Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Called to serve? OCU offers wide range of religion degrees


Oklahoma City University offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for those considering a life dedicated to Christian service.

The Wimberly School of Religion offers four undergraduate degrees—religion, religion/philosophy, religious education, and religion/youth ministry—and three minors—religion, religious education, and interfaith studies—that can be combined with almost any other major on campus.

The Petree College of Arts & Sciences offers undergraduate programs in art, math and science, education, history, modern languages, criminal justice, political science, and mass communication; and graduate programs in nonprofit leadership, education, and creative writing.

The Kramer School of Nursing offers a number of degrees for those considering parish nursing or other medical mission fields. The Petree College of Performing Arts offers programs in music, theater, and dance for those discerning a call to music and worship ministry. And the Meinders School of Business offers degrees in a number of business-related tracks for those who feel called to administrative roles.

With its location in the heart of Oklahoma City, many OCU students take advantage of the opportunity to serve in local congregations in various ministry-related roles. OCU also has an excellent record for preparing students for seminary, with many graduates receiving generous scholarships to those schools.

The small class sizes and personalized attention from professors combined with the numerous community faith-based partnerships and opportunities for service make the OCU experience unique.

For more information about OCU and its offerings, go to www.okcu.edu.


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Students Madelyn Parker and Ethan Zambrano serve during Habitat for Humanity Day, sponsored Oct. 3 by the Wesley Center campus ministry.

OCU Bishop Scholar award: now taking applications

Each year OCU awards up to three full-tuition Bishop Scholar awards to incoming United Methodist students who plan to enroll in the Wimberly School of Religion in preparation for a career in Christian service to the Church.

To be considered, applicants must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a high school senior who is entering OCU as a first-year student.
  • Meet the admissions standards of the university
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Hold membership in a United Methodist church
  • Be recommended by the senior pastor of the student’s church
  • Be a full-time student at OCU who intends to pursue a career in Christian service in the United Methodist Church
  • Major in one of the degree programs of the Wimberly School of Religion
  • Plan to live all four years on campus in university housing facilities
  • There are two ways to apply for the Bishop Scholar award: students can be nominated by their senior pastor, or a student can apply directly.

    To begin the process, students or pastors should go to: www.okcu.edu/BishopScholar and follow the online instructions. Application must be made by Dec. 15, with all supporting paperwork due Feb. 1.

    Applicants are interviewed in February and notified shortly thereafter. Students who are interviewed but not selected as Bishop Scholars are often awarded other scholarships, ranging from 60 to 80 percent tuition.


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