A world-class institution with a vibrant academic community, Oakland University’s 1,443-acre main campus spans the thriving cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester. OU was stablished in 1957 when founders Alfred and Matilda Dodge Wilson generously donated their historic estate.
Grounded in teaching, service and research, OU offers more than 270 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education & Human Services, Engineering & Computer Science and Health Sciences & Nursing.
Our distinctive educational approach connects 20,711 students, 100,000+ alumni – more than 20,000 call Macomb County home – and the surrounding communities to the unique and diverse opportunities within our region and beyond. You’ll be given a solid academic foundation so you’re prepared to compete in the 21st-century workplace. And our emphasis on learning-by-doing means you’re marketable immediately.
U.S News and World Report consistently recognizes OU in its annual report about "America’s Best Colleges" report. OU has been listed among national-doctoral universities since the 2002-03 edition. Prior to appearing on the national list, U.S. News and World Report ranked OU among the top universities in the Midwest.
OU recently announce the addition of a new Academic Advising Office at its Macomb University Center location. We’re excited to offer more advising services in Elementary Education, Human Resource Development, Business, Engineering, Integrative Studies and Health Sciences. Contact our office at the Macomb University Center at 586.263.6242 to schedule and appointment with an adviser.
OU's academic programs are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Please note: bachelor's degrees with links include a Macomb transfer plan
Early Childhood Education Endorsement Upgrade ZA to ZS
This two-course sequence is designed for educators who previously earned the ZA (Early Childhood) endorsement and who would like to upgrade to the newer, more inclusive ZS (Early Childhood General and Special Education) endorsement. Upon completion of the coursework, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) also requires candidates to pass the Early Childhood Education: General and Special Education MTTC test (Code #106 / ZS) in order to receive the ZS endorsement.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication combines theory and practice with an emphasis on how people analyze and make responsible choices. Students develop critical perspectives that allow them to evaluate different communication approaches.
Bachelor of Integrative Studies is a university-wide degree program that allows students to design a rigorous cross disciplinary program of study tailored to their predetermined academic and career goals. The program provides students with an innovative and integrative academic experience that cannot be achieved through traditional majors.
Bachelor of Science in General Management the purpose of the general management major is to enable a student to choose a variety of management courses with the greatest flexibility (keeping in mind that core course requirements are the same for all majors). Substantial numbers of employers are looking for broadly educated students at the Bachelor's degree level, and many students are not ready to specialize early in their careers. General management majors still take courses in accounting, information systems, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, operations management, and business policy. Students who intend to continue in a more specialized graduate school program may want to consider this option.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program prepares students for professional practice in systems programming, software design and computer applications, or for graduate study in computer science. The program provides a solid foundation based on the organization, processing and display of information.
Bachelor of Science in Computer, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering program provides a balance between theoretical and practical experience and an emphasis on the software and hardware aspects of computers.Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering curriculum offers fundamentals in analog and digital circuits, electronics including VLSI systems, electromagnetics, electronic devices, communications, controls and power systems. Also, a laboratory component of the program offers design opportunities and allows students to relate theoretical ideas to practical problems using modern equipment and hardware/software tools.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program provides a foundation in the fundamental concepts and principles associated with mechanics of solids, thermodynamics, fluid and thermal energy, materials, manufacturing, design of mechanical systems, electrical circuits, computer programming and software utilization. A laboratory experience and the utilization of instrumentation and computers are interwoven through the curriculum. The program also provides numerous engineering design experiences.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education prepares students for a career in teaching and leads to teaching certification for selected majors.
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Integrated Science
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Language Arts
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Mathematics
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Modern Languages
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Social Studies
Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development program covers topics in areas related to needs assessment, recruiting, career development, organization development, labor relations, managing diversity, employee involvement, instructional design and delivery, program evaluation, performance appraisal and personnel selection.
Master of Arts in Counseling* program offers a two-track option: school or community/agency. The counseling program educates and prepares individuals to work as professional counselors with children, youth and adults in school or community settings. Courses introduce theoretical and professional components of counseling, research and clinical counseling skills.
Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education
The Master of Arts in Teaching in elementary education (MATEE) with elementary certification is designed for career changers who already hold a bachelor's degree. Offered in a cohort format, this two-year program combines teacher education coursework augmented by three field placements in local schools. At the completion of the program, students will have earned a teaching certificate (grades K-8) as well as graduate credit toward a master’s degree. Classes are held in the evening and on scheduled Saturdays, except for the final semester of student teaching.
Master of Arts in Teaching Reading and Language Arts program provides coursework leading to a K-12 State of Michigan reading endorsement and qualifies certified teachers to serve as reading consultants, reading specialists and corrective reading teachers.
Education Specialist in Leadership
The Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in (K-12) Leadership is a 34 credit, cohort-structured, post-master’s degree program designed for individuals who are looking to further their education and aspire to positions in education administration. The curriculum is relevant — aligning instruction with the true experience in leadership — and connects with current issues in K-12 education. Students are recommended for the Administrator Certificate (Building Level). Twenty-eight credits earned in the Ed.S. program can be applied toward Oakland University’s Ph.D. in Education. Classes are taught with face-to-face, hybrid, and 100% online cohort modules available.
* = This program has been temporarily suspended from the OU program offerings.