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Graduate School

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

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

Graduate School

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

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

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Non-Degree Seeking Students

Oakland University offers you opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment at the graduate level, without pursuing a full graduate degree.

Non-Degree students

To be admitted as a non-degree student, please submit

  • Online application for admission 
    1. Click the link above
    2. Under the heading Graduate Admissions select I am interested as a Non-Degree seeking student and fill out the form completely. Make note of your email and password for future log in. 
    3. Click create a new application or apply online
    4. Select your application
      • There is no application charge for non-degree applications submitted.  
    5. Fill out the application and click submit.
      • After submitting your application, you will be able to upload your transcript or any additional documents required. To upload a document, select your submitted application and click the submit supplemental items button. 
  • Copy of a transcript with a bachelor’s degree posted (if your bachelor’s degree was completed outside the U.S., a transcript evaluation by a NACES member is required. Many applicants use World Educational Services or Educational Credential Evaluators).
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will also be required to provide proof of your current immigration status. International students on an F-1 student visa may not be admitted to OU with professional development status.
ASAP | Non-Degree international students

To be admitted as a non-degree international student, please submit

  • Online application for admission 
    1. Click the link above
    2. Under the heading Graduate Admissions select I am interested as an ASAP Non-Degree seeking student and fill out the form completely. Make note of your email and password for future log in. 
    3. Click create a new application or apply online
    4. Select your application
      • There is no application charge for non-degree international applications submitted.  
    5. Fill out the application and click submit.
      • After submitting your application, you will be able to upload your transcript or any additional documents required. To upload a document, select your submitted application and click the submit supplemental items button. 
  • Copy of transcript(s) - translated into English - providing evidence of an earned degree (i.e., baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree)
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Proof of financial support

Graduate non-degree students who later decide to seek admission to a graduate program must submit a graduate application for Admission and adhere to all application requirements specified by the Graduate School and graduate program.

Graduate courses completed in a graduate non-degree admission classification will appear on an OU graduate transcript.

Guest students

If you’re admitted to a degree program at another accredited institution and wish to take courses at Oakland University for purposes of credit transfer, you should apply as a guest student. Please remember

  • Enrollment for all guest students is limited to 12 credit hours
  • Graduate guest students are typically admitted to Oakland University for one semester only

You may apply by guest type:

Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS)

Applicants admitted to degree programs at one of the Michigan institutions listed below and wishing to take courses at Oakland University for purposes of credit transfer should apply by using the Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS) Program Application Form

Participating institutions include: Andrews University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Madonna University, Marygrove College, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Saginaw Valley State University, Siena Heights College, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University. 

Regular guest student

Regular guest students are students who are admitted to degree programs at institutions other than the Michigan institutions listed below.

Graduate guest applicants who are not admitted at one of the institutions listed below can use the guest application to apply. A letter from your home institution confirming that you are in good academic standing must also be submitted.

Please consult your adviser at your home institution regarding the ability to transfer specific credits to your program.