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

M.A. in Intercultural Studies and Doctoral Students

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Time: 5–7 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Location: Lehman Board Room, 2nd Floor in Metzger Hall.

The Zoom orientation will be August 26th at 3–4 p.m. (Pacific Time). A Zoom link will be sent around August 1st. This is also for M.A. and Ph.D. Intercultural Studies students. 

Please contact Patti Colombo at 562-944-3051 Ext. 5740 or if you have any questions.


Crowell School of Business

MBA, MM and MALI Orientation

Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021

Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Location: Lehman Conference Room, 2nd Floor in Metzger Hall

This orientation consists of a full-day session that is used to initiate the program. Students will learn the importance of highly productive teams in the modern innovative organization and will experience how to build a productive team. The learning that takes place here will be used and amplified in the students' future coursework. Students will also be introduced to how a biblical worldview equips the Christian to follow Christ in the workplace.

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

MPAcc Orientation

Date: Friday, August 27, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Location: Lehman Conference Room, 2nd Floor in Metzger Hall

An in-person orientation and welcome back dinner will be happening on Friday, August 27th at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). Invitations will be emailed closer to time. 

Please contact Amanda Oakes at 562-944-0351 x 5198 or for more information.


Rosemead School of Psychology

In-person orientation events for incoming PsyD and PhD students will take place between Wednesday, August 25, through Wednesday, September 1, on Biola's campus. These are wonderful opportunities for students to meet their cohort and other current Rosemead students, faculty, and staff. We strongly encourage all new students to attend these special events. Details about specific dates, times, locations, etc. will be sent to all incoming students.

Please contact Rachel Butag at or (562) 903-4867 for more information.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Rosemead community!


School of Education


All School of Education graduate students will be required to complete a mandatory Canvas course on orientation during the early part of the spring semester.

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, September 2, 2021

Time: 6–9 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Location: Andrews Banquet Room

Please join Biola’s President, Dr. Barry H. Corey, and Talbot’s Dean, Dr. Clinton E. Arnold, for a special evening. You’ll have an opportunity to interact with some of our Talbot faculty, meet our Associated Students Officers, and connect with other new Talbot students. We look forward to meeting you!

RSVP for the New Student Banquet


International Students

Graduate Student Orientation

Join us at the in-person Fall 2021 New Global Student Orientation on August 27th from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. The session will include lunch. For more information and to register, please see the Global Student orientation site.

Next Steps

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