Olivet Nazarene University's School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) provides educational resources in the areas of business, education, nursing, and theology, and offers degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels.

Olivet was founded in 1907, and the main campus is located one hour south of Chicago in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Olivet Nazarene University is a liberal arts university with more than 100 areas of study and is home to 2,600 undergraduate students.

The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies extends the mission of the University to thousands of adult students. Through the SGCS, more than 14,000 students have earned degrees and are now making a difference in their communities as a result of their education.

Our classes meet online or at numerous locations throughout the Midwest. The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies has offices in Bourbonnais, Rolling Meadows, and Oak Brook, Illinois, as well as Indianapolis, Indiana and Grand Ledge and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our Philosophy

The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies exists to serve adult and non-traditional students by providing educational resourcing that equips them to transform the communities around them in the modeled spirit of Jesus Christ.

We believe in people. We believe that education unlocks a person’s potential.
We believe an educated person has a significant impact on his or her community.
We believe an education is not something to be contained, but is intended to impact the world.

Our Mission

Olivet Nazarene University, a denominational university in the Wesleyan tradition, exists to provide a university-level liberal arts "Education with a Christian Purpose."
Our mission is to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity.

We seek the strongest scholarship and the deepest piety, knowing that they are thoroughly compatible (and) ... a Christian environment ... where not only knowledge but character is sought

(Quotation from the Olivet Nazarene University Catalog, 1915)

Our Approach

Furthering your education can transform your career and your life. Whether you wish to complete a degree, advance a career, or make a career change, Olivet's highly regarded academic programs will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your goal.

We deliver convenient, quality education to busy adults. Our students are a most diverse group coming from all walks of life. Some are busy professionals, others are preparing for a new career. Our accelerated format is designed to meet the needs of active adults.

Olivet programs meet once a week in-person or online, and are designed to be completed in less than two years. We offer the opportunity to get ahead without having to put your career on hold by offering programs that are:

Flexible: We offer class times to fit your busy schedule.
Convenient: Our cohorts meet in more than 130 locations, as well as online.
Applicable: This is a real education enhanced by real-world experience.

Our promise is to deliver professional, skilled academic experiences with integrity. The success of each and every student is our focus.