Planning Your Degree

Graduate students

Debbie Leek

"I was pleasantly surprised with the quality education I received online and how interactive it was. The interaction online allows you the opportunity to think before you speak and to learn from the diversity of the other students." –Debbie Leek, B.S. in Environmental Sciences

Information on Oregon State University's graduate programs and admissions procedures is provided by the OSU Graduate School. You can also explore the graduate degree and certificate programs that OSU Ecampus delivers online.

First-year undergraduate students

What courses do you need to earn an OSU degree?

  1. The OSU Baccalaureate Core (bacc core) is the initial series of 54 credit hours required for every OSU degree. Many of these courses are also prerequisites for future upper division courses.
  2. There are a variety of options available for completing the bacc core requirements online.
  3. The curriculum guides on each of our undergraduate degree pages lists required course work, prerequisites and suggestions for how to plan your degree program.

Transfer students

How will your previous course work transfer to OSU?

Read our information for transfer students. These tools and sites will help you discover how your previous course work will transfer, and what courses remain to complete your Oregon State degree online. 

OSU is on a quarter-term system. When transferring in course work from semester system multiply the number of credits by 1.5 to see how many quarter credits will be transferred (3 semester hours x 1.5 = 4.5 quarter credit hours).  If you are planning to transfer OSU credits out to a semester system multiply the number of quarter credits by .67 to find out how many credits will transfer (4 quarter credit hours x .67 = 2.68 semester hours).  This is a rough estimate and each university may be slightly different. Be sure to check with the university you are transferring to ensure that they will accept the credits.

Ready to apply?

Once you feel you have gathered all the necessary information and have all required application materials, you can apply to Oregon State. Learn more about the application and admissions process.

If you have questions, please contact Ecampus Enrollment Services at 800-667-1465 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday-Friday, or email