Admission Information - Graduate

Graduate and professional programs at Oral Roberts University are an extension of the undergraduate curriculum and university lifestyle designed to provide in-depth concentration in a chosen academic field while maintaining a whole-person approach to education—a balanced development of body, mind, and spirit.

Graduate students at ORU are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential. In keeping with this philosophy, the Admissions Committee gives due regard to (1) scholarly attainment as shown by academic college or university records and examinations, (2) desire for continuing formal education, (3) character and personality traits, (4) leadership qualities, and (5) compatibility with the spiritual and intellectual philosophy of the university. More information is available in this catalog under the sections for the specific graduate schools.

Graduate students who have not enrolled within one calendar year are required to submit an Application for Readmission through the Admissions Office. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to require an Application for Readmisson if a student has not enrolled for one semester. Applicants who reapply must be approved by the Registrar’s Office, Student Development Office, Graduate School of Business Admissions Committee, Graduate School of Education Admissions Committee, Graduate School of Theology and Ministry Admissions Committee, and Student Accounts Office. Official transcripts from institutions attended outside of Oral Roberts University must be forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Degree-Seeking Students

All degree-seeking students desiring admission to the ORU graduate programs must meet the following criteria:

1. Degree Status—have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

2. Undergraduate Performance—meet the minimum required grade point average for the graduate program to which they are seeking admittance.

3. Tests—have appropriate standardized test scores.

• The College of Education and the College of Theology and Ministry require either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

• English proficiency is required for students whose first language is not English. Proficiency is determined by the applicant’s test score of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

More information on times and places for the administration of these tests is available through the Admissions Office. Testing information for the GRE, GMAT, and the TOEFL is also available from the Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540.

Students possessing baccalaureate degrees may be considered for conditional admission when some of the other criteria are not met. Transfer students must meet all admission requirements and may transfer a maximum of six graduate credit hours in business or nine graduate credit hours in education from other regionally accredited institutions. Students may transfer up to one-third of the credit hours required for graduate or professional degree programs in theology from other professionally accredited graduate schools of theology or seminaries. Courses must be equivalent to those required in the degree plan. Course previously applied to an awarded degree ae not eligible for transfer credit except by petition.

Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Admission requirements for non-degree-seeking student status are as follows:

• Degree Status—have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,

• Formal Application—complete an application provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions,

• Official Transcript—provide an official transcript from each college or university attended.

Non-degree-seeking students in education and business programs must maintain 3.0 grade point averages while in graduate work. Students in theology must maintain 2.50 grade point averages. A maximum of nine graduate hours may be taken under non-degree-seeking status in business and education programs. Up to 12 graduate hours may be taken under non-degree-seeking status in theology and business programs. Students changing from “non-degree-seeking” to “degree-seeking” status must meet all admission criteria.

Concurrent Graduate Study (Fast-Track Program)

The Fast Track Program allows ORU senior students to enroll concurrently in graduate courses and apply those hours toward a master’s degree in the Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Business, or Graduate School of Theology and Ministry. Students may register for a maximum of six semester hours of graduate courses per semester.

They remain classified as undergraduate students by the university and are billed the corresponding undergraduate tuition rate as long as enrollment remains between 12.0 and 18.5 credit hours. If enrollment is below 12.0 or exceeds 18.5 credit hours, they are billed the corresponding graduate per-credit-hour tuition rate. Students may earn up to 12 hours towards a graduate degree through the fast-track program. Graduate level courses taken through the fast-track program may not be used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements.

Requirements for the Fast-Track follow:

• Complete a Fast-Track Program application form available in the college in which the student is interested or the Admissions Office.

• Have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework for the College of Education and the College of Theology and Ministry or 60 semester hours of coursework for the College of Business.

• Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 for the College of Education and the College of Theology and Ministry. (Recommended for the College of Business.)

• Need less than a full course load for graduation.

More information is available in the following sections of this catalog: College of Business, College of Education, and College of Theology and Missions.