1. Application Form. Prospective students interested in applying to Olivet University must submit the application form from http://apply.myolivet.com/ Olivet University does not accept the Common Application.
2. Essays. Applicants must submit a written essay approximately 700-1000 words in length describing their personal faith in Jesus Christ. Applicants must also submit their admission essay no less than 1000 words, describing their reason for applying to the University and their study plan. All applicants to Olivet University should evince a strong a Christian character, potential for effectiveness in Christian ministry, and the scholastic ability and emotional maturity to handle a higher education experience.
3. A bachelor's degree from a CHEA or USDE-accredited U.S. institution. Note: students with a baccalaureate degree from a state-approved or non-accredited institution are encouraged to apply and ask for a transcript evaluation to determine whether conditional admission is possible.
Applicants are responsible for making sure this information is mailed directly from the issuing educational institution to Olivet University:
36401 Tripp Flats Rd.
Anza, CA 92539
4. A minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent according to the institution's grading norms, for all course work during the last two years of undergraduate study. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be admitted on probation under the following provisions:
- The applicant must complete sixteen hours of graduate courses with a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Successful completion of these requirements will lift the student's probationary status and allow him or her to continue in the degree program.
- An undergraduate background supported by undergraduate achievement, which would indicate the ability to engage successfully in graduate theological studies.
5. Proficiency in Bible knowledge. A student seeking to enter an Olivet University graduate degree program must take a written comprehensive examination in the area of Bible knowledge. The Bible knowledge examination tests a student's comprehension of the biblical story in its progressive unfolding of the history of redemption against the backdrop of creation and sin.
A passing score on this exam demonstrates a level of competency that does not require remedial coursework in Bible and theology. Scores that rank below the 80th percentile level will determine that a student must enroll in 8 hours of remedial, non-credit Biblical studies courses (THEO200 and THEO211), which Olivet offers at the undergraduate level as required core curriculum courses for all students enrolled in its Bachelor of Arts degree programs.
6. Test Scores – Applicants must submit GRE/GMAT test scores, with exceptions.*
If an applicant submits multiple score reports, the highest score earned in each single sub score of the examination is used.
*NOTE: GRE/GMAT test scores are not required to establish the admission eligibility of applicants with bachelor’s degree program grade point averages of 3.00 or above in a 4.0 scale. While applicants are not required to submit test scores to Olivet if they earn at least a 3.00 average, it is recommended that they submit standardized admission tests, which can be helpful for the purposes of advising and placement in appropriate courses.
7. English Language Proficiency assessment
A. Prospective students whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of the following for admission:
Master’s Degree: A minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
First Professional Degree or Professional Doctoral Degree: A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test;
A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam;
A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge;
A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “C” or higher at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English. A “B” or higher is required for master’s degree, first professional degree, or professional doctoral degree.
A diploma of completion of the Certificate in English as a Second Language program from Olivet University or passing the Olivet Language Studies Proficiency Test (OLSPT) in English with scores at or above: total score 75, writing score 7, speaking score 18. (Some majors only accept this test score when achieved during enrollment in the in-residence Certificate in English as a Second Language program. (For example M.A. in Journalism.) Check the respective curriculum chapters in the Graduate Academic Catalog.)
B. Transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or evaluated by a trained transcript evaluator fluent in the language on the transcript.
In this case, the evaluator must have expertise in the educational practices of the country of origin and include an English translation of the review.
8. Recommendations. Applicants must submit at least three recommendation letters. One letter must be a reference from a World Olivet Assembly (WOA) church pastor who is knowledgeable about the applicant's church involvement. The other two recommendations should come from someone who is able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential. This could be a professor or supervisor. Recommendations may not be from a member of your immediate family or your spouse.
9. Statement of Faith – Applicants must sign Olivet University's Statement of Faith.
10. Application Fee – Applicants must submit an-refundable application fee