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Graduate Application Instructions

How to apply – Graduate

The Office of Graduate Admissions will share all application documents with each graduate program’s admission committee once we have received all required parts of your application. Admission decisions are made by each graduate program. Please contact our office with any questions.

1. Complete the Online Graduate Application

OCU offers an online application. A $60 application fee or qualified fee waiver (from attending a Graduate Admissions event) must be submitted before your application will be considered complete.

Create an Account
Access the online application and follow the prompts to create your registration information and register for our Online Application. If you are returning to an existing application, enter your Email (Username) and Password on the Login Page.

Complete and submit your application
Complete each section of the application thoroughly. Click the “Save and Continue” button at the bottom of each page to save your progress. Required questions are marked with a red line on the blank field. You will see a confirmation message and receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted successfully. Just come back to the Application Home Page to check your Application Status or see which Application Checklist items we have received.

2. Submitting Required Documents

Statement of Purpose
Each graduate program requires a statement of purpose (except for the Physician Assistant and Non-Degree Seeking applications). We recommend writing the statement as a Word document and uploading it to the application. Please read the instructions on the application for information related to statement requirements for your particular program of interest.

Current Resume
Please upload a current resume to your application. Music applicants will need to include a performance based resume.

Recommendation Forms
The online application offers a “Recommendation” section that we encourage all applicants to use. By providing contact information for recommenders in this section, a recommendation form will be sent to each recommender to complete online on your behalf. You do not need to wait for the recommendations to be completed prior to submitting your application—they will be submitted directly to our office by your recommender. Separate letters of recommendation are not required. If your recommender doesn’t receive an email, you may log back in and go back to this page and click on the “Resend Form” button and that will re-send your request.

Official Transcripts
Graduate students are required to submit official transcripts from each institution attended. To be considered official, we must receive the transcript directly from the institution (excluding International transcripts) either by mail or through electronic delivery.

Other Documents
Some programs require additional application documents such as writing samples, additional letters of recommendation, or graduate entrance exam scores. Please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions for information related to these other documents.

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