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Application Steps for Graduate Programs

Follow the steps below to complete the application process for a master’s, doctoral or Ph.D. program at Oral Roberts University. Our criteria for acceptance varies depending on the graduate program. Generally, we require that you hold a degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA ranging anywhere from 2.50 to 3.25 based on a 4.00 scale and depending on the program. 

If you have any questions along the way, please connect with us at gradadmissions@oru.edu or 918.495.6518

Start Your Application

Complete Your Application 

Complete your online application with no application fee. If you’ve already started an application, log in to your existing application.

Send Official Transcripts

Using one of the options below, have your official transcripts sent directly to ORU Admissions from each college and university you’ve attended. This includes all technology and unaccredited schools. Bible college and vocational or 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 in their original sealed envelopes to the following address:
    ORU Admissions
    7777 S. Lewis Ave.
    Tulsa, OK 74171
Send Test Scores (Not Required for 100% Online Programs) 
 
Master’s Level Applicants: 

Send us test results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or from an alternative assessment. Visit ets.org to send us your GRE score using our school code: 6552. Select a graduate school below to view alternative assessments and additional instructions.

Note: We do not require test scores for the following 100% online master’s programs: Master of Arts in Leadership, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Master of Science in Nursing.

  • Graduate School of Business 

As an alternative to the GRE, you may send us results from one of the following tests:

  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): Visit mba.com to send us your score.
  • National Field Test: Visit ets.org to access and send us your score.

Note: You must have completed the GRE, GMAT or National Field Test within 5 years of beginning the application process

  • Graduate School of Education 

As an alternative to the GRE, you may send us results from the Miller's Analogies Test (MAT). Visit pearsonassessments.com to send us your MAT score using our school code: 2173.

Note: We may waive this requirement if you begin the program as a non-degree seeking student for the first 6 credit hours.

  • Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

As an alternative to the GRE, you may send us results from the Miller's Analogies Test (MAT). Visit pearsonassessments.com to send us your MAT score using our school code: 2173. 

Note: We may waive the test score requirement if you hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Applicants: 

Send us results from one of the following tests:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Visit ets.org to send us your score using our school code: 6552.
  • Miller's Analogies Test (MAT): Visit pearsonassessments.com to send us your score using our school code: 2173.

Note: We may waive this requirement if you begin the program as a non-degree seeking student for the first 6 credit hours.

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Applicants:  

Send us results from one of the following tests:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Visit ets.org to send us your score using our school code: 6552.
  • Miller's Analogies Test (MAT): Visit pearsonassessments.com to send us your score using our school code: 2173.

Note: We may waive this requirement if you hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Ph.D.) Applicants: 

Send us results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Visit ets.org to send us your score using our school code: 6552. You must have completed the GRE within 5 years of beginning the Ph.D. application process. Preference is given to those whose verbal score is in excess of 160 (600 paper-based) and whose analytical writing score is in excess of 5.0.

Send Recommendations (Not Required for 100% Online Programs Except for MSN)
 
Master’s Level Applicants: 

3 Recommendations Required: 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.

  • 2 Academic/Professional Recommendation: Academic recommendations must be submitted by current or former professors. Professional recommendations may be submitted if you have not been in college within the last five years. A Master of Science in Nursing requires 2 professional recommendations. 
  • 1 Ministerial Recommendation: Must be submitted by your minister or another church/ministry leader.

Note: We do not require recommendations for the following 100% online master’s programs: Master of Arts in Leadership, Master of Arts in Ministry and Master of Business Administration in Leadership. 

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Applicants: 

4 Recommendations Required: 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.

  • 3 Academic/Professional Recommendation: Academic recommendations must be submitted by current or former professors. Professional recommendations may be submitted if you have not been in college within the last five years. 
  • 1 Ministerial Recommendation: Must be submitted by your minister or another church/ministry leader.
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Applicants:

4 Recommendations Required: 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.

  • 1 Academic/Professional Recommendation: An academic recommendation must be submitted by current or former professors. A professional recommendations may be submitted if you have not been in college within the last five years. 
  • 1 Professional Recommendation
  • 1 Ministerial Recommendation: Must be submitted by your minister or another church/ministry leader.
  • 1 Layperson Recommendation: Must be submitted by an individual under your ministry care or supervision.
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Ph.D.) Applicants:

4 Recommendations Required: 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.

  • 2 Academic/Professional Recommendation: Academic recommendations must be submitted by current or former professors. Professional recommendations may be submitted if you have not been in college within the last five years. 
  • 1 Professional Recommendation
  • 1 Personal Recommendation: Must be submitted by a non-relative or co-worker.
Submit Required Documents (Not Required for 100% Online Programs Except for MSN)

 

Master’s Level Applicants:

Personal Sketch: We require a personal sketch for all residential master's level applicants and all Master of Science in Nursing applicants. We hold all submissions in confidence.  

In a total of 1-2 pages, please answer the following questions fully. Type answers in a double-spaced format and save all responses to one pdf. file. Attach this document to your application by logging into your application. 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

  1. Why do you desire to attend ORU, and how does it relate to your life goals?
  2. Describe your own religious experience (spiritual walk), past and present.
  3. Discuss major events that have occurred in your life and how they have impacted you.
  4. 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?
  5. (International Applicants Only) Explain why you desire to study in the United States.
  6. (Master in Christian Counseling Applicants Only) Counseling is all about developing effective relationships with others. Please include a reflection on your general ability to form healthy relationships, and also specifically address this with others from backgrounds different from yours (cultural, religious, etc.).

Note: We do not require additioanl documents for the following 100% online master's programs: Master of Arts in Leadership, Master of Arts in Ministry and Master of Business Administration and Leadership.

Master of Science in Nursing: In addition to a personal sketch, all MSN applicants must attach a resume to their application by logging into your application. Click the "View Additional Items" link next to your application type, then upload your resume.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Applicants: 

3 Document Required: We require a personal sketch and 2 writing samples for all Ed.D applicants, and we hold all submissions in confidence. Attach documents to your application by logging into your application. Click the "View Additional Items" link next to your application type, then upload your files. If you are having issues uploading files, please email them to gradadmissions@oru.edu

Personal Sketch: In a total of 1-2 pages, please answer the following questions fully. Type answers in a double-spaced format and save all responses to one pdf. file.

  1. Why do you desire to attend ORU, and how does it relate to your life goals?
  2. Describe your own religious experience, past and present.
  3. Discuss major events that have occurred in your life.
  4. 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?
  5. (International Applicants Only) Explain why you desire to study in the United States.

2 Professional Writing Samples: Once you have submitted your application, your 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 us at 918.495.6518 or gradadmissions@oru.edu

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Applicants:

2 Document Required: We require a personal sketch and an autobiographical sketch for all D.Min. applicants, and we hold all submissions in confidence. Attach documents to your application by logging into your application. Click the "View Additional Items" link next to your application type, then upload your files. If you are having issues uploading files, please email them to gradadmissions@oru.edu

Personal Sketch: In a total of 1-2 pages, please answer the following questions fully. Type answers in a double-spaced format and save all responses to one pdf. file.

  1. Why do you desire to attend ORU, and how does it relate to your life goals?
  2. Describe your own religious experience, past and present.
  3. Discuss major events that have occurred in your life.
  4. 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?
  5. (International Applicants Only) Explain why you desire to study in the United States.

Autobiographical Sketch: Please address the following prompts fully. Type answers in a double-spaced format and save all responses to one pdf.

  1. Autobiographical Statement: Present an account of your understanding of your call into full-time ministry. State your self-understanding of your ministry in the light of biblical, theological, and historical insights. Also, indicate your areas of strengths and weaknesses as you have carried out your ministry. This comprehensive statement must be at least 500 words.
  2. Ministerial Experience: Submit a comprehensive account and description of your ministerial context and experience. Include the names of all churches/pastorates served, responsibilities, dates, and positions held and membership of each pastorate. If your ministry is not a local pastorate, provide a thorough description of it. It is understood that there may be considerable variety in the experiences of applicants who are in full-time ministry.
  3. Plans for Continuing in Full-Time Ministry: The Doctor of Ministry degree is an "in ministry" degree. All applicants are required to continue in a recognized form of full-time ministry for the duration of the program. Please state your plans for continuing in ministry.
  4. Statement of Reason for Applying to ORU: Indicate your reason for desiring a Doctor of Ministry degree. Why did you choose ORU?
  5. Finances: Discuss how you plan to finance your Doctor of Ministry program if accepted. How will your church or present ministry assist with your expenses?
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Ph.D.) Applicants:

4 Document Required: We require the following documents for all Ph.D. applicants. We hold all submissions in confidence. Attach documents to your application by logging into your application. Click the "View Additional Items" link next to your application type, then upload your file. If you are having issues uploading files, please email it to gradadmissions@oru.edu.

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Writing Sample: Provide a writing sample of academic work, approximately 25 pages with footnotes and bibliography, completed within past 3 years and reflecting both the ability to complete independent research and a research interest appropriate to the degree program is required. This essay will be evaluated in terms of clarity of its thesis, ability to sustain an argument, critical engagement with pertinent primary and secondary sources, and professional presentation.
  3. Vocational Essay: Write a 1500 word vocational essay that details the following: a) personal testimony and spiritual journey; b) personal sense of vocation to academic and ministry leadership; c) professional goals; and d) plans to make original contributions to his or her academic field.
  4. Research Proposal: Write a 500-1000 word academic essay about your proposed research interest or question, which must have the potential to develop into a topic suitable for Ph.D. study.
Provide Proof of English Proficiency (International Applicants Only)

If your native language of instruction is not English, we require one of the following test scores taken within the past 2 years to help us measure your ability to use and understand English at the university level.

  • TOEFL®: Visit ets.org to send us your score using our school code: 6552.
  • IELTS®: Visit ielts.org to send us your score using our name: Oral Roberts University.

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