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Admission into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program requires several different application requirements, such as a written essay statement, transcripts and more. If you are an international student or transfer, please refer to the information below for additional details about pursuing an MBA at the Crowell School of Business.

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Application Deadlines

Make sure you submit your MBA application by the following deadlines. If you are considering applying and the deadline has passed, please contact graduate admissions.

Fall Semester Start

  • International Student & Early Application Deadline: June 1
  • Application Deadline: July 1

Spring Semester Start

  • Application Deadline: November 1

Application Requirements

If you are interested in applying to the MBA program, please make note of the following application requirements:

General Requirements

Admission into the program competitive and based upon a committee review of each applicant’s fulfillment of the following requirements. Applicants must:

  • Be a committed follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Have an undergraduate degree (business administration or other field) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have at least three years of professional experience when admitted to the program. If you are a recent graduate and this requirement is not met, then you are strongly encouraged to participate in a part-time internship or job that you have personally arranged, in order to gain valuable real-world experience while earning the MBA degree.
  • A GMAT or GRE score is not required for admission but will be considered if submitted.

Application Instructions

  1. Apply online
  2. MBA Vocational Objectives essay
    • Provide a statement (no more than 2 pages) addressing your qualifications for acceptance to the MBA program (leadership potential, creative abilities, motivational aptitude) and your career goals, including a description of how participation in the MBA program will contribute to your growth and development toward those goals. This is included in the online application but must be submitted separately if you are completing the PDF application.
  3. Submit a $65 application fee
    • An application fee of $65 (non-refundable) is required. Pay online through the online application or submit a check payable to Biola University. If you attend an information session, we will waive your application fee.
  4. Request official transcripts
    • 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 through the National Student Clearinghouse. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.*
      • Send transcripts to:
        Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions
        13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639
  5. GMAT score report, if applicable
  6. Three references (please submit references as indicated in your online application):
    • Pastor or church leader reference
    • Academic or character reference
    • Employer reference
  7. Provide a professional resume
  8. Submit your Christian Testimony essay
    • The circumstances surrounding your decision to become a follower of Christ
    • The scriptural basis for your salvation
    • Your contribution to a local church community
    • A description of how you display attributes of a mature Christian faith
  9. Interview with the Crowell School of Business Academic Dean, Gary Lindblad (we will contact you to schedule your interview once we have received all the above application items)

Transfer Credits

Students transferring from a regionally accredited graduate program may transfer a maximum of six (6) credits. The courses transferred must be equivalent, have direct applicability to your program, and be approved by the program director. Only courses with a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher will be considered for transfer toward the MBA degree. Credits considered for transfer must have been taken within five years prior to the date of admission.

* Note: Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student’s academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution

International Students

International students have different admissions requirements, such as varying application deadlines, required documents and more. Please see the information below to learn more.

Thank you for your interest in our Master of Business Administration program. We want to know you and help you navigate the application process. Have questions? Contact our International Admissions office!

Joshua Esau, Senior International Admissions Counselor

International Students Application Deadlines and Requirements

International student MBA applications must be submitted by the following deadlines. If you are considering applying and the deadline has passed, please contact graduate admissions.

  • Fall Semester Start: June 1
  • Spring Semester Start: October 1

Please note the following requirements:

  • You must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited, recognized institution.
  • All admissions items (references, transcripts, etc.) must be received no later than June 1, prior to the fall semester for which you are applying, or October 1, prior to the spring semester for which you are applying. We strongly recommend that you complete you applications even sooner.

Required Documents

All the following documents must be received before an application can be considered:

  1. Apply online or download application.
  2. An application fee of $65 (non-refundable) is required. Pay online through the online application or submit a check, money order, or foreign draft payable to Biola University.
  3. Official transcripts of all colleges, universities, or seminaries attended.
    • The transcripts must be sent directly from the school to Biola's Office of Graduate Admissions to be official. These records should include the grading system, grades earned, courses, and/or examination marks. All International transcripts need U.S. grade equivalencies noted, so you must have them evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). Be sure to choose "course by course report." This process takes an average of 4–6 weeks and costs approximately US $300.
  4. You are required to submit standardized test scores (TOEFL) for application to Biola to display evidence of English proficiency before being admitted into the graduate programs at Biola University. It is essential that non-native English speaking students be able to understand directions and lectures in English and be able to express their thoughts clearly in spoken and written English.

    Preference in admission will be given to those with an overall score of at least 100 IBT/600 PBT/250 CBT on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam as administered by the Educational Testing Service. If you don't yet meet this requirement, consider Biola’s English Language Program.

    English Language Program

    Whether you plan on attending one of Biola’s top undergraduate or graduate programs or are simply interested in growing your English skills, Biola University’s English Language Program (ELP) can help you advance your academic English comprehension and communication.

    Available Tracks:
    • This track allows domestic or international students to improve their English-language proficiency to reach their university, career or ministry goals. Students who successfully complete ELP Level 3 and pass the final exit exam will receive a language waiver to Biola’s graduate programs. *This track is required for provisionally accepted students.
    • Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score:
      • TOEFL iBT: 55+ / IELTS: 5.5
      • Depending on the score, students will either be placed into Level 1, 2, or 3
    • Please contact with questions.
    Academic English Program (AEP)
    • This track offers all students (monolingual and bilingual) the opportunity to improve their academic English skills while taking graduate courses at Biola.
    • Upon the ELP Director’s evaluation, students will be required to take 1-3 ELP courses
    • Minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement:
      • For programs that require TOEFL iBT 90/IELTS 7.0, the AEP qualification is 80/High 6.5
      • For programs that require TOEFL iBT 100/IELTS 7.5, the AEP qualification is 90/7.0
    • Please contact with questions.

    The Crowell School of Business reserves the right to waive a retake of the TOEFL test for MBA international student applicants who already have a Biola business degree. Waivers of this requirement will be evaluated by the applicant’s interview with the dean.

    Since this test is administered only at certain times, the candidate for admission should inquire about testing dates well in advance of the date of anticipated school term in the U.S. For information about TOEFL, contact either:
    • American Embassies and Consulates, United Information
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 6154, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154, USA (Phone: 609-771-7100, Fax: 610-290-8972, Website:
  5. GMAT Score Report, if applicable.
  6. Three References (Download the Reference Forms (PDF)).
    1. Pastor or church leader reference
    2. Academic or character reference
    3. Employer reference
  7. Please include a professional resume.
  8. Affidavit of Support for each individual source of funding. Before we can consider your application, you need to find a sponsor (or sponsors) who will pay for your educational expenses, or you must have the funds yourself (note: Copies of the Affidavit of Support may be made if more than one person will serve as sponsor for your expenses).

    The Affidavit of Support must be Notarized and submitted with corresponding bank statements.

    This document reasonably ensures your sponsors ability to support you during your time of studies while in the U.S.

    Download the Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF)

  9. Interview with the Crowell School of Business Dean, Gary Lindblad (we will contact you to schedule your interview once we have received all of the above application items).
  10. Once accepted, international students must subscribe either to the Biola University student health insurance policy or obtain a policy that maintains coverage throughout their time in the United States.

I-20 Form

To obtain the I-20 form (which is used to apply for a student visa with your embassy), you must complete the above process, be accepted to the university, and pay a deposit of US $2,000 toward your tuition. This deposit will also cover the $300 deposit required for enrollment and housing.

Financial Aid

It is important to understand the cost of attending a private university in the United States before beginning the application process. This section attempts to answer questions about financial aid available to international students.

Although there is financial aid available to international students, funds are limited and normally do not exceed 10% of a student’s yearly tuition costs. Therefore, applicants must be able to meet the majority of the cost of their education.

The source of the remaining 90% or more of yearly tuition must be from the applicant’s funds and/or a sponsor(s). Biola University cannot assist applicants in finding sponsors.

  • Before requests for financial aid can be considered, the applicant must submit a completed application file with all items listed above, and be accepted for admittance by June 1.
  • It is essential that the University clearly understands the applicant's qualifications and sponsor's financial resources before evaluating eligibility for scholarship assistance. Incomplete or un-notarized affidavits will be returned to the applicant.
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance should specify this request with their completed application forms.


The Harold Taber Scholarship is available to students on an F-1 visa. Please review the visit the scholarship page for the scholarship application, requirements and details. Please see the MBA financial aid page for more information.

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