Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply online for all OSU graduate degree programs online at https://app.it.okstate.edu/gradcollege. Click the "Create a Sign-in Account" link to start your account. Once your account has been created, you can create and submit your application online.

Yes, you can begin an online application and finish it later. The application will remember information you have previously entered, and save it for up to one month for you to finish at a later date. After signing in using the email address and password you provided when you created your sign-in account, click the ‘View Applications in Progress’ link from the main menu to edit your saved application. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to edit it again.

For Domestic applicants and applicants who hold a Permanent Resident Card
It is recommended that a complete application reach us at least one month prior to the beginning of school or before the departmental deadline (which ever is first) to allow time for adequate review. You should contact the department of interest and ask if they have an application deadline.

For International Applicants
The recommended deadline for a complete application to reach the Graduate College for Fall semester is March 1 and for Spring Semester August 1. Some programs have specific deadlines which are earlier than these general deadlines. You should review the specific program web page to ensure that you meet their deadlines.

The Graduate College will consider applications completed after the general deadline, but we cannot guarantee an admissions decision will be made in time to receive an I-20 for the Visa interview. Also, departmental admissions committees may not consider applications and or credentials received after their deadlines.

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.

To have a complete application, you must submit:

  • An application
  • Official transcript(s)/marksheet(s) with your application
  • A non-refundable application fee
  • Other documents as required by the program to which you are applying
  • If any test scores were required, arrange for official scores to be sent to us from the testing company

The online application collected all required documents.  Please do not mailed support documents to OSU unless requested. 

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)or 550 (paper based test) or above is required regardless of the number of semesters or terms completed in other institutions of higher education, including OSU, or prior enrollment in English language programs. 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. 

Transcripts and other documents submitted become the property of Oklahoma State University and are not returned to the applicant. 

Supporting documents are materials that tell more about you than the application and your transcript(s). These can include test scores (e.g., GRE or GMAT), a vita, or letters of recommendation. All required support documents will be collected with the online application. 

As a reminder, all credentials submitted in support of an application become the property of Oklahoma State University and cannot be returned.  

 

There is a possibility that the program will not review credentials that arrive after their application deadline. In addition, some programs will not review your application unless all supporting materials are included.

As a reminder, all credentials submitted in support of an application the property of Oklahoma State University and cannot be returned.

The application fee must be paid using the online application.  Checks or money orders mailed to our office are not acceptable.

Previous applicants who were not admitted to the Graduate College and applicants who declined a previous offer of admission must submit a new application, application fee, and support documents.

Applicants wanting to change from one program to another program must submit another application, application fee, and support documents.

Unfortunately, no. You will need to submit a new application and an additional application fee to indicate your interest in the new program. If your decision is to not to continue to pursue the original application, please contact our office via email or written letter indicating that you wish to cancel your original application so that we may inform that program. This will stop them from making contact to you about completing an application that you are no longer pursuing.

If required by the program, typically the test is not waived.

Some OSU graduate programs require the GRE and others do not. It is important that you contact the program about their admissions requirements to determine if this test or other tests are required. Additionally, some programs require the GRE subject test.

Some graduate programs in the College of Education will accept the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) instead of a GRE score.
The Master's of Business Administration (MBA) only accepts GMAT scores.

If, at the time of application, your GRE scores will be more than 5 years old you will need to retake the GRE and have those scores sent to Oklahoma State University. 
Oklahoma State University's GRE Institution Code is 6546

For additional information and the latest updates on the GRE, please visit http://www.ets.org/gre.

If a specific test is required, typically other test scores cannot be substituted.

Some graduate programs in the College of Education will accept the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) instead of a GRE score.

The Master's of Business Administration (MBA) only accepts GMAT scores.

It is important that you contact the program about their admission requirements to determine if this test or other tests are required.

Additionally, some programs require the GRE subject test. Please review the admissions requirements for the program that interests you.

GRE scores are one of the many criteria used to evaluate an applicant. Individual departments' practices may differ, but generally the last test score reported is the one used. Keep in mind that the score report will include all scores from the tests taken within the last 5 years.

The requirements for a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score are governed by the Oklahoma State Regents. 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) or 550 (paper based test) or above is required regardless of the number of semesters or terms completed in other institutions of higher education, including OSU, or prior enrollment in English language programs. The TOEFL institution code for OSU is 6546.

Alternatively, an official IELTS, academic stream, examination with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 or above will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for graduate admission. Either examination must have been taken within the last two years. Some programs may have more stringent requirements. Please carefully check the application requirements for the program to which you are applying to verify their admission requirements.

If you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS test to be reviewed for admission, an official TOEFL or IELTS test score must be received from the test provider. 

For additional information and the latest updates on the TOEFL, please visit http://www.ets.org/toefl

For additional information and the latest updates on the IELTS, please visit http://www.ielts.org/

Unfortunately, no we do not. All applicants must pay the application fee to have an application reviewed for admission.

The TELP is a test of written English. At Oklahoma State University, we want to ensure that all students succeed in their studies and perform at the highest academic level. The OSU faculty is concerned about the writing abilities of all graduate students, and in particular students whose first language may not have been English. To ensure that graduate students are sufficiently skilled at written English the Test of English Language Proficiency (TELP) is required for all graduate students before their first semester enrollment. However, a waiver of the TELP requirement can be granted to a student who has: 

  • achieved on the TOEFL a score of 250 CBT/600 PBT or higher and a score of 5.0 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE) or Essay, or
  • achieved an IELTS, academic stream, overall band score of 6.5 or higher on each of the band scores for Listening, Reading, and Writing

Students completing the Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT) are considered separately and are not required to take the TELP. 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. 

For those required to take the TELP, it is a test of written English and assesses the academic English skills necessary for students to function well in graduate-level university classes. The test has two sections: Listening/Dictation and Reading/Writing. A score of 70 on both portions of the TELP is considered passing. Students who score less than 70 on the Listening/Dictation portion of the TELP (irrespective of the score on the writing portion) are required to enroll in ENGL 0003 during their first semester. ENGL 0003 carries a grade of satisfactory/unsatisfactory and may not be used toward minimum degree requirements. Students must enroll in ENGL 0003 each semester until a grade of satisfactory is earned. 

Students who score at least 70 on the Listening/Dictation portion of the TELP, but less than 70 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.

 

Program specific questions should be directed to the relevant department. For a list of departments. please click here.

 

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement program awards grants to institutions of higher education for projects designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. There are approximately 190 schools in the United States who have McNair Scholar programs as part of their undergraduate program. To participate in a McNair Scholars program, undergraduates must have applied to the program and be selected by the sponsoring institution. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is one of the largest federal effort to encourage and prepare first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential to attend college and pursue graduate education. Funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO programs, the McNair Program provides selected participants with research internships, faculty mentors, and opportunities to present and publish results of their research, undergraduate teaching experience, and assistance with preparing for and applying to graduate school. The goal of McNair is to increase the attainment of the Ph.D. by students from underrepresented segments of society. 

The OSU Graduate College requires a "Letter of Good Standing" from the Director of the McNair program you completed during your undergraduate education. This letter must be submitted to the Graduate College in order to complete the application package.

If your question is not answered above and you want to contact the Graduate College, please call us at 405-744-6371 or send an e-mail to grad-i@okstate.edu.  We will make every effort to respond as quickly as possible. Most emails are answered within 24 hours of receipt.