History of The Master’s University
From a commitment that began more than 80 years ago to educate tomorrow’s Christian leaders, The Master’s
University 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, or 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 WASC Senior College and University Commission
(WSCUC) 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 from Los 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 University 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 year for TMC, presenting the largest incoming class in the history of the University. Then,
in May 2016, Dr. MacArthur announced that the Board of Directors had decided to change to school’s name to The
The University currently offers a wide range of traditional undergraduate degree programs in 13 fields of study
encompassing more than 60 distinct emphasis areas, three degree-completion programs that are specifically geared
toward the needs of adult learners, and four online undergraduate degrees (
BA in Biblical Counseling pending approval from
). 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 University offers a fifth-year California Single Subject and Multiple Subject credential program,
Master of Arts degrees in Biblical Counseling (MABC) and Biblical Studies (MABS), and a Master of Business
Administration (MBA, online program).
Under the continued leadership of Dr. MacArthur, the goal of the University is to bring students to spiritual maturity
and academic excellence through the collegiate learning process.
“At The Master’s University 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