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Graduate Programs.. ................................. Petree College of Arts and Sciences............ Meinders School of Business..................... Ann Lacy School of American.. ................... Dance and Arts Management Wanda L. Bass School of Music . ........... Kramer School of Nursing..................... Visit and Application Information........... OCU Information.. ................................

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graduate programs Juris Doctor (JD) Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE DOCTOR OF nursing PHILOSOPHY Master of Arts (MA) Applied Science– Nonprofit Leadership Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Master in divinity (m div) Master of Religious Education (MRE) Master of Business Administration (MBA) Accounting Finance Generalist Great Wall Health Administration Human Resources Information Technology International Business–Finance International Business– Information Technology International Business–Marketing Project Management

Master of Education (M Ed) Applied Behavioral Studies Applied Behavioral Studies with Professional Counseling Early Childhood Education American Montessori Certification Elementary Education American Montessori Certification Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Creative Writing Dance Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) General Studies Leadership/Management Master of Music (MM) Conducting Music Composition Music Theater Opera Performance Performance Vocal Coaching Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) Master of Science (MS) Computer Science General Database Systems Criminology Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Administration Nursing Education Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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The new global approach to life and work is affecting every aspect of our lives, including how we help and serve others. Leadership of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations is the newest-growing profession. Where better to learn the skills you need to enter this field of work than at OCU where servant leadership is part of the culture and learning experience? You’ll become the best because you will study and learn from the best.

Bob Spinks Director, Applied Sociology-Nonprofit Leadership

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Petree College of Arts and Sciences Programs of Study: Master of Arts in Applied Sociology–Nonprofit Leadership Master of Arts in TESOL Master of Education Applied Behavioral Studies Professional Counseling American Montessori Certification Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Master of Liberal Arts Master of Religious Education Master of Science in Criminology

Master of Arts in Applied Sociology-Nonprofit Leadership

The Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology with emphasis on nonprofit leadership is the door that opens your career in serving others. Led and taught by the top leaders in Oklahoma’s nonprofit sector, you will receive quality instruction from those who have served others throughout their work lives. The OCU Department of Sociology is the perfect home for this unique program that deals with society’s most critical work of serving people. If you invest in this program as part of your education you will learn

leadership, accounting, service and marketing for nonprofits to create a world-class organization. Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages degree will prepare you for a career in teaching English as a second language or English as a foreign language in a variety of educational settings both nationally and internationally. With this broad and intensive curriculum, you’ll gain knowledge in teaching methods, linguistics and cross-cultural understandings as well as extensive pedagogical training. Your coursework will explore classroom procedures, curriculum design, materials development, methodologies and assessment techniques that will provide you with a solid theoretical foundation of the various aspects comprising TESOL. Master of Science in Criminology

Our graduate program takes an interdisciplinary approach to full understanding of the complex nature of criminal behavior. In class, you will explore the causes of crime, discuss the fundamentals of basic research and apply crimi-

nal justice policy to concrete situations. Outside of class, numerous opportunities exist for you to attend conferences and engage in internship and practicum opportunities at places such as federal, local or state law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, courts or correctional facilities. Study abroad experiences are also available for students interested in studying international systems of criminal justice. Master of Education with Montessori Certification

Our Master of Education degree with Montessori certification will take you to the head of the class. Through challenging coursework, leadership development opportunities and practicum and internship experience, you'll gain broad perspective of the field, as well as

the opportunity for intensive study in Montessori and the ability to obtain American Montessori Society Certification in early childhood or elementary education. Your courses—which focus on refining effective teaching strategies at the critical and analytical level, applying strategies for problem solving and discovering opportunities for collaboration, mentoring and service—will prepare you in Montessori methods. Master of Education in Applied Behavioral Studies with Professional Counseling Option

The Master of Education degree in Applied Behavioral Studies is designed for pre-counseling and related professions involved in the field of learning, development and group processes in human behavior

settings such as mental health facilities, government, business and industry as well as organizational contexts. In addition, the Master of Education degree in Applied Behavioral Studies track option is designed to train students to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and render services to individuals, groups and families experiencing normal adjustment difficulties of a personal, social or career nature in settings such as community counseling centers, mental health clinics, abuse shelters, religious counseling centers and private practice (once licensure is attained). Students are encouraged to secure internship settings consistent within their specific areas of professional interest. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing at OCU is a two-year degree offered in a low-residency format. Students work with faculty mentors to create a manuscript-length work of creative prose in fiction, nonfiction, poetry or another creative genre with approval of the program director. Students also concentrate on academic work in literary criticism and analysis of writing

craft. Students can elect to pursue strands in pedagogy or professional writing. Master of Liberal Arts

The MLA is an enrichment degree designed to enable adults to acquire broader knowledge, deeper insight and greater understanding of our cultural heritage. In an intellectual setting of reflection and value-conscious discourse, students summarize, analyze, evaluate and synthesize trends in the ancient and modern world. Courses are offered in art, English, philosophy, history, political science, justice studies, business, mass communications, modern languages, moving image arts, sociology, photography and religion. Two study options are available for this 36-hour degree program. • Leadership/Management: A student will complete 15 hours of required business classes and round out their plan of study with electives from the liberal arts. • General Studies: A student’s plan of study is tailored from the liberal arts electives to meet his or her desires.


I have attended several schools in my collegiate career and out of all of them, OCU was the complete package. The professors were outstanding educators and student advocates. The administration was approachable. The Office of Student Financial Aid was friendly and responsive. But above all, the entire organization seemed aware that the students were preparing for life after college and each class or activity was geared toward making that transition easier and more productive. The MSA program in particular had a very clear focus on connecting the academic world to the working world. I could not have been better prepared.

Andrea Welsh Consultant/Auditor, Oil and Gas Joint Ventures

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meinders school of business Programs of Study: Master of Business Administration (Accelerated and Traditional Programs offered) MBA–Generalist MBA–Great Wall Program in China MBA–Specialization in Accounting MBA–Specialization in Finance MBA–Specialization in Health Administration MBA–Specialization in Human Resources MBA–Specialization in Information Technology MBA–Specialization in Interna tional Business and Finance MBA–Specialization in International Business and Information Technology MBA–Specialization in Interna tional Business and Marketing MBA–Specialization in Marketing MBA–Specialization in Project Management Juris Doctorate/Master of Business Administration Master of Science in Nursing/ Master of Business Administration Master of Science in Accounting Master of Science in Computer Science

Advance your career with a graduate business degree! When it comes to getting a graduate degree in business, you have many choices. The question is, do you want a degree or an education? The Meinders School of Business is located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s business community. We pride ourselves on being the business community’s business school, business resource and business partner. Great universities pride themselves on having faculty who have PhDs in their teaching field. The Meinders faculty certainly meets that objective, and goes a step further. Meinders School of Business faculty are actively engaged with the business community so they not only teach theory, they bring real world experience to their students as well. When you take an economics course at the Meinders School of Business you are likely to have a class with Dr. Steve Agee, Chairman of the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, or Dr. Sellon, who recently retired from a 30-year career as Director of Research of the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Think their classes and seminars are just theory?

For your marketing strategy and sales force leadership courses, you will be in classes with Dr. Mike Williams. Dr. Williams brings his background experience of more than 30 years in marketing and sales force management into the classroom along with current business management consulting projects in order to actively involve students in the latest business practices and real world problem solving. Dr. Williams is also Director of the Academy of Customer Excellence and Sales, a Meinders School of Business special program that provides an active interface between students and the business community. The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program has recently

been revised to meet the needs of today’s accounting professional. The accounting professors are practicing CPAs not just accounting theorists. Students can choose between two tracks, Tax or Financial Leadership and our program is the only MSA in Oklahoma to offer all of the classes in the evenings to accommodate working adults. Dr. Beth Stetson works with students specializing in tax and is an attorney and CPA with 8+ years experience at the Internal Revenue Service. The Meinders School of Business is committed to providing you a mix of theory and practice. We expect to do more than just help you get a job or promotion, we education you to be industry leaders, innovators and executives around the world.

Choosing Oklahoma City University and the Meinders School of Business was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was supported and guided during each step of my educational career. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the professors who made a difference in my life. I would likely not be a CPA today had I not received the guidance from one of my professors. This support system of professors and advisors helped me to reach my full potential.

Stephanie Shanor Ernst & Young

Pursuing an MBA from Oklahoma City University has been one of the best career decisions that I’ve made. The faculty and small class sizes have helped make the transition back to the classroom seamless. More importantly, I’ve learned how to apply the principles from the undergraduate level as well as developed lasting relationships.

Glendon Hudson Enterprise Services Center, AMI-700


After completing my Master of Fine Arts in Dance degree, I have gained the tools, experience and confidence to work as a successful choreographer, director and dance educator. The degree curriculum and thesis process pushed me out of my comfort zone, which allowed me to reach my academic and artistic goals. Jessica Fay (MFA ’10)

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Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management Program of Study: Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Oklahoma City University has a long history of being one of only a few universities offering dance degrees emphasizing jazz, tap, theater dance and ballet as used in musical theater. Graduates and former students of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management can be found performing, teaching or managing throughout the world. The MFA in Dance blends the best of dance technique and research, choreography, management and production. Producing leaders in entertainment dance education, choreography and management is the goal of the MFA in Dance degree. The curriculum includes

jazz, tap, ballet and electives in pointe, partnering, rhythm tap and theater dance; choreography studies; dance history (including history of dance in the American theater); the business and production of dance; and teaching tap, jazz and ballet. Attainment of minimum technical levels, teaching proficiencies and a research thesis or a production thesis for select candidates are required to complete the requirements of the degree. Students dance and study in the beautiful Edith Kinney Gaylord Center which opened in August 2007. It has been described as the best dance educational facility in the nation.

The curriculum of our MFA Program is designed to expand our students’ potential as artists and teachers. The MFA experience at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management is aimed at the successful employment of our students in a creative career that is both challenging and rewarding.

Jo Rowan Chair of Dance Department Professor of Dance Director, American Spirit Dance Company



The strength of our MM programs is rigorous academic coursework and professional training through study with active artist-level musicians. We are musicians who are passionate about teaching. Our students have extraordinary access to performance opportunities, including international tours, national and regional competitions, and local professional ensembles. Dr. David Steffens Graduate Studies Coordinator

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wanda l. bass school of music Programs of Study: Master of Music in Composition Master of Music in Conducting Master of Music in Instrumental Performance Master of Music in Music Theater Master of Music in Opera Performance Master of Music in Vocal Coaching Master of Music in Vocal Performance

The graduate program represents the highest level of artistry and education at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. Our faculty embraces a virtuosic, versatile approach to the creation, performance and interpretation of music. This joyful synergy across disciplines is key to our graduates’ success. Our alumni include extraordinary singers and instrumentalists, acclaimed composers and conductors and renowned educators and scholars. Join them in preparing for a career that helps you realize your personal and musical potential. The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University is an All-Steinway School, an Apple Digital Campus, the nation’s first Conn-Selmer School and winner of ASCAP’s national orchestral award

for adventurous programming of contemporary music. Students are eligible for funds from the Burton/ McCassland Endowment, which underwrites expenses for key music competitions. The $38.5 million, 113,000square-foot Wanda L. Bass Music Center is a center for artists from around the world. Since 2006, it has hosted the International Society of Bassists; the Society of Composers, Inc.; National Endowment for the Arts panels; and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. International partnerships include exchanges with Poland’s I.J. Paderewski Music Academy, the Tianjin Conservatory in China and the Head School of the Israeli College of Contemporary Music.

I am so grateful for the instruction, for the opportunities and for the joy of learning I experienced at Oklahoma City University. I still return to Professor Keller for voice lessons and always feel I have a home at the music school.


Sarah Coburn (MM ’01) 2009 Artist of the Year, Washington National Opera

Some OCU stars include: VOCALISTS Kristin Chenoweth Tony® and Emmy® Award-winning singer/actress Sarah Coburn ‘Blissfully sublime’ operatic soprano (Opera News) Marquita Lister Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera soprano Leona Mitchell Legendary Metropolitan Opera spinto-soprano Kelli O’Hara Three-time Tony® Award nominee Destan Owens Longtime Tom Collins in Rent; Smokey Joe’s Café, Chicago Ron Raines Actor/singer on Broadway, Alan Spaulding on Guiding Light Gabrielle Ruiz In the Heights, Broadway; A Chorus Line, national tour Jennifer Sanchez Original cast, Tony® Award-winning revival of West Side Story Steven Sanders Operatic tenor; 2009 Lincoln Center debut, 2008 NYCO debut Lara Teeter Tony® nominee; head of music theatre, Webster University INSTRUMENTALISTS Merav Askayo Percussionist, Jerusalem Philharmonic Edgar Cruz Classical guitarist/recording artist Nathan Jones Featured performer, international tour of Blast! Tomar Levy Trumpet, winner ITG Jazz Improvisation Competition Jeff Luke Trumpet, Atlantic Brass; associate principal, Utah Symphony Russell Sharp Trombone, U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band Timothy Sutfin Clarinet, U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point Lei Zhang Concertmaster, Huashi Chamber Orchestra CONDUCTORS Timothy Long Founding director, Coast Orchestra; conductor, BAM Next Wave Gerald Steichen Conductor: New York City Opera, New Haven Symphony Linda Twine Broadway music director/composer/arranger COMPOSERS Mason Williams Classical Gas composer; Grammy and Emmy winner Katarzyna Brochocka Award-winning opera, chamber music composer Jay Wadley 2007 Charles Ives Prize, American Academy of Arts & Letters David Beasley Composer/staff arranger, USAF Heartland of America Band Rick McKee Composer for Orlando, international theme parks ARTS LEADERS Mark Blakeman VP/general manager, Nashville Symphony Orchestra Barbara Caprilli Director, American Singers Opera Project Robyn Hilger Program director, Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools Kris Markes General manager, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Maya Raviv Composer; board of directors, Society for Universal Sacred Music W. Stephen Smith Voice faculty, Juilliard School; Houston Grand Opera coach Midge Woolsey WQXR host; moderator, Encompass New Opera Theatre


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• RN’s with bachelor’s degrees in other fields can bypass the BSN at OCU and enter the MSN program. • OCU offers the state’s only MSN/MBA dual-degree option. • The DNP program is the first in the state of Oklahoma. • To enter the PhD program, a master’s degree need not necessarily be in nursing. • The PhD program in nursing is Oklahoma City University’s first PhD program.




Kramer School of Nursing Programs of Study: Master of Science in Nursing Master of Science in Nursing/ Master of Business Administration Doctor of Nursing Practice Doctor of Philosophy

The need for nurses with higher degrees has never been greater. The graduates of Kramer School of Nursing are especially in high demand because of the type of education and personalized mentoring they receive. As the premier private nursing school in Oklahoma and the south central USA, KSN’s strong faculty, highly successful fundraising and grant base, new facilities and outstanding university support for growth and innovation have allowed the school to achieve remarkable success. KSN is also becoming a national leader as a provider of continuing education through its conferences on timely topics featuring nationally known speakers. The school is earning a special reputation as a center for

nursing education excellence that serves as a prototype for others, in that the faculty seeks continuous development as scholars and teachers and promote for themselves a culture and environment characterized by collegiality and mutual support for personal success. Dr. Marvel Williamson’s philosophy as dean of Kramer School of Nursing is that the type of care we want our students to give their patients and their own future students is the same ethic of true caring that we role model by respecting and edifying our students and each other.

been able to advance their careers in new ways such as becoming faculty members at nursing schools or being hired as chief nursing officers in health care facilities. Our graduates have also been chief administrators of hospitals, private duty nurses for U.S. presidents, and have opened schools of nursing in other countries. Scholarships and federal traineeships are available to support graduate study.

MSN, DNP and PhD graduates (often even before graduation) commonly receive promotions at their current employment or have



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Admission to Oklahoma City University’s master’s degree programs is open to all students holding bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited colleges or universities and meeting the criteria indicating high potential to succeed in graduate-level work. Doctoral programs may require a master’s degree. The academic unit holds final authority over admission decisions regarding entry into its programs. Please see the Academic Degree Programs section in the catalog for specific admission information. For admission requirements to our Law School visit and for the Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University visit Before being accepted into your program of choice, you must be admitted to Oklahoma City University. • Fill out the graduate application at apply.aspx and include a statement of purpose. • Send your official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from your previous colleges/universities to the Oklahoma City University Office of Admissions to be considered official. • Send in two letters of recommendation forms from individuals familiar with your academic or professional abilities to the Office of Admissions. • Submit qualifying GMAT or GRE scores if required. Because we believe we offer you an education like no other, Oklahoma City University will do all we can to help you cover your costs. We’ll take your academic talents, personal qualities and/or financial need into consideration when determining eligibility for financial assistance. Every year, nearly 85 percent of Oklahoma City University graduate students receive financial assistance through student loans, part-time employment, scholarship or corporate education agreements. Want to find out more? Visit


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