Christian Studies Admission Requirements
Graduate Programs Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission
- Official Academic Transcript*
- One recommendation form
- Statement of Purpose — Please type a writing sample using the prompts below and send the completed statement to email@example.com. (Each part should be approximately 150 words in length.)
- Explain why you have chosen to pursue a master’s degree in Christian Studies.
- Describe your main academic interests, academic strengths, and academic limitations at this time. Explain any special circumstances you feel should be considered in the application process.
- What do you hope to achieve in your career in 5-10 years, and how do you think this program will help you achieve these goals?
- Specify what you personally hope to accomplish while studying here at OBU.
- To be considered for enrollment in the MA degree program, applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree.
Prospective Integrated MA students should check the Integrated MA page for specific requirements for that program.
International Students must also submit the following documents:
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (see score requirements below)
- International Student Financial Guarantee - Part I and II
- Passport copy
- Transcripts and degree evaluation (list of approved agencies)
*Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or foreign equivalent as approved by specific program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcript(s) must reflect work from all colleges or universities contributing to your degree. These must be mailed directly to: OBU Graduate Admissions, 500 W. University, Box 61262, Shawnee, OK 74804.
Students whose first language is not English and whose undergraduate degree was not earned from an accredited college or university in the U.S. must submit official results of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) directly from the corporation to OBU (institution code: 6541) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The minimum score requirements for TOEFL are:
- 550 on the paper-based test
- 213 on the computer-based test or
- 80 on the internet-based test.
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Visit: www.ets.org and www.toefl.org
The minimum score for the IELTS is: 6.5
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Students whose TOEFL or IELTS score is too low are strongly encouraged to consider enrolling in OBU’s Intensive English Program (IEP). This campus-based program is designed to develop language skills which will help facilitate academic success when the student leaves the IEP and proceeds to graduate work. For more information, please contact OBU’s International Student Liaison at 405.585-5011.
A maximum of 9-12 credit hours or two courses from an accredited graduate school will be considered for transfer credit. Only grades of B or above will be considered, and coursework should have been completed within the last six years. Transfer credit requests will be carefully evaluated by the academic deans, and are not automatically granted.