Graduate School Student Orientation Spring 2020

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 Tuesday, January 13.

Cook School of Intercultural Studies

Cook School of Intercultural Studies Dinner & Orientation

Date: January 23, 2020

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Talbot East Andrews Banquet Hall

Please join us for this fun evening of fellowship, designed to introduce you to faculty members and fellow students. All new students of the Cook School of Intercultural Studies and their guests are invited and encouraged to attend this welcome dinner. Enjoy delicious food while getting to know the professors, who will offer insights on how to be successful during your time at Biola. Begin to build friendships with fellow students and hear a word of encouragement from your Dean, Dr. Bulus Galadima. You won’t want to miss this!

To RSVP, please contact John Marriott at or 562-944-0351 x5695.


Crowell School of Business

MBA & MM Orientation

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

MPAcc Orientation

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


School of Education

Graduate Student Mandatory Dinner and Orientation

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Time: 5–6:30 p.m.

ALL students accepted to a Masters program must attend a mandatory dinner and orientation on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5 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 email requesting your reply to confirm your attendance. 

Academic Advising

Academic advising for online registration for the School of Education will be done by individual appointment from October 14, 2019  - January 6, 2020. 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.; summer hours are Fridays 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

For students living outside of the area, telephone appointments will be available. During the telephone appointment, students will be required to be able to access the School of Education website.


Talbot School of Theology

Talbot New Student Banquet

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Time: 6–9 p.m.

Location: Andrews Banquet Room, in the Talbot East Building (#45 on the Campus Map)

RSVP by 11:59 pm August 26, 2019

All new Talbot students are invited and encouraged to attend. 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. A spouse or significant other is welcome to attend.

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

Academic Advising for Master of Arts (Christian Apologetics) and Master of Arts (Science & Religion)

All Master of Arts (Christian Apologetics) and Master of Arts (Science & Religion) students are strongly encouraged to schedule advising prior to registration. Academic Advising will take place by appointment with Megan Stricklin. Students can meet with an academic advisor via telephone, video conference, email, or in-office appointment. Please call (562) 906-4570 to make an appointment or schedule online.

Greek and Hebrew Exams

For Talbot students wishing to challenge the first year Greek, the first semester/year Hebrew, or who are required to validate a transfer of these courses, please contact Sandra Orr at or by phone at 562-903-4829.

Talbot M.A. Online Orientation

All fully online Talbot students pursuing their Master of Arts must complete an online orientation prior to starting coursework. To begin, accept the invitation to join "Online Student Orientation" upon logging into Canvas, our online learning platform. This orientation will help you navigate registration and understand what to expect within your online masters programs. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Online & Graduate Student Success at (562) 777-4097 or email

Writing Proficiency

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

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