Ph.D. in Educational Studies

International Admissions Process

Admission Deadlines:

January 31 for Fall 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 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.  

Required Scores:

Standard Talbot Master's degree program Requirement: TOEFL 90 iBT or IELTS overall score of 7

Doctoral, MA Philosophy, Messianic Jewish Studies, Spiritual Formation: TOEFL 100 IBT or IELTS overall score of 7.5


The doctoral program in Educational Studies also requires a score of 4.0 or above on the Test for Written English (TWE). Preference in admission will be given to applicants with TOEFL scores of 600 paper / 250 computer or over, and 4.0 or over on the TWE, or at least 100 on the TOEFL IBT, with minimum scores for the four sections as follows: Writing (22), Reading (26), Speaking (26), Listening (26).

Since doctoral seminars involve regular student discussion, it is expected that international students have the requisite ability with spoken English to be a contributing member of such discussions.

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