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Graduate School

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

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

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Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning hosts events each year for prospective and current graduate students. View the list of events for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year below. 

Graduate Open House
Graduate school information/recruiting events
On-campus events
  • Graduate school information table
    • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
  • Graduate open house
    • Thursday, October 17, 2019
      • Oakland Center, Founders Ballrooms
      • 5 pm - 7 pm 
    • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
      • Oakland Center, Founders Ballrooms
      • 5 pm - 7 pm
  • Macomb Transfer Open House
    • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 
    • Macomb Community College
  • Executive MBA information session
    • The Executive MBA at OU is a premier graduate business program designed exclusively for experienced, high-potential professionals, featuring rigorous curriculum, leadership and professional developement and global immersion. 
Off-campus events
  • Blue Care Network in Southfield
    • Wednesday, May 1, 2019 
    • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Oakland County Government Service Center
    • Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Online events
  • Virtual graduate open house: (1/2 hour program presentation slots for 5-7 specific graduate programs)
  • Virtual graduate information sessions: (1/2 hour presentation promoting Graduate Education in general) 
  • International virtual graduate information sessions: (1/2 hour presentation promoting Graduate Education in general for international students) 
Graduate student orientation

New and current students are invited to attend an orientation to learn about academic policies and processes that impact their graduate student experience. 

  • Coming Soon

You can now review our presentation from Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and contact us if there are any questions or concerns. 

Graduate student research conference

Graduate Study and the Office of Research Administration hosted the 2019 Graduate Student Research Conference. This was a great opportunity to learn about graduate students' research, to network with students and faculty, and to hear from the guest keynote speaker. 

The next Graduate Student Research Conference will be on Friday, March 6, 2020. 

Please contact Professor Chris Stiller at for questions or information about the conference. 

For a complete overview of past conferences including presentation times, locations and guest speakers view the following online booklets: 

Research and writing workshops

Oakland University Writing Center, OU Libraries, and the Office of Graduate Study have partnered to provide 1) OU's graduate students with research and writing support for their theses and dissertations and 2) their supervisors with tools to better support them. 

Sit Down and Write

Are you composing your dissertation or thesis? If so, you might benefit from a writing center program that served several of OU's newly minted PhDs and their peers last year. 

The concept is rather simple. You bring a computer, anything with which you need to compose, and the willingness to write. We provide a comfortable, distraction-free environment; snacks and lunch; targeted but brief motivational breaks-outs, and limited consulting support for those who wish to use it. 

This winter, we offer the program in 242 Kresge Library from 9 AM - 3 PM on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 27 

Do you need professional one-on-one feedback? Schedule a graduate consultation at the writing center by calling (248) 370-3120 or by scheduling online

Graduate teaching assistant series

How will your skills and experience as a graduate student translate to your own classroom? This workshop series will introduce basic components of successful teaching, with opportunities to develop pedagogy and practice teaching skills. Skills include developing a syllabus, methods of presenting content and enhancing student learning, classroom management and assessing student performance. This series will help graduate students who are teaching assistants or who are interested in becoming future faculty members. 

Attend orientation and register for the whole series at

*There is no cost to OU graduate students. Students who attend the full series will receive a certificate upon completion.

Ph.D. students get-together

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning is inviting all Ph.D. students to a monthly get-together for the purpose of building a Ph.D. students community and to discuss topics of interest to all Ph.D. students. Our focus is to create a doctoral students community where students can share experiences and discuss topics of interest to them. 

The new dates for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available soon.