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1. What graduate programs are offered by the University of Tulsa?
2. How do I apply?
3. How much is tuition at the University of Tulsa?
4. What are the estimated costs if I attend graduate school at TU?
5. How long does it take to earn a graduate degree?
6. What kinds of financial assistance are available?
7. What is the procedure for processing my application and how long does it take?

TU ChEm -E car team posing with other teams and vehicles

ChE Students Win National Chem-E Car National Championship

ChE students and faculty have a long history of winning alternative fuel vehicle competitions, including an exciting win in Glasgow, Scotland at the first international contest for model cars powered only by a chemical reaction.

On July 10, 2005, The University of Tulsa won the first international contest for model cars powered only by a chemical reaction.

The TU team prevailed at the competition in Scotland despite travel delayed by hurricanes, airplane malfunctions and the subway bombings in London, and damage to the car during shipping, which forced a student to go dumpster diving to find a replacement part.

Nine teams from seven countries went to the International Chem-E-Car Challenge in Glasgow to see which one of their model cars could come closest to the finish line, 16.5 meters away (about 54 feet), while carrying 375 grams (about 12 ounces) of water. TU’s car, the “Hydrogen Hurricane,” came within 15 centimeters (about six inches) of the line to claim first place, including 1,000 pounds, or about $1,800.  

TU’s car is powered by energy from hydrogen fuel cells that is stored in ultracapacitors and then discharged to a motor through a circuit containing a magnesium strip. The car stops when a hydrochloric acid solution eats through the strip and breaks the circuit.

TU’s vehicle, shipped separately, arrived on the eve of the contest with a damaged foam panel, about 5 inches by 8 inches, which holds and insulates the capacitors. With stores closed, TU junior Taylor Coleman peered into some garbage bins near their hotel and retrieved a cardboard pizza box from which a replacement part was cut. “It was disgusting but it was what we had to do at the time to get the car running,” said Coleman.

The TU team was made up of all chemical engineering majors, and chemical engineering professor Christi Patton, team advisor, also went.

Fund raising to help pay for TU’s trip included the sale of T-shirts bearing a phrase the students created and making reference to the university’s founding date: “The University of Tulsa, Out-Nerding the Competition Since 1894.”

What graduate programs are offered by the University of Tulsa?

The University of Tulsa has a variety of programs that offer Master's degrees and/or Doctoral degrees.

We offer Master's degrees in: 

Anthropology (MA) 
Art (MA, MFA, MTA)
Biological Science (MS, MTA) 
Biochemistry (MS)
Business Administration (MBA)
Business Administration / Finance (MBA/MSF)
Chemical Engineering (MSE, ME) 
Chemistry (MS)
Clinical Psychology (MA) 
Computer Science (MS) 
Education (MA. MED)
Electrical Engineering (MSE, ME)
Engineering Physics (MS)
English Language and Literature (MA, MTA) 
Finance (MSF)
Finance / Applied Mathematics (MSF/MS) 
Geosciences (MS) 
Geophysics (MS)
History (MA, MTA)
Industrial / Organizational Psychology (MA)
Math / Science Education (MS)
Applied Mathematics (MS, MTA)
Mechanical Engineering (MSE, ME)
Museum Science and Management (MA) 
Petroleum Engineering (MSE, ME) 
Physics (MS)
Speech Language Pathology (MS) 

We offer Doctor of Philosophy degrees in:

Biological Science
Clinical Psychology
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
English Language and Literature
Industrial / Organizational Psychology
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering

We also offer a variety of joint-degrees with the TU Law School:

Juris Doctor / Master of Arts
Clinical Psychology
English Language and Literature
Industrial / Organizational Psychology

Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration
Business Administration 

Juris Doctor / Master of Science in Finance

Juris Doctor / Master of Science
Biological Science
Computer Science

A list of graduate program advisors to contact for further is available here.


How do I apply?

You can apply to a graduate program either by submitting a paper application or by filling out an on-line application.

All of the information and materials you will need to apply either by paper or on-line is available here.

Please note: Read the instructions about applying and required documents carefully. Even if you apply on-line, you will still need to submit many of your supporting application materials on paper. Applications cannot be fully processed and a decision rendered until you submit all required materials.


How much is tuition at the University of Tulsa?

Graduate tuition is $1120 per credit hour in the 2014-2015 academic year for all graduate programs.


What are the estimated costs if I attend graduate school at TU?

Some costs are variable and depend on your needs as well as whether you are an international student or a citizen of the United States.

For a breakdown of the costs, click here.

In general, full-time graduate students should expect to pay tuition and fees of about $21,000 for the academic year and living expenses totaling approximately another $15,000.

International students not on an assistantship or fellowship must be able to document available funds totaling at least $36,928.

Please note: International students are required to pay the International Student fee and have documented health insurance. U.S. students are not required to fulfill these obligations.


How long does it take to earn a graduate degree?

It depends on whether you are a full- or part-time student, and whether you are seeking a Master's degree or a Ph.D.

Most master's degrees are expected to take 2 years, if you are a full-time student. Most Ph.D. degrees take between 3-6 years to earn. The University of Tulsa Graduate School has a statute of limitations of 6 years for the completion of a graduate degree.

Specific questions about particular graduate degree timelines and expectations should be directed to the particular program's graduate advisor. To access a list of program advisors, click here.


What kinds of financial assistance are available?

The University of Tulsa offers a broad array of merit- and need-based financial assistance.

There are several university-wide assistantships and fellowships, some of which do not have a service requirement. The deadlines to apply for many of these awards is January 15th, for the following academic year. In addition, most departments offer teaching or research assistantships. The deadline to apply for these assistantships is February 1, for the following academic year. These forms of aid are generally merit-based. 

Need-based aid is distributed through the university's Financial Aid Office. For more information, click here.

International students, please note: In order to attend the University of Tulsa Graduate School, you must submit a Confirmation of Financial Resources (CFR) stating that you have sufficient funds to attend TU. For a copy of the CFR, click here. Financial assistance for first year international students is rare.


What is the procedure for processing my application and how long does it take?

All application materials should be sent to the Graduate School. After we receive your application and associated materials, we will send you a postcard which lists application materials the Graduate School is still missing, or informs you that your application is complete. It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive all missing materials.

For application requirements for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, click here

For application requirements for International students, click here.

It normally takes approximately two weeks to process an application for a U.S. citizen. Applications for international students can require up to three months to process, and international applicants should submit completed applications as soon as possible to ensure that required immigration paperwork can be processed in a timely manner, if you are accepted.