Graduate Admission Application Process
- Complete an application and submit other required documents: Go to the University of Oklahoma homepage, www.ou.edu, where you will see the admissions link, http://www.ou.edu/admissions/home.html for downloadable applications and all Admissions Office instructions. Applicants may submit applications online. The Admissions Office will not waive, decrease, or allow delay of the application fee ($50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $100 for international applicants). This application is the only official application needed. ECE does not have an additional application form.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must also submit the official TOEFL score of 213/550 (79 on the Internet-based test, 6.5 on the IELTS) to the central Admissions Office. The Admissions Office is not allowed to forward the application to ECE without the minimum score. (The specifications at the Admissions website must be read carefully. ECE does NOT require a TOEFL score of 600.) The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant has a degree from an accredited institution in the U.S.; otherwise, there are no exceptions to the requirement, especially if the score is below 213/550. ETS sends TOEFL score reports directly to the central Admissions Office and not to ECE.
The OU application process involves several offices and takes time. The basic process is the following:
- The Graduate Admissions Office is the starting point for any new applicants to the University. The Admissions Office initially processes transcripts for degree equivalences and also requires the application fee, TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English, and a Confidential Financial Statement for international applicants.
- Applications go to the Graduate College next to be screened on grades/marks.
- The application is then routed to the academic school/department if undergraduate/graduate GPA/marks meet the minimum cutoff criteria.
- If all application materials have been received, the application will be prepared for ECE Graduate Committee review. ECE has a rolling review process, meaning that the ECE Graduate Committee reviews applications as they are able (after receipt of all required application materials and if the stated deadlines have been met).
- After review, the application is returned to the Graduate College for their processing and clearance.
- The Graduate College returns the application to the Admissions Office for finalizing, which means more time is required even after the department completes the review process.