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.

Classes begin Monday, January 8, 2018

Cook School of Intercultural Studies


New student events will be communicated to you directly from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies.

Students in the Department of Applied Linguistics and TESOL (ALT)

All new students pursuing the MA TESOL, Certificate in TESOL, or MA in Applied Linguistics are required to take a two-hour-long ALT writing competency exam online at any time between January 5 and 12 as the spring term is beginning. Detailed instructions about the exam will be emailed to you by the ALT department in December. Students will receive the results in two weeks. Results may indicate the need for additional work in grammar and composition in order to perform at the level expected for graduate students in this field. Students who receive a score of Fail may be required to take an additional writing course. Students who receive a Conditional Pass will be given a list of areas on which they should work on their own.

All students, regardless of their score, are required to to do the online ALT writing workshop. At the workshop, you will be given helpful information for departmental expectations regarding writing.


School of Education

Academic Advising

Academic advising for online registration for the School of Education will be done by individual appointment from November 1st through December 8th.

Please call (562) 903-4843 and schedule an appointment with either Melinda Soto or Mackenzie Ammirato.
The School of Education office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

New 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 for those living out of the area. Students must be on the School of Education website during the telephone appointment.

ALL students accepted to a masters program must attend a mandatory dinner and orientation on Friday, January 5th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Save the date now on your calendar and plan to attend. Failure to do so may result in being placed on academic contract. Watch for an e-mail requesting your reply to confirm your attendance.


Talbot School of Theology

Talbot New Student Banquet

The Talbot New Student Banquet will be Friday, January 12, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m., in Andrews Banquet Room, in the Talbot East Building. All new Talbot students and one guest (spouse or significant other) are invited and encouraged to attend (sorry, no children). This Banquet is a highlight of the seminary experience for most students, so you won't want to miss it! Meet your faculty members and their spouses, begin to form new friendships and support relationships with fellow students, and hear a word of encouragement from Talbot's Dean, Dr. Clint Arnold. Please join us for this fun evening of rich fellowship.

The Banquet is complimentary, but you will need to RSVP online by midnight on Tuesday, January 2. Please fill in all requested information on the RSVP form, including the name of your guest (if applicable).

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Writing Proficiency

Advanced skills in written composition, commensurate with graduate-level theological studies, are indispensable both to educational and to ministerial success. Students whose writing skills are determined to be inadequate, as part of TTSS 510, may be required to take remedial coursework.

Hebrew Exams

For Talbot students wishing to challenge first year Hebrew or who are required to validate a transfer of this course, this exam is arranged through the Talbot Administrative Coordinator for the Old Testament Department, Sandra Orr. Please call Sandra Orr at (562) 903-4829 between November 6, 2017 and December 11, 2017 to request an appointment.


Crowell School of Business

MBA & MM Orientation


Monday, January 8, 2018
Business Building 203
5 p.m.

Please join us to kick off the start of your program. The evening will start at 5 p.m. with a brief orientation followed by a Distinguished Speaker Series. Students will finish the night by attending their first class session starting at 7:30 p.m. This evening is mandatory for all incoming spring students.

Please contact Kayley Allen at 562-944-4015 or if you have any questions.


Spring Orientation (New Students Only)

Monday, January 8, 2018
Billard Conference Room
5 p.m.

Please join us for a night of information and fellowship as you meet our faculty and your new fellow students. The evening will include dinner and a time of information to make your start in the program successful.

Please contact Amanda Oakes at 562-944-0351 or if you have any questions.


Rosemead School of Psychology

Rosemead School of Psychology only accepts students in the fall. Thus, there are no spring orientation events.


Christian Apologetics and Science and Religion

M.A. in Christian Apologetics/M.A. in Science and Religion:

Academic advising will be conducted via phone or in-office appointments. All students are strongly encouraged to schedule advising prior to registration. Please call 562-906-4570 to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, Megan Stricklin (



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