The first step to becoming a Sooner is to apply! Each application is read thoroughly, thoughtfully, and fairly to evaluate all-around excellence.
A minimum of:
*NOTE: OU Extended Campus can still conditionally admit applicants who show potential for academic success, but do not meet the minimum GPA admission requirements. These students, however, must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA or higher during the first 12 hours of letter-graded OU coursework in their degree program. Applicants who DO NOT meet the admission criteria need to check our Graduate Admissions FAQs for details.
*NOTE: OU Extended Campus recommends applying for finanical aid at the same time you apply for admission.
Statement ofGoals: A 300-500 word statement describing career goals and how the chosen degree program aligns with those goals. The statement is designed to be not only a writing sample, but also a holistic view of the applicant. Additionally, the statement addresses:
The Resume: Resumes should be formatted in a professional manner, highlighting past work experience and education. The purpose of the resume requirement is for evaluators to gain an understanding of career path and professional development leading to the decision to apply to graduate school. Evaluators will be looking for career growth, increased responsibility, and overall picture of career path.
Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations should be written by a professional or academic source (i.e. a supervisor or employer, a former or current professor, a civic or business leader, or someone who is not a family member). Recommendations discussing your fit with your chosen degree program are preferred.
Academic Writing Sample (for Museum Studies Only): The academic writing sample is an example of the applicant’s capacity for academic writing. All submissions must be original work only, but may have been used as a submission from a previous course or research project.
*Critiques (may be required for applicants with undergraduate GPAs lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale): The critique is a 1500-word essay about a play, book, or work of art of the applicant’s choice. The purpose of the critique is to assist evaluators in determining readiness for a writing-intensive graduate program by comparing the applicant’s writing ability to graduate-level expectations. The critique is not a book report-style summary, but rather a critical analysis containing:
It may be beneficial to write more than one draft of the critique. Taking notes while reading or watching can aid in the writing process. Evaluators are looking for the ability to write a coherent essay while critically analyzing content.
* Last Degree Conferring Transcript must be uploaded with the rest of your materials.
Once OU receives all materials (Steps One - Three), Admissions will begin processing your application. Extended Campus will make a recommendation and send it to OU's Graduate College for final review and an official admission decision. Admissions will email a decision letter to the address listed on the application.
Average processing time is two to three weeks.
If you accept our offer of admission, you are REQUIRED to send your official transcript from your most recent degree-conferring institution. It must be submitted no later than the end of the admission term.
Transcripts should be sent to:
OU Extended Campus
Registration and Records
1700 Asp Avenue, Room B-1
Norman, OK 73072-6400
If the colleges or universities offer electronic transcripts, you may request that the paperless version be sent directly to pacsGRadmissions@ou.edu.
If you have questions about the application user experience, please contact us at pacsGRadmissions@ou.edu.