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Theology and Ministry Program Requirements

Applies to:

  • Master of Arts, concentration in:
    • Bible Exposition
    • New Testament
    • Old Testament
    • Philosophy
    • Theology (Greek and Non-Greek Track)
  • Master of Arts – Classical Theology
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership (all concentrations)
  • Master of Divinity, concentration in:
    • Evangelism and Discipleship
    • Messianic Jewish Studies
    • Missions and Intercultural Studies
    • Pastoral and General Ministries
    • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies

Application Deadlines

Submit your application by:

General

  • Fall — July 1
  • Spring — November 1

Master of Divinity, concentration in Messianic Jewish Studies

  • April 1

International Students

  • On Campus
    • Fall — June 1
    • Spring — October 1
  • Online/Hybrid
    • Fall — July 1
    • Spring — October 1

Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application. Paying this fee will populate the supplemental application items.

Education and GPA Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), unless otherwise noted.

Master of Divinity: Minimum of 2.6 GPA from an accredited institution is required.

Note: 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.

Official Transcripts and Other Test Scores

Applicants must submit an official transcript from their previous academic institution.

  • 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. 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

Additional Test Scores:

  • GRE: A GRE score is not required for admission
  • TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. Please see the “English Proficiency” admissions section below for more information.

References

Two references are required, including:

  • One pastoral reference
  • One character reference (someone in a leadership role in your life)

Essays

Applicants must submit two essays:

  • One Christian testimony
  • One vocational testimony

Applicants to the Master of Arts (Classical Theology) program must submit additional essays during the application process. Please refer to the application for more information, or contact our admissions team with questions.

Note: The essay prompts can be found in the online application.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to apply to these programs.

English Proficiency

Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown in reading, writing, speaking, and listening through one of the methods described below:

  1. Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
  2. A degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral) issued by an institution where English is the medium of instruction. On-campus residence during the degree program is required. Regional accreditation or its educational equivalent is required from U.S. institutions. To verify that English is the sole medium of instruction, one of the following forms of documentation is required for institutions outside of the United States:
    • Official written communication from the institution (Registrar, Controller of Examinations Office, or Undergraduate College)
    • Official degree statements or transcripts may be accepted given English is stated as the medium of instruction
    • Official catalog verification
    • For universities from non-Anglophone countries, further language assessment may be required.
  3. Completion of the Biola English Language Program (ELP) with passing status on the ELP's final exit exam, which must be approved by the English Language Program Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
  4. Qualify for the Academic English Program (AEP), which allows students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores to still enroll in their graduate degree program. Students would be taking AEP courses concurrently with the graduate degree program courses.

    Students eligible for AEP will be assessed by the English Language Program Director to determine the total number of Academic English courses to take while enrolled in their graduate program courses. The following are the scores needed to qualify for AEP:
    • For programs that require TOEFL iBT 90/IELTS 7.0, the AEP qualification is TOEFL iBT 81/IELTS 6.5
    • For programs that require TOEFL iBT 100/IELTS 7.5, the AEP qualification is TOEFL iBT 90/IELTS 7.0

NOTE: Students must be admitted to the graduate program first to be considered for AEP.

Additional Forms

Graduate Admissions Contact Info

You can reach the admissions department by calling 1 (888) 985-9858 or emailing graduate.admissions@biola.edu. We are here to help guide you through the application processes and look forward to hearing from you!

For international admissions information, please visit our International Admissions Webpage for specific details and contact information.

Spiritual Formation Program Requirements

Applies to:

  • Master of Arts, concentration in:
    • Spiritual Formation
  • Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care
  • Master of Divinity, concentration in:
    • Spiritual Formation
  • Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Application Deadlines

Submit your application by:

General

  • Fall — April 1
  • Spring — October 15

International Students

  • On Campus
    • Fall — April 1
    • Spring — October 1
  • Online/Hybrid
    • Fall — April 1
    • Spring — October 1

Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application. Paying this fee will populate the supplemental application items.

Education and GPA Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), unless otherwise noted. Students who do not meet this requirement are still considered for admission.

Master of Divinity: Minimum of 2.6 GPA from an accredited institution is required.

Official Transcripts and Other Test Scores

Applicants must submit an official transcript from their previous academic institution.

  • 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. 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

Additional Test Scores:

  • GRE: A GRE score is not required for admission
  • TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. Please see the “English Proficiency” admissions section below for more information.

References

Three references are required, including:

  • One pastoral reference
  • One character reference (someone in a leadership role in your life)
  • One reference form relating to your personal spiritual formation from the same pastor or character reference above

Essays

Applicants must submit four essays:

  • One Christian testimony
  • One essay demonstrating understanding of spiritual formation and goal of graduate study
  • One personal essay addressing how studying spiritual formation will impact your life
  • One biography of your personal spiritual development

Note: The essay prompts can be found in the online application.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to apply to these programs.

English Proficiency

Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown in reading, writing, speaking, and listening through one of the methods described below:

  1. Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
    • Please note the following score standards to qualify for the spiritual formation programs:
      • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 iBT
      • IELTS: minimum score of 7.5
  2. A degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral) issued by an institution where English is the medium of instruction. On-campus residence during the degree program is required. Regional accreditation or its educational equivalent is required from U.S. institutions. To verify that English is the sole medium of instruction, one of the following forms of documentation is required for institutions outside of the United States:
    • Official written communication from the institution (Registrar, Controller of Examinations Office, or Undergraduate College)
    • Official degree statements or transcripts may be accepted given English is stated as the medium of instruction
    • Official catalog verification
    • For universities from non-Anglophone countries, further language assessment may be required.
  3. Completion of the Biola English Language Program (ELP) with passing status on the ELP's final exit exam, which must be approved by the English Language Program Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
  4. Qualify for the Academic English Program (AEP), which allows students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores to still enroll in their graduate degree program. Students would be taking AEP courses concurrently with the graduate degree program courses.

    Students eligible for AEP will be assessed by the English Language Program Director to determine the total number of Academic English courses to take while enrolled in their graduate program courses. The following are the scores needed to qualify for AEP.
    • The AEP qualification is TOEFL iBT 90/IELTS 7.0

NOTE: Students must be admitted to the graduate program first to be considered for AEP

Additional Notes

Participation in the graduate programs in spiritual formation presumes a certain degree of ministry or life experience and personal maturity. This is particularly true of the M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, which is not only an academic degree, but involves applied ministry where life experience and relational skills involved in spiritual direction are crucial. It is also our aim to keep the faculty-student ratio lower than in typical seminary programs. Thus, application consideration will be based on weighing the following factors:

  • Ministry and life experience
  • Personal preparedness for a growth journey
  • Perception of calling and giftedness for ministry in spiritual formation and soul care

Successful candidates are required to participate in a personal interview following the submission of their initial application.

Graduate Admissions Contact Info

You can reach the admissions department by calling 1 (888) 985-9858 or emailing graduate.admissions@biola.edu. We are here to help guide you through the application processes and look forward to hearing from you!

For international admissions information, please visit our International Admissions Webpage for specific details and contact information.

Christian Apologetics Program Requirements

Applies to:

  • Master of Arts – Christian Apologetics

Application Deadlines

Submit your application by:

General

  • Fall — July 1
  • Spring — November 1

International Students

  • On Campus
    • Fall — June 1
    • Spring — October 1
  • Online/Hybrid
    • Fall — July 1
    • Spring — October 1

Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application. Paying this fee will populate the supplemental application items.

Education and GPA Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), unless otherwise noted. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement are still considered for admission.

Official Transcripts and Other Test Scores

Applicants must submit an official transcript from their previous academic institution.

  • 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. 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

Additional Test Scores:

  • GRE: A GRE score is not required for admission
  • TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. Please see the “English Proficiency” admissions section below for more information.

References

Two references are required, including:

  • One pastoral reference
  • One character reference

Essays

Applicants must submit one essay:

  • One Christian testimony

Note: The essay prompts can be found in the online application.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to apply to this program.

English Proficiency

Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown in reading, writing, speaking, and listening through one of the methods described below:

  1. Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
    • Please note the following score standards to qualify for the Christian apologetics program:
      • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 iBT
      • IELTS: minimum score of 7.5
  2. A degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral) issued by an institution where English is the medium of instruction. On-campus residence during the degree program is required. Regional accreditation or its educational equivalent is required from U.S. institutions. To verify that English is the sole medium of instruction, one of the following forms of documentation is required for institutions outside of the United States:
    • Official written communication from the institution (Registrar, Controller of Examinations Office, or Undergraduate College)
    • Official degree statements or transcripts may be accepted given English is stated as the medium of instruction
    • Official catalog verification
    • For universities from non-Anglophone countries, further language assessment may be required.
  3. Completion of the Biola English Language Program (ELP) with passing status on the ELP's final exit exam, which must be approved by the English Language Program Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
  4. Qualify for the Academic English Program (AEP), which allows students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores to still enroll in their graduate degree program. Students would be taking AEP courses concurrently with the graduate degree program courses.

    Students eligible for AEP will be assessed by the English Language Program Director to determine the total number of Academic English courses to.
    • The AEP qualification is TOEFL iBT 90/IELTS 7.0

NOTE: Students must be admitted to the graduate program first to be considered for AEP.

Additional Forms

Admissions Department Contact Info

You can reach the admissions department by calling 1 (888) 985-9858 or emailing graduate.admissions@biola.edu. We are here to help guide you through the application processes and look forward to hearing from you!

For international admissions information, please visit our International Admissions Webpage for specific details and contact information.

Science and Religion Program Requirements

Applies to:

  • Master of Arts – Science and Religion

Application Deadlines

Submit your application by:

General

  • Fall — July 1
  • Spring — November 1

International Students

  • On Campus
    • Fall — June 1
    • Spring — October 1
  • Online/Hybrid
    • Fall — July 1
    • Spring — October 1

Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application. Paying this fee will populate the supplemental application items.

Education and GPA Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), unless otherwise noted. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement are still considered for admission.

Official Transcripts and Other Test Scores

Applicants must submit an official transcript from their previous academic institution.

  • 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. 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

Additional Test Scores:

  • TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. Please see the “English Proficiency” admissions section below for more information.

References

Two references are required, including:

  • One pastoral reference
  • One character reference

Essays

Applicants must submit two essays:

  • One Christian testimony
  • One information profile and writing sample. Please answer the following questions:
    1. Why do you desire to enroll in the M.A. with a concentration in Science & Religion program and what do you hope to gain from your studies? How does this relate to your personal and/or vocational objectives? (one page max)
    2. List two or three books you have recently read in the area of science and religion, and give a one paragraph assessment of each. (one page max)
    3. Please list any background that is relevant to the M.A. with a concentration in Science & Religion program: Past/current employment, ministry experience, education or other experience. (one page max)

Note: The essay prompts can be found in the online application.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to apply to this program.

English Proficiency

Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown in reading, writing, speaking, and listening through one of the methods described below:

  1. Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
    • Please note the following score standards to qualify for the science and religion program:
      • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 iBT
      • IELTS: minimum score of 7.5
  2. A degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral) issued by an institution where English is the medium of instruction. On-campus residence during the degree program is required. Regional accreditation or its educational equivalent is required from U.S. institutions. To verify that English is the sole medium of instruction, one of the following forms of documentation is required for institutions outside of the United States:
    • Official written communication from the institution (Registrar, Controller of Examinations Office, or Undergraduate College)
    • Official degree statements or transcripts may be accepted given English is stated as the medium of instruction
    • Official catalog verification
    • For universities from non-Anglophone countries, further language assessment may be required.
  3. Completion of the Biola English Language Program (ELP) with passing status on the ELP's final exit exam, which must be approved by the English Language Program Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
  4. Qualify for the Academic English Program (AEP), which allows students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores to still enroll in their graduate degree program. Students would be taking AEP courses concurrently with the graduate degree program courses.

    Students eligible for AEP will be assessed by the English Language Program Director to determine the total number of Academic English courses to take while enrolled in their graduate program courses. The following are the scores needed to qualify for AEP.
    • The AEP qualification is TOEFL iBT 90/IELTS 7.0

NOTE: Students must be admitted to the graduate program first to be considered for AEP.

Additional Forms

Admissions Department Contact Info

You can reach the admissions department by calling 1 (888) 985-9858 or emailing graduate.admissions@biola.edu. We are here to help guide you through the application processes and look forward to hearing from you!

For international admissions information, please visit our International Admissions Webpage for specific details and contact information.

Ed.D. and Ph.D. Program Requirements

Applies to:

  • Ed.D. in Educational Studies
  • Ph.D. – Educational Studies

Application Deadlines

Submit your application by:

General Deadline

  • January 31

Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application. Paying this fee will populate the supplemental application items.

Education and GPA Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree or educational equivalent in the Christian Education or related field. Applicants must also have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale), unless otherwise noted. Students who do not meet this requirement are still considered for admission. See Prerequisites link below.

Official Transcripts and Other Test Scores

Applicants must submit an official transcript from their previous academic institution.

  • 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. 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

Additional Test Scores:

  • GRE: A GRE score is required for admission
  • TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. Please see the “English Proficiency” admissions section below for more information.

References

Six references are required, including:

  • Three academics references
  • One pastoral reference
  • One character reference
  • One reference from an employer

Essays

Applicants must submit three essays:

  • One formal academic paper: submit a sample of scholarly writing (with citations and bibliography), preferably related to education, of at least 10 pages.
  • One vocational objectives statement
  • One personal biography

Note: The essay prompts can be found in the online application.

Prerequisites

In order to be eligible for our Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs, students must have:

  • Completed at least three years of full-time vocational experience in educational ministry with evidence of leadership gifts and abilities.
  • Have earned a master’s degree in Christian or Religious Education (MACE or MRE) or its equivalent from an accredited educational institution.
    • Equivalence is defined as an earned master's degree of 36 semester credits of graduate study in areas related to the Christian education ministry, including 18 credits of graduate Bible and theology.
  • At least one course in each of the following areas should have been completed:
    • Philosophy or History of Christian Education
    • Human Development or Educational Psychology
    • Educational Administration or Leadership
    • Interpersonal Communication/Group Dynamics or Counseling
    • Curriculum Design and/or Methods of Teaching.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in all previous graduate work is required. Students whose formal educational preparation does not include all of the required prerequisite coursework must complete them prior to enrollment.

See a Graduate Admissions Counselor for recommendations on options for completing the needed prerequisite courses (graduate.admissions@biola.edu).

English Proficiency

Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown in reading, writing, speaking, and listening through one of the methods described below:

  1. Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
    • Please note the following score standards to qualify for the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs:
      • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 iBT
      • IELTS: minimum score of 7.5
  2. A degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral) issued by an institution where English is the medium of instruction. On-campus residence during the degree program is required. Regional accreditation or its educational equivalent is required from U.S. institutions. To verify that English is the sole medium of instruction, one of the following forms of documentation is required for institutions outside of the United States:
    • Official written communication from the institution (Registrar, Controller of Examinations Office, or Undergraduate College)
    • Official degree statements or transcripts may be accepted given English is stated as the medium of instruction
    • Official catalog verification
    • For universities from non-Anglophone countries, further language assessment may be required.
  3. Completion of the Biola English Language Program (ELP) with passing status on the ELP's final exit exam, which must be approved by the English Language Program Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
  4. Qualify for the Academic English Program (AEP), which allows students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores to still enroll in their graduate degree program. Students would be taking AEP courses concurrently with the graduate degree program courses.

    Students eligible for AEP will be assessed by the English Language Program Director to determine the total number of Academic English courses to take while enrolled in their graduate program courses. The following are the scores needed to qualify for AEP.
    • The AEP qualification is TOEFL iBT 90/IELTS 7.0

NOTE: Students must be admitted to the graduate program first to be considered for AEP.

Additional Notes

Ph.D. applicants only:

Students applying for the hybrid residential Ph.D. program also need to fill out and send in the Hybrid Application supplement form along with a Doctoral Mentor Letter filled out by a prospective student's faculty mentor.

Additional Forms

Graduate Admissions Contact Info

You can reach the admissions department by calling 1 (888) 985-9858 or emailing graduate.admissions@biola.edu. We are here to help guide you through the application processes and look forward to hearing from you!

For international admissions information, please visit our International Admissions Webpage for specific details and contact information.

Doctor of Ministry Program Requirements

Applies to:

  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Application Deadlines

Submit your application by:

General

  • November 1

Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application. Paying this fee will populate the supplemental application items.

Education and GPA Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), unless otherwise noted. Students who do not meet this requirement are still considered for admission.

Applicants must also have a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree (or its educational equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited school.

The educational equivalent of an M.Div. is determined by the Doctor of Ministry office through a review of all transcripts using the following criteria:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited school
  • At least 72 semester credits of graduate theological education, including at least 21 credit hours in each of the following categories:
    1. Biblical Studies — Old Testament survey, New Testament survey, Bible study methods, Greek, Hebrew, specific books or sections of the Bible.
    2. Christian Thought — Theology, church history, missions, apologetics, personal and social ethics.
    3. Ministry Praxis — Preaching, Christian education, pastoral care, counseling, evangelism, or youth ministries.

Sometimes partial credit for applicable undergraduate units (two undergraduate credits = one graduate credit) may be counted, up to a maximum of ten graduate semester credits.

Official Transcripts and Other Test Scores

Applicants must submit an official transcript from their previous academic institution.

  • 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. 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

Additional Test Scores:

  • GRE: A GRE score is not required for admission
  • TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. Please see the “English Proficiency” admissions section below for more information.

References

Four references are required, including:

  • One clergy member reference
  • One lay person reference
  • One spouse reference (if applicable)
  • One church ministry statement of support

Essays

As a part of the application process, you will need to complete the following essays:

  • Three Ministry Essays (100-300 words each)
    1. Tell us about your ministerial experience.
    2. Tell us about your personal strengths and weaknesses.
    3. Tell us about your objectives in pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree.
  • Three Salvation Essays (100-300 words each)
    1. Explain in your own words the Scriptural basis for your salvation.
    2. Describe your conversion experience.
    3. State briefly the cardinal points of your faith.

Note: The essay prompts can be found in the online application.

Prerequisites

In order to be eligible for our Doctor of Ministry program, students must have three years of full-time vocational ministry experience. This program is designed for ministers.

English Proficiency

Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown in reading, writing, speaking, and listening through one of the methods described below:

  1. Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
    • Please note the following score standards to qualify for the D.Min. program:
      • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 iBT
      • IELTS: minimum score of 7.5
  2. Educational Achievement: Students may be able to demonstrate English proficiency by completing a master’s degree in an English-speaking program from an accredited school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of the Biola English Language Program (ELP) with passing status on the ELP's final exit exam, which must be approved by the English Language Program Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.

The D.Min. program reserves the right to accept a student on a probationary basis if English language proficiency is in doubt, even if the applicant can demonstrate adequate satisfaction of either criteria mentioned above.

Some tracks may be available in other languages besides English. In these tracks, the English proficiency requirement may be waived.

Additional Forms

Graduate Admissions Contact Info

You can reach the admissions department by calling 1 (888) 985-9858 or emailing graduate.admissions@biola.edu. We are here to help guide you through the application processes and look forward to hearing from you!

For international admissions information, please visit our International Admissions Webpage for specific details and contact information.