Spring 2019

Several New Programs Arriving this Fall

Lineup includes online master’s in nursing and ‘Torrey meets Talbot’ theology degree

By Jason Newell

This fall, Biola will launch its most significant expansion of new programs in recent memory, giving students more options in such high-demand areas as science, nursing, business and even video game design.

All told, the university is introducing more than 15 new and expanded programs in the fall 2019 semester. Highlights include three new undergraduate science degrees, three fully online master’s programs (in business, nonprofit management and nursing education), and a graduate program in classical theology that’s modeled after the university’s Torrey Honors Institute.

“This is an exciting and innovative collection of new programs for our students,” said Lee Wilhite, vice president of enrollment, marketing and communications. “With these new options, students have even more diverse and specialized opportunities to be equipped for God’s calling on their lives, including in some of the most rapidly growing and changing career fields.”

The most significant additions are being made in the School of Science, Technology and Health. At the graduate level, the school is introducing a fully online Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing education, which will prepare graduates for in-demand teaching positions in universities, clinical settings and other environments. The school is also adding three new bachelor’s degrees in applied physics, health sciences and public health, and minors in statistics as well as applied statistics and data science.

In the Crowell School of Business, two graduate programs — the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Management in Nonprofit Organizations — are now available fully online in addition to their current hybrid and on-campus formats. At the undergraduate level, the school is offering two new minors in business analytics and entrepreneurship, as well as a new concentration in entrepreneurship within its existing business administration degree.

Talbot School of Theology’s newest program — the Master of Arts – Classical Theology — is a “new kind of master’s degree,” according to Fred Sanders, a theology professor in Biola’s Torrey Honors Institute. Modeled after Torrey’s Socratic approach to great books, the program allows students to read classic texts of the Christian tradition and discuss them in community under the guidance of expert theologians from Torrey and Talbot.

Meanwhile, new concentrations have been added to the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Media Arts (game design and interactive media), the Master of Arts in Education (single-subject and multiple-subject credentials) and several other degree programs.

To explore a full list of Biola’s new and existing academic programs, visit biola.edu/degree.



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