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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can begin an online application and finish it later. The application will remember information you have previously entered, and save it 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.
You do not need to complete the entire application at one time. You may begin the application, save it, and return to it later; however, the earlier you complete and submit your application, the sooner it can be reviewed.
To facilitate timely review of your application and ensure your application receives full consideration, please complete and submit your application at least 30 days prior to the program’s deadline to allow sufficient time for your letter of recommendation writers to submit their letters on your behalf. Applicants who submit their application without all required materials, such as transcripts, resumes, writing samples, should be aware their application cannot be reviewed until it is complete (application deadlines for your program can be found here). If your program does not have a deadline or preferred date listed, then your application must be complete with transcripts, other required materials and letters of recommendation present by February 1st for fall semester admission, July 1st for spring semester admission or January 1st for summer session admission.
The most complete and up-to-date status of your submitted application can be viewed by logging into your account (click here) and viewing the checklist. Please use this portal to check your application status (phone calls and emails to the Graduate College to check the status of your application will delay our processing of applications).
Be sure to have the following information ready:
- Your name exactly as it appears on official documents, e.g., transcripts, GRE reports, passports
- Your email, correspondence (postal or mailing) and current (physical) address.
- The graduate program you wish to apply
- The semester you intend to begin your graduate studies
- Your academic history: name(s) and attendance dates (month/year) of all universities and colleges attended and the degrees you have been or will be awarded
- Electronic file(s) for bachelor’s degree(s) conferred or pending and for any graduate or professional coursework or degrees for upload
Some programs require uploads of transcripts for all college-level courses and degrees (check here to see if the program that you are apply for requires additional transcripts)
Some programs require letter of recommendation
- For applicants whose native language is not English, you may be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores (see if you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score)
- Some graduate programs require standardized test scores
- Some graduate programs require additional materials such as statements of purpose or goals, writing samples or vitas
- For international applicants expecting to be F1 or J1 visa holders, a Financial Guarantee (Confirmation of Financial Resources) is required prior to our being able to send an I-20 or DS-2019 to applicants offered admission.)
- Credit card or electronic check information for application payment
Please prepare a document file for each item (transcripts, statements of purpose, etc.) that will be uploaded to complete your application (only file types accepted are: .jpg, .tif, .png, .pdf, .gif, .doc, .docx or .txt). You will be instructed in the online application when each document needs to be uploaded.
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.
I want to change my submitted application from one program to another program and have the application fee transfer to that new program. Can I do that?
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 review the program admissions requirements to determine if this test or other tests are required by clicking here and selecting the program that you plan to apply to. 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) accepts both GRE and 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) accepts GMAT or the GRE.
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.
I took the TOEFL ( Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS in the past. Do I have to take it again ?
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/
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 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.
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 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.
Program specific questions should be directed to the relevant graduate program. For a list of current graduate programs please click here.
If your question is not answered above and you want to contact the Graduate College, please call us at 405-744-6368 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make every effort to respond as quickly as possible. Most emails are answered within 24 hours of receipt.