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Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning

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 2018-2019 academic year below. 

Graduate Open House 2019 Graduate Student Research Conference
Graduate school information/recruiting events
On-campus events
  • Graduate school information table
    • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm 
    • Wednesday, January 9, 2019
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
    • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm 
    • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
  • Graduate open house
    • Thursday, March 28, 2019
      • Oakland Center, Founders Ballrooms
      • 5 pm - 7 pm 
  • 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
  • Siena Height University Graduate Fair 
    • Wednesday, November 7, 2018
  • General Dynamics 
    • Thursday, November 8, 2018 
  • City of Detroit Educational Fair 
    • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Online events
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. 

You can now review our presentation from Tuesday, September 11, 2018 and contact us if there are any questions or concerns. 

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. 

We have scheduled the following dates from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

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 11 of OU's newly minted PhDs and their peers last year. 

The concept is rather simple. You bring a computer, anything you need to work from, 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 fall, we offer the program on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, November 10
    • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 8 
    • 9 am - 3 pm

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 fall 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.

Graduate student research conference

All graduate students are cordially invited to submit an abstract for the 2019 Graduate Student Research Conference to be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 in the Oakland Center. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by 8 pm

Your abstract cannot be more than 300 words and it should include the following format: 

  • Introduction (background and purpose)
  • Methods (either research methods or method used to develop a model) 
  • Results (either research results or description of the model) 
  • Discussion and Conclusion 

Only abstracts submitted by the deadline will be considered for review. In early February, you will be informed if you have been selected to present at the conference. 

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: