To be eligible for admission to the Master of Arts (Science and Religion), the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution
- Grade point average equivalent to a 3.0 “B” average or higher. (Applicants with a lower GPA can still apply, and are considered on a case-by-case basis).
- Be a committed follower of Christ, and be in agreement with Biola's seven core theological components*:
- Belief in the Trinity
- Belief in the full deity and humanity of Christ
- Belief in the spiritual lostness of the human race
- Belief in the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ
- Belief in salvation by faith in Christ alone
- Believe in the physical return of Christ
- Belief in the authority and inerrancy of Scripture
- GRE is not required
- A background/education in natural science (physics, chemistry, biology or related field), engineering, mathematics or computer science; or in anthropology, psychology, or related fields is beneficial for success in this degree, but not required.
*Note: You can also view Biola University’s Doctrinal Statement and teaching position online.
For international students, please see the international students' admissions information page.
Steps to Apply
- Create a username and password when you apply. You will receive a personalized identification number to guarantee confidentiality.
- You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You can complete a portion and finish at a later time. Your information will be saved.
- Track your application status at any time.
The Master of Arts (Science and Religion) admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters. A completed application includes both references and all transcripts. All applications received by the deadline are guaranteed to be reviewed by our admissions committee.
We will do our best to review applications submitted after the deadline, but to guarantee academic advising, we recommend applying by the deadlines below:
- General Application Deadline: July 1
- International Student Deadline: June 1
- General Application Deadline: November 1
- International Student Deadline: November 1 (online) / October 1 (on-campus)
- General Application Deadline: April 1
- Limited courses offered
- Financial aid is unavailable for new students
See the following guidelines to help you through our admissions process:
- All applicants must pay a $65 (non-refundable) application fee. Pay online through the application form, or submit a check payable to Biola University.
- 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 (Send to: Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions; 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90638) or sent electronically through one of the following:
- Submit Pastor and Character Recommendations. The Pastor Recommendation must be submitted by a pastor on staff at your current church.
(Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.)
- Christian Testimony
- Information Profile and Writing Sample (includes three short essay questions).
Readmit Students Application Process
- Complete and submit your graduate admission readmit application.