We recognize that you are beginning your graduate studies for various possible reasons - to pursue a degree program, to continue your education, or for professional development. The Graduate School of Theology can accommodate your needs if you are adequately prepared for graduate work. Our admission standards assure that students who are admitted to graduate studies are prepared and able to succeed in their studies.
There are three types of admission to the Graduate School of Theology:
- Degree Seeking (refers to the majority of students, who are ready to pursue a degree program)
- Non-Degree Seeking (describes students who are admitted with the intention of taking limited coursework, such as those wanting to study only one specific subject)
- Admission to audit courses
To be considered for admission to the Graduate School of Theology, you must have a completed bachelor’s degree (or are about to complete a bachelor’s degree) from a regionally-accredited university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. From there, you will need to do the following:
- Complete an online application
- Pay a $25 application fee at the end of the application
- Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended
- Write an essay describing your ministry goals and the reasons you would like to pursue graduate studies at the Graduate School of Theology at Oklahoma Christian University. This should be at least two pages, double-spaced.
- Have three individuals submit an online recommendation form (one academic, one ministerial, and one other person not related to you) on your behalf
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements may be admitted on probation, which may be removed upon the completion of 12 graduate hours with a 3.0 GPA and recommendation from the faculty.
All domestic application materials must be mailed to: Josh Bailey, Program Director of the Graduate School of Theology, Oklahoma Christian University, PO Box 11000, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73136, or emailed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that official transcripts must be mailed in their original, sealed envelopes.
International Applicant Requirements
Along with the requirements listed above, international applicants must complete the following and submit these international Graduate School of Theology admission requirements and forms to the Office of International Programs to be considered for admission:
- An official English proficiency score (required for applicants whose first language is not English). OC accepts the following English proficiency tests and minimum scores: a 550 bBT or 79 iBT on the TOEFL, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or a 750 on the TOEIC. Applicants who are unable to submit a minimum English proficiency test score may gain English proficiency by studying in OC's ESL program, the Language and Culture Institute (LCI). For more information about LCI, contact Lj Littlejohn, the LCI Coordinator, at email@example.com.
- Financial documentation as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and OC. International students must complete the Graduate School of Theology Financial Worksheet to be considered for admission. The Financial Worksheet must be accompanied by official, original bank statements or letters, showing proof of funds available for one full year of support. This is required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and OC. An Affidavit of Support is required in the case of third party funding of support. A Dependent Data Form is used to declare any dependents an international student may have.
- Official transcripts must be submitted from each college or university attended. All transcripts and all official documents issued in a foreign language must be accompanied by an official English translation. An official foreign credential evaluation (an original Comprehensive Course-by-Course Evaluation) must be submitted from World Educational Services. Requirement instructions can be found here. For more information regarding the preferred credential evaluation service, contact the Graduate School of Theology or the Office of International Programs.
- Visa status and SEVIS transfer release form (for international students applying from within the U.S.). International students must provide a copy of their passport page, 1-94 card (front and back), visa page and copies of all I-20s to the Office of International Programs. International students transferring from another U.S. educational institution must complete the SEVIS transfer release form.
- All international students must read and sign a Graduate School of Theology statement of understanding. Read this form carefully to understand the expectations of an international student at OC.
- International students and their dependents are required to have adequate medical insurance. Upon enrollment, students will be placed on the university’s health insurance policy at the student's expense. International students must complete the immunization and health forms before enrolling in classes.
- Once admitted, international students must maintain full-time enrollment (at least nine credit hours) as required by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services to maintain student status.
To begin the international admissions process, please contact any of the International Admissions Counselors or call the International Student Office at 405-425-5475 to schedule an appointment. The Office of International Programs is located in Heritage Plaza at 13800 Benson Road, Suite 106, Edmond, OK.
All international Graduate School of Theology application materials must be mailed to the Office of International Programs, Oklahoma Christian University, PO Box 11000, Oklahoma City, OK 73136-1100.