Admissions

Prospective students may apply online through Olivet University's MyOlivet online application form.

NOTE: The deadline for this Fall Quarter's application has passed. Decisions will be made by the first weeks of March. To review the information or check the status of your application, please log into your MyOlivet account.

Thank you for your interest in the Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies program.

All applicants to Olivet University should evidence strong a Christian character, potential for effectiveness in Christian ministry, and the scholastic ability and emotional maturity to handle a higher education experience. More detailed instructions are given in the online application system.

Admission Prerequisites:

Doctor of Philosophy

  • 1. Applicant must give evidence of studies in recognized schools equivalent to at least four years of advanced university level humanities and theological studies, as determined by the Doctoral Committee.
  • 2. Applicant must give evidence of ability to do doctoral level work as indicated by a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) at the graduate level.
  • 3. Applicant must provide samples of his or her writing, such as a Master’s thesis or at least twenty pages of academic papers for advanced university level theological courses.
  • 4. Applicant must have fluency in Greek for those specializing in New Testament themes and a fluency in Hebrew for those specializing in Old Testament themes.
  • 5. Applicant must have a reading competency in two other languages, preferably one of which is either German or French.
  • 6. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to use the English language with skill and precision. Applicant for whom English is a second language must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or OLSPT scores that meet one of the following standards:

    • 1) A minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 80, including a minimum score of 20 on the writing section, or
    • 2) A minimum TOEFL CBT score of 213, plus a minimum of 4 on the TWE, or
    • 3) A minimum TOEFL PBT score of 550, plus a minimum of 4 on the TWE, or
    • 4) A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, plus a minimum of 5 in IELTS Writing, or
    • 5) A minimum OLSPT score of 80, plus a minimum of 17 in OLSPT Writing and a minimum of 16 in OLSPT Speaking.

Doctor of Ministry

  • 1. Applicant must possess Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary or its educational equivalent, as determined by the Doctoral Committee.
  • 2. Applicant must give evidence of ability to do doctoral level work as indicated by a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) at the graduate level.
  • 3. Applicant must have a minimum of three years of ministry experience during/after M.Div. studies and be currently involve in a ministry and normally remain in ministry throughout the duration of his or her doctoral program.
  • 4. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to use the English language with skill and precision. Applicant for whom English is a second language must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or OLSPT scores that meet one of the following standards:

    • 1) A minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 80, including a minimum score of 20 on the writing section, or
    • 2) A minimum TOEFL CBT score of 213, plus a minimum of 4 on the TWE, or
    • 3) A minimum TOEFL PBT score of 550, plus a minimum of 4 on the TWE, or
    • 4) A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, plus a minimum of 5 in IELTS Writing, or
    • 5) A minimum OLSPT score of 80, plus a minimum of 17 in OLSPT Writing and a minimum of 16 in OLSPT Speaking.