Graduate School Student Orientation

New to a Biola University graduate program? Find your school below to read more about getting oriented into the community! The following information will guide you through academic advising, beginning classes, orientation activities and more.

Cook School of Intercultural Studies

Cook School of Intercultural Studies Orientation

Date: August 28, 2020

Time: 11 a.m. (PDT)

Platform: Zoom

An online orientation will be occurring on Friday, August 28th at 11 a.m PDT. The Zoom link will be emailed to all confirmed students prior to the event. Please contact John Marriott at or 562-944-0351 ext. 5695 if you have any questions.


Crowell School of Business

MBA & MM Orientation

Please contact Kayley Allen at (562) 777-4015 or for more information.

MPAcc Orientation

An online orientation will be occurring on Thursday, September 3rd at 6pm PDT. The zoom link will be emailed to all confirmed students. Please contact Amanda Oakes at 562-944-0351 x 5198 or for more information.


School of Education

Note: The event below will occur only if it complies with the Los Angeles County COVID 19 Guidelines. Because these guidelines are changing on a daily basis, formalizing this event is impossible. Please look for future emails from the School of Education for up-to-date information regarding this event. 

An RSVP would be appreciated so that the organizers have an indication of student interest. Thank you for your understanding.

Graduate Student Meet & Greet

Date: Friday, September 4, 2020

Time: 5–6 p.m.

Join us for a meet and greet on Friday, September 4, 2020 from 5 p.m.–6 p.m. at the courtyard outside Sutherland Hall at Biola University. Come meet fellow classmates and the Chair of Graduate Studies, Dr. Christie Curtis. It will be an informal Q&A session. Please wear a mask and be prepared to observe the social distancing requirements of six feet.

Please RSVP to inform us of your intentions by contacting before August 20 for planning purposes. This meeting is not mandatory; however, we do need to hear from you by August 20 either way. A Google invite will be sent.

In addition, all School of Education graduate students will be required to complete a mandatory Canvas course on orientation for informative purposes during the early part of the fall semester. You will hear more about that at the meet and greet on September 4, 2020.

Academic Advising

Academic advising for online registration for the School of Education will be done by individual appointment. Please call (562) 903-4843 and schedule an appointment with either Melinda Soto or Mackenzie Ahmadinia. Office hours for the School of Education during spring and fall semesters are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the summer we close at noon on Fridays.

Incoming students must meet with an academic advisor before registering for classes online. Meeting with an advisor is optional for transitioning students who have already taken credential courses as an undergraduate at Biola. Telephone appointments will be available, during which students will be required to access the School of Education website.


Talbot School of Theology

Talbot New Student Banquet

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 7–8 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: Online – Zoom

Talbot School of Theology will be hosting a special evening to welcome all our new students. This will be held on Thursday, August 27th from 7–8 p.m. Pacific Time.

This special event will take place on Zoom and will include a brief address from the Dean, Dr. Clint Arnold, a time of worship, and an opportunity to meet Talbot program directors and Talbot’s Associated Student officers.

Please join us for this fun evening of rich fellowship. A spouse or significant other is welcome to attend.


International Students

Graduate Student Orientation

Join us at the Fall 2020 New Global Student Orientation on August 27, 2020! This orientation is free, but you must register for it by August 10, 2020. Please email with questions or concerns.

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Next Steps

  1. View the Global Graduate Student Orientation Schedule
  2. Sign up for Department Orientation
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