International Students


International student applicants must read the following information before beginning their application. This page contains key facts and deadlines that students will need to know.

Admission Requirements

  • Must have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an accredited, recognized institution.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required for admission to all graduate programs.
  • Recommended: students wishing to begin in the spring should apply by November 1, and students wishing to begin in the fall should apply by June 1.


Application Deadlines

The M.A. in Christian apologetics admits students for the fall and spring semesters. A completed application includes both references and all transcripts. All applications received by the application deadline are guaranteed to be reviewed by our admissions committee.

We will do our best to review applications that are submitted after the deadline, but in order to guarantee academic advising, we recommend applying by the deadlines below:

Fall Semester

  • International Student Deadline: June 1

Spring Semester

  • International Student Deadline: November 1


Required Documents

The following documents must be received before an application can be considered:

  1. Application Completed (with application fee of US $65; check, money order or foreign draft)
  2. Official Transcripts
    The transcripts from all colleges, universities or seminaries attended 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. In many cases, Biola is able to evaluate international transcripts without going through the World Education Service (WES). If you believe that may be the case for you, go ahead and request official transcripts from your institution be sent to Biola. Please contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more details.
  3. Evidence of English Proficiency
    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 with a minimum score of 100.
  4. Submit Pastor and Character Recommendations
    The Pastor Recommendation must be submitted by a pastor on staff at your current church.
  5. Affidavit of Support (for each individual source of funding)
    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 forms must be notarized and sent with supporting bank statements or copies of income tax return forms.


TOEFL

A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required for admission.


Affidavit of Financial Support

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. Applicants may do one of following options:

  1. Use bank statements to prove that they can self-support and raise 100% of the necessary costs
  2. Complete an Affidavit of Support, assuring that the student will receive support from someone such as a sponsor or parent(s). In this case, 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 (PDF).


International Student Scholarships & Payment Plans

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.

  • New students are eligible to apply for the Acts 17 Department Scholarship, which is a 1-year, $1,000 academic scholarship. New Christian Apologetics, M.A. or Science and Religion, M.A. students awarded this scholarship will receive $500 their first semester, and $500 their second. The scholarship parameters and application can be found here:

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  • Our M.A. degree is 36 units. Full time is considered nine units, and part time is eight units or below. Many of our students are part time and take between three to seven units a semester. Biola offers a variety of payment plans to all students, including an option to break up a semester tuition payment with 25% each month for 4 months. See information regarding Biola payment here.

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Employment Opportunities

International students on F-1 visas may work on campus but not off campus. Accompanying spouses in the U.S. are not permitted to work unless also full-time students. Do not plan on any other employment while in the United States. Biola has around 680 on-campus jobs, but it is not guaranteed that you will get a job on campus.


Transitioning to the States and College Life

The Global Student Programs and Development (GSPD) department is available to help with any questions and concerns you may have about your transition to Biola. The mission of GSPD is to serve, equip and empower global students through comprehensive support services and programming.

GSPD's graduate student team can assist you with transitions and adjustment to Biola, and also hosts various events throughout the year to encourage community. Visit the GSPD website for more information, or contact the department with specific questions here:

Global Student Programs and Development
globalstudentservices@biola.edu
1-562-903-6000 ext. 5804


Questions?

If you have any questions or would like more information on any graduate program at Biola, we're here to help!

Please email us at graduate.admissions@biola.edu or call 1-888-985-9858.