As an evangelical 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 the field of intercultural studies. Biola does not discriminate on the basis of the applicant's race, color, sex, socio-economic status, disability, or national or ethnic origin.
- Applicants to the Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies program must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average.
- An accredited master's degree or its equivalent appropriate to the Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies is required for admission. Students must have a GPA of 3.30 in their previous graduate studies.
- Three years of cross-cultural or multicultural experience.
- Non-native English speakers are required to submit proof of English proficiency.
Complete and submit the Biola University's online application.
Submit a non-refundable $65 application fee
Submit required documents through your online application portal (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).
Applicants should submit an official transcript from their previous academic institution(s). Transcripts will be considered official only when a) sent directly from the institution to Biola, b) sent electronically, or c) physically delivered in an untampered envelope sealed by the institution.
A transcript conferring a bachelor's degree and all transcripts that reflect graduate credits are required. In addition, transcripts with prerequisites, leveling courses and advanced standing relevant to your desired program should be submitted.
Additional transcripts may be requested by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
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 Letters of Recommendation
Forms will be supplied by the admissions office.
A writing sample must be submitted in the form of an essay or research paper.
Applicants must submit a 1-2 page statement outlining vocational objectives, how the degree will relate to those objectives and a possible dissertation topic.
An oral interview with either the program director or director-designate at the director's discretion. The interview may be conducted over the phone.
Proof of English Proficiency (Required for Non-Native English Speakers)
The Cook School of Intercultural Studies 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: 130). 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
- Decisions are made only on completed applications. This program currently admits new students in the fall and spring semesters.
- Fall Semester Application Deadline: January 31
- Spring Semester Application Deadline: August 31