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Online Bachelor’s Degrees Admissions


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Important Steps and Deadlines

See the application steps and deadlines below as you prepare to submit your Biola application. We’re here to walk alongside you as you start your Biola journey. Apply by the application deadline for guaranteed application review. Late applications may still qualify for admission.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees

Deadline Type Fall Spring Summer
Application Deadlines August 1 December 1 April 15
2020-2021 Start Dates Octorber 26, 2020 March 8, 2021 July 6, 2020

Steps to Apply

  • 1

    Submit a completed application

  • 2

    Submit $45 application fee along with your completed application
    If applying online, you may submit the fee through your application portal, otherwise please send a check or money order made payable to Biola University, with the student’s name indicated on the memo-line, to the address below:

    Office of Post-Traditional Admissions
    13800 Biola Ave.
    La Mirada, CA 90639

  • 3

    Complete the required essays
    Your essay prompts can be found in your application. Your application will not be reviewed until your essay has been submitted.

  • 4

    Submit official transcripts
    Submit an official transcript from each secondary and post-secondary school attended, current through the time of application. Students who have taken courses outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an independent Credential Evaluation Agency located in the United States, such as the American Education Research Corporation. A 2.5 GPA is required for international transfer students.

  • 5

    Submit your TOEFL scores
    If English is your non-native language, please take the TOEFL exam and submit the scores to us. We are looking for a minimum iBT score of 79 (Speaking 22 and Writing 19). Please see the TOEFL website for that exam with more information.

Note: Our online bachelor’s programs are fully online, so students are not eligible for nonimmigrant (F1) student visas. Also, our online bachelor’s programs are ineligible to receive any institutional aid. There are no scholarships currently available for this program.

Admissions Requirements

If you’re planning on applying to one of our online bachelor’s programs, it’s important to know how to get started. Take a look at our requirements to learn more.


Admissions Requirements

Online Bachelor's Degrees Admissions Requirements

If you’re interested in applying to one of Biola University’s online bachelor’s degree programs, see the information below to learn about admissions requirements.

Please note the following admission requirements for international students.

  1. Must be a Christian.
    The applicant’s statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application.
  2. Know your student type.
    First time freshman are students that have less than 15 transferable college credits. Transfers are students that have more than 15 transferable college credits.
  3. Meet the GPA requirements.
    Students applying as a first-time freshman (less than 15 transferable college credits) must have a 3.0 high school GPA. Students applying as a transfer student (more than 15 transferable college credits) must have a cumulative 2.5 college GPA.

Transfer Credits

Up to 70 credits of work from other accredited colleges or universities can be applied to your degree. Ask your admissions counselor for transfer credit guidelines.

  • Your courses must be from an accredited institution.
  • You must have earned a grade of “C” or better in the course.
  • You must order an official copy of your transcripts from each school you have attended.
  • Transcripts are only “official” when they are mailed directly to Biola from each school.
  • No hand-carried or 2nd person transcripts can be accepted.
  • Completing your AA degree at a community college might not satisfy all your general education requirements at Biola. Contact your admissions counselor for more information.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Biola recognizes that learning gained outside the traditional classroom setting is a valuable part of every person’s education. We use the following policies for this type of non-traditional credit:

  • Biola will grant up to 30 semester credits as general electives for coursework on ACE transcripts, including military credit, StraighterLine, etc. Credit will be granted for “L” & “U” level courses only.
  • We use CAEL Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolios to assess knowledge that you may have from your career or experience that may not be transcripted with an accredited institution. This process involves a fee and a 3-credit course to train you on how to create a portfolio you may submit to request credit. CAEL credit may be used to meet core (general education) or elective requirements. Please contact your Admissions Counselor (applicants) or Success Coach (current students) for more information on this process.


Biola University recognizes The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), which is funded through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Credit for CLEP/DANTES general examinations will be awarded only in those areas where a general education requirement has not been met with previous college coursework and only up to the amount needed to complete the requirement. Biola accepts an approved scaled score of 50 or higher (higher score required where designated).

Biola University recognizes the merits of the Advanced Placement Program and will grant credit for AP exams taken in high school. Credit will be given when an AP exam grade is 3 or higher.

Biola University recognizes the merits of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and will grant credit for Diploma Programme exams taken during the final two years of high school. Credit will be given when the IB grade is 5 or higher.

A maximum of 32 credits may be transferred from these exams.


Learn More About Transfer Policies View CLEP Summary Sheet


Ask a Counselor

There’s an experienced admissions counselor here, ready to help you make your move to Biola quick and easy. Questions? They have answers. Find and contact your counselor today.


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