Lyman Stewart, co-founder and president of Union Oil Company, partnered with T.C. Horton to open the Bible Institute in 1908 in Los Angeles. Initially, the institution focused on studies in theology and Christian studies. As the school progressed forward, the renamed Biola College acquired programs in medicine, business, and continuing studies, in addition to gaining accreditation. By the 1980s, Biola changed its status to university and incorporated the School of Psychology and the School of Intercultural Studies. Although Biola has continued to grow, the University retains its founding Christian principles.
Today, the four-year, private, not-for-profit Biola University enrolls more than 6,200 students on its Southern California campus, in La Mirada, awarding both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1.
Biola College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Additionally, select individual programs retain programmatic accreditation by the following accrediting agencies:
- American Psychological Association
- Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
- Association of Theological Schools
- California Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing
- Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- National Association of Schools of Music
- State of California Board of Registered Nursing
Biola University offers over 145 academic programs awarding Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees, in addition to certificate programs. Six school include:
- Talbot School of Theology
- Rosemead School of Psychology
- Cook School of Intercultural Studies
- Crowell School of Business
- School of Arts & Sciences
- School of Education
The 37 undergraduate majors give students a wide range of opportunities from fields in Anthropology and Engineering Physics to degrees in Journalism & Integrated Media and Music Education. Students can also enroll in pre-professional majors including Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Optometry, and Pre-Law. Students can also complement majors with more than 35 minor options. All undergraduate students at Biola must complete 30 units of biblical studies.
Biola supports a wide range of graduate programs, including Master of Arts degrees, a Master of pinity, Master of Theology, Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Missiology, Ed.D. in Educational Studies, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, and a number of Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Graduate programs of study range from Christian Education and Ministry to fields in Pastoral Care and Education.
For added flexibility, students can choose to complete online programs and courses at Biola University. These programs meet the equivalent standards and rigors as on-campus counterparts. Students can participate in courses delivered completely online or engage in hybrid learning, with both on-campus and online coursework. Online degrees and certificates include:
- Special Education Certificate
- California CLEAR Credentials
School of Arts and Sciences
- Master of Arts in Apologetics
- Master of Arts in Science & Religion
School of Education
- Master of Arts in Teaching, Clear Credential
- Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education
- Master of Arts in Teaching, TESOL
- Master of Arts in Teaching, Personalized
- Master of Arts in Education, Clear Credential
- Master of Arts in Education, Special Education
- Master of Arts in Education, TESOL
- Master of Arts in Education, Personalized
School of Intercultural Studies
- Master of Arts in TESOL
Students can engage in multiple extracurricular activities at Biola. Spiritual life activities include chapel services, mission and Bible conferences, in addition to ministry and service opportunities. Biola also sponsors varsity (intercollegiate), club, and intramural sports. Students can compete on intramural teams in flag football, ultimate frisbee, basketball, tennis, sand volleyball and others. Furthermore, clubs, multi-ethnic programs, and school-sponsored events provide additional breaks from academic studies, or students can display creative talents, such as participation in musical groups or students publications.
Tuition for undergraduate programs at Biola University is an annual flat fee of $32,142 (12-18 units).
Biola University assists eligible students through supported financial aid programs, including grants, scholarships, and loans. Academic, departmental, and church-related scholarships are awarded, in addition to grants, including the Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Pell Grant, President’s Award, TEACH Grant, Teaching Credential Grant, the University Award/Grant, and Graduate Grant. Students may also apply for a number of loans, including Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Direct Parent PLUS Loan, Biola University Loan, Helen Grace Colbert Yates Loan, Federal Nursing Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Freeman Aitken Somerville Loan, Federal Grad PLUS Loan, and private loans. Biola University also provides educational benefits for veterans, including Veterans Benefits via chapters 30, 31, 33, and 35 (includes Post 9-11 benefits).
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
Calendar System:Four-one-four plan
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