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International Admissions FAQ

How do I apply for admission?

The first step is to complete the online international student application! As part of the online application, you will be able to upload your supporting documents. For more details about the required documents, check out our How to Apply page.

What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission?

Most programs require one of the following for admission:

  • TOEFL 79
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with no sub-score below 6.0.
  • ELS 112

Students that do not meet the required English Proficiency levels may be eligible for conditional admission. Some graduate programs do not offer conditional admission.

If I do not have a TOEFL score, can I get conditional admission?

Yes! Students that do not meet the English requirement can apply for conditional admission. OCU can issue a Conditional Letter of Acceptance.

What is the minimum GRE/GMAT score required for entrance into the graduate programs?

Most programs do not require GRE.

  • MBA and MSA do not require GMAT score, but students may be asked to take this test to better support their admission.
  • GRE is required for Ph.D. in Nursing and DNP admission.

What is the application deadline?

OCU has rolling admissions, so applications are reviewed on a continuous basis for most programs. We strongly recommend applying at least six weeks before the start of the semester.

Music Audition Deadline: April 15 (for fall admission) and November 1 (for spring admission)

Nursing Deadline: June 15 (for fall admission) and October 15 (for spring admission)

What is the GPA requirement for admission?

All programs require a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for consideration. Please note, applications are considered as a whole and meeting one or all of the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

What are the admission requirements for MBA?

The minimum requirements for MBA application consideration are:

  • GPA 3.0 / 4.0
  • TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5 overall with no sub-score below 6.0, or completion of ELS 112.
  • GMAT 475 (strongly recommended)
  • Work experience is not required, but will be considered if applicable

What are the admission requirements for MSCS?

The minimum requirements for MSCS application consideration are:

  • GPA 3.0 / 4.0
  • TOEFL 79 or IELTS 6.5 overall with no subscore below 6.0
  • GRE 293+ (strongly recommended)
  • Background in Computer Science (strongly recommended)
  • Students from India should have 8 or fewer backlogs
  • Work experience is not required but will be considered if applicable

I do not have a business background. Can I study the MBA?

The MBA program does not require that students have a background in business. There are no required prerequisite courses.

Do you require a specific form for recommendation letters?

Recommendation letters can be from academic sources or professional. Your recommenders can write a letter, or can use this recommendation form.

Do you require a specific form for the financial support documents?

The financial statement of support normally consists of a bank statement attached to this form. The bank statement can also be attached to a letter from your sponsor.

Do you offer doctoral programs?

Do you offer financial assistance?

Oklahoma City University offers several scholarships for undergraduate international students. There is no additional application required — students will automatically be awarded scholarships that they qualify for. Click here for more details about Oklahoma City University's scholarships.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid in the United States.

What is there to do in Oklahoma City?

Oklahoma City University is located only minutes outside the main downtown area of Oklahoma City (called Bricktown), near the Asian District, Uptown 23rd St, Plaza District, and Paseo Arts District to name a few! Check out our Visitor's section for lots of information about Oklahoma City!

Should I send my application documents all together, or separately as they become available?

Submitting all application documents together allows for faster processing. We do accept documents that are submitted separately, but please note that we cannot process an incomplete application so your application will not be reviewed until all required documents are received.

When should I arrive for class?

As an international student, you are allowed to enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20.

Your admission letter will state the first day of classes as well as the date of new student orientation. New student orientation usually takes place the Friday before classes begin, so at the latest you should plan to arrive in time for orientation. You can also click here for more details about New Student Orientation.

Some programs (music, nursing, etc.) may have required program orientation, so be sure to check your OCU email address prior to your arrival to be sure that you arrive in time for any required program orientations!

Do you offer on-campus housing?

Can I live off campus?

Students under the age of 21 are required to live on campus. All other students may choose to live off campus.

Can someone pick me up from the airport when I arrive?

OCU offers free airport pickup the week before classes start each semester! Just complete the Airport Pickup Request form at least one week before you arrive and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Should I mail hard copies of my application documents or will you accept soft copies?

We will accept soft copies of your application documents for admission only. Please be prepared to provide original copies of transcripts before enrollment. Original test scores must be sent directly to Oklahoma City University by the testing company.

Unfortunately I am not able to attend this semester. Can I defer my admission to next semester?

We will be happy to defer your admission up to one year from your original application date. After one year, you will have to reapply.

Do you accept transfer students?


How many credits can I transfer from another university?

A maximum of 84 undergraduate credit hours can be transferred. Transfer credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Transfer credit is given for courses that equate to a similar class offered by OCU with passing grades.

Graduate programs may accept a limited number of transfer credit from other universities. Evaluations will be done on a course-by-course basis.

How long will it take to finish my degree?

Undergraduate programs normally take four years to complete. Graduate programs may take one or two years.