Tuition & Aid
For undergraduate students, full-time student status is defined by 12 or more credit hours. OU uses a flat rate tuition for full-time undergraduates. This means students pay tuition for 15 credit hours per semester and can then take from 12 to 18 credit hours of classes. If students take fewer than 30 hours during the fall/spring, they may be eligible to use their extra hours in the summer at no extra cost. These are called “Banked hours”. More Info
For graduate students, 9 credit hours is considered full-time, while 6 credit hours is full-time for Graduate Assistants who are working 20 hours per week.
OU participates in the Academic Common Market for some degree programs. Students in some other states are eligible for Oklahoma in-state tuition for eligible programs. More Info
Graduate research and teaching assistantships offer valuable experience to students, pay a monthly stipend, and assistantships of 20 hours per week include a tuition waiver for up to the number of hours required to finish the degree (for example, the MLIS is 36 hours). GA positions do not waive fees.
OU SLIS offers graduate assistantships on both the Norman and Tulsa campuses, and GAs are usually chosen in Spring for the following academic year.
Students may also be hired for hourly positions which are generally 10 to 20 hours per week. These jobs pay minimum wage and do not include a tuition waiver.
SLIS students are hired in graduate assistantships and hourly student jobs in a variety of locations across campus. Many of our students are employed by OU Libraries, OU IT, and the College of Arts & Sciences. In addition to the main library, Bizzell, there are a number of branch libraries, archives, and museums across campus that have hired SLIS students including (but not limited to) the Carl Albert Congressional Research Center, the Western History Collection, the Ballet Russes Archives, the American Organ Institute, the Sam Noble Museum, the History of Science Collection, and more. Following are some links to help you find graduate assistantships and hourly student jobs on campus:
- Norman campus student jobs, both graduate assistantships and undergraduate student jobs
- OU Libraries Norman campus graduate assistant positions (also check student jobs link above to find other student jobs in OU Libraries)
- OU Tulsa Schusterman library graduate assistant positions
Many SLIS master's students work as part-time staff members in libraries, archives, and museums around the region. The Pioneer Library System (Norman and surrounding counties), the Metropolitan Library System (Oklahoma City), Tulsa City County Library System, the OU Health Science Center (in Oklahoma City), are some places where our students work. One place to check for openings is the Oklahoma Department of Libraries Jobline .
Scholarships are awarded competitively on the basis of demonstrated academic merit and potential for leadership. The SLIS Admissions and Scholarships Committee considers all applications for scholarships in the spring of each school year. Applications for student scholarships are due through the OU CASH database by February 1 for the following academic year. The application window opens in October.
SLIS does not have scholarships specifically designated for international students, but OU has some possible scholarships.
- Clarice Marie Springer Hollingsworth Scholarship
- Floy Elliott Cobb Scholarship
- Frances Laverne Carroll LIS Career Scholarship
- H. W. Wilson Company Scholarship - for master's and doctoral students
- Jesse Lee Rader Scholarship
- Julian J. Rothbaum Scholarship - for Tulsa students
- Lotsee Patterson American Indian Scholarship - for students with documented enrollment in a federally recognized tribe
- Mary Angus Sherman Scholarship
- Mildred Laughlin Award
- Nannie B. Trammel Scholarship
- OSLA Scholarship
- SLIS 75th Anniversary Scholarship
- Irma Rayne Tomberlin Scholarship - awarded through the OU SLIS Alumni Association
- Roberta Roads Allen Scholarship – for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students
- Philip Farish Scholarship - for undergraduate or graduate students
- Ruth Brown Memorial Scholarship presented by Bartlesville Women’s Network - for students living in Nowata, Osage or Washington county
- American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship Matching Award - for students who receive the Spectrum Scholarship
- Irma Rayne Tomberlin Scholarship
- Dr. Frances Laverne Carroll Student Paper Award
The Oklahoma Library Association offers two different scholarships and may award several winners each year. Their scholarship information is here.
- OLA Scholarship
- Connie Van Fleet Memorial Scholarship
The Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) offers scholarships to full or part-time employees in public, academic, or special libraries. The application deadline is in January, and more information can be found here.
- American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship
- American Indian Library Association (AILA) Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship
- Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Scholarship
- Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) E. J. Josey Scholarship
- Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) offers several scholarships
- The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) Scholarship
The American Library Association compiles an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions, and foundations who give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies. Please click here to access this directory.
OU students have access to the full set of services offered by the University Career Services Center, including assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview skills. Career Services also maintains internship and jobs posting boards and placement services. These services are available in person, or through email and videoconferencing.
Many library-focused position announcements from local and regional organizations are sent directly to the School. We post these announcements on the SLIS-jobs listserve. Current students are automatically subscribed to this email list. If you are an alumni and would like to receive these emails, please contact Sarah Connelly in the SLIS office.
Many library-focused position announcements from local and regional organizations are sent directly to the School. We post these announcements on the SLIS-jobs listserv. Current students are automatically subscribed to this email list. If you are an alumni and would like to receive these emails, please contact Sarah Connelly in the SLIS offices 405-325-3921.
Most OU SLIS graduates choose to work in Oklahoma. Here are two sources of job advertisements
- Oklahoma Library Association has an email list available to members and jobs are posted there
- Oklahoma Department of Libraries Library Jobline