The Master’s University is pleased to open its doors to students from many different backgrounds. The Office of Student Advancement provides a variety of services for students from multicultural, international, and military backgrounds including the following: orientation to assist in transition to life at The Master’s University, financial aid and admissions counseling, social activities, service opportunities, academic counseling, vocational planning, and discipleship.

One-Stop Resource Office

TMU’s International Ministries Office serves as an important connection point for international students and TCKs, starting at the application stage and continuing through to graduation and beyond. Experienced staff come alongside professors and residence life staff help meet the unique needs of students coming from a variety of cross-cultural backgrounds.

Custom-Tailored Admissions Process

Several years ago the TMU Admissions Office recognized the benefit of having an admissions counselor specifically dedicated to international students and other TCKs. The international admissions staff work with applicants and their families to ensure a smooth application process marked by open and consistent communication, whether a student is applying from Tokyo or Tulsa.

Unique International Orientation Program

International students, MK’s, and other Third Culture Kids (TCKs) are invited to participate in a strategic orientation program called “Passport to Master’s.” This two-day program takes place prior to the traditional Week of Welcome (a week-long orientation for all new students). By arriving early, students have the opportunity to discuss specific cultural issues, become acquainted with The Master’s University (TMU) campus, and meet other students from around the globe. Passport to Master’s involves various seminars and activities, and culminates with a special dinner reception for the new students and their family members.

Customized Financial Aid

It’s becoming harder and harder to find a comprehensive, high-caliber education founded upon a biblical worldview. In light of this, a quality education from The Master’s University has become more valuable than ever. It’s something worth investing in. International students and TCKs have proven to be an asset to the TMU campus and successful representatives of the college in their future endeavors. Consequently, The Master’s University has made a strong commitment to partner with these students and their families in funding this important investment. While TMU cannot provide a full scholarship to students, significant discounts may be obtained. Detailed information about scholarships and grants for international students can be found here.

International Community

TMU’s International Student Liaisons (ISLs)—help foster a vibrant community of international students and TCKs on campus. Through regular events and an annual retreat, international students and TCKs find opportunities to connect with each other and develop life-long friendships. Simultaneously, our ISLs help mobilize students to get involved in all areas of campus life: music, sports, leadership, outreach, etc…. The Master’s University does not believe in fostering international student or MK cliques—our approach is one of integration and support. In light of this, TMU has intentionally shifted away from offering segregated programs or housing for international students and TCKs.

Missionaries-in-Residence

Each year The Master’s University hosts a hand-picked missionary family (on furlough) living on campus (this could be you!). Their home—kitchen, fireplace, and all—is available to students who want to stop by. TMU’s Missionaries-in-Residence become a great asset not only to students currently pursuing global missions, but to international students and TCKs who just want to share their own experiences with someone, or seek a bit of extra advice.


Josh English

email: jengish@masters.edu

The Military Student Advancement Office exists to serve active duty servicemembers, veterans, dependents, and ROTC students who are studying at The Master’s University. Our office is staffed by veterans who support our military students by promoting community, Christian fellowship, and by offering encouragement as they transition into student life. Furthermore, we seek to provide opportunities for involvement in all areas of the campus through special events and forums. Our staff is also available to assist students in answering any questions regarding their military educational benefits.

Veterans

Veterans, as well as their family members utilizing veteran educational benefits, are encouraged to consider The Master’s University as their school of choice. The Master’s University was recently ranked No. 20 in Best Colleges for Veterans in the Regional Universities West.

The Master’s University is approved as a degree-granting institution for the attendance of veterans under Title 38 of the United States Code. This primarily includes the Montgomery GI Bill and Post-9/11 GI Bill, as well as provisions for transfer of entitlement of benefits to spouses or children. The Post 9/11 GI bill applies towards tuition and fees, provides an annual book stipend, as well as a monthly housing allowance. In addition, TMU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. TMU will contribute up to $10,000 towards tuition per year resulting in 100% coverage of tuition costs.

Active Duty

Active Duty Servicemembers seeking to take classes from TMU are able to utilize Tuition Assistance (TA) towards our online classes. Currently TMU accepts TA from the Air Force and Army.

ROTC

The Master’s University has developed relationships, or “Cross-Town Agreements,” with ROTC detachments at other nearby major state universities. These agreements allow students to attend The Master’s University full-time while participating in ROTC at another local school. TMU students participating in ROTC may qualify for competitive scholarships covering up to full tuition. For a list of our affiliated schools and more information about ROTC, please click here.

To contact the Military Student Advancement Office you may call 661-362-2814, or send an e-mail to [military@masters.edu](mailto: military@masters.edu).

Veterans Affairs Resources

VA Education Benefits - Home Page

VA Form Finder

(http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/education_programs.asp)Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) - Home Page

(http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/education_programs.asp)California Veteran’s Resource Book (2016) eBenefits - Home Page

(http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/education_programs.asp)Joint Services Transcript (JST)

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Chapter 33: Pamphlet

Yellow Ribbon Program GI Bill Benefits Calculator

ROTC

National ROTC Websites

Army ROTC Air Force ROTC

Local ROTC Units

Air Force ROTC

AFROTC Detachment 040

(LMU) AFROTC Detachment 055(UCLA) AFROTC Detachment 060 (USC)

Army ROTC AROTC Bruin Battalion (UCLA)

AROTC Bruin Battalion (CSUN - a branch of UCLA)

To contact the Military Student Advancement Office you may call 661-362-2814, or send an e-mail to military@masters.edu.

Cross-Town Agreements

The Master’s University has developed relationships, or “Cross-Town Agreements” with other major state universities. These agreements are designed to give students the opportunity to join ROTC while studying full-time at The Master’s University. Below is a list of ROTC units that TMU has agreements with:

Air Force ROTC AFROTC Detachment 040 (LMU

AFROTC Detachment 055 (UCLA)

AFROTC Detachment 060 (USC)

Army ROTC AROTC Bruin Battalion (UCLA)

AROTC Bruin Battalion (CSUN - a branch of UCLA)

National ROTC Websites Air Force ROTC

Army ROTC

Specific Information about ROTC and Scholarships

For more detailed information about ROTC and scholarships, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

To contact the Military Student Advancement Office you may call 661-362-2814, or send an e-mail to military@masters.edu.

We are committed to developing a distinctively Christian multi-cultural community under the lordship of Christ and according to His Word. We recognize that cultures not only stem from continents and countries, but arise within cities and regions in our nation. Through our Multi-Cultural Student Advancement Office, we seek to serve and care for students who join us from diverse contexts. We desire to see students of different cultures participating in and contributing to campus life as well as the community through service and ministry opportunities. Clubs like the C3 Unity Club work to grow interpersonal relationships on campus and promote genuine Christian unity. Our culturally diverse chapel program and on-campus public forums provide opportunity for every student to grow in awareness and compassion toward multi-cultural issues.

The motto of The Master’s University –For Christ and Scripture- signifies our commitment to the reality of the universal lordship of Jesus Christ and the sufficiency of His Word. We are bound to this reality because of our anchoring in the Scriptures, which present Christ as Lord over all creation.[1] This confession of Christ’s preeminence gives TMU commanding reasons to welcome, affirm and celebrate diversities of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and culture in its population and programs.

In creating man God elected to create him in the very likeness and image of Himself.[2] The Bible clearly points that all humans are made in the image of God. The image of God (imago dei) designates mankind as the image bearers of God, carrying the same attributes with their Creator.[3] This stems to every person from every tribe, tongue, and ethnicity that exists, since God made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth.[4] Understanding this then it is to be resolved that every human being possesses an inherent dignity, meaning, and worth –he or she being made in the imago dei.

It is true that the unity of the created order is deeply disrupted by sin. Men and women, families, tribes, ethnicities, and nations have been set against one another, with differences among people often serving as a pretext for personal and systematic injustice.[5] Yet God has responded to the sin of prejudice and partiality not by abandoning His world, but by providing for its redemption[6] and reconciliation.[7] In consequence, a core value of the Christian church is unity. Jesus prayed that his followers might have complete unity so that the world might believe and know that he was sent by the Father.[8] God’s people are called to repent of sin, grow in grace, acknowledge and submit to truth, seek justice, show mercy, practice forgiveness, and go and make disciples of all nations [9] –all because of Christ’s atoning work by which, we’ve been united together in Him, and the power of sin has been broken.

Given the divine intention for creation, then, we see human diversity as a feature of life worth savoring; a featured designed and embraced by God. The unity of the kingdom, attained and emulated on earth by Christian fellowship,[10] gladly acknowledges the variety of personal backgrounds, histories, and contexts out of which love, thanksgiving, and worship are rendered to God. The vision of heaven presented by the Apostle John in the book of Revelation is that of a diverse group of believers from every tribe, language, people and nation, who find their unity, not in similar cultural customs or linguistic patterns, but rather in their worship of the one and only King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lamb upon the throne, Jesus. [11]

Anticipating this fulfillment, Christian relationships across differences are to be unbiased and impartial rather than repressive, joyful and loving rather than dismissive. Individuals must not be stigmatized for being different; rather within the church, diversity is a glorious property of the whole. “We” are a diverse body of many members, from various languages, cultures and continents, which have been united together in Christ eternally is the sentiment shared by all true Christians. This is only achievable through the gospel which gives us new eyes to see from the vantage point(s) of creation/redemption, to our future hope and glory.[12]

[1] Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:9-11

[2] Genesis 1:26

[3] Human beings carry the same attributes with the creator even though he is infinite and perfect, whereas we are finite by creation and imperfect because of the fall.

[4] Acts 17:26

[5] Beginning in Genesis 3-4

[6] 1 Peter 1:17-21

[7] Ephesians 2:14-16; Colossians 3:11; Galatians 3:25-28

[8] John 17:20-23

[9] Mark 1:15; John 17:17; John 8:33; Matthew23:23; Luke 10:37; Matthew 18:21-35; Matthew 28:19-20

[10] Acts 2:42-47

[11] Revelation 5:9, 7:9, 14:6, 22:2

[12] 2 Corinthians 4:6, 16-18

Our Mission

The office of Multicultural Student Advancement (MCSA) serves to help develop and maintain a distinctively Christian, diverse community at the Master’s College (TMU). We desire to see students, from different cultures and from various contexts, participating in and contributing to the overall educational experience of campus life at TMU.

Our Vision

MCSA strives to empower students to embrace a healthy biblical perspective of diversity, and achieve cultural competency, while motivating and teaching them to model love and unity that values the contributions of all people. This is achieved through the offering of programs and events that are affirming and supportive of the diverse ethnic and cultural realities of our world.

Our Objectives

To enroll students from ethnically and culturally diverse contexts:

Recruiting students of color and students from other underrepresented groups

Assisting prospective “minority” students considering study at TMU

Providing academic advising and student advocacy

Helping with the procurement of scholarship and sponsorship grant monies

To share cultural experience(s) and insight with the student body that will assist in:

Creating a supportive campus culture, through culturally relevant programs and events

Strengthening cross-cultural relationships

Cultivating awareness and sensitivity related to issues of culture and ethnicity

Our Method:

As a hybrid office between the Student Life and Admissions departments, MCSA specializes in both the recruitment and retention of students from among the diverse cultural contexts within the United States. Focusing on urban centers and the inner city, we seek to establish relationships with churches and leaders in these communities that will assist us in identifying “mission-match” recruits for TMU, while developing culturally applicable programming and social support for the underrepresented student population of our school.

C3Unity- Student led club

Founded on the premise of Colossians 3:11- “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all”, C3Unity works to grow interpersonal relationships on campus and promote genuine Christian unity among the students of TMU. The club gives students an opportunity to interact and network with others from diverse contexts as well as to learn how they can live as effective Christian witnesses in a multicultural environment on the campus of TMU and around the world. Throughout the year C3Unity organizes events, field trips, forums, and workshops alongside the Student Life Staff, Associate Academic Dean, and Faculty. Be a part of C3Unity - Join the Facebook Group

Engage!

One of our desires at the Master’s University is that students would graduate with a deep commitment and affection for the local church. One of the ways that we stroke the fire of their hearts to that end is Engage! This fall outreach event is a ministry exposure designed to inspire and mobilize our students to serve with local churches. We cancel classes and break up into small teams to work with churches in: evangelism, children’s and youth outreach, college outreach, ethnic outreach, manual labor projects, sports outreach, music ministry, women’s ministry, ministry to the deaf and blind, and ministry to the elderly. More about Engage! here…

Chapel/Public Forums

Chapel at The Master’s College exists for the proclamation of God’s Word to our campus community. Our culturally diverse chapel program throughout the year provides an opportunity for every student to grow in awareness and compassion toward multicultural issues. There are also on-campus public forums which serve to help students express the joys, concerns, struggles and triumphs that they see and experience. The goal is conscious cultivation of the Christian virtues of humility, discernment, courage, justice and love on our campus. See Thabiti Anyabwile preach on “Ethnicity & the Mission of God” at the 2012 Truth & Life Conerence.

Introduction To Urban Ministry (Fall Semester)

During the fall semester of each school year Dr. Mark Tatlock teaches ‘Introduction to Urban Ministry,’ a class offered as part of fulfillment of cross cultural units in the traditional undergrad program. Intro to Urban Ministry is designed to expose students to the dynamics of inner city ministry by personally investigating how principles of missions are implemented in urban churches and ministries within the greater Los Angeles. The office of Multicultural Student Advancement assists Dr. Tatlock with instruction and weekly field trips to Urban Ministry sites throughout Los Angeles County.

The Multicultural Student Advancement office also serves TMU through:

The recruiting and acquisition of students from ethnically and culturally diverse contexts

The procurement of scholarship and sponsorship monies

Academic advising and student advocacy

The coordinating of campus wide educational workshops/seminars

Referrals to urban and ethnic church and community outreach organizations

The development of culturally applicable programming and social support of underrepresented students

Student organization involvement