Admissions for International Students

Admissions Requirements

  • All international students must meet the same requirements for admission as U.S. citizens, and have successfully completed a course of study in their native country.

  • Transfer international students must have completed satisfactory course work with an academic GPA equivalent to the program of application and obtained transfer authorization from previous institution.

  • International students must subscribe either to the Biola University student health insurance policy or obtain a policy which maintains coverage throughout their time in the United States. 

Before You Begin Your Application

Biola University accepts applications only for the fall semester. You must have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an accredited, recognized institution.

A pre-application must be completed no later than February 1 for preferred consideration. The pre-application must be approved by the Graduate Admissions Office before you begin your application. You will be notified by the Graduate Admissions Office of approval within 2-3 weeks after submitting the completed pre-application.

Application Requirements

  • An application for admission, references and a $55 non–refundable application fee.

  • Official transcripts of all colleges, universities or seminaries attended must be sent directly from the school to Biola’s Office of Graduate Admission to be official. All transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English translation that documents coursework and examinations taken, indicates grades received, identifies passing and maximum marks, and evidences completion of a Bachelor’s degree.

  • Before we can consider your application you must be able to demonstrate a substantial amount of financial support from your own resources. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not allow us to issue I-20 forms (used to obtain student visas) without documented proof that the student has sufficient funds to study in this country. This means the applicant must raise 100% of the needed costs. The affidavit of support form assures us that you will receive support from a sponsor or your parent(s) for the necessary funds to support your education at Biola. We require that an official or notary public notarize the form. We also require that corresponding bank statements be attached. Download the Affidavit of Financial Support.

  • Reference forms: please see the application for your particular program.

TOEFL Requirements

You are required to display English proficiency before being admitted into the graduate programs at Biola University. You are required to submit standardized test scores (TOEFL) for application to Biola. TOEFL Scores of 88 IBT and above will go into regular Master’s level programs. A score of 100 IBT is required for all ThM, Doctoral and MA Philosophy programs. Students who do not have a score of 88 IBT will not be considered for a graduate program. If you have a score below 88 IBT you may be admitted into the English Language Program at the English Language Institute (ELI) which is not graduate studies level.

Required Scores:

TOEFL 88 IBT - Master of Arts (exception below), Master of Arts in Christian Education, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership, Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation & Soul Care, Master of Dvinity

TOEFL 100 IBT - Master of Arts in Philosophy, Master of Theology (ThM), Doctor of Minstry (DMin), EdD in Educational Studies, PhD in Educational Studies

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