Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 9

Introducing The Master’s College
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THE COLLEGE
History of The Master’s
College
From a commitment that began more than eighty
years ago to educate tomorrow’s Christian leaders,
The Master’s College continues to train those who
desire to serve in the pulpit or on the mission field
as well as those who desire to make a difference
for Christ’s sake in commerce, industry, sciences
and the arts.
The school began on May 25, 1927, as Los Angeles
Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1946, the
Seminary became a graduate-level school and
initiated a separate undergraduate liberal arts
program. In May 1961, the school moved from
its original location in downtown Los Angeles to
the Placerita Canyon area of Newhall, California.
The Seminary program separated from the
undergraduate program in 1974 and relocated to
Tacoma, Washington. Los Angeles Baptist College
(LABC) received its initial regional accreditation
from the Western Association of Schools and
Colleges (WASC) in the spring of 1975. Early
in 1985, Dr. John R. Dunkin stepped down as
president after 25 years of leadership at the College.
In May of that year, Dr. John F. MacArthur was
appointed as his successor. At that time the name
of the school was changed fromLos Angeles Baptist
College to The Master’s College (TMC). With
Dr. MacArthur’s international reputation in the
evangelical Christian community, and because of
increased publicity for the College through his daily
radio ministry, TMC quickly grew from a student
enrollment of 305 in fall 1984 to 863 students in fall
1989. Fall 2010 was another landmark for TMC,
presenting the largest incoming class in the history
of college
The College currently offers a wide range of
traditional undergraduate degree programs in 13
fields of study encompassing more than 60 distinct
emphasis areas, and four degree-completion
programs that are specifically geared toward the
needs of adult learners. Also at the undergraduate
level, The Master’s Institute Award of Achievement
program is available for students desiring one year
of intensive study in the Bible. At the graduate
level, the college offers a fifth-year California Single
Subject and Multiple Subject credential program,
andMaster of Arts programs in Biblical Counseling
(MABC) and Biblical Studies (MABS).
Under the continued leadership of Dr. MacArthur,
the goal of the college is to bring students to spiritual
maturity and academic excellence through the
collegiate learning process.
“AtTheMaster’s College and Seminary,
we focus on the Word of God. In
the gospels, we see the Master
educating His disciples before He sent
them out. His methods have become
our model for today.” -Dr. MacArthur
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