Master of Arts

Spiritual Formation

Admissions Process

Admission Deadline: April 15

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) 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, MA Philosophy and the Messianic Jewish Studies MDiv and Certificate programs. Students who do not have a score of 88 IBT will not be considered for a graduate program.  

Required Scores:


International Student Admission Requirements

  • Biola University accepts international student applications only for the fall semester, with the exception of F-1 transfers, Doctor of Ministry, and modular programs.
  • You must have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an accredited, recognized institution.
  • All admissions items must be received by June 1st prior to the fall semester for which one is applying.*

Before You Begin Your Application

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 of approval within 2-3 weeks after submitting the completed pre-application. The pre-application is comprised of information regarding your Christian testimony, academic background, English proficiency (TOEFL), and financial resources as part of your application.

*Please note that some programs have earlier application deadlines.

Attention: Any application for ON LINE (TESOL or School of Education) programs, extension centers (such as Kiev, or Chaing Mai), or if you hold a visa other than an F1, then the pre application is NOT necessary; therefore you can move forward to the full application.

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