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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 the field of public health. Biola does not discriminate on the basis of the applicant's race, color, sex, socio-economic status, disability or national or ethnic origin.


Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), unless otherwise noted.
    • Note on GPA Requirement: 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
  • Completed prerequisite courses in the following areas:
    • One course in college-level human or general biology
    • One course in college algebra, statistics, pre-calculus or calculus
  • Non-native English speakers are required to submit proof of English proficiency.
  • The GRE is NOT required. Students who have taken the GRE can submit their scores as supporting material if you like them to be considered during the admission process


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:

    Official Transcripts

    • An official transcript which shows a conferred bachelor's degree and all other transcripts containing a conferred degree are required. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the school or physically delivered in an untampered envelope sealed by the institution to Biola's Office of Graduate Admissions to be considered official. In addition, transcripts with prerequisites, leveling courses, advanced standing, and any other courses relevant to your desired program should be submitted. For certain degrees, additional or all transcripts may be requested or required. Review the admissions requirements of your individual program or contact Graduate Admissions for details.

    • 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), International Education Evaluation (Biola Discount), World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services (FIS).

      • Be sure to choose "Course by Course Report" and have the evaluation agency send them directly to Biola University via online portal or post (13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639) in order to be considered official.

    Two Letters of Recommendation

    • Pastor Recommendation

    • Academic or Professional Recommendation

    Christian Testimony Essay

    • Prompt: Please submit a 1-2 page essay explaining in your own words: 1) the circumstances surrounding your decision to become a follower of Christ, 2) the scriptural basis for your salvation, 3) your contribution to a local church community, and 4) describe how you display attributes of a mature Christian.

    Statement of Purpose and Objectives

    • Prompt:

      (a) Briefly explain why you want to go into the field of public health? (500 words or less)

      (b) Please describe your dream job in public health? (250 words or less)

    Resume or CV

    • Submit a copy of your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).

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

    • The School of Science, Technology and Health 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: 90, IELTS: 7.0, Duolingo: 120).
      • 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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Application Deadline

  • Decisions are made only on completed applications. This program currently admits new students in the fall and spring semesters.
    • Fall Semester Priority Application Deadline: February 1st
    • Fall Semester Regular Application Deadline: June 15th
    • Spring Semester Regular Application Deadline: November 1st



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