About the School

jwb okThe Graduate School is committed to helping students succeed academically and professionally by providing attention to their individual needs from the time they apply through graduation. Graduate students have access to cutting-edge research and scholarship with numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research and specialization.

Graduate education at The University of Tulsa is based upon the principles that no objective lies deeper in a university's tradition than the nurture of scholarship, and that graduate education represents the highest reaches of university endeavor.

The first master's degree program was authorized at the University of Tulsa in 1933 and the first Doctor of Philosophy degree program was authorized in 1963. Currently, TU offers more than 30 master's degree programs, including several interdisciplinary and joint-degree programs, and thirteen doctoral programs.

Graduate Students

More than 800 graduate students currently study at TU, having moved to Tulsa from undergraduate institutions located in 42 states and 37 countries. Over 30 percent of TU's graduate population consists of international students and nine percent of the graduate population represents U.S. minority populations. More than 25 multicultural student organizations on campus provide information and support to international and minority students to assist in the successful completion of their graduate studies.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School supervises all graduate work offered by the university except that of the College of Law. The Graduate School sets standards for admission to graduate standing and recommends to the Board of Trustees for degrees those students who have completed work required for graduation.

In addition, the Graduate School offers a number of student services and professional development opportunities specifically designed for graduate student success while in graduate school as well as after graduation. These include Life Skills workshops, orientation programs, and an annual student research colloquium.

Merit-based financial aid, in the form of research and teaching assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships are also administered through the Graduate School. These awards assist students in paying for their graduate education and also offer opportunities to gain valuable skills in their discipline and as a professional. In addition, the Graduate School, in conjunction with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, offers funding for graduate students to present their research at academic conferences in the U.S and abroad.

Graduate School Memberships

The Graduate School is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS), and the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) and enrolled students are eligible for awards offered by these groups. Awards include the CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award, the CSGS Master’s Thesis Award, and the MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award.

In addition, since 1993 students and faculty of the University of Tulsa have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 98 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm, or by calling either of the contacts below.

For more information about ORAU and its programs contact: Janet A. Haggerty, Dean of the Graduate School at (918) 631-2336, Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary at (865)576-3306, or visit the ORAU homepage www.orau.org.