Ohio Christian University

  • Number of Online Degrees Offered: 32
  • Hybrid Option: No
  • Degree Levels Offered: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Certificate, Individual Courses
  • Degree Fields Offered: Business, Nursing, Health, Psychology, Counseling, Biblical studies, Vocational

Founded in 1948 as an institution that could educate clergy for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union, Ohio Christian University (OCU) maintains its goal of providing complete education founded on intellectual, professional, and spiritual values. OCU has an impressive number of adult students enrolled in the non-traditional programs as well. In 2012, those adult students accounted for more than 3,000 of the 3,668 students attending. The institution offers a variety of degree programs online to distance learners at nearly every education level.

Online Learning at Ohio Christian University

Because of how difficult it can be for adults to attend college with busy work or family schedules, Ohio Christian University reached out to the distance learners with online degree programs. Offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate levels, these courses can be completed entirely without the student ever setting foot on a campus. Areas of study include business, health and nursing, vocational training, and much more. Because of the format and nature of these distance learning programs, students find college can be a convenient, affordable, and valuable option no matter what their work schedule.

In addition to biblical studies, Ohio Christian University provides several notable degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) are both available in the online format, giving students at both levels of study the opportunity to enter the work force with a meaningful degree worth the investment. In 2012, OCU was named a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs thanks to its flexible programs, affordability, and quality. Though learning and testing are completed remotely, students will still have the chance to connect with fellow classmates and faculty as the courses are conducted in a cohort manner, allowing collaboration between students and instructors.

Enrolling at Ohio Christian University

Admission requirements for entry to Ohio Christian University vary by degree level and in some cases, by type as well. Some requirements apply universally regardless of degree level, such as the requirement for official transcripts from high school and/or college, a minimum GPA score, and a completed application. The application fee is $25 for all degree levels and types.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification
  • Ministry reference form (pastoral ministry only)
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from high school and/or previous college course work
  • A minimum of 50 semester credit hours from an accredited institution

Prospective Graduate Students

  • Proof of previously completed bachelor or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from college course work
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 to 2.75 overall
  • Minimum of 2 years pastoral or lay leader experience (if applicable)
  • Ministry reference form (pastoral ministry only)

If a student applies to the ministry programs, they will need to have at least six semester credits in Bible and three in theology. Certificate programs may require students to have 12 semester credit hours or 1 year of experience to be eligible to enroll.