Current Students


Spring 2015 Orientation & Registration Information

Classes begin Monday, January 26, 2015! 

Please download and review the following information:


Orientation is required for all on campus new graduate students including those who earned a bachelor's degree at Biola University, unless otherwise indicated. Some students may be required to complete the Talbot or TESOL and Applied Linguistics Writing Proficiency Examinations and/or the proficiency exams in Greek and Hebrew (see details below). If you are required to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE) you will be notified in your acceptance letter.

Hebrew Exams

For Talbot students wishing to challenge first year Hebrew or who are required to validate a transfer of this course, this exam is held on Thursday, January 22, in Myers 106. The Hebrew exam is from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Please call Sandra Orr at (562) 903-4829 after Friday, January 5th, noon, to reserve your spot.

New Student Banquet - Thursday, January 22,  6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Andrews Banquet Room

All new Talbot students and one guest (spouse or significant other) are invited and encouraged to attend (sorry, no children). This Banquet is a highlight of the seminary experience for most students, so you won't want to miss it! Meet your faculty members and their spouses, begin to form new friendships and support relationships with fellow students, and hear a word of encouragement from Talbot's Dean, Dr. Clint Arnold. Please join us for this fun evening of rich fellowship.

The Banquet is complimentary, but you will need to RSVP online by midnight on Monday, January 12, 


Enrollment (formerly Registration)

Enrollment for new and readmit graduate students is being conducted on line from Tuesday, 
January 6th at 9:00 am through Thursday, January 15th at 4:00 pm.  To avoid a late enrollment fee all steps including down payment must be completed by the deadline (Please note: if you choose to use the down payment method you MUST also sign up for a payment plan at the same time).  Late enrollment begins Friday, January 16th with a charge of $200.  Classes will be dropped Friday, January 23rd, 2015 if all Enrollment steps are not complete.  
On line enrollment can be found at (new students will receive their BSI [Biola Student id number] when they are accepted and NET ID’s/passwords (for accepted students) will be available the day after you are accepted at – new students click on “First time logging in”.  This will also link you to the class schedule and curriculum charts.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TALBOT STUDENTS: There is a 12-unit limit for Talbot grad students.  If a student wishes to go above the 12-unit limit, the student will need approval and should contact the Talbot department contacts for assistance (list was supplied in registration mailing and/or accept letter).

Enrollment Deposit

All accepted students must submit an Enrollment Deposit of $100, unless otherwise indicated in your acceptance letter/notice to approved applicants.  (International students are required to submit a total of $2,000 in order to issue the I-20).  The deposit allows the admissions office to transfer electronic data to other offices on campus.  Submit the deposit as soon as possible upon acceptance.  The deposit is not a fee.  The funds stay on your account until you graduate or leave the university.  At that time it will be refunded or credited toward your school bill. However, if you do not attend after submitting your deposit, the $100 is non-refundable.  The deposit can be paid by debit/credit card at student financial tab (please follow instructions), we also accept cash, check, money order or wire.

Those who do not submit the deposit before the start of on line enrollment, may experience a significant delay in registration.

Finances and Payments

Please familiarize yourself with the information regarding finances and payments in the Catalog in the General Information section or the online inserts. It will assist you as you consider tuition payments. You may view the entire catalog. You can also estimate your down payment.

Financial Aid

If you have not already done so, apply for financial aid immediately. Finances exist but we cannot help you without an application. The information about financial aid is now online at Time is a factor so begin immediately. (For domestic students only.) Not all programs qualify for financial aid assistance. International students apply for financial aid by petitioning the International Admissions Counselor. Details are on line, you may visit their website ( Please note: Aid award on the financial aid insert is an estimate only. Please check with financial aid for your award or sign onto and look for student financials tab.

International Students

International Student Orientation is held in the fall only (the exception will be distance, Modular or Doctor of Ministry students). Additional information will be sent electronically by the International Student Services Department.

Non-Native English Speakers

Biola English Placement Exam (BEPE)
The BEPE will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm in BUSN 103.        Course work in English may be required as a result of this exam, and these courses must be taken 
every semester until exiting the department.
Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE)
Advanced compositional skills, commensurate with graduate-level theological studies, are foundational and indispensable, both in terms of educational and ministerial success. Based on objective criteria, some new students will be required to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE) prior to registration for the first semester. TWPE results will determine whether enrollment in TTSS 520 Theological Writing will be required. If required, this course must be taken following TTSS 510 in conjunction with ENGL 161.  Students who receive a grade of “NC” (No Credit) in TTSS 520 must repeat the course (the course is graded on a Credit / No Credit basis).
If you are required to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE), you will be notified in your acceptance letter. If you are not so notified, you are not required to take the TWPE.
The TWPE, if required, will be administered Thursday, January 22, at 8:00 a.m. in Myers 106. TWPE results determine whether the student must enroll in the Talbot course TTSS 520: Theological Writing. That is, if you do not pass the TWPE, you are required to enroll in TTSS 520. You may not request to retake the exam. 

We look forward to having you study with us! Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor in the Office of Graduate Admissions at (800) 652-4652 if you desire further assistance.


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