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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.

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.

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Faculty and Staff Resources

Oakland University empowers faculty and staff to offer relevant, high-demand graduate programs. These resources will help aide you as you navigate graduate education at OU.

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Dissertation & thesis award nominations

To acknowledge the critical importance of producing quality dissertations and theses, Oakland University established an annual competition to confer up to two Graduate Dissertations and one Thesis Award. The intent of the award is to showcase excellence in graduate work, and to partially defray the cost of producing an outstanding document.

Nomination forms will be available through your department, along with the list of eligible thesis and dissertations in February 2019. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 6, 2020

The awards are $1,000 for a Ph.D. dissertation and $750 for a master’s thesis.

In addition to these awards, one STEM and one non-STEM dissertation or thesis may be selected as the university's outstanding dissertation or thesis. With consent of the author, the Graduate School may forward the university's outstanding dissertation or thesis to the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award competition or the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master's Thesis Award competition, as appropriate.


Nominees must have received their graduate degrees in the winter, summer or fall semester of the previous calendar year.

Nomination Process

Any faculty member is eligible to submit a nomination for consideration by his or her graduate program; however, each graduate program may only submit one nomination per academic year. A completed nomination will consist of:

  • A completed nomination form
  • A summary of the nominated work which clearly indicates the methodological and substantive quality of the dissertation or thesis
  • A cover letter from the program coordinator describing why the dissertation or thesis was chosen for nomination by the program
  • Two additional letters of support, one of which optimally will be from the dissertation or thesis supervisor
  • A copy of the completed dissertation or thesis (electronic copy preferred)

The summary and reference letters must be written in language that a faculty member who is not in the same discipline as the nominee can clearly understand.


A faculty committee consisting of representatives from each of the professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences will review the nominations and recommend award recipients to the Provost. The committee's decision will be based on the methodological and substantive aspects of the nominated works, including but not limited to:

  • The overall scholarly contribution of the work
  • The quality of writing and organization of the dissertation or thesis
  • The originality or creativity of the work

The summary and letters of reference should directly address these specific areas, as well as any other observations that help delineate the excellence of the nominated work.


Approved curriculum policies

Approved graduate student policies

Graduate students are governed by the policies of the university, Graduate Council and their academic programs. It is the responsibility of the graduate student to comply with these policies and procedures and all applicable graduate program requirements that govern the individual program of study. The Graduate School administers academic policies and procedures, and enforces graduate degree requirements which are determined by the Graduate Council and are applicable to all graduate students.

Visit the graduate catalog for all student policies and additional information.

Graduate assistant hiring

Graduate assistant deadlines

The new bill due and cancellation policy took effect Fall 2017. Based on this new process, at least two weeks prior to the semester, students who have not completed at least one of the following:

  1. paid their bills in full OR
  2. enrolled in a payment plan OR
  3. had fully processed financial aid

will be cancelled from their classes. Final bill due date and cancellation date will be announced on the Student Financial Services website. 

To have enough time to process GA agreements and have their tuition award sent to financial aid, the deadline for GA agreements to the Graduate School has been revised. 

Strict adherence to the deadlines is necessary to ensure all graduate assistants are able to take the classes that are needed and not cancelled. 


  • GA re-appointments due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. October 15, 2019
  • All new GA appointments due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. November 1, 2019


  • Summer GA agreements due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. February 15, 2020

Fall 2020

  • GA re-appointments due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. April 15, 2020
  • New GA appointments due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. May 1, 2020
    • Exception to this deadline will be made for international students

Handshake instructions and GA hiring process

The Graduate School and Career Services have been working together to improve the hiring of new graduate assistants (GA) through Handshake. The purpose is to provide opportunities for academic and non-academic units to attract the best students in a timely manner, to give opportunities for students to find GA position options, as well as to foster Equal Employment Opportunity. The hiring of returning GA's is done through renewal of the GA contract.

This instruction sheet provides information about the process of hiring GA through Handshake and the completing of the GA contact.


Curriculum guidelines & forms

Ph.D. milestone forms

Graduate catalog

Plan of Study

Developing new courses

Developing new graduate programs

Developing new graduate certificate programs

Modify existing degree/certificate programs

Discontinue or suspend existing programs

Off campus locations

Unilateral agreements with foreign institutions

University course renumbering project