Admission Requirements

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Application Process

Students may start courses before the admissions process is completed but must have all pieces submitted within 10 weeks.

Pieces which must be included in the file before being considered for graduate admission are:

  • Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution.  Transcripts are also required from any graduate institutions if a student is transferring hours to OCU.  Transcripts must come directly from the sending institution to OCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies via fax or via mail in a sealed envelope.
  • Completed and signed application and application fee paid (non-refundable).
  • 1 Ministry Reference Forms (Master of Arts program only)

Readmit:  See Applicable Catalog on p. 26.

Master of Arts

Applicants should meet the following admissions criteria:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university accrediated by a regional accrediating body or the ABHE verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Ohio Christian University. 
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.

Master of Business Administration or Master of Management

The University has set the following requirements for these graduate programs:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body or the ABHE verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Ohio Christian University.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.

Dual Graduate Degree: Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts

Applicants should meet the following admission criteria:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a colelge or university accredicated by a regional accrediating body for the ABHS verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Ohio Christian University.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution.

Any applicant not meeting the above-stated requirements may petition for consideration.

International Student Policy

The University complies with U.S. government regulations for foreign students. Due to strict government regulations, the University has detailed requirements pertaining to foreign students. It is the responsibility of foreign students to obtain the proper documents and to furnish the University with these documents. Before a student can receive his/her I20 to obtain a visa, certain requirements must be met: The student must pass an English proficiency test. Ohio Christian University accepts the following tests of English as a second language:

a)    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score of 550 paper based, 213 computer based, or 79 internet based.

b)    IELTS - minimum 6.0.

The students must show, at the university’s discretion, the ability to finance his/her education for the entire length of their program. 

Advanced Standing

Ohio Christian University may accept up to nine graduate semester credits in transfer from a regionally accredited institution. If graduate credit is from an institution that is not regionally accredited but meets all other stipulations, the credit will be accepted only after probationary study at OCU of 18 graduate credit hours and achievement of 3.0 average or better. The following criteria are used to assess transfer credit:

  • The course is no more than 10 years old.
  • The course is equivalent to the course being substituted.
  • A minimum grade of “B-” was earned for the course.
  • The course was not earned for a degree that was already conferred.

Probationary Admission

If an applicant meets all other requirements except GPA, the applicant may be accepted on GPA requirement probation. Students placed on GPA probation who do not have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 after attempting 9 credits will be suspended from the program.