic background with practical application.
For more information, please see the Professional Master of Arts in TESOL Information and FAQ page.