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Undergraduate life in OTCS is full of learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, students will have numerous ways to experience the rich culture and excitement of San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, they can communicate with students come from various cultures and backgrounds around the world.

Undergraduate education at OTCS is rooted in a strong Biblical foundation, OTCS provides plenty of Bible core and theology courses, both for OTCS and other colleges students in Olivet University. Meanwhile, many kinds of general education course are provided and could help expand students’ knowledge on other fields. The College's undergraduate programs offer distinct options and paths of study, from Riverside and San Francisco Onsite and online in more than tens of countries and areas around the world.

On the undergraduate level Olivet Theological College and Seminary offers bachelor of arts in theology for freshmen and transfer students.

History Timeline

  • 2004-2006

    2004: Olivet University is officially registered in the state of California. Dr. William Wagner becomes the Dean of OTCS

    2006: Olivet University is approved by the state of California Olivet University acquires the Candidacy Status from ABHE Olivet University received permission to issue I-20 and receive international students.

  • 2010

    OTCS adds D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry) to its program OTCS partners with WEA Leadership Institute in launching new leadership program Dr. Don Tinder becomes the Dean of OTCS

  • 2014

    - OTCS begins offering religious study program at Atlanta, GA location

    - Establishes OTCS seminary location in Chicago, IL

    - OTCS moves headquarter office to Olivet University Riverside, CA main campus

    - Dr. Matthias Gebhardt becomes the Dean of OTCS

    - Olivet Seminary is founded

  • 2015-2017

    2015: Establishes OTCS location in St. Louis, MO

    2016: Establishes Olivet Seminary International program in Africa

    2017: OTCS begins concentration program in various areas of study including church planting, Marketplace ministries, media ministry, and Nehemiah construction

  • 2018

    - OTCS establishes location at the former site of Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in Mill Valley, CA

    - OTCS location in St. Louis, MO approved to offer Master of Divinity Program

    - OTCS adds 6 concentrations, making the total concentrations to 10 areas:

    Additional concentrations:
    - Library and Information Science in Ministry Concentration (LIS in Ministry)
    - Culinary Ministry Concentration
    - Children's Ministry Concentration
    - Prayer and Spirituality Concentration
    - Teen Ministry Concentration
    - Discipleship and Pastoral Care