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2. Graduate Programs Offered

2.1 Graduate Programs Offered

General requirements that apply to all programs appear later in this bulletin. Information about individual degrees is available from the individual academic unit.

2.2.1 Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degrees

An accelerated degree program (ADP) enables qualified undergraduate students to earn a master’s degree in an accelerated time frame by sharing up to 15 percent of the total coursework required for the stand-alone bachelor’s and master’s degrees. An ADP consists of both an undergraduate portion (the bachelor’s degree) and a graduate portion (the master’s degree). The curriculum of an ADP is designed to fulfill all requirements of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Accelerated students normally begin taking graduate-level courses in their fourth year. All students admitted to an ADP will be engaged, assessed, and graded as graduate students. Admission and retention requirements are more rigorous for accelerated students than for students in stand-alone degree programs.

Students may not pursue dual accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degrees.

A list of accelerated degrees offered at the University of Oklahoma.

2.2.1.1 ADP Models: Sequential or Simultaneous

Accelerated degree programs follow one of two models. Different procedures and restrictions apply to each model.

Sequential ADP Model

The undergraduate degree is conferred before the student’s admission to the graduate portion of the ADP.

  • While in the undergraduate portion of a sequential ADP, a student is considered an undergraduate student and may hold an undergraduate assistantship. However, the student may not hold a graduate assistantship or receive graduate-level tuition waivers or health subsidy benefits.
  • After the bachelor’s degree has been conferred and the student has been admitted to the graduate portion of the ADP, the student is considered a graduate student and may be eligible to hold a graduate assistantship and receive graduate-level tuition waivers and health subsidy benefits.
  • A student in a sequential ADP who has approval of their undergraduate advisor(s) to pursue a second bachelor’s degree must complete all requirements for both undergraduate degrees before entering the graduate portion of the ADP.
  • After a student has been admitted to the graduate portion of a sequential ADP, they must meet all requirements and deadlines for the master’s degree outlined in this bulletin.
    • Any questions regarding course enrollment should be directed to the academic unit offering the master’s degree.
  • A student in a sequential ADP who decides not to complete the accelerated master’s degree is responsible for notifying their undergraduate advisor and requesting to be changed to the stand-alone bachelor’s degree major code.
  • If a student in a sequential ADP does not meet the admission requirements for the graduate portion upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, the academic unit offering the graduate degree is responsible for notifying the undergraduate advisor and requesting that the student be changed to the stand-alone bachelor’s degree major code.

Simultaneous ADP Model

The undergraduate and graduate degrees are conferred at the same time.

  • A student in a simultaneous ADP is considered an undergraduate student for the duration of the program. They may hold an undergraduate assistantship but will not become eligible to hold a graduate assistantship or receive graduate-level tuition waivers or health subsidy benefits.
  • A student in a simultaneous ADP may not pursue dual undergraduate degrees.
  • After admission to a simultaneous ADP, the student must meet all requirements and deadlines for the master’s degree outlined in this bulletin.
  • The Graduate College academic counselor and the undergraduate college advisor will work together to verify the student has fulfilled all requirements for both degrees before clearing them for either degree.
  • A student in a simultaneous ADP who does not complete the bachelor’s degree will not be awarded the accelerated graduate degree, regardless of the amount or quality of graduate work completed.
  • A student in a simultaneous ADP who decides not to complete the accelerated master’s degree is responsible for notifying their undergraduate and graduate advisors and requesting to be changed to the stand-alone bachelor’s degree major code.
    • Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, the student is eligible to apply to the stand-alone master’s program, but may not share any hours that were applied to the bachelor’s degree.

2.2.1.2 Admission to the Undergraduate Portion of an ADP

  • A student who is interested in an ADP should contact their academic unit and/or undergraduate college before or during their junior year. They will need to follow the application procedures and deadlines established by the academic unit and undergraduate college in order to be admitted to the ADP and changed to the undergraduate accelerated major code.
  • An undergraduate student must have a minimum 3.00 overall grade point average (GPA) in order to be admitted to an ADP.
    • No student whose overall GPA is lower than 3.00 may be admitted to an ADP; admission with conditions will not be permitted.
    • Academic units may require an overall GPA higher than 3.00 for undergraduate admission to a particular ADP.
    • Academic units that require a GPA higher than 3.00 for admission to the graduate portion of an ADP should communicate this requirement clearly to students upon admission to the ADP.
  • Once a student is admitted to an ADP, they should work with the undergraduate college advisor and graduate liaison to complete the Accelerated Degree Graduate Coursework Plan.
    • This form is used to plan the hours that will count toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and to affirm the student’s understanding of the conditions and limitations of participating in the ADP.

2.2.1.3 Admission to the Graduate Portion of an ADP

  • The student must meet the Graduate College Admission Criteria outlined in this bulletin to be eligible for admission to the graduate portion of the ADP. No exceptions will be made and admission with conditions will not be permitted.
  • To apply for admission to the graduate portion of the ADP, the student must complete the online Addition or Change of Program application.
    • A student in a sequential ADP must apply to the graduate portion during the final semester of the bachelor’s degree. The term of admission must be the semester after the completion of the bachelor’s degree. The student may not skip a fall or spring semester between the degrees. If the student does not complete the bachelor’s degree as intended, their admission to the graduate portion of the ADP will not be valid, they will remain in the undergraduate portion, and they will need to reapply for admission to the graduate portion.
    • A student in a simultaneous ADP must apply to the graduate portion before the final semester of the bachelor’s degree. The term of admission must be the same as the final semester of the bachelor’s degree. The academic unit offering the master’s degree should enter an admission decision promptly so the student will be able to apply for graduation with both degrees early in their last semester.

2.2.1.4 Retention and GPA

  • While a student is in the undergraduate ADP code, the undergraduate college will monitor their GPA.
    • If the student’s undergraduate GPA, the graduate GPA, and/or the overall GPA fall below a 3.00, they will be removed from the ADP. Readmission to the ADP will not be permitted. The undergraduate college advisor will work with the Office of Registration to change the student from the undergraduate ADP major code to the stand-alone bachelor’s degree major code.
  • Once a student is admitted to the graduate portion of the ADP, the Graduate College will monitor their GPA.

2.2.1.5 Degree Completion

  • Students must apply for graduation early in the semester they will complete degree requirements, according to the deadlines indicated on the Academic Calendar.
    • A student in a sequential ADP must apply for graduation twice—once early in the final semester of the bachelor’s degree, and again early in the final semester of the master’s degree.
    • A student in a simultaneous ADP must apply for graduation for both the bachelor’s and master’s degree at the same time in their final semester.
  • All ADP students must meet all requirements and deadlines for the master’s degree outlined in this bulletin.

2.2.1.6 Information for Academic Units Establishing an ADP

A request to establish an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree program must first be approved and signed by the academic unit chair/director(s) and academic college dean(s) affiliated with each degree. The request should then be submitted to the Graduate Council for review (see the Graduate College website for agenda deadlines and links to the appropriate paperwork). Academic units interested in establishing an ADP are encouraged to meet with the Graduate College to discuss questions and concerns in advance of submitting this paperwork.

  • Each ADP represents a combination of one existing stand-alone undergraduate major and one existing stand-alone graduate major.
    • An academic unit wishing to offer an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree to multiple undergraduate or graduate majors will need to request one ADP for each combination of majors.
    • The requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees comprising an ADP should be identical to the requirements for the stand-alone degrees. If either the undergraduate or graduate degree program is modified, the ADP should be modified at the same time.
  • A request for an ADP must clearly specify whether the program will follow the sequential model or the simultaneous model.
  • Up to 15 percent of the combined total semester hours required for the stand-alone bachelor’s and master’s degrees, rounded down, may be shared (applied to both degrees).
    • All shared hours must carry graduate credit and must be applicable to both the bachelor’s degree requirements and master’s degree requirements.

2.2.2 Dual Master's Degrees

Dual master’s degree programs allow students to pursue degrees simultaneously in two fields of study. To obtain a dual degree, the student must satisfy the admission, course, and examination requirements of both programs.

A list of dual master’s degree programs offered at the University of Oklahoma.

Requirements

  • If changing from a single graduate degree program to a dual degree program, hours taken prior to admission to the dual degree program may be applied to both of the degrees if approved by both academic units and the dean of the Graduate College. If changing from a non-degree-seeking status to a dual degree program, this coursework will be subject to the guidelines regarding coursework taken prior to admission to a graduate degree program.
  • All deficiencies must be completed and all degree requirements, including foreign languages, non-thesis examination, and thesis, must be met for both programs.
  • Up to 20 percent of the total graduate credit hours required for both degrees taken individually may be double-counted, e.g., counted as credit for both master’s programs.
  • The double-counted courses must be appropriate for each degree.
  • Credit transferred from other institutions may not be double-counted.
  • No more than one-half of the credits for coursework in each degree program, excluding research for the thesis (5980), may be S/U graded coursework.
  • No more than one-half of the overall coursework, excluding research for the thesis (5980), may be S/U graded coursework.
  • The student must graduate with both degrees in the same semester.

(Graduate Council, 12-6-17)

2.3.1 Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program

Revised version approved May 2, 2018 by the OU Graduate Council.

2.3.1.1 Purpose of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program (IPP)

This program is designed to provide the opportunity for synergistic research beyond established doctoral programs and among the different disciplines currently represented at the University of Oklahoma. It is for admitted doctoral students with strong academic records who have demonstrated the ability to work independently and at a high scholarly level, as evidenced by letters of support from faculty members familiar with the student’s work.

Prior to preparing an application, students will discuss the proposed research areas with relevant faculty members who hold the appropriate graduate faculty status. The student will prepare the application in close consultation with the prospective committee members.

Note: The transcript will list the degree title as follows: “Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies.” It will not indicate an area of specialization. The student should discuss with the doctoral committee chair the pros and cons of pursuing the interdisciplinary degree, in terms of career outcomes, vis-à-vis pursuing an existing (more recognizable to search committees) degree at the University of Oklahoma.

2.3.1.2 Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in graduate-level coursework at OU.
  • Currently admitted to an existing OU Norman or Tulsa doctoral program, which will be referred to as the home unit. The home unit will serve the same role for IPP students as for other graduate students in the unit.

2.3.1.3 Admission

  • Deadlines: November 15 for spring (decision anticipated by December 15) and April 15 (decision anticipated by May 15) for fall admission. (Decision timeline may be impacted by IPP subcommittee availability.)
  • Deviations from the timeline above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students who hold a master’s degree will be eligible to apply for the IPP during the second semester and before the end of the third semester in the home unit.
  • Students who do not hold a master’s degree will be eligible to apply during the fourth semester and no later than the end of the fifth semester.
  • The IPP subcommittee of the Graduate Council evaluates applications to the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

Items provided by faculty members for the application packet:

  • The IPP cover sheet signed by the graduate liaison and home unit chair/director.
  • Letters of support for the project from each committee member addressing the student’s suitability for the program and outlining the faculty member’s contribution.
  • Letter from the home unit chair committing to financial and logistical support (stipend, assistantship, tuition waiver, office space, etc.), provided according to the same criteria that are applied to other doctoral students in the unit. IPP students are counted as actively enrolled students in and, later, graduates from the home unit. IPP students are subject to the home unit’s performance standards and other criteria for continued support.

Items provided by the student, in consultation with the committee, for the application packet:

  • A statement, with appropriate citations, of the synergistic outcome of the proposed area of study, including a detailed discussion of the interdisciplinary nature of the program. The contribution of each discipline, including that of the home unit, to the broader field of study should be addressed. Length: 1500-2000 words.
  • List of committee members (minimum five). The chair must be appointed with M3 graduate faculty status through the home unit and the outside member must not be appointed through the home unit. At least one member other than the outside member must be appointed through a unit other than the home unit.
  • A signed, completed Advisory Conference Report. The program will include a maximum of 90 hours, with at least 12 hours outside the home unit (excluding dissertation research). Directed readings and independent studies are limited to 6 credit hours in combination.
  • A rationale for the value each course provides.
  • A one-page degree completion timeline, which will include personal and professional development deliverables (see https://www.imaginephd.com/imaginephd_suggested_goals.pdf to get started).
  • A research ethics and methods statement (maximum one single-spaced page) covering how the student will master responsible scholarship requirements.
  • Transcripts of all previous post-secondary education.

2.3.1.4 Home Unit

  • The doctoral committee chair must come from the home unit.
  • The graduate liaison for the home unit will be responsible for all record-keeping for the IPP. (Note: within the Graduate College, there will be an academic counselor specifically overseeing IPP students.)
  • Students will register for coursework under the IPP degree code, but will be counted as actively enrolled students in (and later, graduates from) the home unit.
  • Students will follow general exam, defense, and other doctoral milestone processes of the home unit.

2.3.1.5 Annual Progress Evaluation

The doctoral committee will carry out an evaluation of the student’s progress each spring, clearly indicating “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” progress. This evaluation will be submitted to both the graduate liaison and the IPP subcommittee of the Graduate Council for review.

2.3.1.6 The Graduate Council IPP Subcommitee

  • This subcommittee will be chaired by the Graduate College associate dean and consist of faculty members of the Graduate Council.
  • Responsibilities will include reviewing admission proposals and progress evaluations, as well as providing support to the home units of the IPP programs on both campuses.
  • Any change to the Advisory Conference Report or request for exceptions to the policies of this bulletin must be approved by the IPP subcommittee, the student’s doctoral committee, and the graduate liaison of the home unit.
  • The IPP subcommittee is responsible for monitoring and revising IPP guidelines and structure, subject to normal approval processes of the Graduate Council and University as required.

2.3.1.7 Building Intellectual Life

  • IPP students are encouraged to take part in the intellectual life of the university by attending talks and giving papers in the home unit and in units relevant to the interdisciplinary project.
  • IPP students will elect a leader from among their peers to organize at least one informal symposium per year in which IPP students present their research. IPP students are strongly encouraged to present their research in this venue at least once prior to graduation.

2.3.1.8 Professional Development

(Graduate Council, 5-2-18)

2.4 Graduate Certificates

A graduate certificate represents completion of a set of courses that provides mastery of a specific area of knowledge and indicates an advanced, focused inquiry into a defined area of study. For a degree student, a graduate certificate may indicate an area of specialization; for a professional, a graduate certificate may provide evidence of special expertise.

A graduate certificate is not a graduate degree.

A list of graduate certificate programs offered at the University of Oklahoma.

Both graduate certificates and graduate degrees earned at the University of Oklahoma reflect the pursuit of knowledge at an advanced level, and both reflect high standards of performance. However, a graduate degree represents a program of independent inquiry beyond the depth of coursework alone, while a graduate certificate represents a set of courses only.

A graduate certificate program requires at least 12 credit hours of credited coursework representing a coherent body of study, per OU Regents policy. At least 50 percent of the inclusive courses must be graduate-level courses appropriately coded at the 5000 level or higher. The Graduate Council will not approve a graduate certificate program requiring more than 18 credit hours.

2.4.1 Admission to Graduate Certificate Programs

All students who intend to pursue a graduate certificate must complete the online application for graduate admission. Students must be admitted to the Graduate College to qualify for a graduate certificate.

  • Students may apply to be admitted solely into a graduate certificate program, or they may apply to add a graduate certificate program while enrolled in a graduate degree program (see Applying Graduate Certificate Coursework to a Graduate Degree).
  • A student who is admitted to a graduate degree program is not automatically granted admission to associated graduate certificate programs. Students enrolled in a graduate degree program who intend to pursue a graduate certificate must apply to add the graduate certificate program by submitting the online Addition or Change of Program application (see Addition or Change of Program).
  • Students who apply solely to a graduate certificate program:
    • must meet Graduate College admission requirements as well as any additional academic unit requirements
    • may not be admitted with conditions.
  • Students who are admitted solely to a graduate certificate program:
    • are not eligible for financial aid
    • are not candidates for a graduate degree
    • are not assured future admission to a graduate degree program
    • may take no more than the maximum number of hours required for the graduate certificate.
  • Students must enroll for the term of admission to retain active status as a graduate student.

2.4.2 Course Credit Requirements for Graduate Certificates

  • All courses must be taken at OU. No transfer credit will apply.
  • No course substitutions are permitted for graduate certificates.
  • Coursework applied to a graduate certificate cannot be more than five years old as of the semester the graduate certificate is awarded.
    • Validation of overage coursework will not be permitted for a graduate certificate program.
  • Students must earn a grade point average of 3.00 or higher on all coursework applied to the graduate certificate.

2.4.3 Completing a Graduate Certificate

  • In order to be awarded a graduate certificate, a student must file a Graduate Certificate Program Report (GCPR) in the Graduate College before or during the final semester of certificate coursework.
  • The GCPR is due no later than the first Monday in October (for fall certificate clearance), the first Monday in March (for spring certificate clearance), and the first Monday in July (for summer certificate clearance).
  • Graduate certificates will be awarded in the semester that all requirements, including submission of the GCPR, have been met. Graduate certificates will not be awarded retroactively.
  • At the end of the semester in which all requirements are met, the Office of Academic Records will issue the graduate certificate and record its completion on the student’s official transcript.
  • Students who receive only graduate certificates without completing degree programs do not participate in convocation, commencement, or any other graduation ceremonies.

2.4.4 Applying Graduate Certificate Coursework to a Graduate Degree