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Admissions

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 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 graduate.admissions@biola.edu.
  • 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

    • 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 (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.

    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: 115). 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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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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