Graduate School of Theology Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission to OC’s 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 want to pursue graduate studies in OC’s Graduate School of Theology. 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 recommendations from the faculty.
All domestic application materials should be mailed to:
Oklahoma Christian University
Admissions Records Office
2501 E. Memorial Road
Edmond, OK. 73013
Please note that official transcripts must be mailed in their original, sealed envelopes.
Along with our usual Graduate School of Theology admission requirements, international applicants must complete the following:
- 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 pBT 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 classes. For more information about ESL classes visit the English as a Second Language (ESL) page or email Dr. Gail Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Financial documentation as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and Oklahoma Christian. 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.
- 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 complete an online application found at oc.edu/apply.