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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.

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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. GTAs are 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.  GRAs are 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; performing 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 B 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.