Degree Programs

Olivet Theological College and Seminary offers graduate degree programs that provide students with the opportunity to continue their education beyond the undergraduate level in order to understand and expand their qualifications for many related vocations. With our accredited graduate degree programs, OTCS’s intentional attempt is to capture our mission in reaching the ‘network generation more completely, and at the same time to meet the needs of mission and ministry in the 21st century.

OTCS Master of Divinity Program

The OTCS Master of Divinity program is designed to prepare future ministers for work as pastors, missionaries, and chaplains in the world of 21st century Christian mission. This program provides students with core Biblical and theological learning, leadership training, as well as the skills necessary perform ministerial duties in the local church.

OTCS Master of Theology Program

Olivet Theological College & Seminary’s Master of Theology (Th.M) degree is designed to develop advanced scholars and ministry leaders who will meet the needs of academic and professional and ministry services around the world. Courses in this 36-hour graduate degree program provide students with scholarly competency and professional skills in the area of biblical and theological studies. It is a program that builds upon competencies developed in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program.

Graduate International Students

Students who do not reside in the USA and who wish to attend Olivet Theological College and Seminary must follow the regular admissions guidelines for the respective program to which they seek admission. In addition, international students must satisfy the requirements of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services by becoming eligible to study in the USA through the obtainment of an F-1 visa. In order to apply for an F-1 visa, a student must obtain an I-20 form from Olivet Theological College and Seminary or another approved institution.


Candidates must submit the following items in order to obtain an I-20 from
  • Certificate of Bank Deposit
  • Affidavit of Support and its related documentsI-20
  • processing fee: $80

Approval for the I-20 is granted after a student has met all the necessary financial and academic requirements and has provided proof of return following graduation. Students desiring the I-20 should contact Olivet Theological College and Seminary and request a special I-20 admissions packet.

International Application Requirements

Olivet Theological College and Seminary welcomes inquiries from international students who wish to pursue a degree program at Olivet Theological College and Seminary. In addition to the normal admission requirements, an international student must comply with the following:

  • An applicant’s admission material must be received 90 days prior to the term in which they intend to enroll.
  • An international student for any master program must have completed a bachelor’s degree from either a U.S. post secondary institution or the equivalent degree from a foreign institution. An international student for any bachelor program must have completed a high school education from either a U.S. high school or the equivalent education from a foreign school.
  • All foreign language documents must be accompanied by an official translation into English.

Graduate Requirements & Procedures

Graduate Application Checklist

We will evaluate the student’s character and potential for excellence in their desired program of study by examining all parts of their application, including grades, awards, statement of personal testimony, personal statement, pastor and professor recommendations, employment, extracurricular activities, etc.

  • Complete the online OU Common Application ( Be sure to include:
    • A written statement describing personal faith in Jesus Christ as it relates to a Christian conversion experience and/or development in Christian character.
    • Submit your personal essay describing your purpose and goals in applying to Olivet University
  • Complete the OU Supplement to the Common Application.
  • Complete your portion (top) of the Graduate Recommendation Form and give it to your pastor, preferably from the Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches (EAPC).
  • Complete your portion (top) of the Graduate Recommendation Form and give it to a faculty member from the last school you attended as a full-time student. Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include employers or others qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.
  • Submit three samples of professional work that demonstrates your competence for graduate study in your desired degree program. Relevant work samples should be sent addressed and sent directly to the respective colleges.
  • Request that your official secondary and postsecondary school transcripts be sent from the school(s) attended directly to OU. Home school applicants are also welcome, though home school applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Submit a signed copy of the Olivet University’s Statement of Faith.
  • If you are applying for financial aid, you must submit your Financial Aid application.
  • Pay the non-refundable OU Common Application Fee of $75.



OTCS has a large international student body. If you are a prospective student outside of the US, please review the international student requirements.


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