Jan 26, 2021  
2019-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2021 Graduate Catalog

Addendum to the 2019-2021 Graduate Catalog


All data in the Oakland University Graduate Catalog reflects information as it was available at the publication date. Updates and/or corrections to the Graduate Catalog made after the publication date appear in the Addendum to the Graduate Catalog
 

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in the Graduate Catalog, Oakland University reserves the right, in its sole and exclusive discretion, to make changes to the Graduate Catalog at any time without prior notice.
 

It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of and understand university regulations as published.

 

NEW PROGRAMS FOR FALL 2019

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied and Computational Physics  

Graduate Certificate in Human Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice  

Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management  

 

PROGRAM MODIFICATIONS FOR FALL 2020

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology  

Master of Science in Exercise Science   

Master of Public Administration    

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education   


Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Department of Psychology
111 Pryale Hall  (map)
(248) 370-2300 • Fax (248) 370-4612
www.oakland.edu/psychology 

Director of Graduate Training:
V
irgil Zeigler-Hill
212A Pryale Hall
(248) 370-2676
zeiglerh@oakland.edu

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Program description

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program will provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to become successful producers of research, investigating the structures, processes, and products of the mind. Psychology is a broad discipline that interfaces with the biological and social sciences. This graduate program is organized around two concentrations that together comprehensively cover psychological science: (1) biological and basic processes, and (2) social and behavioral sciences. These concentrations represent two broad areas that focus on psychological phenomena from different orientations in moderately overlapping but distinguishable content areas. Graduate students will have broad exposure to both concentrations that will be extended by an intensive inquiry specialized in one concentration. Students will apply for admission in either the biological and basic processes concentration or the social and behavioral sciences concentration.
 

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Oakland University Graduate School by the semester deadline listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

All applicants to this program are admitted for the fall semester only. Review of applications will begin on the following dates:

  • January 15 for fall semester
  • International students: January 15 for fall semester

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  1. Graduate Application Requirements

      
  2. Additional department application requirements
      
  • Additional Recommendation for Graduate Admission form
    In addition to the two recommendations listed above, a third recommendation is required by the program.
    Requirements for recommendations
    All three forms must be from faculty members who can evaluate the scholarly achievement and potential of the applicant.
  • An essay (i.e., statement of purpose) describing the applicant’s interest in the program, research interests, and career goals
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, the department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses, and GRE scores.

Degree requirements


The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 80 credits in an approved program of study and successful completion and oral defense of a doctoral dissertation as determined by the student’s advisory committee.

The normal full-time course load for graduate students is 8 to 12 credits per semester. Students who have previously earned a master’s degree from Oakland University or another regionally-accredited institution may reduce the 80 credits of coursework required for the doctoral degree by up to 32 credits. To be considered for a reduction in required doctoral credits, students must submit a Petition of Credit from Earned Master’s Degree. The advisory committee will evaluate the student’s prior master’s degree work and may reduce the required Ph.D. credits based on the master’s coursework. The decision of the advisory committee is final, but the approved petition and approved plan of study must be on file in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the end of the first year of doctoral study. All candidates must complete at least 24 credits of additional coursework exclusively at Oakland University.

Course requirements (80 credits)


The total credits required to obtain a Ph.D. in psychology degree is 80. Approved courses taken as a part of a master’s degree may be used towards satisfying this requirement. Students may also take graduate courses from other departments with the approval of their advisory committee.

a. Required courses (24 credits)


All students regardless of the chosen area of concentration must complete the following courses:

b. Concentration requirement (24 credits): Select at least 6 courses within a single concentration area


Concentration 1: Evolutionary, Comparative, and Cognitive Psychology

Concentration 2: Social-Personality Psychology

Concentration 3: Behavioral Health

c. Elective courses (16 credits): Select at least 4 courses


d. Dissertation



 

Master of Science in Exercise Science

Department of Human Movement Science
433 Meadow Brook Rd  (map)
(248) 370-4041 • Fax (248) 364-8660
www.oakland.edu/shs/

 

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Director:
Daniel Goble
1015 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8688
dgoble@oakland.edu

 

Program description

This interdisciplinary program emphasizes the role of exercise in health improvement and in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic degenerative disease. The curriculum addresses the inter-relationships among lifestyle, health and physical activity and optimization of human performance. Clinical experience is gained through cooperating internship sites. Graduates of the program are prepared for professional positions such as cardiac stress testing specialists; exercise specialists in medical settings; sport scientists; and directors of adult fitness programs, human performance enhancement programs, cardiac rehabilitation programs and health maintenance/health improvement programs in corporate, industrial and educational settings.

Admission terms and application deadline

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Oakland University Graduate School by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

  • February 15 (early) April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester
  • October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
  • March 1 (regular) for summer semester
  • International applicants  

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  1. Graduate Application Requirements  
     
  2. Additional department application requirements

      

  • Applicants should have a background in basic and applied health sciences and a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • Requirements for recommendations
    The two Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms listed above must be from academics familiar with the student’s abilities (preferred) or from employment supervisors.

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 with the appropriate academic background and strong letters of recommendation may be considered for admission with limited standing. Applicants who qualify for this admission status must complete a minimum of 12 credits of graduate-level work, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, to be advanced to full admission.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department. 

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Program prerequisites

Completion of the following prerequisite courses is required. Students should have completed the required prerequisite coursework at the appropriate undergraduate or graduate level, prior to beginning coursework for the master’s degree.

  • Human anatomy
  • Human physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics (human motion analysis)

Oakland University equivalents for prerequisite coursework


  • BIO 2100 - Human Anatomy 
  • BIO 2600 - Human Physiology
  • EXS 3010 - Exercise Physiology
  • EXS 3020 - Human Motion Analysis

Degree requirements


The Master of Science in exercise science degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 32 credits in an approved program of study.

Course requirements


The average candidate entering the fall or winter semester will spend two full-time academic years to successfully complete this graduate program, which requires:

a. Core requirements (20 credits)


b. Electives (6 credits)


Students will select a minimum of 6 credits of elective coursework, approved by their advisers.

Additional electives


Electives outside of EXS may be selected if the electives are 5000 or above and are approved by the Program Director.

c. Research requirement (minimum of 6 credits)


Completion of a research requirement involving a master’s thesis or comprehensive examinations must be achieved. The research requirement involves the completion of a minimum of 6 credits in EXS 6995.

 


 

Master of Public Administration

Department of Political Science
418 Varner Hall   (map)
(248) 370-2352 • Fax (248) 370-4299
www.oakland.edu/mpa

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Program director:
John Patrick Piskulich

Director of internships:
Diane Hartmus 

Program coordinator:
Jennifer Sikora
420 Varner Hall
(248) 370-4117
jsikora@oakland.edu

 

Program description

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree program at Oakland University provides a challenging education for individuals seeking professional careers and for those already employed in governmental or other public agencies. The need for professionals holding M.P.A. degrees is recognized due to the complexity of agencies at the state and local levels and the continued concerns for responsive and effective public service at all levels. The M.P.A. program offers a generalist foundation through a set of core courses that is bolstered with opportunities for specialization through its electives and the directed capstone project/internship option.

Accreditation

The Oakland University M.P.A. program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Oakland University Graduate School by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

  • February 15 (early) April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester
  • October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
  • March 1 (regular) for summer semester
  • International applicants 

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  1. Graduate Application Requirements  
     
  2. Additional department application requirements
      
  • MPA essay (Instructions are downloadable from http://www.oakland.edu/mpa.)
  • Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater in their undergraduate degree.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.

  • Undergraduate grade record that indicates above-average work (generally a GPA of 3.0 or greater)
  • The program welcomes students with a wide variety of undergraduate preparations. Applicants must meet the university’s general requirements for admission to graduate studies. Limited standing admission status may be granted to students who need minor improvements to their records, subject to approval by Oakland University Graduate School. Detailed application information can be found at http://www.oakland.edu/mpa

Undergraduate preparation for the M.P.A.

Degrees in a wide variety of majors will prepare the student for admission, providing that the record includes thhe minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
 

Students lacking in this area may be admitted to OU as a post-bach student for graduate prerequisites with the requirement that the deficiency be corrected by completing appropriate coursework. A departmental adviser will plan with the student an appropriate way of addressing the deficiency. Credits earned to meet this standards will not be counted toward the total credits needed for the degree.

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Degree requirements


The Master of Public Administration degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 36 credits in an approved program of study.

Course requirements


a. Core requirements (20 credits)


All M.P.A. students must take these seven courses:

b. Concentration or electives (12 credits)


In addition to the 20 credits in the core curriculum, a student may take all 12 elective credits in one of five concentrations: court administration, health care administration, non-profit organization and management, local government management or criminal justice leadership. Each concentration has one course that is a “core course” meaning that the student must take that course. Students who pursue a concentration may need an additional semester to complete elective requirements. Students may also choose not to concentrate in one area, and may take 12 electives from among any the program offers.

1. Court Administration concentration

Core for concentration (3 credits)

Electives (additional 9 credits)

2. Criminal Justice Leadership concentration

Core for concentration (3 credits)

Electives (additional 9 credits)

3. Health Care Administration concentration

Core for concentration (3 credits)

  • PA 5600 - Organization and Administration of Health and Medical Care Programs (3 credits)
Electives (additional 9 credits)

4. Local Government Management concentration

Core for concentration (3 credits)

Electives (additional 9 credits)

5. Nonprofit Organization and Management concentration

Core for concentration (3 credits)

Electives (additional 9 credits)

6. Electives option

M.P.A. students do not need to choose a concentration. Any 12 credits from the list below will serve toward degree completion.

c. Exit (4 credits)


Students will do either an internship or a master’s project. A student who has not had significant public service experience may choose to do an internship; others will be expected to complete a project.


Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

School of Music, Theatre and Dance
207 Varner Hall  (map)
(248) 370-2030 • Fax (248) 370-2041
www.oakland.edu/mtd

Coordinator:
Deborah VanderLinde
304 Varner Hall
(248) 370-3022
vanderlinde@oakland.edu

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Program description

The Doctor of Philosophy in music education degree program is designed to develop individuals who can provide leadership for music education practice as teacher educators, curriculum leaders, and researchers.

Core concepts in the program include constructivism, cultural psychology, social democracy in music learning and teaching, qualitative research, history of music education and current trends.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Admissions by the semester deadlines listed below.

Current Deadlines

  • February 1 for fall and summer semesters
  • February 25 interview deadline for applicants who qualify for an admission interview
  • International applicants  

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  1. Graduate Application Requirements

      
     
  2. Additional department application requirements
      
  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate and master’s degree in music (preferably music education) from a regionally-accredited institution or proof of a U.S. equivalent degree for foreign educated applicants.
  • Teaching experience relevant to the applicant’s intended area of study
  • Written statement of professional goals
  • Additional Recommendation for Graduate Admission form
    In addition to the two recommendations listed above, a third recommendation is required by the program.
    Requirements for recommendations
    All three forms must be from an academic instructor or from an employment supervisor.
  • Applicants should also be prepared to provide evidence of their prior knowledge and understanding of music and music education. This could be in the form of papers written at the graduate level or in the form of a written examination designed by the admissions committee.
  • Applicants who qualify as a result of this screening process must complete their scheduled interview with the music education faculty prior to the published deadline.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to the Doctor of Philosophy in music education program, the department evaluates admission candidates as musicians, scholars and practitioners through assessment of prior coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels, professional experience, written statement of goals, professional letters of recommendation, interview and any other admission requirement established by the academic program.

Degree requirements


The Doctor of Philosophy in music education degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 58 credits in an approved program of study, successful admission to candidacy, successful defense of the dissertation and final approval and submission of the dissertation. This program of study was approved in 2018.

Course requirements


a. Core requirements (28 credits)


b. Approved electives (minimum of 14 credits)


Chosen in consultation with the faculty adviser and/or chair of the dissertation committee.

c. Dissertation (16 credits)