Skip Navigation
Oklahoma State University

Graduate Programs

The Oklahoma State University College of Education offers a diverse array of programs at the M.S., Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. levels for students interested in full-time or part-time enrollment. The college’s graduate programs are ranked among the top 75 of “Best Education Schools” in the country, according to U.S. News.

For more information, please visit and contact Robert Raab, Coordinator of Prospective Student Services for graduate programs at (405) 744-9483 or

Aviation and Space M.S. & Ed.D.
The Aviation and Space Program prepares graduate students for careers in the aviation and space industries. OSU has one of the few available doctoral graduate programs with a focus or emphasis in Aviation. The Aviation and Space program offers a Master of Science degree, and a Doctorate of Education degree. Courses are available at the OSU campus locations in Stillwater, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, as well as online.

Counseling and Counseling Psychology M.S. and Ph.D.
The Masters in Counseling program offers two options: School Counseling (57 credits) and Community Counseling (60 credits) on both the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses. The program prepares counselors to work in a variety of centers and provides excellent training opportunities, including state-of-the-art counselor training centers on both campuses. A diverse full-time faculty has years of experience in counseling and counselor education.

Accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Ph.D. program provides student-centered training towards becoming a counseling psychologist with the ability to work in a variety of settings. Faculty and students are involved in a variety of research teams that form based on mutual interests. A scientist-practitioner model of training has a strong focus on social justice and multiculturalism. Students are admitted both post-bachelors and post-masters.

Educational Technology M.S. & Ph.D.
The goal of the M.S. in Educational Technology program is to facilitate educators or instructional support specialists in becoming highly qualified educational technologists. The focus is on instructional design, online teaching, information management, and multimedia design and development along with core technology integration enables candidates to serve either P12 schools, higher education, or corporate settings.

The Ph.D. in Education program, Educational Technology option, educates scholars with a deep understanding and ability to create and apply knowledge of educational technology in scholarly communities interested in the advancement of education at the national and international levels.

Health and Human Performance
Faculty and students in the Health and Human Performance Department (HHP) seek to advance health, physical activity, and sport performance through a wide range of research. Faculty conducts research regarding human performance, physical activity, and injury management. Most research is performed in the 1400 square foot Applied Musculoskeletal and Human Physiology Research Laboratory. The lab contains equipment used for motion analysis, strength, power, and endurance measurements, and therapeutic modalities. Undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral students use the lab for research and during exercise science, athletic training, and biomechanics classes.

Higher Education and Student Affairs M.S.and Ph.D.
The Higher Education and Student programs are offered for individuals who desire to concentrate on the study of postsecondary education. The goal of these programs is to develop leaders who can lead higher education institutions effectively, possess a broad understanding of postsecondary education, conduct scholarly research, and contribute to the development of the profession.

The Master of Science in Education Leadership Studies has options in Higher Education or College Student Development. A Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is also offered.

Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology focuses on human development, learning, motivation, cognition and instruction. The role of Educational Psychology is to bring together theory and research from psychology and related disciplines in order to facilitate healthy human development and effective learning and teaching. The program is designed to prepare graduates to teach in college or university settings, public education, and/or to do research in university, business, and government settings. Degrees include the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, and a Masters degree in Educational Psychology.

School Administration M.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D.
The School Administration graduate programs are designed specifically for those who desire to become leaders in PreK-12 education, obtain certification as public school principals and/or superintendents, and/or become engaged in teaching and research in PreK-12 higher education. Graduates serve as school leaders in urban, suburban and rural areas not only in Oklahoma, but across the globe. The program are nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

School Psychology Ed.S. & Ph.D.
The School Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Program offerings include: a 3-year training program for Education Specialist (Ed.S.) students and a 5-year program for doctoral (Ph.D.) students. All graduates meet the criteria needed to become nationally-certified school psychologists (NCSPs) and also the requirements for pursuing licensure as psychologists through state boards of examiners.

Educational Research and Evaluation
The 36-hour M.S. degree in Educational Research and Evaluation emphasizes program evaluation and prepares students to understand, analyze, and report educational and program data (e.g., test scores, surveys, interview data).

The 66-hour Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation provides students with more in-depth study of research and evaluation methods. Doctoral students working with faculty in this program have developed and tested statistics using Monte Carlo simulations, developed and evaluated cutting-edge assessment techniques and they evaluate models and methods of program evaluation.

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership and Professional Education Studies

Curriculum Studies M.S. and Ph.D.
The OSU Curriculum Studies program, including the new emphasis in college teaching, prepares K-20 curriculum leaders, professors of education, curriculum designers and evaluators, and leaders in schools and education settings. The program is recognized among the top 10 curriculum studies programs in the US and as a national center for graduate study. The program offers master ’s and Ph.D. degrees.

Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and K -12 Education

Math and Science Education M.S. and Ph.D.
This program provides a sound knowledge base in curriculum and pedagogy and focuses on mathematics and science while preparing graduates for positions as curriculum planners, school educational leaders, and teacher researchers.

The Ph.D. in Professional Education Studies, Mathematics Education and Science Education option is intended for those seeking preparation for leadership positions in public school institutions and agencies and those preparing to enter the professoriate. This advanced degree is intended for those seeking preparation for leadership positions in public school institutions and agencies or preparing to enter the professoriate. Coursework and research are all focused on developing scholars in educational research and teacher education who will advance the knowledge fundamental to teaching and learning.

Social Foundations Ph.D.
Social Foundations of Education is an interdisciplinary field concerned with diverse factors that profoundly influence education. We explore both how historical, philosophical, socio-cultural, political, economic, and religious elements shape educational processes and experiences and how education, as well, influences society. Our graduates are higher education and K-12 educators, community activists, educational leaders and policy analysts.

Workforce and Adult Education M.S. and Ph.D.
The graduate program in Occupational Education Studies (OCED) offers both a master ’s and a doctoral degree. Both degrees are flexible in their content coverage, offering coursework appropriate for a wide range of people, including CareerTech educators, technical educators and other personnel in higher education, career and occupational counselors, adult trainers in business and industry, and workforce development professionals from all fields. Courses are offered using a variety of delivery options, including evening face-to-face classes, two-way video broadcast, online, and weekends. Many classes are offered on both Stillwater and Tulsa campuses.

Reading/Literacy Education M.S. and Ph.D.
The School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership offers excellent literacy-focused graduate programs at the master ’s and doctoral levels. The master’s reading/literacy program is nationally accredited (NCATE/CAEP) and helps teachers develop literacy expertise and leadership skills. Successful graduates can be recommended for certification as K-12 reading specialists.

A Ph.D. in reading/literacy provides graduates with the knowledge and experiences needed to pursue careers as literacy education professors, school and district administrators, and literacy organization leaders. Reading/literacy Ph.D. students have the opportunity to explore their academic K-12 literacy interests, develop research expertise, teach undergraduate literacy courses, and become immersed in professional scholarship.

Special Education M.S. and Ph.D.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) nationally-recognized Master ’s degree in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership is designed to prepare educators to work effectively with children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities. The program provides students with a structured capstone experience to apply special education knowledge in a research or classroom setting. The program encompasses two primary pathways: Advanced Educator and Initial Certification. Classes are scheduled during evenings and weekends, can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis and include both classroom interaction and on-line learning.

The special education program also offers the Ph.D. option under Education, Professional Education Studies.

Leisure Studies M.S. and Ph.D.
The Graduate Program in Leisure Studies prepares Recreational Therapists and Recreation Managers in corporate recreation, intramural sports, campus recreation and recreational sports facilities at the M.S. level. The program also prepares individuals interested in higher education at the Ph.D. level. OSU has a strong local, regional, and national reputation and individuals who graduate from our program are actively pursued by employers annually.

Master’s in Public Health
The Oklahoma State University Master of Public Health (MPH) program focuses on training public health professionals to improve health and wellbeing of rural and underserved populations. Founded in 2014, the MPH program emphasizes the strengths found across academic units at Oklahoma State University.
Our coursework allows students to develop and practice public health skills while engaging in specific studies of populations or diseases of interest. The program prepares students to engage with the multiple sectors of public health.
MPH students enter the program with passion to change their communities, to prevent injury and disease, and we give them the skills and tools to accomplish these changes in their communities. Our faculty teach students to address current local, national, and international health problems through approaches that apply recent and impactful empirical scientific knowledge. MPH graduates are leaders that will work across ecological levels to promote individual and community health.