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Oklahoma State University
Watson Graduate School of Management

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Applying for Grad School - Step by Step

Junior Year

  • Junior Year- Attend one of Professor Vowell’s MS Information Sessions (Please email for session availability)
  • Junior Year - After attending one of the information sessions, schedule a meeting with a current graduate student to discuss any questions.  (Please email to schedule a meeting)
  • Summer before senior year or during the 1st semester of Senior Year- Study, take, and PASS the GMAT. A score of 550 or greater is required for admission.
    • To qualify for a waived GMAT score you will need an OSU GPA of 3.5 and an OSU Accounting GPA of 3.5 (3000 & 4000 level OSU ACCT courses only – this is not the same GPA calculated by your undergraduate advisor). You must also have no “C”s in any accounting courses (Financial and Managerial Accounting included). 

Senior Year

  • 1st Semester of Senior Year – Schedule a meeting with Professor Vowell to discuss grad school plan and know whether it is best to apply during first or second semester of senior year.
    • Discuss undergraduate classes that you have remaining, upcoming internships that could count towards grad credit, etc.
  • 1st/2nd Semester Senior Year - Apply for Graduate School:
  • Senior Year - Be sure to gather details about your undergraduate scholarships before any changes are made to your enrollment.  This is especially important if you have an internship while still classified as an undergraduate.  Each student has a different financial aid situation, so it will need to be discussed directly with the Financial Aid office.  The MS Coordinator will not be able to provide enough specific details on this subject. 
    • Questions to ask:
      • Does my scholarship/financial aid cover undergraduate courses only?
      • How many hours do I need to be enrolled in for my scholarship/financial aid to disburse?  Do they need to be all undergraduate or do graduate hours count as well?
      • How will my tuition be billed if I am enrolled in undergraduate and graduate level courses in the same semester?
  • Once approved to enroll/accepted into the graduate program, schedule a meeting with Professor Vowell to discuss, and create a plan of study.  This meeting should take place in September during the fall semester and February during the spring semester.  If admitted over summer/winter break, the discussion may take place via email.  Once approved to enroll/accepted into the graduate program, you will need to meet with Professor Vowell before enrolling each semester.