Osman Elmalı was born in Erzurum in 1968. He completed his primary, elementary and high school education in Erzurum. After his graduation from high school in Erzurum, he studied at Selçuk University Faculty of Divinity for a while, he started to study at Atatürk University Faculty of Divinity. He graduated form there in 1992. Then he worked as a teacher, he started to work as Research Assistant at Atatürk University Faculty of Divinity Department of Philosophy anf Religion Sciences Division of History of Philosophy. He completed his Master's in 1995 and his Doctoral study in 2001. In the same year, he started to work as a Assistant Professor. He gained the titles of Associate Professor in 2008 and Professor in 2013. He worked as the Dean for the Faculty of Sport Sciences at Atatürk University between the years 2016-2018. He has been working as the head of Atatürk University Faculty of Divinity Department of Philosophy anf Religion Sciences since 2016.