Admissions & Recruitment
Executive Director of Admissions & Recruitment
Associate Provost, Office of the Sr. Vice President and Provost
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. Applicants who apply to for graduate study at OU are applying for admission to the Graduate College and the graduate program in their proposed area of study. Inquiries related to graduate admission should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, University of Oklahoma, 731 Elm Avenue, Room 318, Norman, OK 73019-4075, (405) 325-6765; FAX (405) 325-5345; e-mail: email@example.com; website: ou.edu/gradcollege/admissions
Applications cannot be considered until all required materials have been submitted. Applications and supporting credentials are reviewed by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the graduate academic unit to which the applicant is seeking admission, and the Graduate College. The final decision on admission to the Graduate College is made by the graduate dean. To be eligible for enrollment, the student must have been admitted to the University and to the Graduate College before the registration period ends for any given semester.
The Office of Graduate Admissions has charge of all matters pertaining to general admission to the University. Admission and enrollment in the Graduate College is governed by the graduate dean. All admissions to the Graduate College require that the student hold a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university. Undergraduate applicants in their final semester at regionally accredited colleges and universities may apply for admission to the Graduate College. The Graduate College only accepts coursework and degree from regionally accredited institutions. Regionally accredited school meet certain academic standards and are non-profit or state-owned. Schools with only a national accreditation are often technical, vocational, career or religious-focused and are usually for profit. International colleges and universities must be recognized by the government-approved authority of education (i.e., Ministry of Education) in the country where the degree was earned.
If admitted, a student must register for courses at the University of Oklahoma for the term of admission to retain active status. The student is subject to the regulations applicable during his/her first term of enrollment so long as continuous enrollment is maintained.
APPLICATION FOR GRADUATE ADMISSION
Prospective graduate students should apply online.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
- Transcript from last degree-conferring college or university1
- It is recommended that you submit transcripts for any graduate coursework completed
- An application-processing fee must accompany the application of all students who seek admission or readmission to the University
If you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions.
ACADEMIC UNIT REQUIREMENTS
Most graduate academic units or programs require that supplemental application materials, such as letters of recommendation, goal statements, etc., be submitted along with the application for admission. Students should consult with the graduate academic unit to which they are seeking admission to verify admission requirements and credentials needed. Although the Graduate College does not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or any other standardized tests, many academic units do require the GRE or other standardized tests.
For graduate applicants within the United States, there are no formal admissions application deadlines.
International graduate applicants outside the United States are subject to application deadlines:
- Fall Semester – April 1
- Spring Semester – September 1
- Summer Session – February 1
Most graduate academic units do have application deadlines, which are earlier than the dates listed. All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the academic units to which they are seeking admission for the information regarding application deadlines.
Application deadlines can change between publications of this catalog. For the most current information on deadlines, go to Graduate Programs & Deadlines.
Many graduate academic units offer graduate assistantship opportunities. A graduate assistant is a student who serves in a support role while pursing graduate study. Graduate assistants typically assist faculty with instructional responsibilities as teaching assistants or academic research responsibilities as research assistants. Graduate assistantships are awarded and governed by individual academic units and appointing departments. Prospective students should contact the academic unit to which they are seeking admission to obtain information about, and applications for, graduate assistantships.
ADMISSION OF UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA GRADUATING SENIORS
All seniors graduating from the University of Oklahoma who wish to apply for admission to a graduate program should apply online no later than the final semester of their senior year. Graduate Academic Unit application deadlines apply to graduating seniors. University of Oklahoma graduate seniors are not required to submit transcripts with their graduate applications since these applicants are current students at the University.
If admitted, the graduating senior must inform the Graduate College if he/she fails to complete any requirements for his/her baccalaureate degree. These degree requirements must be completed by the term of the student’s admission to the Graduate College. If they are not completed in the proper time frame, the graduate admission will be cancelled and the student must reapply to the Graduate College and graduate academic program to which he/she was previously admitted.
ADMISSION AS A VISITOR
Graduate students who are currently admitted and in good standing in graduate degree programs at other regionally accredited institutions are welcome to take courses at the University of Oklahoma as a Graduate Visitor. In this status, a graduate student has all the rights and privileges of other graduate students except he or she is not pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Oklahoma. Should a Graduate Visitor decide to pursue a graduate degree here, he or she would be required to file another application and submit official copies of degree transcripts. To be admitted as a Graduate Visitor, a prospective graduate student must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions:
- A completed application form and application-processing fee (apply online).
- A letter of good standing from the dean of the Graduate College of the student’s home institution.
READMISSION TO THE GRADUATE COLLEGE
Graduate students must file an application for readmission if it has been more than one year since their last attendance at the University. Students who only enroll for summer terms (summer to summer students) do not need to reapply unless they graduate or break their continuous enrollment for a summer term.
Students who have attended another college or university since last attending the University must submit official transcripts from each institution attended to the University of Oklahoma’s Office of Admissions. A student’s eligibility for readmission will be determined after an evaluation of all transferred work is made. Readmitted students will be subject to the regulations in effect at the time of readmission.
All new applicants to the Graduate College for whom English is a second language (including those holding permanent resident status) are required to present evidence of proficiency in the English language prior to admission. The intent of this policy is to insure that students for whom English is not a native language have a reasonable chance to succeed academically based on their ability to comprehend and use spoken and written English. Graduate applicants may satisfy the English proficiency requirement in one of several ways which are stated on the English Proficiency Requirements web page.
Consult the OU Graduate College for further information concerning graduate admission, policies and programs.
Credit for Prior Learning Assessment/Extra-Institutional Learning
The University of Oklahoma encourages capable students to seek college credit for knowledge they may have acquired in a variety of ways. Complete information on the ways students may establish credit for extra-institutional learning at the University of Oklahoma is found in Prior Learning Assessment Credits.
A student enrolled in and attending a course may earn credit in that course by prior learning assessment examination up to the end of the second week of class in a regular semester or the first week of a summer session. If a student earns credit in the course by examination, the student may drop the course enrollment with no fee assessment, provided the course is dropped within the specified free drop period for the term. Refunds will not be made for courses dropped after the defined free drop period.
The amount of prior learning assessment credit that may be applied toward a degree is subject to OU graduation requirements and the degree-recommending college in which a student will earn a degree. The dean of the degree-recommending college will determine how this credit applies toward a degree.
The neutral grade of satisfactory (S) will be assigned to all types of prior learning assessment credit authorized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Should a student fail a prior learning assessment examination, no grade will be recorded. In addition, a student may not receive credit for a repeat of an exam previously failed. Students should consult the OU Admissions or the Center for Independent and Distance Learning to discuss other test options.
The regulations governing prior learning assessment credit mentioned above apply to all of the OU prior learning assessment options available.
Advanced standing examinations are under the general supervision of the University Registrar (and the chairperson of the department in the case of University departmental examinations).
The Academic Regulations Committee is responsible for hearing any appeals in hardship cases of students who do not meet the conditions and regulations governing advanced standing examinations.
Prior Learning Assessment credit may be earned through a variety of test options which include:
- University of Oklahoma departmental prior learning assessment examinations.
The University of Oklahoma offers a number of departmental prior learning assessment examinations. Interested students should consult with an academic advisor during enrollment or with the departmental office responsible for offering the course. Some of the more commonly taken examinations are administered by the Center for Independent and Distance Learning (CIDL). For those examinations, students should pick up the application forms at 1600 S. Jenkins, Room 101, Norman, OK 73072-6507, phone (405) 325-1921. Other examinations are administered by the various departments. For information about requirements and times at which examinations are offered, contact the department office. Students may pick up applications for the examinations not administered by the CIDL at the Office of Admissions & Recruitment, 1000 Asp Avenue, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076, phone (405) 325-2151.
- The Advanced Placement Program (APP) offered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB).
This program allows high school students to take examinations for credit at the college level. High school counselors will assist students with testing arrangements.
- The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB).
The University of Oklahoma is a CLEP testing center. The University awards credit for certain CLEP subject examinations. The University does not award credit for what were formerly the CLEP general examinations. Inquiries about OU’s testing center should be addressed to the Center for Independent and Distance Learning, 1600 S. Jenkins, Room 101, Norman, OK 73072-6507, phone (405) 325-1921.
- Excelsior College Examinations
The University of Oklahoma awards credit for a few Excelsior College Examinations.
- International Baccalaureate
Credit may be awarded to students who have taken higher level courses in the International Baccalaureate Program and who have scored at least a four (on a seven-point scale) on the higher-level course examinations. Such credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis as recommended by the appropriate University of Oklahoma department.
Score reports for any of the prior learning assessment examinations listed above should be submitted to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment, University of Oklahoma, 1000 Asp Avenue, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076.
OTHER TYPES OF PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT CREDIT
Students may establish prior learning assessment credit at the University of Oklahoma by a variety of avenues other than examination.
Military Service Credit
The University awards credit for educational experiences during military service according to the recommendations of the American Council on Education as published in the "Guide to the Evaluation of Military Experiences in the Armed Services." The policies governing the acceptance of credit awarded for military experience toward satisfying degree requirements vary among the degree-recommending colleges of the University. Students should contact their college academic advisement office for specific information on the applicability of this type of credit toward degree requirements. General questions concerning the evaluation of educational experiences in the armed services should be directed to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment.
The grade of S (satisfactory) is assigned to all credit awarded for military training.
Students who wish to establish credit for educational experiences in the military should submit the following military records to the Office of Admissions for review.
- Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps: Submit an official Joint Services Transcript. Students may request a Joint Services Transcript be sent electronically to the University.
- Air Force personnel and veterans: Request an official transcript from the Community College of the Air Force for work taken as an undergraduate, or from the Air University for work taken as a graduate student. Community College of the Air Force transcripts may be ordered by sending a request in writing to: CCAF/RRR, 130 West Maxwell Blvd, Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6613, (334) 953-2794 (DSN 493-2794). You may also visit au.af.mil/au/ccaf. Air University transcripts may be obtained by writing to the Registrar’s Office, 50 South Turner Blvd., Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex AL 36118-5643.
- DANTES/USAFI: Students may also request a transcript from DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) or USAFI (United States Armed Forces Institute—tests taken prior to July 1, 1974). Many tests taken under the auspices of DANTES or USAFI carry American Council on Education credit recommendations recognized by the University. Official DANTES transcripts can be ordered from Thomson Prometric, P.O. Box 6604, Princeton, NJ 08541-6604, (877) 471-9860 (toll free). A transcript of USAFI courses or tests completed prior to July 1, 1974 may be obtained from Thomson Prometric, P.O. Box 6605, Princeton, NJ 08541-6605. Visit getcollegecredit.com to learn more.
- DANTES tests (DSSTs) can also be taken by people who are not in the military. These tests are offered through the Center for Independent and Distance Learning, 1600 S. Jenkins, Room 101, Norman, OK 73072. Call (405) 325-1921 for questions.
CREDIT FOR TRAINING PROGRAMS AND OTHER EXTRA-INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING
The University awards credit for educational experiences provided by certain business, industrial and governmental agencies. Credit is awarded on the basis of recommendations made by the American Council on Education in its publication “The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs” and also by the publication “College Credit Recommendations: The Directory of the National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction.” Students may present certificates of completion or a transcript from the ACE Registry of Credit Recommendations to the Office of Admissions for evaluation. The dean of the college in which a student will earn a degree at the University will determine how this credit applies toward the degree. For further information, students should contact the Office of Admissions & Recruitment, 1000 Asp Avenue, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076, (405) 325-2151.
TRANSFER OF ADVANCED STANDING CREDIT
Prior learning assessment credit posted on transcripts from institutions in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education will transfer to the University subject to the same conditions as resident credit from these campuses.
Prior learning assessment credit posted on transcripts from all other institutions will be accepted by the University as long as the credit was earned through one of the advanced standing mechanisms approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The dean of the college in which a student will earn a degree will determine how this credit applies toward the degree.
ENROLLMENTS AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS
Students must report any college or university work taken at other institutions while they are current students at the University of Oklahoma. Whether this work is taken while registered in classes at the University, during a summer session, or during a semester and/or summer session while students have “stopped out” of the University temporarily, students must submit an official transcript to the Office of Academic Records of all work undertaken. Failure to do so may result in suspension or permanent dismissal from the University.