Graduate School FAQs


Do I need a graduate program in the same area as my undergraduate degree?

Sometimes, but there are programs such as law school and the MBA program where you may simply have to complete a few additional undergraduate courses during your graduate studies in order to complete the degree. Other programs will require anywhere from some to substantial work in your field for admittance.


What if my GPA is low?

Generally your GPA score is only a part of your overall application. At times this can be overcome with a strong graduate exam score or a letter explaining the circumstance that resulted in your low GPA. Ask your schools of choice about such options as well as conditional or probational acceptance.


How is grad school different from undergrad?

Grad school is far less structured than undergrad. You will very likely spend much less time in actual class settings and much more time researching and in many fields applying the theories you learn. Some programs will be more independent research oriented while others will be all about working on teams to complete projects and presentations.


If I decide to go to grad school later, how will I get recommendation letters from my professors?

Request that your professors write a letter of recommendation now and save it in their files for later reference. You might want to include a picture of yourself with their file so when they pull the letter out for you at a later time they can put a face with the name. Generally after you have been out of undergrad studies for more than 5 years professional recommendations are all that is required.


What if I am interested in a graduate program at ORU?

ORU currently offers graduate programs in Business, Education, and Theology and Ministry. To discuss why continuing your education at ORU may well be highly advantageous to you, please contact the following representatives for program and scholarship details:

Business     918.495.6117
Education     918.495.6553
Theology and Ministry     918.495.6618