Oct 21, 2021  
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog

Addendum to the 2021- 2023 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 SUMMER 2022

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W) degree program at Oakland University provides students with the requisite theoretical knowledge, skills, and ethical framework for advanced social work practice with diverse client systems across practice settings. OU M.S.W students will be uniquely trained through an integrated advanced generalist. All M.S.W students will demonstrate advanced mastery of nine Core Competencies dictated by the CSWE, which will allow them to assume clinical and macro social work practice roles upon graduation. Students who wish to pursue licensure as clinical or macro social workers after graduation will have the necessary course preparation and field experience to do so.

Those students who seek more intensive training in a specialized area will have the option to complete one of three specializations (integrated health, community and organizational leadership or school social work). Depending how students enter the M.S.W program, (Advanced Standing versus Traditional) students have two options for completing the proposed M.S.W degree: a Traditional curriculum, including 64 hours of coursework and 900 hours of field education, and an Advanced Standing program that requires 34 credit hours of coursework and 450 hours of field education.

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.

Prospective students will apply through the OU Graduate Admissions for admittance into the program for the Summer Semester (advanced standing) and Fall Semester (traditional program).

  • February 15 (regular) and April 15 (late) for fall semester for the Traditional M.S.W. Program  or until our cohort is filled or until June 1st, whichever comes first. Students may apply for an early admission decision is submitted by  December 15.
  • February 15 (regular) and April 15 (late) for summer semester for the Advanced Standing M.S.W. Program  or until our cohort is filled or until June 1st, whichever comes first. Students may apply for an early admission decision is submitted by  December 15.
  • 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


 Additional department application requirements

      

Additional documents students must include in their application package are:

  • Letter of support from BSW field placement supervisor (agency supervisor) or copy of final field evaluation for advanced standing students only;
  • Two other letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s academic and/or professional suitability for advanced study in Social Work; at least one of these must be from a professor or instructor;
  • A personal statement that will be used to assess preparation for and commitment to advanced study in Social Work, suitability for the profession, and skills in written communication; and
  • One-page resume including volunteer, internship or paid work experience relevant to Social Work practice.

Advanced Standing

A student with a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited programs may be considered for the advanced standing program if the student received a BSW degree..

  • For advanced standing students, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in BSW coursework is required.

Traditional

  • For admission into the traditional 2-year M.S.W program, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study is required. 

Degree requirements


The Master of Social Work degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 34 credits for the Advanced Standing Program and 64 credit for the Traditional Program.

Course requirements


a. Foundation requirements (for Traditional M.S.W Program only) 24 credits


  • SW 5100 - Foundations of Generalist Practice I (4 credits)
  • SW 5101 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (4 credits)
  • SW 5102 - Policy I: Social Welfare and Analysis (4 credits)
  • SW 5200 - Foundations of Generalist Practice II (4 credits)
  • SW 5201 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (4 credits)
  • SW 5202 - Fundamentals of Social Work Research (4 credits)

 Foundation requirements (for Advanced Standing M.S.W Program Only) 2 credits

  • SW 5500 - Advanced Generalist Seminar Bridge Course (2 credits)

b. Core requirements


All M.S.W. students must take these seven courses: 20 credits

  • SW 6101 - Cultural Competency for Advanced Generalist Practice (4 credits)
  • SW 6100 - Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (4 credits)
  • SW 6102 - Applied Social Work Research (4 credits)         
  • SW 6202 - Policy II: Advocacy and Change (4 credits)
  • SW 6200 - Advanced Generalist Practice Administrating Organizations and Communities (4 credits)

c. Electives (4 credits)

Any 4 credits from the list below will serve toward degree completion:

  • SW 5630 - Advanced Social Work Practice in Integrated Healthcare (4 credits)
  • SW 5640 - Integrated Health Policy and Services (4 credits)
  • SW 5730 - Program Development and Evaluation (4 credits)
  • SW 5740 - Community Organizing (4 credits)
  • SW 5830 - Policy and Practice of School Social Work in Educational Settings (4 credits)
  • SW 5835 - Diagnosis & Assessment of Mental Health and Educational Disabilities in School Social Work (2 credits)
  • SW 5840 - Social Work Interventions in an Educational Setting (2 credits)
  • PA 6500 - Fundraising and Philanthropy (4 credits)
  • PA 6510- Grants: Politics and Administration (2 or 4 credits)

d. Internship (16 credits for Traditional M.S.W & 8 credits for Advanced Standing M.S.W)


Students will do an internship while in the program.

  • SW 5950 - Field Practicum I Traditional Students only (4 credits)
  • SW 5951 - Field Practicum II Traditional Students only (4 credits)
  • SW 6950 - Field Practicum III (4 credits)
  • SW 6951 - Field Practicum IV (4 credits)

NEW PROGRAMS FOR FALL 2021

Master of Science in Business Analytics

The Master of Science in Business Analytics is designed for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding and develop their skills in harnessing data to identify opportunities, respond to challenges, influence decision making and implement successful solutions.

Graduates of the program will be equipped to use data to solve business problems across industries and disciplines. Industries experiencing strong growth in the use of business analytics include financial services, retail, health services, accounting and auditing, transportation and logistics, entertainment, sports, and travel.

Through the combination of the focused curriculum, experiential learning, and expert-led courses, students will graduate with the skills to make data-driven decisions based on their business knowledge and ability to expertly utilize a variety of statistical and quantitative methods, computational tools, and predictive models.

The program is structured around four modules:

  • Preparatory and Foundation Courses - Required for students who lack an information systems and/or statistics background. Students with the necessary background will be waived from these courses. Credits from these courses do not count toward the degree.
  • Core Courses - Provides analysis, design, and implementation skills
  • Elective Courses - Develops in-depth knowledge
  • Capstone Project - Synthesizes and applies students’ knowledge to contemporary issues

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), July 15 (late) for fall semester
  • October 1 (early), November 15 (regular) for winter semester
  • March 1 for summer semester

       International Students 

  • May 1 for fall (September) admission
  • September 1 for winter (January) admission
  • January 1 for summer (May) admission

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
      
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  • Official transcripts from all the colleges and universities attended
  • Official transcripts providing evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree
  • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE scores. The GMAT or GRE scores must be five years or less at the time of the applicant’s intended enrollment at Oakland University.
  • Two email addresses for individuals who will write your recommendations
  • Applicants applying to MSBA degree programs may request a waiver of the GMAT or GRE requirement if they meet one of the following criteria.
    • Earned a master’s degree or higher with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
    • Has an acceptable score on the GRE, LSAT, or MCAT entrance exam
    • Earned a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 from an AACSB-accredited business school
    • Earned a bachelor’s degree in any major with an overall GPA of at least 3.2 from a regionally accredited program
    • Completed a business-related certification such as CPA, CFA, CFP or FRM
    • Has at least 3 years of relevant professional work experience and an undergraduate overall GPA of at least 2.75
    • Has completed at least 3 years of service in the US armed services

To request a waiver, applicants must submit a Request to Waive GMAT form to Graduate Admissions as part of the application packet. The request for waiver is subject to the approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.

International students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university or at least 24 credits from a U.S school, will have additional application requirements:

  • A transcript evaluation (for transcripts from a college or university outside of the United States)
  • TOEFL Exam Scores (for non-native English speakers unless they have a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university or at least 24 credits from a U.S. school)

Admission review and assessment

Admission to the Master of Science in Business Analytics degree program is selective and depends on several elements, including scholarship and ability to communicate effectively. In making admission recommendations, the department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the MSBA program by examining their undergraduate records, their GMAT or GRE scores, their responses to questions on the Supplemental Program Form, their recommendations, and their experience. 

Degree requirements

The Master of Science in Business Analytics degree program requires a minimum of 30 credits.

Course requirements

a. Preparatory course

b. Foundation courses

c. IT core courses (9 credits)

d. Business analytics required and elective courses (18 credits)

e. Capstone course (3 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Movement Science 


The Doctor of Philosophy in Human Movement Science  requires completion of 80 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree. Accepted applicants who have previously earned a qualified master’s degree from Oakland University or another regionally accredited university may be permitted to reduce the credits required for the doctoral degree by up to 32 credits. Accepted applicants who have earned a qualified Doctor of Physical Therapy or related doctoral degree from Oakland University or another regionally accredited university may be permitted to reduce the credits required for the doctoral degree up to 36 credits. With the program coordinator and the Graduate School’s approval, accepted applicants who have previously earned credits as part of one of the Oakland University post-professional graduate certificates in the School of Health Sciences may apply those credits to the degree. The graduate certificate credits must be earned within the time limit for completing the doctoral degree.

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
      
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum of a Bachelors degree in physical therapy, exercise science, movement science, or related degree from a regionally accredited institution or proof of a U.S. equivalent degree for foreign-educated applicants.
  • Applicants should have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. (B)
  • Professional vitae or resume
  • One-page narrative goal statement outlining academic and professional goals as well as a detailed description of research plans including a potential dissertation topic and an HMS faculty committee chair
  • Applicants who meet admission requirements may be asked to meet with members of the Admissions Committee to explore potential dissertation topics and an HMS faculty committee chair

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 (B) 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 8 credits of graduate-level work, with a GPA of 3.0 (B) or above within the first year of their program, to be advanced to full admission

Admission review and assessment

A departmental admissions committee with representatives from the Physical Therapy program and the Exercise Science program will review and make recommendations for admission. Admissions committee members will assist interested applicants to meet with potential faculty who align with the applicant’s research interests. 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 and graduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses, and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.

Course requirements

Students will be required to take the core courses, a minimum of 34 credits, and to complete a graduate certificate, research concentration, and/or an approved set of related coursework. Credits required for the graduate certificate, research concentration, and/or the approved set of related coursework will be determined by the program director, dependent on the student holding a master’s or doctoral degree upon admission to the program. Credits required for the certificate, research concentration, and/or related set of coursework are as follows: Students entering the program without a master’s or doctoral degree are required to take 46 credits, student’s holding a master’s degree are required to take a minimum of 14 credits, and students holding a doctoral degree are required to take a minimum of 10 credits.

a. Core requirements (34 credits)

b. Graduate certificate, research concentration, and/or related coursework (10 - 46 credits)

All students must complete a graduate certificate, a research concentration, and/or a set of related coursework.

Graduate Certificates

Students who wish to create a concentration that includes a graduate certificate program must apply for and be accepted into the graduate certificate program. A graduate certificate program, completed as part of the concentration, will be awarded concurrently with the doctoral degree.

* Students must complete the appropriate prerequisites.

Research concentration

This would include a combination of research courses, independent studies, and projects worth a minimum of 10 credits in an area of interest. A plan of study must be approved by the student’s adviser.

Related coursework

May include a master’s in exercise science program, approved transfer credits, or related coursework within the school or university, that supports or complements the student’s plan of study and/or research focus. A plan of study must be approved by the program director. A master’s in exercise science degree, completed as part of the doctoral program, will be awarded concurrently with the doctoral degree.

Master of Organizational Leadership

The Master of Organizational Leadership  program is designed to develop practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to enhance individual and organization development and performance. Graduates of the program will be able to lead and support interventions and processes associated with diagnosing individual and organization performance problems and opportunities, designing and implementing solutions, and evaluating results.

Current Deadlines

  • July 15 for fall semester

Admission requirements:

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

  • A formal statement detailing work and life experiences of preferably one year or longer that have led to the desire to pursue the Master of Organizational Leadership degree program. The statement must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words.
  • Additional Recommendation for Graduate Admission form
    In addition to the two recommendations listed above, a third recommendation is required by the program.
  • Recommendation requirements
    All three forms must attest to the quality and scope of the applicant’s academic and professional ability.
  • A minimum of one year of professional work experience post earning a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework, showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (B) or better.
  • The formal statement is evaluated on the basis of quality of writing, organization of ideas, clarity of expression and compatibility with program goals.
  • An interview with the coordinator will be required of all prospective students.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate study 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. 

Program requirements:

The Master of Organizational Leadership degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 32 credits in an approved program of study.

Course requirements

a. Core requirements (28 credits)

  • HRD 6100   - Leadership Theory and Development (4 credits)
  • HRD 6170 -  Motivation and Leadership in Organizations (4 credits)
  • HRD 6090  - Developing and Leading Teams (4 credits)
  • HRD 6080  - Organizational Culture and Change (4 credits)
  • HRD 6140 -  Introduction to Human Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Perspectives (4 credits)
  • HRD 6150  - Leadership in a Global Context (4 credits)
  • HRD 6800 -  Leadership Seminar and Professional Portfolio (4 credits)

b. Electives (4 credits)

  • HRD 6900  - Current Trends OR 6000 level course with approval of MOL adviser (4 credits)