Finishing an undergrad degree or adding a master’s credential is the best way to ensure your career will grow – and changes the trajectory of your legacy.

Karla Gudino Avila is proof. Her unwavering dedication to education makes her a success for her community. Karla’s immigrant parents struggled to provide for their family. Today Karla is the first in her family to graduate from high school and earn college degrees.

Oakland University enabled Karla to advance her career while caring for a son and working a full-time job. With Macomb County locations for classes plus convenient online options, Karla has thrived. OU professors understand busy schedules and our classes teach crucial strategies for every career.

Karla’s tireless resilience advanced her from math teacher to assistant principal, and she is on the fast track to becoming principal.

Advance your career at OU. Talk to an adviser today and discover the possibilities. 

Accelerated Programs

OU offers accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in some of the highest-paying and fastest-growing careers, making you more marketable, workforce-ready and prepared to compete for today’s top jobs.

  • Fast-track degree completion programs — With programs in general management, marketing and human resources management, you can earn a degree without altering your busy schedule. The eight-week hybrid courses combine classroom work with online assignments to help you finish your bachelor’s degree faster and graduate sooner. When in-person courses can be conducted safely, they’re conveniently offered at our location in Mount Clemens.
  • Accelerated education programs — If you work in education, OU’s 13-month accelerated weekend Master of Education in Educational Leadership and 18-month accelerated Education Specialist in Leadership post-master’s degree will sharpen your school leadership skills so you stay ahead of the curve in the field.

Your OU adviser will recommend our flexible courses formats — online, hybrid and accelerated — so you can complete your OU degree on your terms and around your schedule.

About Our Graduate Programs

A national leader in graduate education, OU offers programs in business, education, counseling, training and development, STEM, nursing, healthcare and more. We provide a rich environment for your success as a graduate student so you become a leader in discovery, innovation and creativity. When you take graduate courses, you’ll soon discover an environment that:

  • fosters integrity, excellence and freedom of inquiry in graduate education
  • creates a rich and diverse intercultural and international community of scholars
  • provides high standards and clear policies for graduate education
  • offers personalized services and resources just for you

There has never been a better time to earn a graduate degree — you’ll position yourself for higher earnings potential, career advancement and job satisfaction.

Assistance for Adult Learners

Approximately 37 percent of OU’s undergraduate students began their educational journey at other academic institutions. OU’s approach to higher education helps adult learners make the commitment to return to college to finish their degrees. So you can unlock your potential and capitalize on your talents to achieve academic and professional success. We’ve adapted many programs to fit your lifestyle as a working adult, with programs that let you customize your plan of study as well as evening, online and hybrid courses. You can then manage your many responsibilities like your job, raising a family and personal commitments so you finish your degree.

We’re here to help you succeed with services, information, assistance and resources along the way through graduation — offered virtually as well as in-person when adhering to strict health and safety protocols. And, our financial aid advisers will help you find scholarships, grants and loans to make your OU degree affordable.

Continuing Education

OU offers flexible, innovative and relevant programming through Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). Working collaboratively across the university with expert faculty, PACE provides short programs, courses, workshops and conferences across all disciplines to serve the educational needs and aspirations of all learners. Staying abreast of the rapid changes in the workplace and society to address the fluidity of an adult learner’s lifespan is our pride point. Whether you want to change careers, upskill your current position or simply enrich your mind, we have an option suited to your needs because we understand your world.

In addition, we work with companies, schools and organizations across the region in diverse manufacturing, financial, automotive, medical and non-profit sectors. Leveraging our broad knowledge base and extensive outreach network, we provide customized programs to meet our region’s needs.