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It's important to know what transcripts are required for your grad school application.
U.S. applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or a school that is accredited by a national accreditation agency recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
International applicants must have received the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree, typically four years in length, from an accredited college or university in the country where the degree was earned.
U.S.Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their Permanent Resident card. This document can be uploaded to the application.
Institutions of higher education should have some form of accreditation. Regional accreditation is the most prestigious form of accreditation in the U.S and required to apply for graduate study at OU.
There are multiple regional accreditation agencies currently recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the US Department of Education. Approved regional accrediting agencies are:
In addition, the Graduate College accepts accreditation of colleges or universities that are accredited by national accreditation agencies that are recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
OU accepts international credits/degrees from institutions recognized by the Ministry of Education or government-approved authority in the country where the degree was earned. For degrees to be accepted, the instiution must be approved to offer degrees (bachelor's degree equivalent or higher).
Applicants must disclose all colleges or universities previously attended on their graduate application. Failure to list any college or university attendance on the application may be grounds for expulsion from The University of Oklahoma.
The Graduate College requires that applicants submit a transcript from the institution where they earned their most recent degree in order to be considered for admission. However, some graduate programs require that an applicant submit transcripts from all college/universities previously attended. Please check with your graduate program for more information.
Both unofficial and official transcripts are acceptable for application review.
Test Scores and Other Application Matrials:
After your have submitted your graduate application, you can upload unofficial transcripts and other credentials to your application status page.
If GRE or English proficiency test scores are required as part of the application review process, an applicant must submit their official test scores to Graduate College Admissions after application submission.
To submit official electronic GRE, IELTS, TOEFL and PTE Academic score reports
If you are admitted, you must submit official academic transcripts from all institutions where you earned a degree (bachelor's or higher). The final transcript must show all grades earned and the degree conferred. Students should request their degree schools mail an official transcript directly to Graduate College Admissions.
Graduate College Admissions
Robertson Hall, Room 213
731 Elm Avenue
Norman, OK 73019
Unofficial transcripts are uploaded as part of the application process.
Official transcripts are the original documents issued by the institution.
Note: All transcripts, test scores, correspondence, or other materials submitted in conjunction with an application for admission become the permanent property of the University and will not be returned. Should you need copies of your transcripts for other purposes, you must obtain them from the originating institution(s).
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Admission to graduate programs at The University of Oklahoma is a collaborative effort between the academic units and Graduate College Admissions. Admission is based on an evaluation of an applicant’s overall education record, experience, personal qualifications, proposed specialization, and an assessment of the likelihood that an applicant will succeed in, and benefit from, a particular academic program.
The Graduate College Dean governs admission and enrollment in the Graduate College, utilizing the recommendations of the academic units. It is the responsibility of Graduate College Admissions to admit students to the university who meet Graduate College standards and who are recommended for admission by the graduate departments.
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https://gograd.ou.edu/apply/New students to OU, current OU undergraduate students, and former OU graduate students who have been inactive for more than 12 months should complete a new application.
Create a new account using an email address and password of your choosing. All communication regarding your application will be sent to this email address.
Upload a copy of your most recent degree transcript (bachelor's or higher).
Note: if you are recommended for admission, your official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (bachelor’s or higher) will be required.
Upload copies of test scores, if applicable, to the application.
TOEFL / IELTS / PTE
Upload all supplemental documents to the application that are required by the academic unit.
Submit the application.
Pay the application fee.
If your are one of the following scholars, you wil be promted to upload verification in the application and your application fee will be waived.
Note: International applicants are not eligible for the McNair, GEM, and LSAMP programs..
Application deadlines for each academic program can be found on the the Graduate College Programs page. Many programs have deadlines earlier than those listed below. In that case, the earlier deadline takes precedence.
If your academic program either does not have a deadline or has one that is later than those listed below, then the date listed below is your deadline.
Fall Semester (starting in August): April 1
Spring Semester (starting in January): September 1
Summer Semester (starting in May): February 1
The above application deadlines apply only to international students who reside outside the United States. If you are currently studying in the U.S., then your academic program's U.S. deadline applies.