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Admissions, Tuition & Financial Aid

Still *accepting applications for Spring 2021! *Some exclusions may apply, email for more information.

The Master of Management, Nonprofit Organizations (MM) program offers you a professional and theologically integrated learning experience, equipping you with the tools you need to effectively lead and serve in faith-based and nonprofit organizations. Admissions requirements for the program are detailed on this page, in addition to tuition and financial aid information.


Admission into the MM program is based on the following application and admissions requirements. Please note the general requirements needed as a part of your application.

Application Deadline

Make sure you submit your MM application by the following deadlines. If you are considering applying and the deadline has passed, please contact graduate admissions.*

Fall Semester Start

  • International Student & Early Application Deadline: June 1
  • Application Deadline: July 1*

Spring Semester Start

  • Application Deadline: December 1*

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General Requirements

  • Be a committed follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Applicants must have completed all bachelor's degree requirements (business administration or other field) prior to the start of the program, and have a bachelor's degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the second term.
  • The program will be targeted to and preference will be given to those with at least three years of work experience after graduation when admitted to the program.

Application Instructions

  1. Apply online
  2. Submit a $65 application fee
    • An application fee of $65 (non-refundable) is required. Pay online through the online application or submit a check payable to Biola University.
  3. 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 must be official, that is, mailed directly from your college or university in a sealed envelope or sent electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.*
      • Send transcripts to:
        Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions
        13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639
  4. Submit two references (please submit references as indicated in your online application):
    • Pastor or church leader reference
    • Academic or character reference
  5. Provide a professional resume
  6. Submit your Christian Testimony essay
    • The circumstances surrounding your decision to become a follower of Christ
    • The scriptural basis for your salvation
    • Your contribution to a local church community
    • A description of how you display attributes of a mature Christian faith
  7. MM Vocational Objectives essay
    • Provide a statement (no more than two pages) addressing your qualifications for acceptance to the MM program (leadership potential, creative abilities, motivational aptitude) and your career goals, including a description of how participation in the MM program will contribute to your growth and development toward those goals. (This is included in the online application but must be submitted separately if you are completing the PDF application.)
  8. Interview with the Crowell School of MBA & Master of Management Department Chair
    • We will contact you to schedule your interview once we have received all the above application items

Transfer Credits

Students transferring from a regionally accredited graduate program may transfer a maximum of 6 credits. The courses transferred must be equivalent, have direct applicability to the student's program, and be approved by the Dean. Only courses with a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher will be considered for transfer toward the MM degree; a grade of "B-" is not transferable.

* 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


The MM program consists of courses taught by faculty from both the Crowell School of Business and Talbot School of Theology. Tuition costs for this integrated program can vary depending on the types of theology courses taken through Talbot.

  • Cost per credit, MM course: $796
  • Cost per credit, Theology course: $654

Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a graduate student, you will have a number of financial aid opportunities available to you. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Contact Financial Aid

We can assist you in financing your education, and work together to find the best possible solution for your situation. As a new student, make sure to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. It usually takes about 4-6 weeks to finish the process and receive an award letter.

Student Scholarships

The Jim Canning Master of Management Scholarship Fund

Dr. Jim Canning is a CPA by training, and at one time was a partner with Ernst & Whinney, one of the largest CPA firms in the world. While there he specialized in serving nonprofit organizations and worked with a number of Christian organizations including World Vision, The Salvation Army, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and many others. After leaving public accounting, he served for 15 years as Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of World Vision International. He attended Biola University and holds a BA degree in Christian Education. In addition, he holds a B.S. degree in accounting and an MBA in management from California State University, and a Ph.D. degree in executive management from Claremont Graduate University. He was the co-founder of the Christian Management Association, now called the Christian Leadership Alliance, and is a well-known speaker on the topic of the management of Christian ministry management.

The scholarship award amount is $500-$5,000 per year (divided between fall, spring and summer semesters), based on the applicant’s qualifications.

Application Deadline for Fall 2021: July 1, 2021

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Departmental Scholarships

Please see this page regarding the available departmental scholarship.

International Students

International students applying for a graduate program at the Crowell School of Business must meet the admissions requirements for their program of choice, in addition to the international student admissions requirements found below. These requirements detail varying application deadlines, required documents and more.

Our International Student Admissions office is here to help you navigate the application process. Contact us with your questions!

Whitney Spradley
Assistant Director of International Admissions

Admissions Requirements

International students must follow the requirements listed below. All documents must be received before your application will be considered:

  1. Submit an application
    Follow the steps to apply provided on the Crowell School of Business graduate admissions page. Application deadlines vary based on program of choice and semester of entry. 
  2. Provide proof of English proficiency
    Crowell 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 or IELTS test score (TOEFL iBT: 100, IELTS: 7.5)
    • Provide official transcript showing 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 
  3. Submit official transcripts
    • 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 the 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.
    • You must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited, recognized institution. 
  4. F-1 Student Visa Required Documents
    The following are the required I-20 documents needed to create a Form I-20, which is needed to apply for your F-1 student visa. Please note that if you will be coming with dependents (spouse and/or children), you will need to provide additional documents and funding. NOTE: Please disregard the following if studying in the online format.
    1. Submit a copy of your passport
      Submit a copy of valid passport, which should be valid after 6 months of the program start date. Upload passport(s) in the Online Application Portal
    2. Submit an Affidavit of Support(s)
      • An Affidavit of Support is a document that shows your financial sponsor’s support for your study in the U.S. Before we issue you a Form I-20, you must demonstrate full financial support for at least the first year of study on-campus.
      • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not allow us to issue I-20 forms (used to obtain student visas) without documented proof that the student has sufficient funds to study in this country.
      • This Affidavit of Support form assures us that you will receive continued financial support from your sponsor(s) for your education at Biola University.
      • Download and upload the Affidavit of Support in the Online Application Portal.
    3. Bank Statement
      For each Affidavit of Support submitted, a bank statement must be sent in from each sponsor. Each bank statement must match the level of support pledged by the sponsor. Many students choose to send Certificates of Deposit as bank statements. Upload bank statement(s) in the Online Application Portal.
    4. Apply for the F-1 Student Visa (hybrid/on-campus students only)
      • Once the required I-20 documents are verified by the International Admissions Office, the Form I-20 will be mailed to you.
      • Pay the required SEVIS Fee to schedule an F-1 visa appointment at your nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate. For an easy transition into the U.S., make your appointment at least two months prior to first day of class. See Embassy/Consulate Interview Tips for more information.
      • Arrive to U.S. within 30 days of the first day of class. Upon arrival, meet with Biola University’s Immigration Services.

NOTE: All admissions items (references, transcripts, etc.) must be received no later than June 1, prior to the fall semester for which you are applying, or October 1, prior to the spring semester for which you are applying. We strongly recommend that you complete your applications even sooner.

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