Application Process

 

Applicants with baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with recognized accreditation are eligible to seek admission to OSU Graduate College and OSU Graduate degree programs.

Please select one of the following:

Domestic & Permanent Resident Applications

Admission to a graduate program at Oklahoma State University requires the submission of an application to a graduate program and information required by the program.

To be reviewed for admission consideration, applicants must submit a complete application to the Graduate College consisting of the following:

  • an application for admission consideration. You can submit an application via our secure website.
  • a non-refundable application fee:
    • $75 for international applicants (degree or non-degree seeking applications)
    • $50 for US citizens or permanent resident card holders (degree seeking applications)
    • $25 for US citizens or permanent resident card holders (non-degree seeking applications)
  • one original transcript from each college or university attended (all transcripts must be official with the college's or registrar's original seal and should show any degrees completed).
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score (if required - please see the "English Proficiency" section)

Transcripts and other documents submitted become the property of Oklahoma State University and will not be returned.

The next step is to provide the departmental requirements by the application deadline.

Only after submitting both a complete application to the Graduate College and materials required by the program is your application complete for the program to review and make an admission recommendation.

Each program sets their own deadline to receive a complete application for admission review, so it is very important to for you to know the program's admission requirements and deadlines or ask the program. It is recommend that applicants submit a complete application several weeks prior to the beginning of school or departmental deadline (whichever is first) to allow for adequate review time.

For spring 2014 applicants - please request from each institution previously attended official transcripts to be sent to the Graduate College. To be official, the transcript must show the complete scholastic record, bear the official seal of the institution, and be signed by the issuing officer.

For Summer and Fall 2014 applicants using our new online application - the application requests you to upload copies of your official transcripts and no transcripts have to mailed.  If admitted, we will request you to send official transcripts to OSU.

Transcripts and other documents submitted become the property of Oklahoma State University and will not be returned.

The admission requirements set by the Graduate College are minimums which must be met by all applicants. Please remember that each program to which you are applying may have additional application requirements such as submitting a vita, recommendation letters, and test scores (such as the GRE or GMAT).

For Spring 2014 applicants - supplementary program information (statement of purpose, resume, etc.) can be mailed to the Graduate College.

For Summer and Fall 2014 applicants using our new online application - this application collects all required documents.  There is nothing to mail to the university. 

If the GRE is required by the program, OSU's GRE institution code is 6546.  No department code is required.  All GRE scores are received electronically and shared with any program to which you apply.

Only after submitting an application, application fee, and all required materials is your application complete for the program to review and make an admission recommendation.

Each program determines their own admission requirements, and some include the submission of a test score such as GRE, GMAT, or MAT as part of those requirements. Prospective students should review departmental information or contact the department if they have a question about if an admissions test is required prior to investing in the cost of the test.

GRE Scores

If the GRE is required by the program, OSU's GRE institution code is 6546No department code is required.  All GRE scores are received electronically and shared with any program to which you apply.

 

OSU is a Research-Extensive University, and graduate students play a vital role in both its teaching and research missions. Over 1700 graduate students help finance their graduate education at OSU through employment as Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistants/Associates (GRA).

The use of “assistant” applies to master’s-level and “associate” to doctoral-level GTA and GRA appointments.

Graduate Teaching Assistant/associate (GTA):

A Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) must be admitted to and meet the requirements of the Graduate College, be fully admitted to a graduate program, enrolled, and be under the supervision of an appropriate graduate faculty member. In consultation with the supervisor, the GTA works to gain instructional skills and an increased understanding of the discipline. The GTA is provided a stipend and their primary responsibilities are to support the University's instructional mission.  Services provided by a GTA may include: classroom or laboratory teaching; advising and mentoring of students; proctoring examinations; grading papers, homework, and/or projects; accompanying/coaching musical or vocal performances, providing artistic instruction or assisting with preparation and management of materials and programs that are utilized in imparting knowledge or in the instructional process; or providing other general assistance in the instruction process.  A GTA may be assigned primary responsibilities in an extension, outreach, or service role for which those responsibilities support the instructional mission of the University. GTAs may not be given duties to support faculty research or those primarily clerical in nature.
Graduate Research Assistant/Associate (GRA):

A Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) must be admitted to and meet the requirements of the Graduate College, be fully admitted to a graduate degree program, enrolled, and be under the supervision of an appropriate graduate faculty member.  A GRA is provided a stipend and their primary responsibilities are to provide general support to the University's research mission.  These responsibilities may or may not relate directly to the student's thesis or dissertation.  Duties of the GRA primarily involve applying and mastering research concepts, practices, or methods of scholarship.  Services provided by a GRA may include: assisting faculty members in a research or creative activity; perform degree-related professional or administrative services that supports research, instruction, professional development, or outreach missions of the University; developing and evaluating instructional materials or curricula; or assuming responsibility for designated scholarly endeavors.

“Performing degree-related professional or administrative services” does not include jobs that are outside of the student's field of study.

 

Language Requirements

An applicant who has or will have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary teaching language, and which is located in a country where English is a primary language, is not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English usually by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score. A TOEFL score of 79 (internet based test) 550 (paper based test) is required. The TOEFL institution code for OSU is 6546.

Alternatively, an official IELTS, academic stream, examination with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission to a graduate program. Either examination must have been taken within the last two years.

Some departments require a score above the minimum 79/550 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Additional Requirements

Students, who score at least 42 on the combined Reading and Listening portions, with a score of at least 20 in each section, are not required to enroll in any remedial coursework.

Students who score less than this on the Reading and Listening portions of the TOEFL (irrespective of the score on the Written portion) are required to enroll in ENGL 0003 during their first semester. ENGL 0003 carries a grade of S/U and may not be used toward minimum degree requirements. Students must enroll in ENGL 0003 each semester until a grade of S is earned.

Students who score at or above the minimum score(s) on the Reading and Listening portion of the TOEFL, but less than 22 on the Writing portion, are required to enroll in ENGL 4893* at some point in their studies. ENGL 4893* carries graduate credit and may be used toward minimum degree requirements; a grade of C or better in this course is required. Both ENGL 0003 and ENGL 4893*, as applicable, must be listed on the student's Plan of Study

Students who have completed the IELTS, or the computer or paper-based TOEFL have different requirements

OSU policy requires all persons who are non-native English speaking to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English before being employed in an instructionally related capacity, including laboratory assignments. Graduate students who serve only as laboratory assistants (e.g., setting up and/or maintaining equipment) are not required to comply with the provisions of this section.

More information about the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) test can be found here.

International Applicants

Admission to a graduate program at Oklahoma State University requires the submission of an application to a graduate program and providing information required by the department or program.

To be reviewed for admission consideration, international applicants must submit a complete application to the Graduate College. To have a complete application, the following:

  • An application for admission consideration. You can submit an application via our secure website..
  • a non-refundable application fee:
    • $75 for international applicants (degree or non-degree seeking applications)
    • $50 for US citizens or permanent resident card holders (degree seeking applications)
    • $25 for US citizens or permanent resident card holders (non-degree seeking applications)
  • one original transcript from each college or university attended (all transcripts must be official with the college's or registrar's original seal and should show any degrees completed)
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score (if required - please see the "English Proficiency" section)

Transcripts and other documents submitted become the property of Oklahoma State University and will not be returned.

Only after receiving this information is your application complete with the Graduate College and it will be forwarded to the department for an admission review. Because of the amount of time it takes to review international credentials and send immigration papers (e.g., an I-20), international students should expect that the application process will take several weeks to be completed.

  • A Financial affidavit (Financial Guarantee or Confirmation of Financial Resources) is required for applicants expecting to be F1 or J1 visa holders prior to our being able to send an I-20. See the "Financial Statements" section for more information.

For international applicants not in the United States, our general application deadlines for programs without an application deadline and for a COMPLETE application to reach the Graduate College are:

Fall Semester - March 1
Spring Semester - August 1

Some programs have specific deadlines which are earlier than these general deadlines. You should review their program web pages to ensure that you meet their deadlines.

For international applicants in the United States, it is recommended that a complete application be submitted several weeks days prior to expected enrollment or the program's deadline (whichever is first).

These application deadlines are set to provide graduate programs time to review applications, render admission recommendations, and for admitted students to receive a mailed I-20 or DS-2019. Programs without specific deadlines can consider applications completed after the general deadlines, but we cannot guarantee an admission decision will be made in time to receive an I-20 or DS-2019 for the visa interview.

Bachelor Degree Requirements

International applicants with a baccalaureate or first professional degrees from colleges and universities of recognized standing are eligible to seek admission to the Graduate College. In some cases, the Graduate College, in consultation with the major program, may require certain prerequisite courses to bring the applicant's credentials to the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. These "bridge" courses must be completed within a designated period of time and/or prior to enrollment beyond a prescribed number of hours of graduate course work.

Transcripts

For spring 2014 applicants - please request from each institution previously attended on official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College. To be official, the transcript must show the complete scholastic record, bear the official seal of the institution, and be signed by the issuing officer.

For Summer and Fall 2014 applicants using our new online application - the application requests you to upload copies of your official transcripts and no transcripts have to mailed.  If admitted, we will request you to send official transcripts to OSU.  

Transcripts and other documents submitted become the property of Oklahoma State University and will not be returned.

The admission requirements set by the Graduate College are minimums which must be met by all applicants. Please remember that each program to which you are applying may have additional application requirements such as submitting a vita, recommendation letters, or test scores (such as the GRE or GMAT).

For Spring 2014 applicants - Documents required by the program can be mailed to the Graduate College.

For Summer and Fall 2014 applicants using our new online application - this application collects all required documents.  There is nothing to mail to the university. 

If the GRE is required by the program, OSU's GRE institution code is 6546.  No department code is required.  All GRE scores are received electronically and shared with any program to which you apply.

Only after submitting both an application, application fee, and all required materials is your application complete for the program to review and make an admission recommendation.

Each program determines their own admission requirements, and some include the submission of a test score such as GRE, GMAT, or MAT as part of those requirements. Prospective students should review departmental information or contact the department if they have a question about if an admissions test is required prior to investing in the cost of the test.

GRE Scores

If the GRE is required by the program, OSU's GRE institution code is 6546No department code is required.  All GRE scores are received electronically and shared with any program to which you apply.

A Financial affidavit (Financial Guarantee or Confirmation of Financial Resources) is required for applicants expecting to be F1 or J1 visa holders prior to our being able to send an I-20.

Please note that we CAN process your application without this financial statement, and you are encouraged to send us all your application materials as soon as possible. However, you should also note that by Federal law we must have a completed Financial Guarantee document before we can send you an I-20. Scholarships, assistantships, and other financial resources offered by OSU may be included in the amounts reported in this document. You can download the Financial Guarantee form on the Graduate College web site.

OSU is a Research-Extensive University, and graduate students play a vital role in both its teaching and research missions. Over 1700 graduate students help finance their graduate education at OSU through employment as Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistants/Associates (GRA).

The use of “assistant” applies to master’s-level and “associate” to doctoral-level GTA and GRA appointments.

Graduate Teaching Assistant/associate (GTA):

A Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) must be admitted to and meet the requirements of the Graduate College, be fully admitted to a graduate program, enrolled, and be under the supervision of an appropriate graduate faculty member. In consultation with the supervisor, the GTA works to gain instructional skills and an increased understanding of the discipline. The GTA is provided a stipend and their primary responsibilities are to support the University's instructional mission.  Services provided by a GTA may include: classroom or laboratory teaching; advising and mentoring of students; proctoring examinations; grading papers, homework, and/or projects; accompanying/coaching musical or vocal performances, providing artistic instruction or assisting with preparation and management of materials and programs that are utilized in imparting knowledge or in the instructional process; or providing other general assistance in the instruction process.  A GTA may be assigned primary responsibilities in an extension, outreach, or service role for which those responsibilities support the instructional mission of the University. GTAs may not be given duties to support faculty research or those primarily clerical in nature.



Graduate Research Assistant/Associate (GRA):

A Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) must be admitted to and meet the requirements of the Graduate College, be fully admitted to a graduate degree program, enrolled, and be under the supervision of an appropriate graduate faculty member.  A GRA is provided a stipend and their primary responsibilities are to provide general support to the University's research mission.  These responsibilities may or may not relate directly to the student's thesis or dissertation.  Duties of the GRA primarily involve applying and mastering research concepts, practices, or methods of scholarship.  Services provided by a GRA may include: assisting faculty members in a research or creative activity; perform degree-related professional or administrative services that supports research, instruction, professional development, or outreach missions of the University; developing and evaluating instructional materials or curricula; or assuming responsibility for designated scholarly endeavors.

“Performing degree-related professional or administrative services” does not include jobs that are outside of the student's field of study.

 

All persons for whom English is a second language are required to present proof of English competency. However, an applicant who has or will have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary teaching language, and which is located in a country where English is a primary language, is not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Note, however, that submission of an internet based TOEFL score may be necessary if employment as a graduate teaching assistant/associate is desired. Please refer to departmental information/website for any such requirements for employment as a teaching assistant/associate.

If required, an official TOEFL score of 79 (internet based test) or 550 (paper based test) is required to be submitted. The TOEFL institution code for OSU is 6546.

Alternatively, an official IELTS, academic stream, examination with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission to a graduate program. Either examination must have been taken within the last two years.

Some departments require a score above the minimum 79/550 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS. Note a that submission of an internet based TOEFL score may be necessary if employment as a graduate teaching assistant/associate is desired. Please refer to departmental information/website for any such requirements for employment as a teaching assistant/associate.

Additional Course Requirements

Students who score at least 42 on the combined Reading and Listening portions of the internet based TOEFL, with a score of at least 20 in each section, are not required to enroll in any remedial coursework.

Students who score less than this on the Reading and Listening portions of the internet based TOEFL (irrespective of the score on the Written portion) are required to enroll in ENGL 0003 during their first semester. ENGL 0003 carries a grade of S/U and may not be used toward minimum degree requirements. Students must enroll in ENGL 0003 each semester until a grade of S is earned.

Students who score at or above the minimum score(s) on the Reading and Listening portion of the internet based TOEFL, but less than 22 on the Writing portion, are required to enroll in ENGL 4893* at some point in their studies. ENGL 4893* carries graduate credit and may be used toward minimum degree requirements; a grade of C or better in this course is required. Both ENGL 0003 and ENGL 4893*, as applicable, must be listed on the student's Plan of Study.

Students who have completed the IELTS, or the paper-based TOEFL have different requirements.

OSU policy requires all persons who are non-native English speaking to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English before being employed in an instructionally related capacity, including laboratory assignments. Graduate students who serve only as laboratory assistants (e.g., setting up and/or maintaining equipment) are not required to comply with the provisions of this section.

More information about the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) test can be found here.

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

A person may be admitted to the Graduate College as a non-degree seeking student if he or she does not have immediate plans to become a degree candidate, but wants to take graduate courses, prerequisites, or other courses. Admission to the Graduate College as a non-degree seeking student means only that the student will be permitted to enroll in courses through the Graduate College. It does not imply that the student has been or will be admitted to a program leading to an advanced degree or that the student will be able to obtain a graduate degree from OSU.

To be reviewed for admission consideration, applicants must submit a complete non-degree seeking application to the Graduate College consisting of the following:

  • an application for non-degree seeking admission consideration. You can submit an application via our secure website.
  • a non-refundable application fee:
    • $75 for international applicants (degree or non-degree seeking applications)
    • $50 for US citizens or permanent resident card holders (degree seeking applications)
    • $25 for US citizens or permanent resident card holders (non-degree seeking applications)
  • one transcript from each college or university attended (all transcripts must be official with the college's or registrar's original seal and should show any degrees completed).
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score (if required - please see the "English Proficiency" section).

A non-degree seeking applicant can be considered for admission "Without Qualification" provided his/her overall GPA is 3.00 or higher for all courses on his/her bachelor's degree transcript and/or transcripts from his/her graduate work. An applicant whose GPA does not meet this criteria can be considered for admission after consultation and recommendation of the Graduate College’s non-degree seeking student adviser who may consider additional factors in making a decision, such as

  • Length of time since last attendance at an institution of higher learning,
  • A written appeal from the applicant explaining exceptional circumstances that warrant admission, and/or
  • A letter of recommendation written by faculty who can speak to the applicant’s potential for graduate work.

Generally, International students with an F-1 visa, except students on OPT or OCT, may not be admitted or enroll as non-degree seeking students.

Transcripts and other documents submitted become the property of Oklahoma State University and will not be returned.

To be reviewed for admission consideration, it is recommended that a complete application be received at least one month prior to the beginning of school to allow for adequate review time.

For spring 2014 applicants - please request from each institution previously attended official transcripts to be sent to the Graduate College. To be official, the transcript must show the complete scholastic record, bear the official seal of the institution, and be signed by the issuing officer.

For Summer and Fall 2014 applicants using our new online application - the application requests you to upload copies of your official transcripts and no transcripts have to mailed.  If admitted, we will request you to send official transcripts to OSU.

Transcripts and other documents submitted become the property of Oklahoma State University and will not be returned.

No entrance examinations are required for non-degree seeking admission.

All persons for whom English is a second language are required to present proof of English competency. However, an applicant who has or will have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary teaching language, and which is located in a country where English is a primary language, is not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Note, however, that submission of an internet based TOEFL score may be necessary if employment as a graduate teaching assistant/associate is desired if admitted into a degree seeking program later and some graduate programs require a score above the minimum 79/550 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS for admission.

If required, an official TOEFL score of 79 (internet based test) or 550 (paper based test) is required to be submitted. The TOEFL institution code for OSU is 6546.

Alternatively, an official IELTS, academic stream, examination with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission to a graduate program. Either examination must have been taken within the last two years.

Additional Course Requirements

Students who score at least 42 on the combined Reading and Listening portions of the internet based TOEFL, with a score of at least 20 in each section, are not required to enroll in any remedial coursework.

Students who score less than this on the Reading and Listening portions of the internet based TOEFL (irrespective of the score on the Written portion) are required to enroll in ENGL 0003 during their first semester. ENGL 0003 carries a grade of S/U and may not be used toward minimum degree requirements. Students must enroll in ENGL 0003 each semester until a grade of S is earned.

Students who score at or above the minimum score(s) on the Reading and Listening portion of the internet based TOEFL, but less than 22 on the Writing portion, are required to enroll in ENGL 4893* at some point in their studies. ENGL 4893* carries graduate credit and may be used toward minimum degree requirements; a grade of C or better in this course is required. Both ENGL 0003 and ENGL 4893*, as applicable, must be listed on the student's Plan of Study.

Students who have completed the IELTS, or the paper-based TOEFL have different requirements

  • The prospective student is responsible for filing a new application for admission to the Graduate College should he or she wish to become a degree-seeking candidate. The new application will be evaluated by the graduate program and the dean of the Graduate College to ascertain admissibility to the degree program.
  •  As such work is not guided by a Plan of Study or approved by a faculty adviser, no more than nine semester credit hours of course work taken while a non-degree seeking student may be used on a Plan of Study to meet requirements for a graduate degree or certificate program. In addition, only three semester credit hours of course work taken while a non-degree seeking student may be used on a Plan of Study toward an MBA degree. Non-degree seeking students may not enroll in more than nine hours of courses eligible for graduate credit without permission of the dean of the Graduate College or his/her designee. To ensure that non-degree seeking students do not inadvertently exceed this limitation, an enrollment hold will be placed on each student in this status after the student has registered for six or more hours. This hold may be removed by the Graduate College once the student has formally re-acknowledged this nine-hour limitation.
  • Non-degree seeking students are subject to the same academic regulations as those graduate students admitted into degree programs. Such students are strongly encouraged to consult with the instructor of any course in which they intend to enroll in order to ensure that they are adequately prepared for that course.
  • Non-degree seeking students may not enroll in thesis (5000) or dissertation (6000) courses.
  • Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for fellowships, assistantships, and tuition waivers

Academic advising for non-degree seeking student is provided by an adviser in the Graduate College.

Students taking classes through the Stillwater campus or distance learning can contact the Graduate College at 405.744.6368 or gradi@okstate.edu.

Students taking classes at OSU-Tulsa can contact the OSU-Tulsa Graduate Student Services Center (GSSC), located in Main Hall 1101.  To schedule an appointment with a GSSC representative call 918.594.8445 or email osutgssc@okstate.edu.