FAQ

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a broad, in-depth degree that equips you for ministry and the possibility of further academic study. The Master of Divinity includes the most biblical studies, history, theology, and ministry courses of the three degrees offered, and is 73 credit hours long. The Master of Divinity is usually required for military chaplaincy.

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a shorter, more focused degree that specifically prepares you for congregational ministry. At 48 credit hours, it can be completed with or without taking an original language (Greek or Hebrew).

The Master of Theological Studies degree is also 48 credit hours long, and is designed for the student who wants to pursue additional graduate work upon completion of the degree (Ph.D. programs) or for the student who simply wants to improve his or her understanding of the Bible or theology. 

Yes. Oklahoma Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of College and Universities (https://www.hlcommission.org/ | 800.621.7440).

Start any time you want! You may apply to enter in the spring, summer, or fall semesters. Keep in mind that it is best if we receive all application materials no later than about one month prior to the start of the semester in which you wish to begin.

Yes.  The standard time limit is seven years for the M.A.C.M. and M.T.S. degrees and 10 years for the M.Div. Additional time may be available through approved leave of absence semesters.

Yes, a small number of distance learning courses are available. The number of distance learning hours that may be applied toward your degree is limited. Please note that while some online classes are available, OC’s Graduate School of Theology is not an online-only program and therefore regular attendance in on-campus courses will be necessary to complete the majority of your degree.

No. We do not have any online degrees available at this time. While it is possible to take several required classes online, enrollment in on-campus classes is required for degree completion.

Tuition is $460 per credit hour. If you enter the program with a 3.0 GPA and maintain it while in the program, you will automatically qualify to apply for a GST Scholarship.  This scholarship is based on student financial need and will range from 20%-50% off of tuition. If a student qualifies for a 30% scholarship and takes a full-time student academic load of nine credit hours in a semester, the cost would be $2,898 for tuition, plus an administration fee of $200, making the total for one semester $3,098.  The cost of required textbooks would be in addition to this.  It is recommended that you budget roughly $150 per course for textbooks.  Student housing and meal plans, if desired, would also be in addition to tuition costs.  

Yes. The GST charges an administration fee of $200 per semester.  This covers all items related to being a student, including parking, printing, library services, graduation, etc.  Applicants are required to pay an application fee of $25 at the time the application is submitted. 

Yes. Financial aid is available to students who meet financial aid qualifications. For more information, contact OC’s Office of Financial Services at 405.425.5190

Yes. There a departmental scholarship is available through OC’s Graduate School of Theology. This scholarship is independent from any federal financial assistance you may receive. For new students, an incoming cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from previous academic work is required to qualify.  Once a person is a student and has finished her/his first semester in the Graduate School of Theology, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in only the GST (not previous academic work) must be maintained in order to qualify.  You must apply for this scholarship prior to the fall semester of each academic year. Please contact the GST office at josh.bailey@oc.edu or 405-425-5389 if you have any questions about qualifying.

Click here for the departmental scholarship application.

The answer depends on how many hours you take each semester. A full-time graduate load is nine credit hours per semester (six hours in the summer). For a full-time student, the M.A.C.M. and M.T.S. degrees can generally be completed in two years. The M.Div. degree can generally be completed within four years.

Our graduates become family, youth, college, education, and spiritual life ministers, missionaries, preachers, elders, deacons, military and hospital chaplains, and pursue doctorate degrees.

In the past three years, 88% of students graduating with degrees in ministry have gone on to put their learning to use in a professional ministry context. The remaining 12% of graduates are using their degrees to assist local congregations in ministry while pursuing secular professions. 

No. Students entering OC’s Graduate School of Theology are not required to have an undergraduate degree in Bible. Students with previous biblical or language studies may receive advanced standing, which will be discussed during your application process.

Courses are offered during the regular academic semester on Tuesdays. This schedule allows students to drive to campus from some distance and take all of their course work with a single commute each week. It also allows local residents to take courses while maintaining their employment, ministry, family, and other commitments. In addition, short intensive courses (both one-week and weekend intensive formats) are available in May, and at various times during the summer to supplement the course schedule. Finally, several distance courses are available.

Yes.  While there is no automatic transfer of credit, courses with a grade of B or better from regionally-accredited institutions will be considered for transfer credit. Normally, no more than 21 transfer hours may be used to fulfill degree requirements in the M.A.C.M. and M.T.S. programs. No more than 33 hours may be transferred into the M.Div.

Yes. OC has campus apartments available for rent. For information on the latest rates, availability, and other housing information, please contact OC’s Office of Residence Life at 405.425.5930. Space is limited, so contact the Office of Residence Life as early as possible.

Questions about OC’s Graduate School of Theology? Contact Josh Bailey at josh.bailey@oc.edu or 405-425-5389.