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Master of Business Administration (MBA)


The Master of Business Administration at the Crowell School of Business is a 36-credit program for Christians called to pursue business as ministry. As an MBA student, you will join other kingdom-minded entrepreneurs and develop the skills, relationships and advanced knowledge you need to be an effective leader and servant of Christ in the world of business.

MBA students will work with experienced faculty who have first-hand knowledge of business today and are committed to creative vision, innovative problem solving and the highest ethical standards. The program utilizes business cases and group discussions to skillfully apply biblical principles to complex business problems and scenarios.

The MBA program’s entrepreneurial focus and Mentor Program will equip you to impact and transform today’s marketplace. Crowell is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The MBA program at Crowell prepares followers of Jesus Christ to be successful business leaders in the marketplace. Here are several advantages to pursuing your MBA at Crowell:

  • A Movement of Kingdom-Minded Entrepreneurs. Crowell is invested in catalyzing Christian entrepreneurs with a kingdom-minded approach to business. You will not only learn how to start and lead businesses but also how to effectively utilize God-given resources in any organization to foster innovation, change and creativity. Join other Crowell students who envision business as a means to promote the common good and honor Christ through hard work, ethics and service to others.
  • Biblical Integration to Develop Your Biblical Values in Business. Biola believes the Bible has much to teach about all aspects of business, so every class you take integrates scriptural principles and will develop your Christian worldview. MBA students will also take specific courses on ethics and theology to effectively articulate biblical values in discussions about workplace ethics. More than 15 percent of MBA courses qualify as Bible courses and are taught or co-taught by faculty from Biola’s Talbot School of Theology, one of the nation’s leading seminaries.
  • A Class Schedule Fit for Working Professionals. Whether you’re a working professional or a full-time student, our MBA program conveniently allows you to customize and attend part-time (1 night per week) or full-time (1-2 nights per week). Our MBA hybrid class format gives you the ability to attend classes in person one night per week, and also complete assignments and participate in discussions online. This hybrid format combines the best of in-person and online teaching practices, making a high-quality, accredited graduate business education possible for busy, working adults. Students studying in our year-round trimester program complete degrees in as little as 16 months.
  • Crowell’s Mentor Program. As an MBA student, you will be paired with a successful Christian businessperson who will provide you with personal, one-on-one mentoring and executive coaching throughout the program. Our mentors are committed and growing Christians who believe in “business as ministry.”
  • A Networking Community of Christ-Followers. Unlike most other MBA programs, Crowell’s community will expand your network with other Christian men and women in business. Sharing the same faith in Jesus Christ as fellow students and professors provides opportunities to discuss how a calling to business is a ministry to God.

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What will I study as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) student?

The MBA program consists of prerequisite coursework (for those without a bachelor’s degree in business), a common core of graduate courses, a theology course, an integrative business ethics course and participation in the Mentor Program. Core graduate course topics include:

  • Organizational financial policy
  • Advanced financial management and control
  • Marketing strategy
  • Business intelligence and data analytics
  • Biblical management and ethics
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Organizational change and leadership
  • Managing emerging enterprises
  • Management strategy

Career Outlook and Preparation

What can you do with a Master of Business Administration (MBA)?

With an MBA, you will increase your opportunities for career advancement and a more competitive salary. An MBA from the Crowell School of Business will also prepare you to be an effective servant leader in diverse fields, including law, accounting, international business, finance and marketing. Career options include professions such as:

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • Chief technology officer
  • General manager
  • Business analyst
  • Director of Operations
  • Sales manager
  • General manager
  • Customer relations manager
  • Management consultant
  • Entrepreneur

6% job growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for Top Executive is projected to be As fast as average between 2021 and 2031.

BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.

Nicole Ospina

I was pleasantly surprised with how much networking occurred organically. The relationships I’ve built because of Biola have been phenomenal. I can’t put a price on it. It’s only continued to grow abundantly since my graduation.

Nicole Ospina
Alex Mutch

I chose Biola University for my MBA because of the professors. The time and care that they exhibit for the students was really impactful for me.

Alex Mutch
Christina Lee

Crowell has a mentorship program that matches you with a business professional. The mentors walk with you through your professional growth and challenge you to be more intentional in the workplace.

Christina Lee
Cristina Roberts

The Crowell School of Business offers an excellent program. It’s proven to be effective at equipping business professionals who have strong ethical backgrounds. All while looking at business through the lens of the Christian perspective. I think it’s the best MBA program out there. It’s affordable and practical. The professors are exceptional and they’re so driven to help us succeed.

Cristina Roberts
Joshua Arnaldo

A lot of traditional programs focus on only professional development. This program allowed me to focus on both my professional and spiritual growth. It challenged me to think about the kingdom impact I’m making as a leader.

Joshua Arnaldo

Admissions & Deadlines

As a Christian institution, Biola seeks to admit applicants whose backgrounds clearly demonstrate scholarly aptitude, a commitment to the historic Christian faith, personal character and integrity, and a positive service-oriented motivation toward their field of study. Biola does not discriminate on the basis of the applicant's race, color, sex, socio-economic status, disability, or national or ethnic origin.

Education and GPA Requirements

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree (business administration or other field) from an accredited institution by the time you plan to start coursework at Biola, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Note: If you do not meet the degree or GPA requirements above, you may still be considered for admission. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions office at If you are an international student, contact

Professional Experience

  • Preferably 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.

GMAT / GRE Test Scores

  • A GMAT or GRE score is not required for admission but will be considered if submitted.

English Proficiency Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. See “English Proficiency” in the application steps section below.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Early Action: June 1
    • General: July 1
    • International Students: June 1
  • Spring Semester
    • General: December 1
    • International Students: October 1

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Meet Your Admissions Counselor

If you have more questions about the program, admissions process or Biola in general, schedule a phone call or send an email to your admissions counselor.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

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Text or Call: (562) 393-7639
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International Graduate Admissions Counselor

The Office of International Admissions serves students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

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Application Steps

  1. Complete and submit the online application

  2. Submit a non-refundable $65 application fee

    • Note: If you attend an information session, we will waive your application fee.
  3. Submit supplemental application materials through your online application portal:

  4. Official Transcripts

    • Submit all official transcripts from previous academic institutions.
      • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
      • If enrolled at the time the application is filed, be sure to request transcripts of work finished to date and final transcripts upon completion of your course of study.
      • Transcripts will be considered official only when a) mailed directly from the institution to Biola, b) sent electronically through an approved vendor or c) physically delivered in an untampered envelope sealed by the institution. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.
        • Mail transcripts to:
          Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions
          13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639
    • Note for International Students: All international transcripts need U.S. grade equivalencies noted (i.e. GPA on a 4.0 scale). If your transcripts do not show U.S. grade equivalencies, you must have them evaluated by a credential evaluation agency like SpanTran (Biola Discount), World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services (FIS). Be sure to choose "course by course report" and have SpanTran/WES/FIS send them directly to Biola University via online portal or post (13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639) in order to be considered official.

    Three Reference Letters

    • Pastor or church leader reference
    • Academic or character reference
    • Employer reference
    • Note: Additional instructions can be found in the online application.

    Two Essays

    • Christian testimony
      • 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
    • Vocational objectives
      • 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.
    • Note: The essay prompts can be found in the online application.

    English Proficiency (required for non-native English speakers)

    • Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown through one of the methods described below:
      • Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
        • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 iBT
        • IELTS: minimum score of 7.5
        • Duolingo: minimum score of 125
      • A degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral) issued by an institution where English is the medium of instruction.
        • Official written communication from the institution (Registrar, Controller of Examinations Office, or Undergraduate College)
        • Official degree statements or transcripts may be accepted given English is stated as the medium of instruction
        • Official catalog verification
        • Note: For universities from non-Anglophone countries, further language assessment may be required.
      • Completion of the English Language Scholars (ELS) with passing status on the ELS's final exit exam, which must be approved by the ELS Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
      • Qualify for English Language Scholars (ELS), which allows students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores to still enroll in their graduate degree program. Students would be taking academic English courses concurrently with the graduate degree program courses. 
        • Students eligible for ELS will be assessed by the ELS Director to determine the total number of academic English courses to take while enrolled in their graduate program courses. The following are the scores needed to qualify for ELS: TOEFL iBT 90 / IELTS 7.0 / Duolingo 110–124.
        • Note: Students must be admitted to the graduate program first to be considered for ELS.
  5. Interview with the Crowell School of Business MBA & Master of Management Department Chair

    • Note: We will contact you to schedule your interview once we have received all the above application items


    Things to Note

    • 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. When you apply, to guarantee confidentiality, you will be asked to create a user name and a password, and will receive a personalized identification number. Track your application status by logging in to the online application.
    • 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.
    • 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 who will be studying on campus are required to apply for an F-1 student visa. For more information, visit

Tuition and Financial Aid

Biola is committed to help make your studies affordable — each school offers different scholarship, grant and loan opportunities to help finance your education.

Cost Per Credit (2024‑25) $837
Full-time Tuition Per Term (Estimated) Based on 6 credit courseload$5,022
Part-time Tuition Per Term (Estimated) Based on 3 credit courseload$2,511
Total Program Tuition (Estimated) Based on total program credits and 2024‑25 cost per credit$30,132
Theology Coursework (Per Credit) $704
Intensive Weekend Fee $250
Program Fee Per term$40
Parking Permit Per term$120


Learning Opportunities

Mentor Program

The mentor program is a fundamental distinctive at Crowell School of Business that pairs current business students with a Christian business person in a mentoring relationship.

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Distinguished Speaker Series

The "Distinguished Speaker Series" brings a selection of accomplished business leaders to the Biola University community to share their varied professional and personal insights.

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Biola Financial Planning Association

The Biola Financial Planning Association guides students who are interested in a career in the financial services industry through networking opportunities, financial coaching and career preparation.

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