Oakland University

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

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 Arts in Journalism* is designed to endow students with a solid practical and technical knowledge base and an understanding of the legal, ethical and theoretical aspects of journalism and its critical role in a democracy. Students can either generalize or develop a special emphasis by taking a series of courses in print journalism (including media design), broadcast and online journalism, public relations or advertising. All journalism majors must complete an internship and produce a senior portfolio.

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
program provides a balance between theoretical and practical experience and an emphasis on the software and hardware aspects of computers.

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 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 Communication* The Master's degree in Communication provides students with a comprehensive study of the theories, concepts, principles, and practices comprising the discipline of communication. The program offers Concentration Areas in 1) Media Studies, 2) Culture and Communication, and 3) Interpersonal Communication. Students may choose to focus their program of study in one of these concentration areas or they may tailor an individualized program that combines the offerings across the areas. Oakland University is proud to be the only university in Michigan to offer a graduate degree in Communication Studies with a programmatic emphasis in critical cultural communication studies. The program offers opportunities for those wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in communication or a related discipline. It also will be valuable for practitioners in business, education, media or non-profit organizations seeking professional enhancement.

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 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.

* = This program has been temporarily suspended from the OU program offerings.

Oakland University
Office: UC2, Room 103
Phone: 586.263.6242

Cheryl Rhodey,
Manager of OU Macomb University Center
Operations, Student Advising & Success


Main Campus

2200 N. Squirrel Road,
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401

University Center

44575 Garfield Road,
Clinton Twp., MI 48038

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