Welcome to Olivet University, where future leaders and scholars are equipped to change the world for Jesus Christ.

Admissions Requirement

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

  1. High school diploma from an accredited or nationally recognized secondary school, a certificate of high school equivalency, or a GED certificate. Graduates from foreign high schools must provide proof of graduation. If applicants who reside in the United States but attended school in foreign countries are unable to produce the required documents, evidence may include certification from other official sources.

  2. A minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale).

  3. A minimum of a combined Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of 1100 or an American School Test (ACT) composite score of 22. (See the "Specific Policies" section that follows for more details.)

Master of Arts in Journalism

  1. Hold a Bachelor's degree from a CHEA or USDE-accredited U.S. institution with a major in journalism, mass communications, English or a related subject. Students who do not possess a Bachelor's degree in a journalism-related field may satisfy this requirement by documenting at least one year of journalism experience, submitting transcripts for undergraduate coursework in journalism, or passing OSMC's undergraduate course JO200 News Writing with a B grade or higher.

    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.

  2. Have at least a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent according to the institution's grading norms, for all coursework 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 twelve 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.

  3. Demonstrate proficiency in Bible knowledge. A student seeking to enter the Master of Arts degree program must take a written comprehensive examination in the area of Bible Knowledge. The Bible Knowledge examination tests a student's ability to work with Biblical data. In a multiple-choice format, it determines the student's knowledge of some detailed and specific information about Biblical texts, geography, backgrounds, and people. A passing score on this exam demonstrates a level of competency that does not require remedial course work in Bible and theology. Scores that rank below the acceptable competency level will determine that a student must enroll in 6 hours of remedial, non-credit Biblical studies courses, which Olivet offers at the undergraduate level as required core curriculum courses for all students enrolled in its Bachelor of Arts degree programs.

  4. Must demonstrate a strong case for admissions into the Master of Arts program. Applicants will be asked to submit three samples of academic/professional work to show a mastery of written communication skills.

  5. Individuals must also articulate their goals of study in the graduate program in a written personal essay that will be turned in alongside their application.

  6. Those whose native language is not English may elect to submit TOEFL score of 250 (or 600 on paper test). The score must be obtained no later than two years prior to the date of application.

  7. Submit at least two letters of recommendations (at least one from an EAPC pastor and one from either a professor or employer).

  8. Sign Olivet University's Statement of faith.

  9. Submit Olivet University's application form along with the $100 application fee