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Degree Track: Academic English Program

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The Academic English Program (AEP) provides coursework for graduate students with advanced comprehension of English. Courses focus on graduate level reading, writing, listening and speaking. AEP aids students with writing dissertations, master’s theses or publications in a learned language. Additionally, courses focus on presentation skills for sermons, conferences or classrooms and train students in leading and participating in academic discussions. These courses are taken in addition to regular coursework, not embedded within the content of graduate curriculum. As a result, AEP courses must be paid for in addition to graduate tuition, at a rate of $565 per credit.

Program Highlights

  • Education in English language communication specific to Christian, biblical and missional contexts.
  • Access to an English language specialist and campus resources such as the Learning Center and Rhetoric and Writing Center
  • Integration of Christian faith with language learning
  • Full participation in graduate coursework and student life
  • Knowledgeable, experienced instructors with advanced degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Who Should Apply?

AEP is designed for graduate students admitted to one of Biola University’s graduate programs whose TOEFL or IELTS scores fall just short of program requirements (TOEFL iBT ± 10 points; IELTS ± 0.5 points). These students should have a sincere desire to grow their understanding of God within an entirely Christian community. Students interested in AEP must complete the graduate application to their program of interest. If admitted to the program, students who would benefit from AEP will be contacted by our admissions team.

Admissions Requirements

Every graduate program has unique admission requirements. Find your program of interest below for more information:

Program LevelTOEFL iBTIELTSDuolingo
(for programs that have a minimum of TOEFL iBT 90+, IELTS 7.0+ or Duolingo 120+)
81-89 (with Department approval)6.5110
(for programs that have a minimum of TOEFL iBT 100+, IELTS 7.5+ or Duolingo 120+)
90-97 (with Department approval)7.0110

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition varies with each graduate program. Find your program cost.

At the time of admission into the graduate program of your choice, you will be notified of any scholarships awarded to you. If you are a U.S. permanent resident or U.S. citizen, you can also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to petition for federal aid.

NOTE: The costs shared above above are the required amount for the U.S. government to prove your financial ability while studying in the United States. Keep in mind that there may be additional costs for textbooks and daily living.

Application Steps

  1. Complete an online application for the graduate program of your choice.
  2. Submit the required supplementary items (through the online application system). The items required will vary for each graduate program and will be listed in the online application.
  3. Pay the application fee through the online application system OR send a check or money order (Payable to Biola University; Memo: Applicant’s name). All checks and money orders should be mailed to the address below:
    1. Office of Admissions
      Biola University
      13800 Biola Avenue
      La Mirada, CA, 90639
  4. Submit a copy of your passport, Affidavit of Support and supporting bank statement.

We strongly encourage ELP students to apply early. Transfer students are welcome as well.

Contact with questions regarding the admissions process.