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Welcome to the Graduate International Pre-Application


Admission Deadline: June 1*

Admission Requirements
Biola University accepts International applications only for the fall semester, with the exception of F-1 transfers, ELSP students, Doctor of Ministry, and modular programs.
You must have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an accredited, recognized institution.
All admissions items must be received by June 1st prior to the fall semester for which one is applying.*

*Please note that some programs have earlier application deadlines. Check here for the specific application deadline for your program.

Attention: Any application for ON LINE (TESOL or School of Education) programs, extension centers (such as Kiev, or Chaing Mai), or if you hold a visa other than an F1, then the pre application is NOT necessary; therefore you can move forward to the full application.

Before You Begin Your Application
A Pre-application must be completed no later than February 1 for preferred consideration. The pre-application must be approved by the Graduate Admissions office before you begin your application. You will be notified of approval within 2-3 weeks after submitting the completed pre-application. Please note: During Christmas break (December-January) this process could take up to 4-6 weeks.

Required Documents - Do Not Submit Unless Your Pre-Application Has Been Approved
  1. Application completed with application fee of US $55 (can be paid online @ www.biola.edu/deposit/app).
  2. Official transcripts of all colleges, universities or seminaries attended. The transcripts must be sent directly from the school to Biola's Office of Graduate Admissions to be official. These records should include the grading system, grades earned, courses, and/or examination marks. International transcripts should be evaluated by WES (www.wes.org) – choose course by course report.
  3. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores of 88 IBT or above. You are required to submit standardized test scores (TOEFL) for application to Biola. TOEFL Scores of 88 IBT and above will go into regular Master's level programs. A score of 100 IBT is required for all TESOL/Linguistics, ThM, Doctoral and MA Philosophy programs. Students who do not have a score of 88 IBT will not be considered for a graduate program. If you have a score below 88 IBT you may be admitted into the English Language Program at the English Language Institute (ELI) which is not graduate studies level.
    For information about TOEFL, contact either:

          American Embassies and Consulates, United Information
          Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 6154
          Princeton, NJ 08541-6154
          USA

  4. References (see application).
  5. Affidavit of Support for each individual source of funding. You need to find a sponsor (or sponsors) who will pay for your educational expenses, or you must have the funds yourself (note: Copies of the Affidavit of Support may be made if more than one person will serve as sponsor for your expenses). The forms must be notarized and sent with supporting bank statements or copies of income tax return forms.


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