The Master's University

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The Master's University
TMC Aerial.jpg
MottoFor Christ and Scripture
AffiliationThe Master's Seminary
PresidentJohn F. MacArthur
Academic staff
Undergraduates952 (+154 degree completion)
Postgraduates92 (+375 seminary)
United States
CampusSuburban (LA County)
ColorsGold and Navy Blue         
Athletics12 Varsity teams
AffiliationsGolden State Athletic Conference
MascotMonty the Mustang

The Master's University is a non-denominational, conservative Christian liberal arts university in Santa Clarita, California, in the United States.


The college was founded in 1927.[1]:69 It was originally named Los Angeles Baptist College and Seminary. In 1961, it moved to Newhall in Santa Clarita, California.[2] In 1985, John MacArthur became the school president; the name was changed to The Master's College, hoping to appeal to a wider evangelical audience.[2] In 2016, the school underwent yet another name change and became The Master's University.[3]

Academic profile[edit]

The university offers bachelor's degrees[4] and master's degrees,[5] including several bachelor's degrees that are offered fully online.[6] The associated seminary offers a Bachelor of Theology for those with an associate degree, master's degrees, and Doctor of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.[7]

In addition to its biblical studies program, the university offers a one-year, intensive Bible training program known as "The Master's Institute" resulting in a Bible certificate.[8]


The university has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1975.[9] In July 2018, it was placed on probation.[10] WASC found the institution in violation of multiple standards of accreditation, including competing loyalties among its board of directors, a lack of operational integrity, and a pattern of unethical treatment among faculty and staff. The visiting accreditation team observed – and received reports of – a climate of fear, intimidation, bullying, and uncertainty among significant numbers of faculty and staff.[10] WASC stated its "extreme concern" that the university might be in violation of required reporting responsibilities under the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.[11] The university has less than two years to remedy the perceived problems and avoid withdrawal of its accreditation;[11] it has said that it is working to correct them.[12][13]

The School of Music is further accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.[14]


The college teams compete in the Golden State Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.[citation needed] The college is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association.[citation needed] Sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country running, golf, soccer, track and volleyball.[15]

Curtis Lewis, head coach of the women's soccer team, won the NAIA 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.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [s.n.] (2009). Peterson's Colleges in the West. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson's. ISBN 9780768926965.
  2. ^ a b Padilla, Steve (5 November 1990). "Amazing Growth : Sleepy Baptist College Takes Off Under New Leader". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Matt Thacker (May 12, 2016). What’s in a name? TMC finds out for itself. Santa Clarita Valley Signal. Accessed April 2017.
  4. ^ "Undergraduate Degrees | The Master's University". The Master's University. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Graduate Degrees | The Master's University". The Master's University. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ "TMU Online | The Master's University". The Master's University. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Degree Programs | The Master's Seminary". The Master's Seminary. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. ^ "The Master's University" (PDF). The Master's University. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  9. ^ "The Master's University and Seminary | WASC Senior College and University Commission". WASC Senior College and University Commission.
  10. ^ a b Studley, Jamienne S. (18 July 2018). "Probation Letter" (PDF). WASC Senior College and University Commission.
  11. ^ a b "Report of the WSCUC Team for Reaffirmation of Accreditation To The Master's University and Seminary: March 21-23, 2018" (PDF). WASC Senior College and University Commission. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  12. ^ TMUS Board of Directors. "Public Statement Regarding 2018 WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Review" (PDF).
  13. ^ TMUS Board of Directors. "FAQs regarding our Accreditation with the WASC Senior College and University" (PDF).
  14. ^ "Accredited Institutions Search". National Association of Schools of Music.
  15. ^ The Master’s University. Peterson's. Accessed February 2017.
  16. ^ "2009 Men's Soccer National Coaches of the Year Announced". NAIA. Jan 15, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2011.

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