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Qualified graduates of appropriately accredited colleges and universities are eligible to apply for admission to the University of Central Oklahoma's Jackson College of Graduate Studies. Overall minimum GPA requirements may vary among programs. Applicants must meet the requirements of their individual program. (See our Graduate Catalog for more information on individual program requirements).
Prospective students must submit a completed application form (this may be done by applying online, pay a non-refundable $60 application fee, submit official transcripts from ALL accredited institutions of higher learning attended at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and any degree(s) earned must be posted on the appropriate transcript(s). Applicants must submit any support documents such as admission test scores, letters of recommendation, etc., which may be a specific program requirement.
While the JCGS uses a common Application for Admission to Graduate Studies (or online application). Each graduate program will have its own specific admission requirements. You can find full details on the requirements for admission to graduate studies and to each program in our Graduate Catalog.
Once all the required documents are received from the applicant, a copy of those documents is sent to the relevant Graduate Program Advisor for his/her recommendation for admittance to the program. The student will be notified by U.S. mail and by email of the admission decision.
Please refer to this page for program deadlines!
Categories of Admission
- Regular Admission:
Most applicants admitted to graduate study at UCO will be classified as "regular" graduate students. This means they have completed a bachelor's degree or post baccalaureate degree and they face no further admission requirements to the Graduate College as long as they remain in good academic standing and in continuous enrollment (i.e., no break longer than one-year).
- Conditional Admission (GPA):
Conditional Admission (GPA) relates to undergraduate grade point average (GPA). If the graduate program determines that there is good reason to believe that an applicant will be successful despite the applicant’s lower than minimum GPA, the program may, at its discretion, request admission of the student on a Conditional Admission (GPA) basis provided that the applicant’s undergraduate GPA is no lower than 2.50 (if graduation occurred within five years prior to the application) or 2.25 (if graduation occurred more than five years previous to the date of application), or the applicant has completed at least 6 graduate hours at another regionally-accredited institution or institutions and earned a minimum 3.00 GPA for all graduate hours attempted. Conditional Admission (GPA) students must meet all other criteria for all students. (Some programs do not admit students on a Conditional Admission (GPA) basis. See program listings.)
- Conditional Admission (English Language Proficiency):
If the graduate program determines that there is good reason to believe that an international applicant will be successful as indicated by the applicant’s having met the other standards for regular or conditional admission, the program may at its discretion request admission for the student under Conditional Admission (English Language Proficiency), conditional to the student meeting the standards listed in the section on “English Language Proficiency.” Students must meet these standards before they are allowed to enroll in UCO graduate courses. Conditional Admission (English Language Proficiency) students have a maximum of 18 months from the date of conditional admission to fulfill their language requirement. Failure to do so will nullify the student’s acceptance and require a new application for graduate admission.
- Conditional Admission (Transcript):
Students, who have completed all steps for program acceptance and graduate admission, including the filing of a partial transcript with evidence of expected completion of a bachelor’s degree within the current semester or the following summer, but without the filing of a final undergraduate transcript showing the actual completion of the bachelor’s degree, will be admitted as Conditional Admission (Transcript) students. These students may not enroll in graduate classes beyond those allowed under the Mixed Enrollment Policy until they have shown evidence of obtainment of bachelor’s degrees.
- Conditional Admission (Prerequisites):
If the graduate program determines that there is good reason to believe that an applicant will be successful despite the applicant not having completed some specified program prerequisites, the program may, at its discretion, request admission for the student on a Conditional Admission (Prerequisites) basis. At the time of admission, the program will specify the student’s deficiencies. These deficiencies must be removed within 12-months of first UCO graduate enrollment. In some cases, all deficiencies must be completed before students may enroll in certain program-required courses, beyond those allowed under Mixed Enrollment. In other cases, advisors may allow students to enroll in both prerequisites and certain program-required courses. See program listings for details. If the students have satisfactorily completed all prerequisites before their deadlines, they will be shifted to Regular Admission status. If the prerequisites are not completed by the deadline, the students will be suspended. Some programs do not accept students on a Conditional Admission (Prerequisites) basis. See program listings.
Jackson College of Graduate Studies, Nigh University Center, Room 404, University of Central Oklahoma, Box 117, 100 N. University Drive, Edmond, OK 73034 USA. Telephone: 405-974-3341, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit our International Student Information page for more information on international admissions policies and procedures. Contact the International Student Services office for further information on visas, travel arrangements, and document submissions.
Oklahoma Statutes, Title 70 sec. 3244 requires all students who enroll as a full-time or part-time student in an Oklahoma public or private postsecondary institution provide documentation of vaccinations against Hepatitis B (three doses) and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR - two doses). For most students, immunization records are included in high school transcripts or validated by transfer college transcripts. If you have encountered a registration hold for immunizations, you may submit your immunization records by mail, in person, or fax: UCO Admissions;100 North University Drive, Box 99; Edmond, OK 73034-5209; FAX: 405-974-3841.
If you cannot verify your immunizations you will need to be re-immunized. Medical, religious and moral exemptions are allowed by law and such requests must be made in writing.
All new international students must also provide proof of a negative TB test. TB testing and chest x-rays must be conducted in the United States. Meningitis, MMR and Hepatitis B immunizations from an international student’s country of origin are acceptable; immunization records must be translated into English.