Programs Overview

ORU Seminary: A Global Place for World-Class Training in Ministry, Counseling, and Leadership

The Oral Roberts University Graduate School of Theology and Ministry (Seminary) provides academic, Biblical, and theological education with a distinctive charismatic, nondenominational perspective. The mission of the school is to prepare men and women empowered by the Holy Spirit for effective leadership. Through an advanced comprehensive curriculum, graduates are equipped for ministry, counseling, and leadership within the context of the church, church-related agencies, and clinical and professional settings in the greater global community.

As you'll discover, the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry is a one-of-a-kind global seminary offering an unrivaled learning experience to Christian leaders like you who are ready to fulfill their personal and professional destinies in service to Christ Jesus and His Church.

A Brief Introduction to Masters' Programs and the Doctor of Ministry

The ORU Graduate School of Theology and Ministry offers three categories of masters' programs: 1) the Master of Divinity, 2) the Master of Arts Academic Programs, and 3) the Master of Arts Professional Programs. The school also offers the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), a terminal degree.

A breakout is provided below of the degree programs within each category.

  • The Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
    The basic professional degree for ministry, preparing students for effective careers as pastors, evangelists, chaplains, and a broad variety of other ministries.
  • The Master of Arts Academic Programs
    Preparing graduate students for teaching, writing, or doctoral studies within the field of Theology. Program offerings include:
        M.A. in Biblical Literature
          M.A. in Biblical Literature with a concentration in Advanced Languages
          M.A. in Biblical Literature with a concentration in Judaic-Christian Studies
          M.A. in Theological/Historical Studies
  • The Master of Arts Professional Programs
    Preparing students for specialized ministries within the local church, church-related agencies, or other professional settings. Professional programs include:
        M.A. in Christian Counseling
        M.A. in Christian Counseling with a concentration in Marital and Family Therapy
          M.A. in Missions
          M.A. in Practical Theology
          M.A. in Practical Theology with a concentration in Teaching Ministries
          M.A. in Practical Theology with a concentration in Urban Ministry
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
                         Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy concentration
                         Church Ministries and Leadership concentration 

Online Learning: Modular Format with Minimal Residency

The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry offers the following degrees in a distance education format:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology/Teaching Ministry Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology/Urban Ministry Concentration

Other Pertinent Applications

Application for Readmission
Reapplication is necessary for any student who has not maintained continual enrollment at Oral Roberts University. You may download the Application for Readmission to the Graduate School of Theology & Ministry here: Application for Readmission

The ORU Graduate School of Theology offers a variety of additional programs designed to expedite the education of qualifying students.

Fast Track Program
Through the ORU Fast Track program, currently enrolled juniors and seniors may take graduate level classes and get a jump start on their graduate degrees. In the program, up to 12 graduate credit hours may be taken during regular course load without additional cost! Ask your faculty advisor or admissions representative for more information on the Fast Track Program in the Graduate School of Theology & Ministry. Download the application for the Fast Track Program here: Fast Track Program

Joint Degrees
The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry offers an innovative program where two degrees may be pursued simultaneously. Joint Degrees reduce the overall program time for students by up to a year. Those interested in seeking joint degrees are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for more information on their particular combination. Download the Joint Degrees Application here: Joint Degree Program

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants
Those who wish to take courses without pursuing a degree should complete and submit the Non-degree Seeking Application.