Oklahoma Wesleyan University

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University is a private non-profit evangelical Christian university in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church and its motto is “a university where Jesus is Lord”. It emphasizes a Christian worldview and promotes a life of service. Its mission is to portray a way of thinking, life, and faith. It values serious academic study, critical engagement, and honest questions in a liberal arts learning community. The mission includes the incorporation of faith and learning in educational experiences that are intended to improve scholarship, life-long learning, career prospects, and a Christian believe. Its pillars are the primacy of Jesus Christ, priority of Scripture, the pursuit of Truth, and the practice of Wisdom. Oklahoma Wesleyan University offers more than 35 programs at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University offers flexible online programs through the Adult and Graduate Studies. The programs incorporate high academic standards with Christian principles. Students are able to complete their programs in as little as 10 months. Online degree programs include early childhood, RN to BSN, ministry and leadership, psychology, organizational management and ethics, business administration, and nursing management. The online courses are offered in an accelerated format and students are expected to submit assignments and participate in threaded discussions on a timely basis. The courses are presented by the ANGEL Learning course management in an asynchronous format. The online environment also features technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University traces its history to 1959 when Colorado Springs Bible College was moved to Bartlesville Okalahoma. Shortly after, the college changed its name to Central Pilgrim College and Western Pilgrim College merged with the institution. In 1968, the college became Bartlesville Wesleyan College after the merger between Wesleyan Methodist and Pilgrim Holiness churches. Bartlesville Wesleyan College became a four-year liberal arts degree-granting college in 1974. In 1978, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools granted the college accreditation. The college became Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2001 to demonstrate its expansion of offering graduate degree programs. Today, Oklahoma Wesleyan University educates about 1,000 students from across the country and world.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Schools of Education

School of Arts and Sciences: committed to preparing students for Christian service through liberal arts and professional and career education. It houses the core curriculum that is the foundation of all students’ educational experiences. Includes three departments: humanities, science/mathematics, and social/behavioral sciences departments that each offers a variety of majors.

School of Business: dedicated to delivering superior business education through the balance of academic theory and practical application. Offers various programs in business, business administration, financial economics, management and leadership, marketing and organizational management.

School of Education: aims to help students become effective educators with a Christian worldview. The programs provide a strong foundation in liberal arts, educational theory and practice, and certain academic areas. Offers programs such as elementary education, early childhood education, English education, vocal music education, and biology education.

School of Nursing: committed to enhancing scholarship, lifelong learning, and Christian fellowship and it seeks to prepare nurses to become effective healthcare providers. Offers traditional and accelerated registered nursing programs.

School of Religion and Philosophy: aims to prepare students for specific ministries and teach religion courses for all students of the university. Offers various programs including biblical and theological studies, Christian ministry, global studies, pastoral ministry, and sports ministry.

Scholarships Offered

Oklahoma Wesleyan University offers a variety of scholarships such as Academic Scholarships, Activity Awards, Alumni Dependent Grant, Church Matching Grant, Multiple Student Grant, National Merit/OKWU Scholarship, OKWU/Rotary Scholarship, Non-Wesleyan Ministers and Missionaries Dependent Grant, Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Wesleyan Member Grant, Valedictorian Salutatorian Award, Wesleyan Bible Bowl or Teens n’ Talent Scholarship, and Wesleyan Ministerial Loan/Grant.

Financing Options

Oklahoma Wesleyan University participates in various federal and state financial aid programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, OHLAP-Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal PLUS Loan. Oklahoma Wesleyan University also offers a deferred payment and installment plan.

Credit Earning Options

Oklahoma Wesleyan University grants credits for previously completed coursework taken at another accredited college or university. All transfer courses must have a grade of a C- or better. Students are able to receive up to 65 credits for traditional students and up to 72 hours for adult and graduate studies students. The university also grants credits for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), military training, and life learning. Students can also earn up to 6 credits for correspondence courses. Students are required to submit official transcripts, catalog course descriptions, and any other supporting documents.