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Eligibility Requirements

General Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants must meet any admission requirements set by the degree program in addition to those set by the Graduate School.
  • Applicants whose academic work has been superior are admitted upon the approval of the degree program and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Evaluation Criteria

  • GPA: A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the undergraduate major is required, but requirements may vary among programs and may be higher than 3.0.
  • GRE or GMAT: Applicant must obtain a satisfactory score on the GRE General Test, except for the Art program. Programs in the Collins College of Business require the GMAT.
  • Fitness of character may also be considered as part of the admission process.

International Applicants

  • International applicants must hold a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree and must have a record of strong academic performance comparable to a “B” or above average grades.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the TOEFL or IELTS and have an official copy of their results sent to The University of Tulsa Graduate School.
  • Applicants must submit a certified letter of financial support or a certified Confirmation of Financial Resources form.
  • Applicants must submit to the Graduate School a copy of the personal data page from their passport before an I-20 can be issued.

After all application materials have been received, two weeks are normally required to process an application. International students who require visas should allow at least four months for completed processing of all paperwork.

Applications and transcripts will be held on file, and admission decisions will be valid for one calendar year.

Special Application Requirements

Applicants to the following graduate degree programs should carefully note these additional application requirements:

  • The English Language and Literature program requires a 10-20 page academic writing sample. Also doctoral English applicants should note at the end of their personal statement the foreign languages in which they are proficient or fluent. Please note if your proficiency is in the written language, oral, or both.
  • The History program requires a 10-20 page academic writing sample (preferably from a history class).
  • The Clinical Psychology program requires all applicants to submit a curriculum vitae. A writing sample is optional and should demonstrate your scholarly capability. Suggested writing samples include a copy of an undergraduate honors thesis, manuscript submission, or paper presented at a conference. These materials should be emailed to the Graduate School at
  • All graduate programs in the Art department (including the MTA degree program) require all applicants to submit a portfolio consisting of 20 images of recent works (maximum three details) that adequately represent the focus of the applicant’s creative efforts. The GRE General Test is not required for Art applicants to the MFA and MA programs.
  • The Museum Science and Management program requires a 10-15 page academic writing sample.
  • All graduate Business programs require applicants to submit a resume.