Oxford Graduate School is an independent, free-standing, research institution committed to providing a quality educational experience for Christian adults. Founded in 1980, it is located on a campus near Dayton, Tennessee (between Knoxville and Chattanooga). Oxford Graduate School is non-denominational, non-profit, and non-discriminatory.
The institutional goal is the integration of religion and society and includes increasing morality and ethics in business and industry and principles and values in all society. The doctoral program is designed to teach research focused on the family, community, and the church or a combination of these areas. The masters program is offered in two curricular areas: Family Life Education and Organizational Leadership.
All Faculty and Members of the Board of Regents annually sign a statement of Solidarity of Faith. This set of theological statements (found in the Catalog, elsewhere on this site) affirms those beliefs around which Christians across the globe have united throughout the centuries. This commonality leads to an atmosphere of unity that facilitates dialogue about the theological and moral issues that are of primary importance. Students are not asked to sign the statement.
Curricular requirements of Oxford Graduate School call for students to incorporate the principles of their faith into their academic work and to show how it influences their vocational practices. The School is not a Seminary; it does not offer courses in Biblical studies or theology, although students are encouraged to incorporate such study into assignments, and the curriculum supports their doing so.
Adults who earn a degree from Oxford Graduate School demonstrate a sincere commitment to scholarship. Our doctoral requirements match or exceed those of programs of which we are aware that have similar curricular goals. Oxford Graduate School students reach their goals because learning has immediate application to their personal lives.
Our commitment is to help each student achieve his or her goals; to carry out existing work more effectively, be more aware as a Christian, and to extend one’s giftedness into new means of service. Our size and specialization allow us to function much as does a university department with strong personal attention to what benefits each student. We find great joy in helping students realize success at levels beyond their expectations.