Application Guidelines

HOW TO APPLY TO
GRADUATE SCHOOL

THE GRADUATE ADMISSION POLICY OF OAKLAND UNIVERSITY IS SELECTIVE AND THE PROCESS IS COMPETITIVE

 

APPLICANTS FOR GRADUATE ADMISSION MUST PRESENT EVIDENCE THAT THEY HAVE HAD THE NECESSARY ACADEMIC PREPARATION TO ENABLE THEM TO PURSUE THE GRADUATE PROGRAM FOR WHICH THEY ARE APPLYING.

 

FOLLOW THE STEPS PROVIDED ON THE SPECIFIC TABS OR DOWNLOAD THE HOW TO APPLY GUIDE

SUMMER 2016 & FALL 2016 SEMESTERS                                 WINTER 2017 SEMESTER & BEYOND

     Download the How to Apply guide (PDF)                                                                Download the How to Apply guide (PDF)

APPLICANTS FOR
SUMMER 2016 & FALL 2016
SEMESTERS

APPLICANTS FOR SUMMER 2016 & FALL 2016 SEMESTERS

Prior to beginning the Online Application, carefully review the following application guidelines.

STEP 1) SELECT YOUR PROGRAM

Graduate Certificates, Master's and Doctoral Degree program details can be found on the Graduate Programs Page.

  • If you have questions regarding program specific information, please contact the graduate coordinator/director listed on the program page.
  • General application/admission process questions can be sent to Graduate Admissions

STEP 2) REVIEW GRADUATE ADMISSION CRITERIA AND PROGRAM DEADLINES

Please note:

  • An application deadline means that the application for admission and all supporting documents/information must be received by Graduate Admissions by the deadline date 

STEP 3) PREPARE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  • Supplemental Program Applications

A supplemental application may be required for your program.  Review the list of supplemental applications to see if your program requires an additional application.

  • Transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended. If you are a United States active duty service member or veteran you should also include your military transcript.

Submit official transcripts to:
Oakland University
Graduate Admissions
520 O'Dowd Hall
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482

  • Recommendation Forms

The total required recommendation forms are published in the Application Requirements section specific to the graduate program for which the applicant is requesting admission. Unless the applicant has been out of school for more than five years, at least one of the Recommenders should be a faculty member who is able to judge the applicant’s preparation and ability to undertake Graduate Education.

All Students must fill out the Applicant required section and forward the Recommendation Form to your Recommenders to complete and submit the form directly to Graduate Admissions. Recommenders please e-mail the Recommendation Form from a professional email address to gradadm@oakland.edu or mail to the address provided above. 

  • Test Scores

The institution code for sending test scores to Oakland University is 1497

  • International applicants:

International applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 visa must also complete and submit the International Student Supplemental Application Packet (PDF) and specified support documents. 

  • Personal Statements

Personal statements should be e-mailed to gradadm@oakland.edu.  Please note:  If you completed a personal statement as part of a supplemental application, you do not need to send a separate email. 

  • Supporting materials

Check your program requirements to see what other supporting documents are necessary to complete your application. 


STEP 4) APPLY ONLINE

All applicants are expected to submit their graduate application online and submit ALL application materials required for graduate admission. 

Graduate applications will not be reviewed until they are complete.

All applicants please note:
  • Recommendation Providers
    In addition to the online application, please submit the required number of recommendation forms for your program. Recommendations must come from those who are familiar with your academic and professional qualifications. Recommendation Form

Online Application Instructions:

  1. Click the button above
  2. Click "First time user account creation"
  3. Create your Login ID and PIN — remember this for future use
  4. Select the correct application for the degree you are seeking
  5. Fill out and submit the application 

STEP 5) CHECK YOUR APPLICATION & ADMISSION STATUS

Approximately one week after you submit your application you will have access to the “Status Check” feature in your application account.

  • Go to the Admissions login page in SAIL
  • Sign in using your Login ID and PIN you created when you started the online application process
  • Click on “Status Check” link

Web Application Status Descriptions

  • Incomplete — Missing Requirements:
    Your file is not yet complete. Scroll down to the "Requirements" section to see which application materials are missing. Requirements received will have a date displayed; outstanding materials will not include a date.
  • Complete — Ready for Review:
    Your file is now complete and ready to be reviewed for admission.

For academic programs that admit on a rolling basis, the review process typically takes 2-3 weeks from the date the file became "complete." For programs that review applications as a group, the review process begins after the deadline date and can take 4-8 weeks before decisions are announced. Learn more about the Admission review process.

  • Decision Made:
    This status indicates that a decision has been made.

Due to the high volume of mail received in Graduate Admissions, it may take up to 21 working days for your application documents to be entered into the system. Please allow the appropriate amount of time to pass before expecting to see these documents on the status check website.

After you have received your offer of admission from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, the next step is to accept your offer of admission using the Admission Acceptance Form.  

APPLICANTS FOR
WINTER 2017 SEMESTER &
BEYOND

APPLICANTS FOR WINTER 2017 SEMESTER & BEYOND 


STEP 1 - BEFORE APPLYING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL

A. IDENTIFY YOUR PROGRAM OF INTEREST

Oakland University offers more than 130 Master's, Doctoral and Certificate Programs. Explore your options at oakland.edu/grad/programs. If you have any specific questions about a program, contact the department or program coordinator located at the top of each program listing. 

B. REVIEW ADMISSION CRITERIA AND PROGRAM DEADLINES

To view admission requirements and application deadlines, go to oakland.edu/grad/programs and select your program of interest. 

All Applicants must submit the following requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Official Transcripts providing evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
  • Official Transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions and for any graduate-level coursework beyond a bachelor's degree
  • Two Recommendations for Graduate Admissions Forms
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Some Programs may have additional requirements, including: 

  • Official Standard Admission Test Scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
  • Program Supplemental Application
  • Goal Statement/Experience Statement/Essay
  • Additional Recommendation for Graduate Admissions Form
  • Proof of Certification, License, etc. 
  • Proof of Program Prerequisite Courses required for admission into a specific degree program

International Applicants requiring an I-20 for a visa must also submit additional documents including:

  • Affidavit of Support 
  • Certified Bank Statement
  • Statement of Finances
  • F-1 Transfer Form (Students transferring from another U.S. institution)
  • Policy on English Language Proficiency/English as a Second Language Form 
  • Transcript Evaluation
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB) 

The International Supplemental Documents and Program Supplemental Applications are available HERE

C. REVIEW FINANCIAL AID OPTIONS, TUITION & COSTS

To view Financial Aid, Estimated Cost of Attendance, Scholarships & Grants, Graduate Assistantships and Additional Resources, visit oakland.edu/grad/paying

 

STEP 2 - APPLYING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL

A. APPLY ONLINE

If you don't have an account created:

  1. Visit oakland.edu/grad and click the Apply Now Button
  2. Select the semester you are applying for
  3. Click Create Account  
  4. Select your Academic Level of Interest and select Create Account
  5. Fill out the form completely. Please make note of your email address and your password for future log in
  6. Click Start an Application or Apply Online button
  7. Select your application type and click Begin Application
  8. Fill out the application and click SUBMIT

If you have an account created:

  1. Go to the Admissions Login Page
  2. Sign In using your email address and the password you created when you first Created your Account
  3. Click Start an Application or Apply Online 
  4. Select your application type and click BEGIN APPLICATION
  5. Fill out the application and click SUBMIT

Please Note: The Statement of Purpose section must be appropriately completed prior to submitting your application. 

B. SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL ITEMS

After submitting your application, you can begin uploading your required supplemental items. To upload a supplemental item, log in to the Admission Login Page using your email and password. After you have logged in, click the 4. Submit supplemental items button. 

Please Note: Only required supplemental documents will be placed in your file and utilized for an academic review. Any documents that are not required and are received by our office will be discarded. 

C. REQUEST OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Request official transcript from all post-secondary educational institutions from which you earned a degree (beginning with first baccalaureate), as well as transcripts of graduate level coursework beyond the bachelor's degree. 

The OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT is one that has been sent directly from the issuing college or university to the Oakland University Office of Graduate Admissions. It must bear the college seal, current date and an appropriate signature. Additionally, transcripts providing certification of the degree earned must include the degree and the date the degree was awarded. 

Submit Official Transcripts:
Oakland University
Graduate Admissions
520 O'Dowd Hall
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482

D. REQUEST OFFICIAL ENTRY TEST SCORES

Entrance Test Scores may be required by your Graduate Program of Interest. Learn more at oakland.edu/grad/programs. The institution code for sending test scores to Oakland University is 1497

E. CONTACT YOUR RECOMMENDERS 

During the completion of your application, you will be asked to provide the email addresses of the people who will write your recommendations. Contact your recommenders in advance to get their email addresses and let them know that they will receive an email from Oakland University Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning requesting that they submit the recommendation online. 

F. COMPLETE AND UPLOAD PROGRAM SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION

Most Graduate Degree Programs require a Program Supplemental Application as well as the Online Application. The program supplemental application can be found here!

 

STEP 3 - CHECK YOUR APPLICATION & ADMISSION STATUS 
  1. Go to the Admission Login Page 
  2. Sign in using your Email Address and your Password you created when you submitted your application
  3. On the application overview tab, click "Submit Supplemental Items"
  4. Your Admission Status will be at the top of the page. 

Web Application Status Descriptions

  • Incomplete - Missing Requirements:
    Your file is not yet complete. Requirements received will have a date displayed; outstanding materials will not include a date. 

  • Complete - Ready for Review:
    Your file is now complete and ready to be reviewed for admission.

For academic programs that admit on a rolling basis, the review process typically takes 2-3 weeks from the date the file became "complete." For programs that review applications as a group, the review process begins after the deadline date and can take up to 12 weeks before decisions are announced. Learn more about the Admission Review Process. 

  • Decision Made:
    This status indicates that a decision has been made. 

 

After you have received your offer of admission from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, the next step is to accept your offer of admission using the Admission Acceptance Form.