Graduate School

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

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

Students at an open house event with display tables, banners and black and gold balloons


The Graduate School hosts events each year for prospective and current graduate students. View the list of events for the upcoming academic year below. 

Graduate school information/recruiting events

We are currently offering virtual webinars to meet your needs. If you register and attend a graduate open house, you will receive an application waiver code. Additional event sessions are added weekly so please check back often. 

Graduate open house

The graduate open house sessions are 30 minutes each and delivered online or in person. They will provide information on a specific graduate program, program requirements, admission requirements, etc. The program adviser/coordinator will discuss in-depth information on their respective program and assist with questions and advising.

Virtual information sessions

The virtual information sessions provide general information on OU graduate program benefits, admission requirements, deadlines, scholarships and more. 

Virtual personal appointments

The virtual personal appointment is available to you if you have questions, need advising support, or need assistance as a prospective graduate student or with the application process. Virtual meetings will be held via Zoom.

Virtual program sessions

The virtual program sessions provide information on a specific program including curriculum, admission requirements, contact information and more. 

  • Virtual 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 development and global immersion. 
Three minute thesis competition & graduate student showcase

The third annual Three Minute Thesis Competition and Graduate Student Showcase (3MT & GSS) was held on Friday, February 17, 2023. This competition gave students an opportunity to share their work and earn prizes.

Graduate student research conference

The Graduate Student Research Conference was held on Friday, March 10, 2023. The conference was a great way for graduate students to share their research with the campus community and show their OU pride. We look forward to next year's conference and all of the graduate students who will be presenting. The date for the next graduate student research conference will be posted soon.  

Please contact Melodie Kondratek at for questions or information about the conference. 

Research and writing workshops

Oakland University Writing Center, OU Libraries, and the Graduate School 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

A writing retreat for advanced graduate students who are composing high-stakes documents, such as proposals, practicums, theses, dissertations, and publications. This accountability program provides a distraction free environment for composing in the company of like-tasked graduate students.   

Each session will start with a brief sharing session. Then writers will silence their mikes and write. The session will conclude with a brief recap, in which writers can share their progress. A graduate consultant host will be available throughout the session to answer questions and to help writers overcome obstacles to their fluency.

Dissertation 101: A Workshop Series for Graduate Writers and Their Supervisors

A workshop series that has addressed such timely topics as writing with statistics, literature review construction, data management and storage, understanding the IRB process, copyright and fair use, etc. All dissertation 101 sessions are held in 242 Kresge Library unless otherwise noted. 

Your suggestions about topics to address in future series are welcome. If you would appreciate coverage of a specific issue or you would like to volunteer to present, please contact Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue, Director, at (248) 370-3105 or

Support for Reporting Research Results

A new initiative designed to help researchers better represent their results in text and within graphs and tables. The OUWC has hired several graduate consultants who currently are training to offer assistance on writing with statistics and reporting research findings. Please watch for more information about this forthcoming service. 

One-on-One Writing Consultations for Student and Faculty

Available with the director or with our graduate consultants. We help faculty address their tenure review statements, publications, syllabi, assignments, etc. We also work with graduate writers on their proposals, theses, dissertations, and publications. All students are eligible to conduct their writing consultations synchronously online as well as face-to-face. To schedule a session, either visit our online scheduler or call (248) 370-3120.

Classroom Visits and Presentations

Are available for writing intensive classes, department meetings, professional development, and orientation events. In the past, we have offered presentations on literature reviews, APA style, clarity and conciseness, etc.; provided brief introductions to writing center services; and offered guidance on assignment design and feedback. If you would like the writing center to come to you, contact Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue, Director, at (248) 370-3105 or

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.