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.
Prior to beginning the online application, you should carefully review the following application guidelines.
1) Select your program of Interest
Graduate certificates, master and doctoral degree program details can be found in the Graduate Programs Catalog.
- 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.
|2) Review graduate admission criteria
- An application deadline means that the application for admission and all supporting documents/information must be received by Graduate Admissions by the deadline date.
|3) Submit the online graduate application
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:
- Click the button above
- Click "First time user account creation"
- Create your Login ID and PIN — remember this for future use
- Select the correct application for the degree you are seeking
- Fill out and submit the application
|4) Submit supplemental applications and supporting application materials
A supplemental application may be required for your program. Review the list of supplemental applications to see if your program requires an additional application.
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:
520 O'Dowd Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
The total required recommendation forms is 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
study. Recommendation Form
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.
Check your program requirements to see what other supporting documents are necessary to complete your application.
|5) Check your 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.
Admission Acceptance Form
Applicants seeking a graduate degree or graduate certificate,
but are unable to meet the deadline for filing required materials or credentials for admission may be
granted temporary admission. Applicants must provide a copy of a transcript
providing evidence of a bachelor’s degree awarded and any specific
evidence concerning their qualifications for graduate study as required
by the department.
Students granted admission in the Special
Graduate classification may take no more than a total of 12 credits and
must meet the criteria specified for general admission requirements and
specific program admission requirements before completing the second
semester of registration.
Up to 12 credits earned in the Special Graduate classification may be applied toward degree or graduate certificate requirements if:
- a student is later admitted to a degree or graduate certificate program, and
- the credit is approved by the graduate program as appropriate to the degree or graduate certificate objective.
Admission as a special
graduate student in no way assures subsequent admission to a degree or
graduate certificate program. Degree or graduate certificate course
requirements and program regulations prevailing for the semester of
formal admission to a graduate program will govern the student’s
Students admitted to Special Graduate classification are not eligible to receive financial assistance.
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