International Students

Admission Deadline: June 1 for Fall Admission and November 1 for Spring Admission*

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

Required Documents

The following documents must be received before an application can be considered:

  1. Application completed with application fee of US $65 (check, money order or foreign draft).

  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. All International transcripts need U.S. grade equivalencies noted, so you must have them evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). Be sure to choose "course by course report" and have WES send them directly to Biola University (13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639) in order to be considered official. This process takes an average of 4-6 weeks and costs approximately US $300.

  3. You are required to display English proficiency before being admitted into the graduate programs at Biola University. You are required to submit standardized test scores (TOEFL or IELTS) for application to Biola. TOEFL Scores of 90 iBT and above and IELTS Scores of 7 and above will qualify for our regular Master’s level programs. A score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL and 7.5 on the IELTS is required for all Doctoral, MA TESOL, MA Applied Linguistics and MA Linguistics and Biblical Languages programs.

  4. Three 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.

If you have a TOEFL or IELTS score below the requirement, you may apply to the English Language Learner (ELL) program.

Affidavit of Financial Support

Before we can consider your application you must be able to demonstrate a substantial amount of financial support from your own resources. 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 means the applicant must raise 100% of the necessary costs. The affidavit of support form assures us that you will receive support from a sponsor or your parent(s) for the necessary funds to support your education at Biola. We require that an official or notary public notarize the form. We also require that corresponding bank statements be attached.

Download the Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF).

Financial Aid

It is important to understand the cost of attending a private university in the United States before beginning the application process. This section attempts to answer questions about financial aid available to international students.

  • Before requests for financial aid can be considered, the applicant must complete and return the application with the required transcripts, references, Affidavit of Support, etc. and be accepted for admittance by June 1st.

  • It is essential that the University clearly understands the applicant's qualifications and sponsor's financial resources before evaluating eligibility for scholarship assistance. Incomplete or unnotarized affidavits will be returned to the applicant.

  • Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance should specify this request with their completed application forms.

  • Please check the Financial Aid website for further information regarding grants and scholarships.

Employment Opportunities

International students on F-1 visas may work on campus but not off campus. Accompanying spouses in the U.S. are not permitted to work unless also full-time students. Do not plan on any other employment while in the United States. Biola has around 680 on-campus jobs, but it is not guaranteed that you will get a job on campus.

Transitioning to the States and College Life

Please refer to the Global Students page on Biola's website for information and resources designed for our international students!


Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information on any graduate program at Biola, we're here to help! Please email us at or call 1-888-985-9858.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639