Graduate Programs

Graduate education 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 the university endeavor. Students may conduct research in their specific area of interest under the guidance of our world-class professors or structure an independent study course tailored to their academic and career goals.

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A wide range of theoretical approaches using various methodologies derived from evolutionary and ecological theory and empirical methodology are used in the graduate level curriculum. Specific areas of emphasis include anthropogenic effects on the environment, modeling human-environmental interactions and body/mind connections in contemporary health and religious practices.

The program builds a foundation for the application of anthropological theory and method to a variety of real world problems and ensures that all students learn strong basic research skills. We offer state-of-the-art labs, which allow us to combine experimental archaeological analyses with extensive fieldwork worldwide.

School of Urban Education

The graduate programs in education are designed to strengthen and deepen students’ analytical understanding of education while preparing them for futures in teaching, policymaking and scholarly research. Students master the central concepts of their chosen programs as well as develop the ability to empirically analyze, think critically, and speak and write clearly in the appropriate genre for their educational field.

Alumni of the University of Tulsa’s graduate programs include teachers, principals, and superintendents; attorneys specializing in education law; university professors; educational researchers; and others in local, state, federal, and international education agencies.

Educational Studies

The M.A. program in Education enables students to engage thoughtfully and critically with questions of perennial importance in education, broadly conceived. The faculty help students integrate research and theory with educational policy and practice. Students master central concepts in the field of education as well as develop the ability to analyze empirically, think critically and speak and write clearly in the appropriate genre for their educational field.

The graduate program in Educational Studies is flexible by design in order to encourage students’ personal growth and specialization within the discipline.

English Language and Literature

Graduate study in English Language and Literature at the University of Tulsa is nationally recognized and well subscribed. Students train as teachers, scholars, writers, to advance in existing careers and to become professors and research writers in specific literary fields.

Students work closely with graduate faculty in small seminars that average eight students, in one-on-one independent and directed readings, and in workshops on writing and teaching. There are no required courses or courses of study. Instead, students choose from among the seminars offered each semester according to their individual interests and particular professional needs. Special interest tutorials often supplement graduate seminars. M.A. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to work in the full range of subjects defined by our faculty’s expertise and by our internationally renowned archival holdings of manuscripts and books in McFarlin Library.


The program offers specializations in United States history, European history, or comparative history. Students can utilize a number of important archival collections. The Gilcrease Museum offers substantial holdings in the history of the American West. The Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Bush, and Clinton Presidential Libraries with their vast holdings are all within driving distance from the University of Tulsa offering students an unparalleled opportunity to study recent American history.

With a master’s degree in history, graduates can pursue a number of career opportunities, including a Ph.D. in history, alternate teaching certification, and professional development for work in schools, museums, libraries and cultural institutions.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology course work includes formal course work in the core areas of psychology, research methods, personality and psychopathology, principles of psychological assessment and intervention and professional issues in clinical psychology. The program trains students to do what psychologists actually do in today’s society: ethically apply knowledge of psychological theory, assessment, research methodology and clinical skill to complex clinical problems. Our programs are based upon the scientist-practitioner model: we define psychological practice as the application of the theory, methods and results of scientific psychology to clinical problems.

The Clinical Psychology Program at TU is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and has been continuously accredited since January, 1991

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The express mission of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program is to achieve students’ mastery of key knowledge and skills needed to help organizations succeed through selecting, training and engaging the best available workers. We emphasize that the best foundation for good practice is good science. Our curriculum offers a balance of I/O content, methods and applications in a culture stressing professionalism, respect for individual differences, and the importance of evidence-based practice. Our students learn to think critically and to communicate clearly in solving real-world problems in work settings.

Courses are offered in a broad array, including but not limited to job analysis, employee selection, training, leadership, work motivation, organizational development and a variety of methods topics, such as psychological measurement and statistics.


A Masters in Teaching Arts in Theatre Education is offered jointly by the department of Theatre and School of Education. Please consult the School of Education for details. This degree program is intended for those who have the undergraduate degree(s) and wish masters level training to hone their skills in teaching and producing theatre at the high school level.