College of Professional Studies

Olivet’s College of Professional Studies programs equip students for a career in some of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States and around the world — business, health sciences, nursing and health care, family and consumer services, social work and criminal justice. Through rigorous programs of study, research and service, students learn and live the ethical lifestyle of caring professionals.

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Learn why Olivet’s dedication to faith and integrity have earned its rank as Illinois's number one Christian university.


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McGraw School of Business

The culture and atmosphere is alive and exciting in the McGraw School of Business as students learn to help individuals and business organizations prosper and bring glory to the name of Christ. Olivet Nazarene University's School of Business prepares students to shape the future of business and the world.

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School of Nursing

Olivet nursing students prepare for careers with an aim to serve God and humanity in diverse roles and settings. Olivet graduates integrate faith and lifelong learning as they demonstrate the development of leadership skills and understanding of the dynamic health care environment. In an effort to stimulate constructive change, students apply ethical, moral, spiritual and professional concepts into their daily nursing practice.

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School of Education

The Olivet Nazarene University School of Education prepares students for success in their chosen career of teaching — no small assignment, given the changing landscape of education. Responsiveness in keeping programs current is one of Olivet’s many distinctions.

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Department of Exercise and Sports Science

At Olivet, students have the opportunity to become Christian professionals in the world of exercise and sports science. Olivet’s education also prepares students for graduate school, advanced degrees and certifications, and provides them with many opportunities for learning to work with clients. 

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Department of Family and Consumer Science

At Olivet, students can pursue their interests in hospitality, nutrition, fashion, interior design and so much more. As they prepare for Christ-centered service to individuals, families and communities, they enjoy the integrative study offered in the area of family and consumer sciences. 

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Department of Military Science 

Olivet’s job is to develop students as leaders. From the moment they take on the challenges of this high commitment program, ROTC cadets learn what the U.S. Army, Olivet and Jesus requires of leaders.

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Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice

The Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Olivet provides students with the preparation they need to be an influence for Christ in their communities, states, countries and the world. At Olivet, students learn and experience how to address issues with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and systems. They gain the knowledge they need to serve and succeed in their careers.

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Rick and Debbie Dykhouse Center for Academic Excellence

The Rick & Debbie Dykhouse Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) exists to strengthen academic behaviors, provide academic support, and foster academic scholarship for all undergraduate students from enrollment through degree completion. 

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Meet the Faculty

Dean Amber Residori

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and seasoned administrator, Dr. Amber Residori cares about Olivet students. She is passionate about life, helping others and sharing God’s love through service. Her professional career includes work in residential treatment settings with youth and adolescents and in hospitals with psychiatric and mental health patients.

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