The Master's College

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The Master's College
Established 1927
Type Private
Religious affiliation Grace Community Church (Non-denominational Evangelical Christian)
President Dr. John F. MacArthur
Academic staff 113
Students 1,198
Undergraduates 952 (+154 degree completion)
Postgraduates 92 (+375 seminary)
Location Santa Clarita, California, United States
Campus Suburban (LA County)
Colors Gold, navy blue
Athletics 12 Varsity teams
Nickname Mustangs
Mascot Monty the Mustang
Affiliations Golden State Athletic Conference

The Master's College is a non-denominational, conservative Christian liberal arts college located in Santa Clarita, California, USA.

In the 2006–07 edition of U.S. News & World Report of "America’s Best Colleges", The Master’s College is ranked second (2nd) in the West as Best Comprehensive Colleges—Bachelor’s.[1] In the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report of “America’s Best Colleges”, The Master’s College has been ranked second (2nd) in the West as one of America’s Best Colleges in the category of Best Comprehensive Baccalaureate Colleges. This marks the eighth year in a row that The Master’s College was listed in the top tier of Western Region Baccalaureate Colleges.[2] The Master’s College is also cited as one of the best values, ranking 4th in the category of “Great Schools, Great Prices.”[3]


Originally named Los Angeles Baptist College and Seminary in 1927, the school was formed in downtown Los Angeles with the intention of providing a Biblical and Christ-centered education to Christian young men and women. In 1961, Los Angeles Baptist College moved to Newhall, a small community in the northern Los Angeles area, on the site of an old ranch that was once known as "Happy Jack's Dude Ranch." As a Regular Baptist College, LABC provided Biblical training for many years before the lack of support from the Regular Baptist Churches forced Dr. Dunkin, the College President to work out an agreement with John F. MacArthur, Pastor of Grace Community Church in the San Fernando Valley, to assume leadership of the college in 1985. At this time, the college changed its name to The Master's College, reflecting its wholehearted commitment to Jesus Christ. Since the beginning of Dr. MacArthur's tenure as President, the college has grown to feature a student body of approximately 1,000 undergraduate students, in addition to a Degree Completion program where working adults can earn a BA degree, as well as two Master of Arts programs, a California Teaching Credential program, and a rapidly growing online program.



The college provides separate dorms for men and women with the exception of C.W. Smith Hall and Hotchkiss Hall, where men live in the East Wing and women in the West Wing. In addition to the on-campus residence halls the colleges offers off-campus housing at Oak Manor located about two miles from the main campus.[4]

TMC campus

Academic profile[edit]

Cooperative study programs provide students with opportunities for off-campus learning experiences. All undergraduate academic majors culminate with a baccalaureate degree, except for the one-year Master's Institute program and the teacher credential program.

Biblical Studies[edit]

The college has a Biblical Studies program in which the understanding, interpretation, and application of biblical literature are studied in original historical context and applied to the theological and cultural issues of the modern age.[5] The program prepares students to work in the fields of: ministries of teachers, missionaries, church leaders, and other ministering personnel. There are eight baccalaureate emphasis offered, they include: Certificate in TESOL, General Bible Studies, Bible Exposition, Biblical Counseling, Biblical Languages, Christian Education, Intercultural Studies, and Theology & Apologetics.[5] In addition to eight degree emphasis the college offers a one-year, intensive Bible training program known as The Master's Institute.[5]

Biological and Physical Science[edit]

The Master's College Biology Department offers a variety of emphases including pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-allied health services, cellular and molecular biology, and environmental biology.[6]

Biblical Counseling[edit]

TMC has a program for Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. While many Christian colleges offer psychology, TMC stresses Biblical teaching over psychology for counseling. The content of the courses emphasizes the practical skills of counseling supported by a biblical basis and perspective for these skills. The classes, homework and reading assignments can be practically implemented in each student's life and ministry immediately.

Accreditation and memberships[edit]

The Master's College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.[7]

Membership is maintained in:

  • The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
  • The California Council for Teacher Education
  • The National Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • The Pacific Coast Association of Collegiate Registrars
  • The Association of Christian Schools International
  • The Western College Association
  • The Association on Higher Education and Disability.
  • The National Association of Schools of Music

The Master's College is one of approximately 105 members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.[8]

Student life[edit]


The Master's College teams, nicknamed the Mustangs, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). TMC also competes as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field and volleyball.

Curtis Lewis, head coach of the women's soccer team, won the NIA Women's Soccer Coach of the Year award in 2008. In 2009,Jim Rickard won the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year award.[9]

Jerry Owens is a professional baseball player from The Master's College. He was named the Small College All-American Outfielder for 2003, before being selected by the Montreal Expos in the 2nd round (57th overall) of the 2003 amateur entry draft. The outfielder played for the Chicago White Sox from 2006 to 2009, and had 32 stolen bases in 2007. He later became the property of the Seattle Mariners organization.[citation needed]

Mike Penberthy was a professional basketball player from The Master's College. Penberthy was not drafted by an NBA team but played for the Los Angeles Lakers for two years (2000–01 to 2001–02). Penberthy was part of the Lakers' 2000–01 championship team.[citation needed]

Erin Perperoglou (formerly Buescher) is a professional basketball player from The Master's College. She was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 WNBA Draft as the No. 23 pick. She won a WNBA championship in 2005 with the Sacramento Monarchs. She won the 2006 WNBA Most Improved Player Award.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CBS News". Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report's 2007 Rankings. 16 August 2006. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  2. ^ "U.S. News & World Report". America's Best Colleges 2008. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  3. ^ "U.S. News & World Report". Baccalaureate Colleges (West): Best Values. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c "Bible Studies". The Master's College. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "The Master's College - WASC". Statement of Accreditation Status: The Master's College and Seminary. July 13, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Council for Christian Colleges & Universities". Members & Affiliates. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2009 Men's Soccer National Coaches of the Year Announced". NAIA. Jan 15, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 

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