Graduate School

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2700

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


The Graduate School is continuing to monitor the existing situation. You will find the up-to-date information as it becomes available. 

Fall, Winter & Summer semester schedule 

The updated schedule of classes is now available and you will see the updated class delivery mode in the class schedule. A preliminary review of the schedule has 39% of courses offered synchronously, 27% asynchronously, 27% in-person and 7% in a hybrid format. These changes will be reflected in your schedule on MySail when you log in. If you need to make additional changes to your schedule, please contact your adviser.

Please note: In light of the fact that COVID-19 infection rates are rising rapidly across the country and that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval for the Pfizer vaccine, we have decided to expand the university's existing vaccination mandate for resident students.

OU is requiring that all students, faculty and staff planning to attend in-person courses and all other university activities on campus and at off-site locations be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Applying for Fall, Winter & Summer Semesters
  • Applicants who need additional time to complete their application, an application deferral can be granted. An application can be deferred for up to one academic year without an additional application charge.

  • Unofficial transcripts with degree posted may be submitted in order for the Graduate School to grant a decision on application with official transcripts to be submitted later. We encourage all applicants to utilize electronic forms of submission whenever possible. If you have questions on the submission of electronic documents, please contact us at the available methods provided above.
    • A detailed (course-by-course) transcript evaluation is required for applicants educated outside the United States. To find an approved evaluator, please visit the NACES website for a list of current members.
    • Due to COVID-19, some evaluators have modified or temporarily suspended their operations. When selecting an evaluator, please review the document submission requirements for your country. We have confirmed that ECE and WES are open and accepting new applications. For more information regarding our transcript evaluation requirement, please visit our steps to apply page. 

  • The GRE General Test at home is now available worldwide, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. Visit ETS GRE General Test for more information.

  • The TOEFL iBT will temporarily be offered as a special home edition. It will be available worldwide, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. Visit ETS TOEFL iBT for more information. 

  • The IELTS Indicator exam will be accepted. This exam is comparable to the IELTS Academic. If the IELTS Academic exam is not available in your region, please take the PTE Academic or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition exam. 

  • New graduate students admitted who need to delay their enrollment, can defer their admission by visiting new graduate students and follow the directions provided.
Graduate students

Student Funding 

  • OU COVID-19 Special Relief Fund - Student relief funds are for limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled degree-seeking students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship.

  • HEERF lll Relief Fund - OU has received funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF lll) grants to eligible students. 

Research Continuity Guidance

  • The Research Office has posted guidance for research during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated as conditions and recommendations change.
Faculty and staff
  • Graduate Assistantships can be processed through August 1 for those who are eligible.

  • Student VPN access request
    • As a reminder, a VPN license is not required for teaching using Moodle, Google Meet, WebEx, Panopto, SAIL, Gmail, Google Hangouts and Microsoft Office 365 but a VPN license is required for departmental shares, Banner Admin, access to on-campus computers or other licensed software.