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The IELTS can be used instead of a TOEFL. The equivalency for our admissions requirements
Admissions tests that are required as part of application should be submitted by the appropriate deadlines. Application files lacking test scores are considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed for admission.
Each degree program has its own admissions test requirements listed on the application page of the website. Generally, the answer is no, the GRE cannot be used instead of the GMAT. Some Programs will accept either the GMAT or the GRE, and some only accept one and not the other test. The MBA Program accepts either the GMAT or GRE.
Each Program has specific requirements, but unless otherwise specified on an individual Program’s website, the test requirement cannot be waived. In general, preparing for an assessment can serve as useful practice for individuals seeking to resume academic studies.
Unless a specific Program’s website indicates otherwise, all applicants must submit the listed application materials before admission can be considered. Alumni status has no bearing on the requirement of application forms; our degrees are all graduate-level, so just as you might have applied for undergraduate admissions, you must also apply for graduate admissions.
A TOEFL or IELTS score may be required for admission to OSU, as indicated by the Graduate College. (See International Applicants, English Proficiency Requirements on link.)
The online application system will discern whether or not the TOEFL or IELTS would be required for admissions to OSU, and will indicate to you if a score must be submitted with the application materials. This cannot be answered based on an email; the applicant must begin the online application form to find out if a TOEFL or IELTS score is necessary.
If a TOEFL/IELTS is required by the Graduate College, then the master’s business programs will also require it, and the minimum TOEFL score for admission to our programs is 89 ibt; the minimum IELTS score is 6.5.
Please submit test scores directly to the Graduate College electronically by request from the testing service. (Institution code for TOEFL and IELTS: 6546) Hard copies of test scores are no longer accepted, and should not be sent through the postal service.
The IELTS can be used instead of a TOEFL. The equivalency for our admissions requirements
7.0 IELTS = 100 TOEFL
6.5 IELTS = 89 TOEFL
6.0 IELTS = 79 TOEFL
If neither test is required, then our master’s programs will not require an English-language test score for admissions at all. The applicant should then simply complete the online application and submit it as instructed, along with the other required documents at that point.
However, please note that the Spears School PhD Programs may require a TOEFL/IELTS score as part of the application, regardless of the Graduate College requirement. Please refer to the application page for your chosen PhD Program for details on this particular issue.
Official GMAT test scores are usually available 5-10 days after the test date, and official GRE scores take approximately three weeks.
All test scores should be sent to OSU using the appropriate institution codes. Official test scores are received by the OSU Graduate College in an electronic format; scores will then be attached to applications after the online forms are submitted.
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The OSU school code for both the TOEFL and GRE is 6546.
Test scores are sent to OSU in an electronic format that is imported to a database for access by graduate departments as needed. These test scores are not sent to individual departments, which is why there is only one institution code.
The testing service may show different divisions (such as Undergraduate or Graduate Schools), but the main score recipient will be Oklahoma State University, so 6546 is the school code for sending scores to OSU.
Possibly. Admissions committees carefully review each application on an individual basis before making a final decision. Keep in mind that test scores play a key factor in the decision, and a score that is less than the recommended number or is less than the current competitive threshold can be detrimental to the final admissions decision and admissions may be denied because of this.
The best place to find information about the GMAT is at http://www.mba.com/us. This official website for the GMAT holds information about preparing for the test.
While OSU does not offer any prep courses for this test, applicants may be interested in an online GMAT Prep Course offered through Meridian Technology Center.
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Yes, transcripts are required to be submitted as part of the application materials. For admissions purposes, unofficial copies can be scanned and attached to the application in an electronic format along with the other required materials. All applicants, including current or former OSU students, must include a scanned version of transcripts. Transcripts from OSU will not automatically be pulled from SIS by the Graduate College.
However, if admission is granted, the Graduate College will require official transcripts to be sent from the undergraduate institution directly to OSU. To be official, the transcript must show the complete scholastic record with degree conferred, bear the official seal of the institution, and be signed by the issuing officer. Only one set of official transcripts should be submitted, either electronically (which is preferred) or in hard copy form.
Current or former students of OSU can have transcripts sent from the OSU Registrar directly to the Graduate College. The official eTranscript option through the OSU Registrar is acceptable and preferred.
Hard copies of transcripts should be mailed only to OSU Graduate College, 202 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078. Please do not mail them to any other address at OSU; doing so can cause delay in receipt and processing by the Graduate College.
Questions about transcript requirements should be directed by email to the Graduate College at email@example.com.
Application materials should be submitted by the deadline dates posted on the department websites. Please remember that a “deadline” is not a suggested date—it is set on a specific date for a reason. Our first impression of an applicant is from their application, which includes meeting the application deadlines.
The Statement can be presented as a cover letter, an essay of no more than two pages, or one page of short answers (three or four sentences per question).
The following topics should be addressed:
- Explain why you have decided to pursue a graduate business degree at OSU. Describe how your experiences, both personal and professional, have led you to pursue this degree at OSU.
- What are your career aspirations? How will this degree aid you in achieving these goals?
- What personal strengths will help you attain your goals? What personal weaknesses must you overcome to attain your goals?
- Include a brief paragraph on professional conduct and demeanor from your personal perspective.
Please include your name at the top of each page of the Statement.
Applicants will enter the recommenders’ names and email addresses on the online application form. The online application system will automatically email the recommender and provide a link to submit their letter OSU.
Recommendations can be letters in a traditional business format or a few paragraphs in the text box provided on the form; whichever way is most comfortable for the recommender is fine. A recommendation letter should endorse the person being recommended, including specific traits, qualities, or skills that make him/her the best choice for admission to graduate school.
Recommendation letters are not required to be submitted on company letterhead. While letterhead is recommended, it is not required. The recommender should include his/her name, title, company name, and contact information on the letter, as appropriate.
Include the following:
- A statement explaining why you want to pursue a Ph.D. in your chosen area of specialization, and why you think you will be successful (3 pages, maximum).
- Evidence of any prior independent research work, such as a thesis or research papers
Professional or academic recommenders are always preferred. You are applying to a business graduate program, so recommendations should be of a more business-minded nature. You are trying to present the most professional image of yourself as possible. With that in mind, recommendations from personal friends or relatives should be avoided.
Yes. We have a full time Career Coordinator available to assist students with their resume, interview skills, and internship and job searches.
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No. None of the Ph.D. Programs at Spears School are available through Online Learning. All of them, with the exception of our Executive PhD, are only based at the Stillwater campus and students admitted to these must attend OSU-Stillwater.
No. The entire degree can be completed via online learning.
Online Learning is not a degree—it is a different method of course delivery that is not based in a classroom at the Stillwater or Tulsa campuses. Courses in the MBA, MS in MIS, and MSTM Programs can be completed through Online Learning. However, full admission requirements must be met for each prior to enrollment in the Online Learning course sections.
Online Learning is an option for enrollment that is not based in a classroom at the Stillwater o Tulsa campuses. It is not a “watered down” version of any of our degrees, nor is it an “online” degree. It is simply a different method of delivery for our classes. All admission requirements must be met prior to enrollment.
To set up your OKEY account, new students should go to osu.okstate.edu, hover the mouse over the Student Life at the top of the page, and a new menu window will pop up. Look for Technology on the right side of the window and click on O-Key Account. Follow the prompts for a new account. Initially, your password will be your birth date. Eventually, the system will force you to change your password and terminate your session. Log in again with your Okey email address and new password to confirm the set-up is correct. Please contact the OSU Help Desk if you have any problems.
The diploma will only show the name of the master’s degree and Oklahoma State University. Since this is not an “online” degree, the diploma won’t indicate it as such.
Your academic advisor will be the Program coordinator for your chosen degree, unless otherwise told. The staff at the Online Learning office are not academic advisors.
Students go online at their convenience to pick up homework assignments, check class announcements, participate in chat room discussions with other students and download or view the class lectures.
Students enrolled in online courses are welcome to attend networking events tied to their respective academic programs. Event coordinators will typically announce off-campus or out-of-state opportunities through social media whenever planned and strongly suggest participation should include an RSVP or direct communication with the program before securing travel arrangements.
Yes, online students may enroll in trips arranged by the Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE) for program credit. Current opportunities can be viewed online here.
OSU has offered its MBA program through online learning since 1992.
Please visit the Online Learning FAQ page here.
The MBA part-time program can be completed entirely in Tulsa, but the full-time program requires some coursework to be completed at the Stillwater campus.
The Master’s degrees in MIS and Information Assurance are based in Stillwater, with all classes available at OSU-Stillwater or through online enrollment; an occasional class may be available at OSU-Tulsa. Neither degree can be completed at the Tulsa campus.
The MSQFE program is based in Stillwater with most classes only available at the Stillwater campus; several classes are offered at OSU-Tulsa, but the degree cannot be completed at the Tulsa campus. It is not available for completion through online enrollment.
The Master’s degrees in Accounting and Economics are only based in Stillwater.
Ph.D. programs are only available at the Stillwater campus.
Enrollment information will be provided in the same letter or email that offers admissions, but admitted students should contact the Program coordinator’s office for an advisement appointment.
This relates to the number of hours in which a student is enrolled, not a specific degree. For graduate students, “fulltime” enrollment is nine or more semester credit hours, and “part-time” enrollment is eight or fewer hours. Our Online Learning option is designed for students who plan to enroll in graduate school part-time while still working fulltime, and will only take one or two classes per semester.
Spears School Graduate Programs does not have scholarship monies available for DL enrollment. Many companies provide tuition assistance for their employees, and we also offer a special rate for active-duty military personnel. We would encourage you to check the resource links on our website for options available for graduate-level study.
All military personnel, who can submit active duty orders, deployment orders or a duty history which covers the enrollment period, are eligible for the military rate. National Guard or Reservists will qualify if active duty status applies. Spouses of active duty military are NOT eligible for the military rate.
Oklahoma Higher Education has separate site for adults returning to college and offers financial aid including in-state and federally funded grants.
As always, domestic students are encouraged to complete FAFSA forms annually.
OSU’s Graduate College also provides information; click on the Financing a Graduate Degree tab.
SuperCollege.com – Free registration; answer questions your interests & future plans, and this site generates a list of scholarships. Many simply require an application and an essay, will accept both domestic and international students’ applications, and still have funding available for the current school year.
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None of our graduate programs admit for the summer. Depending on the program, there may be fall and spring admission, or fall only. But we do not offer admissions for the summer.
Academic semesters at OSU are 16 weeks. While the exact start/end dates vary each semester, the spring semesters are mid-January through early May, and fall semesters are mid-August through mid-December. Courses offered during the summer (May, June, July) may be four to eight weeks in length, but will still cover the same amount of material in a 16-week semester.
No. Only graduate-level coursework from AACSB accredited schools can be accepted for transfer into the School of Business master’s programs. A full list of accredited institutions can be found at http://aacsb.edu/. Neither can active duty experience be used for course credit.
The GMAT is required unless an applicant is a currently-practicing medical doctor or dentist (which requires the MCAT or DAT, respectively, in lieu of the GMAT). Military service or training cannot be used for this test requirement.
The Registrar’s Office manages that information: http://registrar.okstate.edu/Veteran-Benefit-Services.
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The average review time for admissions is four to six weeks; much depends on the Program and number of applications received. Often, the review may only take a few days and you will be notified as soon as a decision has been made. You should receive notification of admissions decisions in a combination of methods: email from the Program, hardcopy letter from the Graduate College, or both.
Applications handled through the Spears School Graduate Programs office will always receive email notification when the file is forwarded for review.
Our Master’s programs require a four-year undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree or its international equivalent, OR in lieu of that, an undergraduate degree from a three year institution PLUS a two year degree in a master’s field.
A list of the Graduate Course Descriptions can be found here.
No. All courses required for graduation are included as part of the curriculum.
The MBA, MS in MIS, and TCOM programs allow enrollment in one 3-hour class as a “Non-Degree Seeking” or “Special” student. Applications for Non-Degree Seeking students must be submitted to the Graduate College. A full application to the appropriate program must be submitted by the appropriate deadline, and admission granted, before a student will be allowed to enroll in classes beyond those three hours.
Students classified as “Non Degree Seeking” (or “Special”) are NOT admitted to a specific program; they have simply been admitted to the Graduate College as a graduate-level student who can enroll in a class. Until an application has been submitted to the appropriate program and they are approved for admission, they are NOT admitted to that program.
Students classified as non-degree seeking will be directed by the Graduate College to contact the academic advisor for any Program in which they wish to enroll. Enrollments are most likely to be scheduled by appointment only, and may be limited to the week before the semester begins. You will enroll just like any other student (either with a form at the Registrar’s office, or registration through Online Learning).
Information about residency can be found on the OSU Registrar’s website.
No. Residency is established by where you permanently reside, not where you went to college. Being an alumnus of the University does not affect tuition rates for graduate-level study.