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Application Timeline for International Applicants

If you are thinking of applying to graduate school, consider the following questions:

Have you earned at least the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, or will you earn this degree before the semester you would like to start your graduate studies?


  • You qualify for graduate study. Remember to submit a copy of your transcript when you apply.


  • You are not eligible for graduate study at The University of Oklahoma. See International Undergraduate Admissions if you are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree at OU. Once you complete a bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible to apply for a graduate program.

Do you know which program you want to apply to?


Research your graduate program. Learn about faculty research interests, supplemental application requirements, and academic unit application deadlines. To maximize your chance of admission, be sure to contact your program and, if applicable, the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work.


Explore Programs Offered on the OU Graduate College website for additional information about graduate programs at The University of Oklahoma.

Have you demonstrated English Proficiency?


Upload your unofficial TOEFL or IELTS score report or transcript from a U.S. school or other English-speaking country that you attended when you apply. After you apply, request official copies be sent to The University of Oklahoma.


Take the TOEFL or IELTS, or visit the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) website. You must demonstrate English proficiency to be admitted to OU.

Do you have enough money to pay for your study in the U.S.?


Ensure that you will have enough funding for your entire graduate program. When you apply, submit the required financial support documentation.


International students are not eligible for U.S. federal financial aid. However, graduate assistantships may be available from your graduate program. Contact your academic unit for additional information regarding the availability of graduate assistantships and how to apply.

Note: If you are admitted to a graduate program, you must submit funding documentation for your first year of study before your I-20 or DS-2019 can be processed.

  • Be sure to apply before both the general international deadline and your academic unit’s deadline. Many programs give priority to early applicants, so apply early if possible.
  • Complete the online application.
  • To expedite processing of your application, upload unofficial transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS scores, and any supplemental application documents (GRE score, statement of purpose, etc.) required by your academic unit to the application. You may also submit these later, but doing so may delay your admission decision.
  • To expedite processing of your I-20 or DS-2019, upload your financial and immigration documentation to the application. You may also submit these later, but doing so may delay your I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Pay the $100 application fee and submit the application.
  • Send official transcripts, official TOEFL or IELTS scores, and official GRE or GMAT scores (if applicable) after you submit your application. 
  • Do not send transcripts, test scores, or any other application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions until you have submitted the online application. 

You will receive several emails from the Office of Graduate Admissions throughout the admission process. These emails will tell you where your application is in the process and let you know if we need any additional documents or information from you. If you have additional questions, you may:

  • You will receive an email informing you that your decision letter is available to view on the application portal. Follow the link to view your decision. You will not receive a paper letter.
  • If you are admitted, the International Student Services office (ISS) will process your I-20 or DS-2019. You will receive an email from ISS shortly after your admission that will describe the I-20 or DS-2019 process. You will also receive a separate email if any additional documents are needed to process your I-20 or DS-2019. Please read these emails carefully and provide any requested documents promptly.
  • If you are currently living in the U.S. on an F-1 or other visa, ISS will contact you with instructions for transferring your I-20 or DS-2019 or changing your status to a student visa.
  • Visit the ISS website for information about scheduling a visa appointment and preparing to come to OU.
  • You can find more information about transitioning to life in the U.S. on the arriving in the U.Spage.