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Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2700

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2700

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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About Us

Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students receive an exceptional educational foundation — from initial admittance to specialized areas of study to career preparation and graduation.

Annual Report
Mission, Role, Responsibilities
Graduate Education is dedicated to academic excellence at Oakland University, and advocates for support for graduate programs and graduate students.
As the administrative arm of Graduate Council, Graduate Education has responsibility for ensuring the highest standards in student admission; for providing academic records management, academic standing and degree services for currently enrolled students; and for the authorship, maintenance and oversight of graduate policy and standards that promote high quality in educational programs and curricula.

Graduate Education works with faculty, academic departments, and the deans of the College and schools to recruit and develop a graduate student body across the disciplines and professional fields reflective of academic strength and the University’s commitment to diversity, and designs programs to support student achievement and success.

Graduate Education also partners with departments and University governance in program review, accreditation, registration, and evaluation efforts conducted locally and by external authorities, and thereby contributes to the ongoing campus-wide commitment to retention.
Profile of Responsibilities
Commitment to Quality
  • Graduate Council — academic policies and procedures
  • Graduate program and curriculum
  • Course catalog and development
  • Graduate academic program review
  • Graduate student progress, retention and degree completion
  • Graduate academic faculty and program services
Graduate Recruitment and Admission
  • Prospective graduate students
  • Graduate recruitment
  • Graduate admission services
  • Graduate guest services
Graduate Student Progress
  • Graduate readmission and program transfer
  • Plan of study
  • Transfer of graduate credit
  • Petition of exception
  • Graduate assistants and fellowships
  • Leave of absence
  • Academic standing, probation and dismissal
  • Dissertation and thesis service
  • Manage the application to graduate
  • Approve final graduate degree audits
Dean of Graduate Education
Headshot of Claudia Petrescu

Claudia Petrescu, Ph.D., dean of Graduate Education, provides academic leadership and vision in the advancement of graduate education through the integrated process of strategic planning within Academic Affairs.

She serves as the administrative leader reporting to the provost and president on the expansion of graduate academic programs; and provides support and direction in academic planning initiatives, while monitoring the quality of graduate programs in a manner consistent with the OU’s mission.

Dr. Petrescu joined Oakland University in August 2015. She received her doctorate in Public Administration from University of Pittsburgh, and graduate degrees from Duquesne University, Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), and the National School of Public Administration and International Relations (Romania).

Prior to joining OU, Dr. Petrescu served at Eastern Michigan University in several administrative roles including director of EMU's National Leadership Alliance program, faculty associate for policies and procedures for the graduate school, and assistant to the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences for strategic planning.

Dr. Petrescu holds the rank of professor in OU’s Department of Political Science, and her research focuses on nonprofit management.

Advisory Council
The Graduate Study Advisory Council's mission is to support OU's graduate education by contributing to the development of its strategic direction and implementation of strategic objectives.
The Graduate Study Advisory Council is an invitation only position facilitated by the Dean of Graduate Education. This position will support the work of Graduate Study and provide mission-based leadership and strategic advocacy. The Dean-Council relationship is a partnership.

The Advisory Board Members will serve a three-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings are held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.
Staff Directory

Service Resource Directory 

Graduate Education
Susan Awbrey, 370-3169
  • Acting Dean of Graduate Education
Claudia Petrescu, Ph.D.On sabbatical
  • For any questions or concerns contact acting dean Susan Awbrey. 
Celia 370-2962
  • Executive Assistant to the Dean
Graduate Curriculum, Retention & Academic Services
Claire Rammel
Assistant Dean 370-3159
Curriculum Management:
  • Policy and policy compliance
  • Off campus site locations
  • Distance programs
  • Graduate council
  • New programs and program modifications
  • Program review
  • Graduate student retention
  • Graduate student academic eligibility decisions
  • Graduate student and faculty academic service
  • Graduate applicant appeals
  • Oversee admission review
  • Oversee admission decision making for domestic and international applicants
Student and Faculty Academic Services
Evonne 370-4052
  • Graduate catalog
  • Graduate student enrollment service
  • KCP scholarships
  • Faculty mentor award
  • Outstanding dissertation and thesis award
  • Banner catalog
  • Acalog (online catalog)
  • Course action forms
  • Special credit offering forms
  • PACE
Tina 370-4189
  • Graduate student enrollment service
Graduation Services
Nidhi 370-2569
  • Doctoral students degree audits
  • Doctoral students progress and candidacy
  • Doctoral plans of study
  • Doctoral limited standing review and monitoring
  • Doctoral academic student program actions for petitions of exception, waiver/substitutions, transfer credits (electronic) readmission, program transfers, time extensions
  • CAPP/Degree Works
  • Thesis/Dissertation defense deadlines, format and submission
Barbara 370-4156
  • Master's students degree audits
  • Master's students progress issues
  • Master's plans of study
  • Master's limited standing review and monitoring
  • Master's academic student program actions for petitions of exception, waiver/substitutions, transfer credits (electronic) readmission, program transfers, time extensions
  • Communication associated with degree audit
  • Degree Works
Tiffany 370-2595
  • Thesis/Dissertation defense deadlines, format and submission
Graduate Technology and Web
  • Technology
  • Data analysis
Svet 370-4317
  • Communications coordinator
  • Webmaster
  • Marketing/Events coordinator
Graduate Customer Services
Lateacha Carr (248) 370-2700
Dawn Pobocik(248) 370-2700
Prospective and graduate
Enrolled graduate students
Graduate Recruitment Services
Todd 370-3073
  • Develop & execute graduate recruitment strategies
  • Coordinate graduate marketing and corporate relations efforts
  • International and domestic territory recruiting                 
Graduate Admission Services
Lynn 370-2653
  • Admissions coordinator: application requirements, admission review, application decisions, processing and reporting
  • Coordinator for special graduate and incomplete applications
  • Provide graduate program coordinators admission support
Dawn 370-2558
  • Applications and admissions services for CAS, SBA, SHS, NRS, SEHS, SECS
Linda 370-4142
  • Application and admission services
International Admissions & Student Services
Danielle 370-3466
  • International applications for admission
  • International student services (CPT)
Graduate Scholarships, Assistantships & Fellowship Awards
Michelle 370-4048
  • Budget
  • Graduate assistant agreements
  • Graduate assistant processing
  • Graduate assistantship payroll
Graduate Projects
Sharon 370-4855
Paula 370-4855