Academics

Overview

Olivet University's New York locations offer immersive academic study, reflective application, and ministry experience-based learning. Both Lower Manhattan and Dover offer students quality learning opportunities in and outside of the classroom in close proximity to opportunities for practical and global ministry.

INDUSTRIAL-ACADEMIA PARTNERSHIPS:
A GROUNDBREAKING NEW PARADIGM

From Olivet's earliest days in San Francisco where the University started, Olivet University has pursued a "Stanford-Silicon Valley model" to support our mission.

Olivet University's locations in New York have been designed to foster industrial-academia partnerships, with space provided for students and faculty to connect, learn and serve with marketplace ministries to advance our shared mission in numerous fields in and beyond New York.

As a base for collaboration with ministry and industry through our growing network of business alumni and commercial ventures, Olivet University New York fuels student development and the revolutionary power of Olivet's mission into the future.

Program

Master of Divinity

Overview

Olivet University offers courses from our Master of Divinity program at both the Dover and Lower Manhattan locations. The 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 to perform ministerial duties in the local church. The Master of Divinity courses offered at Olivet University New York benefit from its vicinity to the school’s denomination in Dover, which provides students with unique opportunities to interact with ministries in their field of study.

For more information about Olivet’s Master of Divinity program, please visit https://otcs.olivetuniversity.edu/academics/graduate.html

Students enrolled in the Master of Divinity
degree program can expect to:

Courses

Theological Prolegomena is a course that focuses on the conditions that are necessary for the systematic study of the defining doctrines of biblical Christianity. Systematic theology is not done in a vacuum, and this means that it is important to critically evaluate theories about the nature of reality and knowledge. The question of theological method must also be clarified so that systematic theology can be done properly

This course explores topics including the doctrine of God, comprising the being and works of God; creation of the universe and life on earth and theological anthropology and the nature and effects of sin. Prerequisite: THEO500

Theological Prolegomena is a course that focuses on the conditions that are necessary for the systematic study of the defining doctrines of biblical Christianity. Systematic theology is not done in a vacuum, and this means that it is important to critically evaluate theories about the nature of reality and knowledge. The question of theological method must also be clarified so that systematic theology can be done properly

This capstone course focuses on integrating key aspects of seminary education with Christian ministry to prepare graduating students for vocational ministry. The Master of Divinity candidate consolidates and synthesizes important learning gleaned from coursework, experience and assignments, thereby demonstrating proficiency in applying this knowledge toward practical mission work. Reflection, self-assessment, sharing of ideas and critical analysis are all vital components designed to fulfill academic, spiritual and professional formation.

A study of the biblical principles to Christian counseling. Application and implementation of a biblical model of counseling will be emphasized.

Theological Prolegomena is a course that focuses on the conditions that are necessary for the systematic study of the defining doctrines of biblical Christianity. Systematic theology is not done in a vacuum, and this means that it is important to critically evaluate theories about the nature of reality and knowledge. The question of theological method must also be clarified so that systematic theology can be done properly

Graduate students participate in supervised ministry in a church or specialized ministry approved by the school. Interns must have a total 120 hours of site contact hours to receive 4 quarter units. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical ministry skills with the integration of Biblical and theological studies. The purpose of the Ministry Practice program is to equip students for effective ministry in their specialized areas of study. The program matches students’ talents and interests with productive ministry work, supplementing classroom instruction with fieldwork guided by faculty and site supervisor. By providing students with field based learning opportunities in professional ministry service environments, the program also enriches the overall educational experience, with the intention of facilitating spiritual and professional growth in preparation for ministry service. 

Master of Business Administration Program

Overview

Olivet University offers a group of courses from its Master of Business Administration program at the Lower Manhattan location. The Master of Business Administration program is a graduate degree program that trains students as professional leaders in the field of business with a solid biblical foundation. The program provides students with the academic and practical training necessary for them to become competent and influential individuals in the field of business. The M.B.A. courses offered at Olivet University New York benefit from the business conventions and other opportunities in the Manhattan Financial District. These opportunities equip students with critical thinking and professional competencies in their fields of study, which serves Olivet’s mission to train ministry-bound men and women.

For more information about Olivet’s Master of Business Administration program, please visit https://obs.olivetuniversity.edu/mba-academics/

In the context of Olivet University’s mission, completion of the Master of Business Administration program will enable students to:

Courses

Course exploring marketing opportunities through product development, pricing strategies, customer communications and channel management. This course requires concurrent employment in a qualifying position in the field of the program of at least 20 hours per week.

Course covering the history, art, science and practice of leadership in organizational setting. Topics include leadership history,change, visioning, coaching follower-ship and socio-technical concerns. This course requires concurrent employment in a qualifying position in the field of the program of at least 20 hours per week.

Course focused on analyzing and diagnosing business problems as well as developing and implementing effective strategic solutions. This course requires concurrent employment in a qualifying position in the field of the program of at least 20 hours per week.

Students will begin to carry out the practicum project by researching and writing proposals in specific fields of Business Administration under the supervision of faculty members for the projects related with ministry work.

The capstone project will allow the students to bring out the skills and knowledge that they have undertaken from the previous courses to achieve MBA degree. The students are expected to submit a comprehensive work, make a business plan, proposal (for project, process, program, etc.), or any other similar work approved by the faculty mentor of this course. Additionally, the students
do need to give a presentation defense. The business plan can be the strategic efforts for some current companies or the project to launch a new business venture.

Internship Opportunities​

Olivet University New York collaborates with partner ministries affiliated with the World Olivet Assembly to offer internship opportunities to students studying at the Dover and New York City locations. We try our best to match the student’s talents and interests with productive ministry work, supplementing classroom instruction with fieldwork. By providing students with field-based learning opportunities in professional ministry service environments, we hope to enrich their overall educational experience, with the intention of facilitating spiritual and professional growth in preparation for ministry service.

Library

Ralph D. Winter Library Dover, New York extension site serves the students and faculty of theological studies with quality theological resources in print and digital formats. It offers circulation and reference services, as well as a place to study and to participate in group discussions. Internet access is available on computers equipped with wireless adapters through a secure wireless network.

The library was named after renowned missiologist and the University's Honorary Chairman, Dr. Ralph D. Winter, in July 2007. The mission of the Library is to provide students, faculty, and staff with the bibliographic resources, research tools, and study environment necessary for the academic training of men and women for Christian ministry to fulfill the commission entrusted to Olivet University by the Lord Jesus Christ. We develop collections, catalogs, staff, services, policies, and facilities to support this task.