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As a Christian institution, Biola seeks to admit applicants whose backgrounds clearly demonstrate scholarly aptitude, a commitment to the Christian faith, integrity, and a positive service-oriented approach to the field of industrial-organizational psychology. Applicants who bring diverse racial, ethnic, cultural perspectives and lived experience are especially encouraged to apply.


Admissions Requirements

  • Students must meet all bachelor’s requirements in psychology or related to Industrial-Organizational Psychology (IOP) prior to the start of the program.

  • Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, a recognized baccalaureate degree equivalent earned outside the U.S., or the demonstrated educational equivalent of a North American baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) unless otherwise noted.

  • Completed prerequisite courses in the following areas: Research Methods and Statistics are recommended prerequisites.

  • The GRE is not required for applicants to the IOP program, but scores can be submitted if students feel that they will strengthen their application overall. Students who choose not to submit GRE scores will not be disadvantaged on that basis.

  • Non-native English speakers are required to submit proof of English proficiency.
    • Note to international students:
      • Preference in admission will be for those with an overall score of at least 100 iBT on TOEFL, 7.5 on IELTS or 120 on Duolingo. The admissions committee will also require an oral interview and may need a writing sample.
      • The Rosemead School of Psychology reserves the right to waive a retake of the TOEFL or IELTS test for Industrial-Organizational Psychology applicants for whom English is not a primary language but who already have a Biola Psychology degree. Waivers of this requirement will be evaluated in the applicant's interview with the Dean.
      • Students admitted to the United States on an F-1 student visa are required by law to be registered as full-time students (a minimum of 9 credits per trimester). Additionally, no off-campus employment is permitted for students on an F-1 visa without the United States Immigration authorities’ written permission. However, students on an F-1 visa may work off-campus in an unpaid internship to fulfill the program’s internship requirement.


Application Steps

  1. Complete and submit the online application

  2. Submit a non-refundable $65 application fee

  3. Submit required documents through your online application portal:

    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 will be considered official only when a) sent directly from the institution to Biola, b) sent electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse, or c) physically delivered in an untampered envelope sealed by the institution. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.

      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 (e.g. 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.

    Submit three letters of recommendation

    • Academic reference

    • Academic or professional reference

    • Pastoral reference

    Proof of English Proficiency (Required for Non-Native English Speakers)

    • Rosemead School of Psychology requires all students whose first language is not English to provide proof of English proficiency. Ways to provide proof of English proficiency includes one of the following:

      • Meet minimum TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo test score (TOEFL iBT: 100, IELTS: 7.5, Duolingo: 120). Due to limited testing availability during the COVID-19 season, Biola is currently accepting Duolingo test scores as an alternative to TOEFL or IELTS scores. Submitting Duolingo scores may also result in a brief internal English proficiency assessment as part of the admissions process.
      • Provide official transcript showing an accredited degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral) completed/taught fully in English.
      • Successfully complete Biola’s English Language Program with passing status on the ELP Exit Exam.

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Note: 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.


Application Deadline

  • Decisions are made only on completed applications. This program currently admits new students in the fall and spring semesters.
    • Application Deadline: February 15, 2023



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