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Graduate Studies

If you are interested in furthering your higher education at Northwestern, we offer master’s degree programs in Education, Counseling Psychology, General Psychology and American Studies – and one doctorate program in Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP online). 


HOW TO APPLY TO GRADUATE SCHOOL


REQUIRED COURSE – EDUC 5010 Graduate Study Seminar

  • EDUC 5010 Graduate Study Seminar -- Attend one of 5, 7-scheduled seminars during first semester of enrollment, 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Students need only attend ONE session

  • MCP and American Studies students will attend only the first half of the session since their programs have no portfolio requirement.

  • MED students will attend the entire session and will set up and develop their graduate portfolios during the second half of the session by using the new ALCA (Aurora Learning Community Association) assessment system.

  • There is no additional textbook required; all other information will be provided by the instructor.

 

Application for Graduate Studies

GRADUATE STUDIES CONTACTS

Shawn Holliday, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Alva, Fine Arts, Office #212 
(580) 327-8589
spholliday@nwosu.edu​ 

Lydia Campbell, M.S.
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Fine Arts, Office #212 foyer
(580) 327-8410
lrcampbell@nwosu.edu

Please contact Ms. Campbell with questions concerning applying to graduate school, enrolling in courses, etc.


Affirmative Action Compliance Statement

This institution, in compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and other applicable federal laws and regulations, and to the extent required by law, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. Inquiries concerning the application of these programs should be made to Calleb Mosburg, Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 709 Oklahoma Boulevard, Alva, OK 73717, (580) 327-8415.

 

Comprehensive Exam Info

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM 

Each master's degree student must pass a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of his or her graduate program in order to receive the appropriate master's degree.

Master of Arts in American Studies Candidates are required to pass a multi-question essay exam about the core and elective courses that each candidate has taken. Specific questions will be composed by members of the candidate's graduate advisory committee in consultation with the candidate. The exams will then be graded by committee members with a consensus vote of pass/fail. Approximately one month after the exam, candidates will orally defend their answers at a mutually-agreed-upon date and time with their graduate advisory committees.

Master of Counseling Psychology Candidates are required to pass a multi-question essay exam. The exam is pass/fail, graded with a consensus vote of the advisory committee and/or the psychology department faculty. Candidates must also orally defend their exam answers at a later scheduled date after the exam was taken.

Master of Education candidates must develop and defend a portfolio according to guidelines developed by the Division of Education and approved for the graduate program by the Graduate Committee.

Details about the M.A. in American Studies exam, the M.C.P. exam, and the M.Ed. portfolio defense can be found in Section 2, pages 9-10 in the 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog.

Oral Follow-Up Form to the Final Comprehensive Exam

General Forms

NOTE: Forms in PDF format require Adobe's Acrobat Reader, available free from Adobe.com. Entire University website, plus fillable PDFs work best using Google Chrome.

PLEASE NOTE that ORIGINAL SIGNATURES of the student and the members of the advisory committee are required prior to submitting the plan of study to the Graduate Office.

No hand-written forms will be accepted by the Office of Graduate Studies.

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Office at (580) 327-8410 or send an email request to lrcampbell@nwosu.edu.


SUMMARY OF PROCEDURES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS



Disposition Form (due concurrently with Milestone 1, 2, and 3 portfolio assessments)

Starting in the Fall 2013 semester, all disposition forms should be filled out by students and faculty in LiveText or ALCA.

  • The first Disposition Assessment is a self-evaluation due in the semester of the 10th hour of graduate work. The first Disposition Assessment coincides with Milestone 1.

  • The second Disposition Assessment is completed by a faculty member or adjunct who has taught the candidate. After completing the disposition assessment in LiveText or ALCA, the faculty member or adjunct faculty will discuss it with the graduate teacher candidate. The second Disposition Assessment will be part of Milestone 2.

  • The third Disposition Assessment is completed by a faculty member or adjunct who has taught the candidate. After completing the disposition assessment in LiveText, the faculty member will discuss it with the graduate teacher candidate. The third Disposition Assessment will be part of Milestone 3.

  • The fourth Disposition Assessment is another self-assessment that the student fills out at the end of his/her program.

  • Additional Disposition Assessments may occur at any time during a teacher candidate's education program.

  • Data is collected and recorded for each graduate teacher candidate including the semester and year, and the score for each of the eight dispositions on the Disposition Assessment form.


Plans of Study Forms

  • NOTE: Only ONE copy is required, but it must have original signatures of advisory committee members.

  • The forms are fillable PDFs and require Adobe's Acrobat Reader, available free from Adobe.com. Entire University website, plus fillable PDFs work best using Google Chrome.

  • No hand-written Plan of Study forms will be accepted by the Office of Graduate Studies.

  • If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Office at (580) 327-8410 or send an email request to lrcampbell@nwosu.edu.

  • You may need to SAVE the fillable PDF before filling it out. PRINT, SIGN, and DATE a copy and gather the signatures of the advisory committee, then forward the completed form to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Master of Arts

Master of Psychology

Master of Education

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