May 26, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Graduate Education at The University of Tulsa


Graduate Education at The University of Tulsa

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 Board of Trustees authorized graduate study leading to the master’s degree in 1933. The first master’s degree was granted in 1935. The Board of Trustees approved a curriculum leading to the Doctor of Education degree in 1951, which has since been discontinued.

A Doctor of Philosophy program was authorized by the Board of Trustees in 1963; Ph.D. curricula in petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, English, and earth sciences (geosciences) were inaugurated and given preliminary accreditation by North Central Association in 1966, with full accreditation in 1972. The industrial/ organizational psychology doctoral program was inaugurated in 1983, followed in 1985 by the Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering. In 1987 the doctoral programs in biological science and computer science were approved by the Graduate Council; and, in 1988, the Ph.D. in counseling psychology program (initiated in 1985) underwent a name change to clinical psychology. Since 2008, Ph.D. programs have been added in chemistry, physics, anthropology, mathematics, and computer engineering. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program was authorized by the Board of Trustees in 2016 with tracks in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Post-Master’s to D.N.P. Completion.

The Graduate School supervises all graduate work offered by the University except that of the College of Law (College of Law information is published in a separate bulletin). 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.

The general policies and regulations of the Graduate School are set and enforced by the Graduate Council and the Dean of the Graduate School, subject to approval by the University administration. The Dean is chair of the Council, which consists of graduate faculty members elected from each college, the deans of the colleges offering graduate work, and the president of the Graduate Student Association. Council faculty members must hold at least the academic rank of associate professor.

Functions of the Graduate Council include:

  • Development of policies and procedures for the Graduate School and the recommendation of these policies and procedures to the administration.
  • Establishment of regulations for the administration of policies and procedures.
  • Examination and approval, or rejection, of new programs and curricula proposed for the Graduate School.
  • Development of criteria for membership in the graduate faculty.
  • General concern for the Graduate School’s welfare and the quality of work offered.
  • Recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School concerning the disposition of cases filed by a student or faculty involving charges of academic misconduct involving graduate students, or perceived academic impropriety arising from an action taken by faculty. (See The Committee for Petitions of the Graduate Council in Academic Policies  for details.)
  • Hearing of graduate student petitions that request departure from established Graduate School policies and a resultant recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School. (See The Committee for Petitions of the Graduate Council in Academic Policies  for details.)


Master of Arts. Specializing in anthropology, art, clinical psychology, education, English language and literature, history, museum science and management, women’s and gender studies, and industrial-organizational psychology.

Master of Science. Specializing in biochemistry, biological science, chemistry, computer science, cyber security, engineering physics, geophysics, geosciences, math/science education, applied mathematics, physics, quantitative finance, and speech/language pathology.

Master of Science in Engineering. Specializing in chemical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering.

Master of Engineering. Specializing in chemical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering.

Master of Accountancy.

Master of Business Administration.

Master of Energy Business, online.

Master of Science in Business Analytics.

Master of Science in Finance.

Master of Science in Global Energy.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in computer science. A joint degree program.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Finance. A joint degree program.

Master of Science in Finance/Master of Science in applied mathematics. A joint degree program.

Master of Teaching Arts. Offered through the School of Urban Education in cooperation with individual disciplines and secondary education specialties.

Master of Fine Arts. A 60 credit-hour program specializing in studio art.

Master of Athletic Training.

Doctor of Nursing Practice.​ Specializing in family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology acute care, and post-masters to D.N.P. completion.

Doctor of Philosophy. Specializing in anthropology, biological science, chemical engineering, chemistry, clinical psychology, computer engineering, computer science, English language and literature, geosciences, industrial-organizational psychology, mathematics, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, and physics.

The University offers its undergraduates the option to participate in accelerated master’s degree programs, which give students the opportunity to complete graduate degrees in a reduced amount of time. These accelerated master’s degree programs are currently available in accountancy, applied mathematics, athletic training, biochemistry, biological science, business administration, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, cyber security, engineering physics, geosciences, geophysics, history, women’s and gender studies, and physics.

The University also offers joint programs between the Graduate School and the College of Law leading to a Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (specializing in anthropology, clinical psychology, English language and literature, history, or industrial-organizational psychology), Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration, and Juris Doctor/Master of Science (specializing in biological science, finance, computer science, and geosciences).