SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
Foreign Language (f()EFL) and the Biola English Placement Exam instead of the TWPE. Those who score above 600 on the lDEFL will take the TWPE rather than the Biola English Placement Exam. TWPE results will determine whether en rollment in SS 500 Theological Writing will be required. If required, this course must be taken within the first 9 units of seminary study. The Biola English Placement Exam will determine whether enrollment in appro priate ESL coursework will be required. Academic Load The minimum full-time load is nine units for those in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts and Master of Theology degree pro grams. Those carrying less than the full time load are considered part-time students. A student is normally permitted to carry a maximum of 18 units each semester. To ex ceed this maximum load, the student must petition the Registrar's office. A maximum of six (6) units, may be taken by a student in independent study, arranged, correspon dence and ITS courses to be counted to ward a student's program. A unit of credit is generally considered to consist of one class hour (50 minutes) a week for a semester. In some cases, such as laboratory sessions, a unit of credit may involve more than one class period a week. As indicated on the curriculum charts for each program, the various curricula require 14-18 units per semester in order to graduate in a specified number of years. However, students who find it necessary to work 20 or more hours weekly to provide living expens es should plan to reduce their academic load. Such a reduction would extend the time re quired for a degree program, though partici pation in summer session and interterm could help offset the difference. Admission ofInternational Students and Resident Aliens It is essential that students from other countries be able to understand directions and lectures in English and also to be able to express their thoughts clearly in spoken English immediately upon arrival on cam pus. In order that the applicant's proficien cy in English may be determined, the appli cant must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (f()EFL) as adminis tered by the Educational Testing Service at the nearest overseas examination center. The minimum score for admission is a total of 550 for the graduate student (and a score of 55 or above for each of the three sec-
tions). For additional information see ad missions and registration section of the uni versity or graduate catalog. Accepted students will also be required to take the English Diagnostic Examination during orientation, prior to beginning their first semester. This examination will be waived for applicants who score a minimum of 600 on TOEFL, who will instead be re quired to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Examination.
Many off-GUTipus students find it convenient to dine in the campus cafeteria For those who wish to eat there regularly, some cost savings may be realized by using one of the meal ticket plans available rather than paying cash. Married Student Housing The seminary has limited housing facili ties for married students, but there are apartments and homes available for rent in the immediate vicinity. For a listing of apartment rental in the area surrounding the campus, please contact the Biola Housing Office. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Correspondence concerning admission should be addressed to the University Office of Amissions, which will supply the applicant with the proper forms. When these applica tion forms and all transcripts of previous aca demic training have been filed, accompanied by one photograph and a $35 application fee, an admissions decision will be made. Official notification of the decision will be sent by mail to the applicant The applicn deadline for the fall is August 1 and for the spring is January 1. Applications may be submitted after this deadline (late application fee of $45), but will be considered and processed only if space is available and time allows. Talbot School of Theology desires only qualified students and personnel who are committed to Jesus Christ. However, in the admission of students, the hiring of employ ees or the operation of any of its programs and activities, Talbot does not discriminate on the basis of the applicant's race, color, sex, handicap or national or ethnic origin. Inquiries concerning this policy may be ad dressed to the seminary compliance direc tor for Title IX. Entrance requirements for each pro gram are listed on the page describing that program under the heading, Admission Requirements. Talbot Writing Proficiency Examination (TWPE) Advanced compositional skills, commen surate with graduate-level theological studies, are foundational and indespensible, both in terms of educational and ministerial success. For this reason, all new students are required to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (IWPE) prior to registration for the first semester. International students and those for whom English is a second language are required to take both the Test of English as a
Classification ofStudents: M.A. First Year Second Year M.Div. First Year Second Year Third Year
1-28 units 29 + units 1-28 units 29-64 units 65 + units
Pre-Seminary Study The following pre-seminary study guide lines are recommended for students who are planning to attend Talbot. The student should plan his or her collegiate curriculum so that moderate competence will be pos sessed in all of these areas and skills devel oped so that one can communicate easily, having the ability to write and speak clearly with correct English prose. Note: The numerals in parentheses indi cate the suggested minimum number of semester units for each discipline. I. General Understandings A. Understanding of Humanity • Philosophy (3) • Psychology (3) B. Understanding of modern social insti tutions and problems • Social Science (6) C. Understanding of cultural history • History (6) • Fine Arts (3) D. Understanding of science and technology • Math/Science (8) E. Understanding of the modes of communication • English-composition and literature (9) • Speech (3) II. Theological Understandings A. Bible content and interpretation (6) B. Theological methodology and interpretation (6) III. Linguistic Skills (12) At least one of the following: • French • German • Greek • Hebrew • Latin • Spanish
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