International Admissions Process
International Students must have a complete DMin application (references, transcripts, etc.) submitted no later than four months prior to the start of their first semester. Starting dates for each track vary; please see the DMin overview for more information.
Admission Deadline: November 1 for Spring Admission
English Proficiency 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 or IELTS) for application to Biola. TOEFL Scores of at least 90 iBT and IELTS Scores of at least 7 will qualify for our regular Master’s level programs. A score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL and 7.5 on the IELTS is required for all ThM, Doctoral, MA Philosophy, Messianic Jewish Studies, and Spiritual Formation programs. Students who have a score below 90 iBT and 7 on the IELTS will not be considered for a graduate program, but may apply to the English Language Learner (ELL) program.
Standard Talbot Master's degree program Requirement: TOEFL 90 iBT or IELTS overall score of 7
ThM, Doctoral, MA Philosophy, Messianic Jewish Studies, Spiritual Formation: TOEFL 100 IBT or IELTS overall score of 7.5
The DMin department will determine English proficiency on a case-by-case basis, but will consistently look for at least one of the following criteria to be met:
- A TOEFL score of at least 600 PBT, 250 CBT, or 100 IBT
- An appropriate master’s degree, from an accredited school in an English-speaking program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- The DMin program reserves the right to accept a student on a probationary basis if English language proficiency is in doubt--this is so even if the applicant can demonstrate adequate satisfaction of either criteria mentioned above.
- You must have the equivalent of an MDiv degree from an accredited, recognized institution.
- All international students must meet the same requirements for admission as U.S. citizens, even if they have successfully completed a course of study in their native country.
- Transfer international students must have 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.
- An application for admission, references and a $65 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 and Master’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 details.