Application Process

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION FILE FOR ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

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STEP 1 – APPLY

Submit an application for admission. When you apply online, the $35 application fee is waived. If you have any questions, connect with a Graduate Enrollment Counselor at gradadmissions@oru.edu or 918.495.6518.

STEP 2 – HONOR CODE

All ORU students accept the Code of Honor as their lifestyle while at ORU. Be sure to read and sign the Code of Honor, thus acknowledging your acceptance of the ORU lifestyle. This step is included in the online application.

STEP 3 – APPLICATION FEE

Pay the $35 application fee. This fee is waived if you apply online.

STEP 4 – OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Official transcripts must be received directly from all colleges and universities attended in their original sealed envelopes unless you are an international student applying for a Doctoral program (see the bottom of this page). This also includes all technology and unaccredited schools. Bible college and vocational/technology schools are generally not considered regionally accredited institutions.

  • Request that documents be emailed to gradadmissions@oru.edu.
  • Request that documents be faxed to 918.495.6222.
  • Request that documents be mailed to ORU Graduate Admissions, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74171.

Note for Doctoral Level Applicants: Applicants must have a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

STEP 5 – RECOMMENDATIONS

For all recommendations, simply send the link oru.edu/gradrec to your reference(s), so they can quickly and easily complete the recommendation form online. Your references must not be related to you.

Master’s Level (3 Total)

  • Two Academic/Professional Recommendations from current or former professors are required. Professional recommendations may be submitted if you have not been in college within the last five years. 
  • One Minister's Recommendation must be returned/submitted by your minister or another church/ministry leader who is not a relative. This may be waived for ORU alumni.

Doctoral Level (4 Total)

  • Three Academic/Professional Recommendation from a current or former professor is required. A professional recommendation may be submitted if you have not been in college within the last five years.
  • One Minister's Recommendation must be returned/submitted by your minister or another church/ministry leader who is not a relative. This may be waived for ORU alumni.
STEP 6 –  ESSAY REQUIREMENTS

A personal sketch is required for all Master's and Doctoral level applicants. In a total of 1-2 pages, please answer the following questions fully. Type answers in double-space format and save all responses to one pdf. file. Attach this document to your application by logging into your application at apply.oru.edu. Click the "View Additional Items" link next to your application type, then upload your file. If you are having issues uploading the file, please email it to gradadmissions@oru.edu. All submissions are held in confidence.

  • Why do you desire to attend ORU, and how does it relate to your life goals?
  • Describe your own religious experience, past and present.
  • Discuss major events that have occurred in your life.
  • If you are an international student, please explain why you desire to study in the United States.
  • Why have you chosen your field of vocation/ministry, and how do you see the degree program for which you are making application equipping you for that field?
STEP 7 - Professional Writing Samples (Doctoral Applicants Only)

Doctoral applicants need to submit two professional writing samples. Once you have submitted your application, a Graduate Enrollment Counselor will send you further instructions on the content of the writing samples and how to submit those for review. If you have any questions,  please connect with a Graduate Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518 or gradadmissions@oru.edu. All submissions are held in confidence.

STEP 8 – OFFICIAL TEST SCORES (MASTER'S LEVEL ONLY)

The Graduate School of Education requires either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller's Analogies Test (MAT) entrance exam. For more information, visit the Graduate Education Entrance Requirements Page. The only way an applicant can have this requirement waived is if they begin the program as a non-degree seeking student for the first six credit hours. If you have any questions, please connect with a Graduate Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518 or gradadmissions@oru.edu

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • TOEFL or IELTS Test Score: All international students whose native language of instruction is not English must submit official TOEFL scores from within the past two years. A minimum score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79-80 internet-based is required for admission. For further information on the TOEFL, please call 609.771.7100 or go to http://www.ets.org.
  • World Educational Services (WES): All international Doctoral applicants must use this service for quick and accurate translation and evaluation of transcripts. All transcripts must be submitted directly from your undergraduate institution to WES for evaluation. More information is available at www.wes.org.
  • (After Admissions to ORU) International Student Financial Guarantee Form: All international students are required to document verification of their financial support. Support must be verified prior to the University issuing a Form I-20. The Form I-20 is needed in order for an applicant to be issued a student visa. The guarantor must agree to meet the actual expenses incurred for each year the applicant is enrolled at ORU.
  • (After Admissions to ORU) Sevis Transfer Request: This form is only for international students in F-1 Status transferring to ORU from another U.S. school. 
    If you have any questions, connect with a Graduate Enrollment Counselor at gradadmissions@oru.edu or 918.495.6518.