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International Students

At Oakland University, we welcome graduate students from all corners of the world. Your contributions and insight enrich our community and help broaden perspectives. Learn about the specific international student deadlines, steps to apply and other topics below.

Application Deadlines

International students wishing to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa to attend Oakland University should submit application materials by the program and international student deadlines. Generally speaking, international student deadlines are

  • May 1 for fall (September) admission
  • September 1 for winter (January) admission
  • January 1 for summer (May) admission

However, your program deadline may be earlier than these dates. If it is, please submit all application materials by the earlier date.

Steps to Apply

Follow these steps prior to applying to Graduate School. You must submit your application online along with all required materials. Graduate applications will not be reviewed until they are complete. Current OU undergraduate students may apply for permission to enroll in graduate courses.

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. If you have questions about specific program details, contact the department or program coordinator at the top of each program listing. General application and admission process questions can be sent to Graduate Admissions.

B. Review admission criteria and program deadlines

First learn about general graduate admission requirements. Then check out admission requirements and application deadlines for your specific program of interest. Remember that an “application deadline” means that the application for admission and all supporting documents and information must be received by the deadline date

ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:
  • 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 Admission (forms will become available after you submit the application)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Some programs may have additional requirements including: 

  • Official test scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
  • Program supplemental application 
  • Goal Statement/Experience Statement/Essay 
  • Additional recommendation for Graduate Admissions
  • Proof of certification, license, etc. 
  • Proof of program pre-requisite courses required for admission into a specific degree program 

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS REQUIRING AN I-20 FOR A VISA MUST 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) 
CReview Financial Aid options, tuition & costs 

D. Attend a graduate open house
Step 2: Applying to graduate school

A. Apply online
    1. Click the apply now button
    2. Select your program of interest if you do not have an account.
      If you have have an account, log in and continue from step 4. 
    3. Fill out the form completely. Make note of your email and password for future log in. 
    4. Click Start an Application or Apply Online
    5. Select your application 
    6. Fill out the application and click submit
    7. Pay the $45 application charge (beginning September 18, 2017)  
B. Submit supplemental items

After submitting your application, you can begin uploading your required supplemental items. To upload supplemental items, go to the Admission login page, log in using your email and password, and click the Submit supplement items button.

C. Transcripts and transcript evaluations

You must submit transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended.  If your last degree was obtained from an international college/university, your transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. Oakland University will only accept transcript evaluations completed by a current member of  NACES. Most students choose  World Educational Services or  Educational Credential Evaluators . Graduate programs usually require a course-by-course (or detailed) evaluation report rather than the general evaluation report.  Since official transcripts are required for your transcript evaluation, we will accept copies of your foreign transcript(s).

If you attended a US college/university, official transcripts must be sent to:

Oakland University 
Graduate Admissions
520 O'Dowd Hall 
586 Pioneer Drive 
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
 
D. Request official test scores
     
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 requesting that they submit the recommendation online.

F. Complete and upload program supplemental application 

Most graduate programs require a supplemental application in addition to the online application. 

Step 3: Check your application & admission status
You may check your status by:
  • Visiting the Admission login page
  • Signing in using your email address and password (created when you submitted your application)
  • On the application overview tab, clicking “Submit Supplemental Items”
  • Your admission status will be at the top of this page

Once Graduate Admissions has received all of the required application materials, completed admission files are shared with the academic program for admission review. 

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. 

Once an admission decision is made, it will appear at the top of the page where you submitted your supplemental items. You will also receive a letter from the Graduate Admissions office.

After you receive your offer of admission, the next step is to accept your offer by using the Admission Acceptance Form.
Supplemental Applications
Many graduate degree programs require a supplemental application as well as the online application. See below for supplemental applications organized by each school and college at OU. Remember, your admission process could be delayed if all required documents are not submitted.

Supplemental applications

INTERNATIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS
Includes the following:
International Student Affidavit of Support
International Student Certified Bank Statement
International Student F-1 Transfer Form (for students transferring from another U.S. institution)
International Student Statement of Finances
Policy on English Language Proficiency/English as a Second Language

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
GMAT Waiver Form - MBA and MSITM Programs
GMAT Waiver Form - Executive MBA Program
GMAT Waiver Form - Master of Accounting Program

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
GRE Waiver Form - All Master's Programs
GRE Waiver Form - All Ph.D. Programs

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Supplemental Application
Master of Arts in Counseling (School of Counseling Focus) Supplemental Application
School of Education and Human Services Supplemental Application
MAT Elementary or Secondary - Felony Misdemeanor Form
MAT Elementary or Secondary - Experience Working with Children Form

SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Complementary Medicine & Wellness Certificate Supplemental Application
Exercise Science, M.S., Supplemental Application

SCHOOL OF NURSING

Schoo of Nursing Supplemental Application Packet

*The school of nursing supplemental application packet is for all Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Master's Graduate Certificate and Graduate Certificate applicants.* 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Supplemental Application
Nurse Anesthesia Supplemental Application
Acknowledgement Form (Nurse Anesthesia program)
F-2 Applicants

F-2 visa holders are permitted to engage in part-time study. Admitted F-2 students interested in pursuing full-time enrollment must obtain approval to change their status from F-2 to F-1. OU’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) can provide more information about maintaining or changing your status as well as F-2 study guidelines.

Costs

A graduate program at Oakland University typically requires at least two calendar years for completion. Currently, it is estimated that an unmarried international student’s tuition, living expenses, and health insurance for one academic year will total at least $35,821 U.S. dollars (USD). This total does not include living expenses for the periods when on-campus housing is closed, for any family members who will accompany you, or for all round-trip transportation expenses between your home country and Oakland University. The breakdown of these expenses in USD is as follows for each academic year:

DescriptionMaster's, Ph.D.MBA, MACC & MSITMPhysical TherapyMedicine
Tuition (out-of-state)$16,432$18,486$38,144$53,586
Living Expenses$14,875$14,875$14,875$21,301
School Supplies & Miscellaneous$2,654$2,654$3,476$1,550
Medical Insurance$1,860$1,860$1,860Included
TOTAL$35,821$37,875$58,355$76,437

The above tuition and expenses are effective for the 2017-18 academic year (September 1, 2017 – September 1, 2018). Tuition and expenses are based on an eight credit schedule for graduate students and a nine credit schedule for MBA students (per semester). To estimate expenses for an academic year beyond 2017-18, add an additional 10 percent to the total in order to cover anticipated increases. All tuition and expenses are subject to change at the discretion of Oakland University. Also view OU’s full tuition and costs page.

Dependents

A dependent is a spouse of any age or a child 20 years of age or younger. Please add $6,500 USD (including insurance) per year for the first dependent and $4,900 USD per year for each additional dependent who will accompany you.

In-State Tuition for Canadian Graduate Students

Graduate students from Canada may automatically qualify for Oakland University's Non-Resident Award. This scholarship awards new graduate students the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates. 

In-State Tuition for Mexican Graduate Students 

Graduate students from Mexico may automatically qualify for Oakland University's Non-Resident Award. This scholarship awards new graduate students the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates. 

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language/Internet Based Test) as proof of English language proficiency. The TOEFL is administered worldwide by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The IELTS and MELAB are also accepted.

English proficiency exam scores must be two years old or less at the time of your intended enrollment at Oakland University. View the full English language proficiency policy in OU’s graduate catalog.

Admission eligibility

TOEFL (internet): 79
TOEFL (paper): 550
TOEFL (computer): 213

  • or IELTS: 6.5
  • or MELAB: 77
  • or 24 transferable credits, excluding ESL coursework from a U.S. community college or baccalaureate institution
  • or Baccalaureate or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university
  • or One year of study at and a diploma from a U.S. high school

Some programs at Oakland University may require a higher level of proficiency than listed above. Please review the program description for your field of study for additional English proficiency requirements and furnish proof as part of the admission process.

Admission with limited standing
In addition to academic courses, ESL courses are required for students scoring below the minimum proficiency:

TOEFL (internet): 69-78
TOEFL (paper): 520-549
TOEFL (computer): 190-212
  • or IELTS: 6
  • or MELAB: 73-76

F-1 Students 

If you are eligible for admission, but your test scores fall within the range listed above, you will begin your studies with Oakland University's English as a Second Language (ESL) program. You are expected to complete your ESL course of study within one year of your admission. If you complete your ESL course of study or submit a passing TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB score during this one-year period, you will be fully admitted to your graduate program. 

All other applicants

If you do not meet the minimum score requirements, but are within the range of scores specified above, your must register for ESL courses as part of your coursework starting in your first semester of registration. ESL placement is done by OU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Center, using Institutional TOEFL and other assessment tools.    


The individualized ESL instruction sequence designed by OU’s ESL Center is not negotiable. Satisfactory completion of the individualized ESL instruction sequence is expected within one year, but ESL coursework is required until minimum proficiency is demonstrated.

Intensive English program

If you do not have adequate English proficiency for graduate admission or for admission with ESL coursework to OU, you can be admitted to the Intensive English Program. ESL placement is done by OU’s ESL Center using the Institutional TOEFL and other assessment tools. The individualized ESL program sequence determined by the ESL Center is not negotiable.

Upon completion of the Intensive English Program, you may reapply for admission to Oakland University where you will be evaluated using the admission criteria described above.

Transfer to OU

Interested in transferring from a graduate program at another institution to Oakland University? Simply complete the online application for admission and meet admission requirements to begin the process.

Upon admission, previous graduate coursework will be evaluated by a faculty adviser to determine your eligibility. A maximum of nine credits may transfer to OU. Please review OU’s Course Content and Course Waiver Substitution policy and consult with your faculty adviser for further information.

To learn more, visit the transfer credit section in the graduate catalog.

Student Resources
Campus resources
International Students and Scholars
The International Students and Scholars Office is committed to building an international campus through service, support and advocacy to nurture global citizenship and multicultural appreciation.

English as a Second Language Center
The ESL Center offers an intensive program to improve students' skills in English and to help each student reach his or her English language proficiency goals.
Off campus resources

ECE - Educational Credential Evaluators

GRE - Graduate Record Examination

GRE Guide - Includes Tips & Tricks, Test-Taking Strategies and Commonly used Formulas. 

GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery

NACES - National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

WES - World Educational Services

Study in the States  - Study in the States serves as an innovative information hub for the international student community by bringing together the various federal agencies that play a role in implementing our student visa and exchange visitor programs.

FAQ's

General questions
  1. How do I apply to a graduate program? 

    Students can apply to a graduate program by filling out and submitting the online application.
     
  2. How do I check the status of my application?

    Students can check the status of their application and required documents by logging into their account. You must enter your email and password that you created when you first applied.  

  3. What is the application fee for admission? 

    Beginning September 18, 2017 there will be a non-refundable, $45 USD charge for each new application submitted for graduate study at Oakland University. Please view the application charge tab for additional information.  

  4. Do I need to take the TOEFL exam? 

    Non-Native English speakers are required to provide proof of English proficiency. Students with foreign academic credentials can provide proof of English proficiency with test scores from TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB. Visit www.oakland.edu/grad/future-students/international for more information. 

    A TOEFL exemption exists for students from countries where English is both the official language and the language of instruction in higher education. For more information visit our Graduate Catalog

  5. After you receive my online application with the required documents, how long will it be before I know if I have been admitted? 

    For academic programs that admit on a rolling basis (admission decisions made on a continual basis) the review process typically takes 2-3 weeks from the date the file become "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. 

    Once the academic recommendation is received and a final decision is given, the office of Graduate Study will notify you of the admission decision. 

  6. How and when do new students register for classes? 

    Web registration is staggered by class standing and earned credit hours. New Students should register after their admission decision has been delivered. Visit the web registration information page at www.oakland.edu/regschedule for more information. 

  7. How do I transfer from another university to Oakland University? 

    If you are interested in "transferring" to Oakland University, you must complete the online application and meet the same admission requirements as any other graduate applicant. Upon admission to Graduate Study, your previous graduate coursework will be evaluated by the faculty adviser to determine transfer to Oakland University. 

    Please note: A maximum of nine (9) credits may transfer to the OU graduate program. 

  8. How do I transfer a graduate credit from another university to Oakland University? 

    With the approval of the faculty adviser and Graduate Study, selected credits for prior coursework earned at another accredited U.S. college or university may be transferred to count toward an Oakland University degree. You must have earned graduate level credit in the course according to the institution at which the course was taken. 

    You must complete one semester in your graduate program at Oakland University and be in good academic standing (not on probation or limited standing) before the Transfer Credit Request can be given final approval. You should be prepared to provide the graduate program adviser a catalog copy of the course description from the former institution and/or a course syllabus. Visit our transfer credit policy for more information. 

    The graduate transfer credit request form is available here

  9. May I speak to an academic adviser regarding my graduate program? 

    Academic advising at the graduate level is conducted in the academic departments. Visit oakland.edu/grad/programs and click on the program of your choice. At the top of the page, you will find the contact information for the program coordinator who will answer any questions regarding the program. 

  10. When is the deadline for a graduate admission? 

    Deadlines for admission to a graduate program vary by academic program. Visit oakland.edu/grad/programs and click on the program of your interest. 

  11. How do I obtain a course catalog? 

    The graduate catalog is available online here

  12. As a graduate student, what financial aid might I qualify to receive? 

    Oakland University participates in a variety of financial assistance programs to help students pay for their educational expenses. Assistance can be awarded by Oakland University, Federal Government and by Private sources. Based on your FAFSA application, you may receive need-based loans or college work-study. If you do not have need-based eligibility, you may apply for non-need-based loans or regular student employment. 

    Other financial assistance may be available through a Graduate Assistantship. Graduate Assistantships are offered through the academic departments. Contact your program coordinator for more information. 

    For the full list of Financial Aid options visit www.oakland.edu/grad/financial-assistance

  13. What is my student number? 

    Your student number is your Grizzly ID Number. It is typically listed towards the bottom of the incomplete and admission letters. 

  14. If I am an out-of-state or international student, how can I change my residency rates? 

    You must contact the Registrar's Office and inquire about Residency Reclassification after receiving admission to your graduate program. You can call 248-370-3450 or email regservices@oakland.edu

  15. How does an international student receive an I-20? 

    After the admissions office determines that your file is complete and you have been accepted into the program, your file is sent to the International Students and Scholars Office, where your I-20 is prepared and mailed to you along with your official admission letter and other helpful information. 

  16. If I am an international student, do I need to attend an orientation? 

    YES! The office of International Students and Scholars coordinates a special program to meet your needs. They will provide you information regarding your orientation. 

  17. How do I transfer my F-1 visa at my current school to Oakland University? 

    The F-1 Transfer Form is required if you are currently attending a college or university within the United States. Submitting the F-1 Transfer Form does not automatically transfer your SEVIS record. During the application process, the form is only used to confirm if you are currently in status. Once admitted, your International Advisor at your current institution must release your SEVIS record to Oakland University. 

    Please contact our International Students and Scholars Office if you have any questions about the SEVIS transfer process at 248-370-3358 or email isso@oakland.edu

  18. Are there additional application requirements for international students? 

    Additional application documents can be found at www.oakland.edu/grad/future-graduate-students/international
Application questions
  1. What are "official" transcripts? I sent a copy of my transcript with my application. Is that sufficient?

    Official transcripts are sent from the registrar's office of the institution(s) you attended directly to our office (Graduate Admissions, 520 O'Dowd Hall, Rochester, MI 48309). 

    Copies issued to students may be used for application review but official transcripts are required to finalize the admission process

  2. Do I need to have my Oakland University transcript sent to Graduate Admissions?

    No. We will obtain your OU record for your file. You do not need to make a formal request.  

  3. If I had my previous college transcripts sent to Oakland University when I was an undergrad, do I need to request them again for graduate school? 

    If you graduated with a bachelor's degree from OU in the past year, we can obtain all transcripts you previously submitted for your undergraduate program. If it has been more than one year, you may need to request the transcripts as your undergraduate record is no longer accessible to Graduate Admissions. 

    Some academic programs need to see the actual grades you received for prerequisite coursework so you may be required to request them again. After we process your application, you will be notified if previous college transcripts are required. 

  4. I won't finish my bachelor's degree until just before the semester to which I am applying. Is that a problem? 

    Most graduate programs accept applications for admission from students who are still completing their bachelor's degree. Any admission decision will be made contingent upon the successful completion of degree. You will be required to submit an official transcript with your degree posted in order to finalize the admission process. Some programs may require that you complete your degree prior to applying for admission. 

  5. What is a transcript evaluation? 

    A transcript evaluation is required for all students with foreign academic credentials. If you studied in an educational system other than within the United States, you are required to furnish a detailed transcript evaluation. The detailed transcript evaluation (course-by-course) includes all the coursework you completed including information on course credit hours and grades. The evaluation must be completed by a NACES member organization. Many students use World Educational Services (WES). 

  6. I am a citizen of another country but have worked in the U.S. for 10 years. Do I need to take the TOEFL? 

    All Non-US citizens are required to provide proof of English proficiency. Time spend working in the US is not used to determine proficiency. Foreign students are encouraged to take the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS exam. 

  7. I took the TOEFL 2.5 years ago, do I need to retake the exam? 

    Educational Testing Services only retains test scores for 2 years. Students who complete the TOEFL more than 2 years ago will be required to retest. Student copies of dated scores are not sufficient. You must be able to provide an official exam score report sent directly to Oakland University by ETS. Visit ETS for more information. 

  8. I took the GRE in 1990, can I use those scores? 

    GRE test scores are "good" for 5 years. Educational Testing Services only retains GRE scores for 5 years. Student copies of dated scores are not sufficient. You must be able to provide an official exam score report sent directly to Oakland University by ETS.  

  9. How can I submit non-required documents to be included with my application?  

    You can't. Only the listed required documents will be assigned to your application file. If you submit non-required documents, they will be discarded.