Applicants must possess a Bachelor's, normally in a natural science (physics, chemistry, biology or related field), engineering, mathematics or computer science; or in anthropology, psychology, or related fields. Students with a baccalaureate in any field will be considered if their career or ministry path involves a strong scientific interest (e.g., science journalism, campus ministry). The admissions committee also may consider applicants with a baccalaureate who have gained scientific competency through work experience or other means. The baccalaureate degree must be from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Biola University has a strong evangelical Christian commitment and requires that an accepted applicant be an evangelical believer. However, Biola does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in the admission of students, employment and the educational programs or activities it conducts.
- Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution. A background/education in natural science (physics, chemistry, biology or related field), engineering, mathematics or computer science; or in anthropology, psychology, or related fields is beneficial for success in this degree, but not required.
- A grade point average equivalent to a 3.0 "B" average or higher (applicants with a lower GPA can still apply and are considered on a case by case)
- Evangelical believer and in agreement with Biola University's Doctrinal Statement
- No GRE is required!
Application Instructions (International Applicants click here)
- Apply Online. An application fee of $65 (non-refundable) must accompany the application. Pay online through the online application or submit a check payable to Biola University.
- Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If enrolled at the time application is filed, be sure to request transcripts of work finished to date and final transcripts upon completion of your course of study. Transcripts must be official, that is, mailed directly from your college or university in a sealed envelope or sent electronically though the National Student Clearinghouse. Send to: Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions, 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90638. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.
- Submit references. The pastoral reference must be submitted by a pastor on staff at your current church.
- If you are applying for Fall 2015, please use this Online Reference Form.
- If you are applying for Spring or Fall 2016, please submit references as indicated in your online application.
- Complete essays as indicated in the application. The number of essays may vary depending upon program. They are typically 1-2 page typewritten statements submitted with the application.
- Track your application status at any time. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You can complete a portion and finish at a later time. Your information will be saved. You will be asked to create a user name and a password when you apply to guarantee confidentiality and you will receive a personalized identification number.
- If you are applying for Fall 2015, track your application status by logging in here.
- If you are applying for Spring or Fall 2016, track your application status by logging in here.
Our Graduate Admissions team is not able to review your application until your application is complete, this includes receipt of all transcripts and references. Once an application is complete, applicants are typically notified within 2-4 weeks with an admissions decision.
Benefits of Early Application Submission
- More time to apply for FAFSA and receive financial aid
- Eligible to apply for the Acts 17 New Student Scholarship
- Utilize all payment plan options
- More time to schedule academic advising and choose classes
- Reduced stress
The M.A. in Science and Religion admits students for the fall and spring semesters. A completed application includes both references and all transcripts. All applications completed by the application deadline are guaranteed to be reviewed by our admissions committee. We will do our best to review any applications received after the application deadline.
July 1: Application Deadline
Last week in August: Semester Begins
December 1: Application Deadline
Last week in January: Semester Begins
- 2015/2016 Academic Year Tuition Rate: $557 per unit. Tuition payment is due at the time of enrollment. Students pay tuition for the units for which they are enrolled that semester.
- Department Scholarship Opportunity: New students are eligible to apply for the Acts 17 Scholarship, which is a 1-year, $1000 academic scholarship. New Students awarded this scholarship will receive $500 their first semester and $500 their second. The scholarship parameters and application are available here and any new MACA or MASR applicant can apply.
- Payment Plans: All students can take advantage of Biola's payment plan options which can be viewed here.
- Federal Assistance: We recommend that all US Citizens complete FAFSA to see what financial aid they are eligible for. If you are planning to apply for financial aid, please submit your M.A. application as early as possible and begin working on your FAFSA.
For international admission requirements, click here.
Download the Additional Admissions Forms.