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Courses | M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction and Publication

Below are the course requirements for this academic program. For more program details, including graduation requirements and learning outcomes, visit Biola's academic catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed all bachelor's requirements prior to the start of the program and must have a bachelor's degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the second term.
  • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved organization and verified equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Writing proficiency will be evaluated for each applicant in one or more of the following ways: a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above; passage of the CBEST or all CSET subtests, an academic paper, the application essays, or the GRE.
  • Hold a preliminary credential or provide verification of the equivalent professional experience.
  • Applicants for whom English is not a primary language must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam.
  • Complete Biola University’s Graduate Education application.
  • Interview with a member of the School of Education.

Those applying to the M.S. with Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication online program will need the following additional admissions requirements:

  • Verify computer literacy sufficient to become actively engaged in learning online by passing an online proficiency test offered by Biola University’s Distance Learning Department or providing proof of successful online learning in a prior course.
  • Verify access to a computer and the Internet sufficient to engage in Biola University’s Distance Learning Programs.

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

Graduation Requirements

  1. M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication courses must be passed with a grade of “B” or higher.
  2. Candidates must complete the M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Candidates must successfully complete the Capstone, participate on a research team, and fulfill all professional requirements (e.g., conference requirement, concentration reflection) related to the coursework and Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).
  4. Candidates must demonstrate high performance in each Professional Dispositions and Competencies Evaluation for core coursework in order to remain in the M.S. program.  Evidence of unaddressed concerns (scores of 1 or 2), or failing to meet a professional disposition may lead to dismissal.
  5. A minimum of 40 credits is required for the M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication.
  6. Candidates must complete the program within six years of continuous enrollment. Candidates who are not continuously enrolled must complete the program within eight years total.
  7. Candidates must meet with a department advisor and graduate academic records and degree specialist in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).

Transfer of Credits 

Students transferring from an accredited graduate program may transfer a maximum of 6 approved credits for their M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication. Courses transferred must be equivalent to Biola University’s and have direct applicability to the student’s program design. Only courses with a grade of “B” (3.0) on a 4.0 grade scale or higher will be considered for transfer towards the M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication degree; a grade of “B-” or lower is not transferable. Credits considered for transfer must have been taken within five years prior to the date of admission.

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
SEED 501Philosophy and Values in Schools and Society3
SEED 502Advanced Educational Psychology3
SEED 503Educational Research and Statistics3
SEED 504Advanced Curriculum and Instruction3
SEED 524Research in Culture and Intercultural Instruction3
SEED 548Collaborative Research 11
SEED 553Writing Literature Reviews 22
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Grant Writing, Book Proposal, and Textbook
Learning, Motivation, and Student Engagement
Curriculum Practicum
Current Issues in Education and Education Policy
Preparing Textbooks for Publication
School Leadership and Professional Learning Communities
SEED 596Professional Development Module1
Select one of the following:3
Exposition of New Testament Segments or Themes (taken as "Life of Christ")
Other approved TTBE 3-credit course
Capstone Course
SEED 598Curriculum Research Project 33
Total Credits40

SEED 548 Collaborative Research will be ongoing throughout the program. Students must enroll and participate for a minimum of two terms totaling 1 credit, including the final semester for the M.S. degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Publication program. 


Successful passage of SEED 553 is required for advancement in the program. Writing support and documentation may be mandatory for some students. SEED 554 may be substituted for SEED 553.


This course must be completed in the final semester. To produce quality research, it is recommended to be taken only with SEED 548 in the final semester. Course must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher.

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