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Standing firm on Christ & Scripture since 1927, The Master’s University has developed one of the strongest Biblical Studies programs anywhere in the United States. The School of Biblical Studies stresses the understanding, interpretation, and application of biblical literature. The biblical material is studied in light of its original historical environment so that an authentically biblical understanding can be applied to the theological and cultural issues of the modern age. The department attempts to assist all students in developing a biblical worldview in which the principles and norms derived from the Word of God are applied to the whole of life. Spiritual values are emphasized so that practical spiritual growth is experienced along with academic achievement.

ROOTED IN AN UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO JESUS CHRIST AND THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD, OUR WORLD-CLASS FACULTY AND DEDICATED ADMINISTRATION PREPARE EACH STUDENT’S HEART AND MIND FOR A LIFE OF ETERNAL INFLUENCE.- John MacArthur

  • TMU ranks in the TOP 10 Christian Universities and TOP 15% Colleges with the Best Academics in California (Niche.com, 2019)

  • We uphold the doctrinal statement as outlined here: TMU Doctrinal Statement

  • We have a 10:1 teacher-student ratio, allowing for close teacher-student mentorship and a high-level of scholarship

  • We are one of the first campuses to offer a Biblical Counseling degree, and one of the few to hold to ACBC counseling vs. integrational models.

  • Students in any emphasis will have a working knowledge of Greek or Hebrew, be able to apply hermeneutics to correctly interpret biblical text and understand ministry from a biblical perspective.

  • Classes taught by faculty, not by teacher’s assistants.

We hold the Word of God as sufficient in all things, including its own interpretation. To best equip our students for their intended fields, ministry or otherwise, we teach them how to approach the Word; through Greek and/or Hebrew, the context in which it was written, along with a large selection of classes ranging from biblical counseling to the book of Revelation. Our professors are not just equipped scholarly, but are heavily involved in their local church and other ministries: practicing what they teach and standing as examples to each student.


Experience this program for yourself

Southern California: A beautiful, lively campus close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities, and rated among the nation’s safest campuses. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Financial Aid workshops

  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students

  • See more info: Admissions Events


Study & Serve Abroad

Students have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, and a wide range of different options each semester.

  • Israel Bible Extension (IBEX): 1 semester at TMU’s Israel campus

  • GO! Global Outreach: 6 weeks of partnering with TMU Missionary Alumni to serve churches around the world while advancing studies.

  • Bi-annual Turkey & Greece Winter Break Trip. 2 weeks traveling to ancient sites and places to which Paul addressed his letters. Students can earn class credit.

  • Italy Summer Semester. 6 weeks in the summer, earn up to twelve (12) credits while deeply immersed in Italian culture and Renaissance history.


Student Life

Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship to the approximately 1000 students on-campus. TMU’s Student Life is consistently top ranked in the nation by alumni, and the beautiful campus consistently rated among the safest. Learn more here: Student Life

  • Top-ranked Student Life: rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com

  • #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

  • 6 dorms for resident life

  • 3 Chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff and students

  • 10+ Campus Societies

  • Intentional opportunities for Community Outreach

  • We welcome veterans, international students, and third-culture students


Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Master’s University strives to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We endeavor to keep costs as low as possible, and consequently, our tuition is among the most economical for a private university. See full details here: Financial Aid - Undergraduate

  • -26% Tuition reset makes TMU among the nation’s most affordable private 4-year Christian schools

  • Nearly 2x Higher Graduation Rate vs. Public Institutions: TMU’s 61.2% graduation rate leads compared to average Christian colleges (52.9%), and almost doubles the rate of students at public institutions (32.8%) (source: cccu.org, 2019). This means paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and starting your career faster.

  • TMU Scholarships

  • TMU Endowed & Donor Scholarships

  • Student Career Center

  • Work Study


Alumni & Graduate Degrees

For students pursuing graduate school, TMU’s 95% graduate school acceptance rate means students are very likely to be accepted to the graduate school of their choice.

Students may also continue their studies at TMU&S:


Admissions

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

  • 100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

  • Easy Online Application: see all admission deadlines and criteria here: Apply

Experience this program for yourself

Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Admissions and Financial Aid workshops
  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students
  • See more info: Admissions Events

B.A. in Biblical Studies Core Courses

  • B341 Hermeneutics (3)

  • B400 Senior Integrative Seminar (3)

  • B490 Senior Comprehensive Exam (0)

  • B___ Bible Elective (3)

Total core courses (9)

Biblical Studies Emphasis Courses

Designed to give the student a solid foundation in the content of the Bible, with emphasis on the analysis of biblical books, the unfolding of revelation, and the historical context of the biblical world. This emphasis provides ideal preparation for students desiring to teach as well as apply the Bible in the home, in the Church, and in the classroom.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • B342 Romans (3)

  • B346 Life of Christ (3)

  • B364 History of Ancient Israel (3)

  • BTH425 Theology of the Future (3)

  • One of the following (8)

    • BL301 & 302 Elementary Greek I & II (4, 4)

    • BL311 & 312 Elementary Hebrew I & II (4, 4)

  • Bible Book Studies (6)

  • Bible Electives (12)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Biblical Counseling Emphasis Courses

Study of the principles and aspects of biblical counseling designed to prepare God’s people to meet counseling-related needs wherever they exist with the sufficient and superior resources God provides. The course of study trains students to counsel people in the local church. It emphasizes the proper interpretation and specific application of Scripture in ministering to people.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • BC300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3)

  • BC311 Theological Basis for Biblical Counseling (3)

  • BC330 Methods of Biblical Change (3)

  • BC340 Marriage & Family (3)

  • BC421, 422 Problems & Procedures I, II (3,2)

  • BC431, 432 Counseling Practicum I, II (2,2)

  • BE101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

  • One of the following (8)

    • BL301 & 302 Elementary Greek I & II (4, 4)

    • BL311 & 312 Elementary Hebrew I & II (4, 4)

  • Bible Book Studies (6)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Biblical Languages Emphasis Courses

The Biblical Languages emphasis consists of three years of Biblical Greek and one year of Hebrew and is designed primarily for those desiring graduate work, either in seminary or in languages and Bible translation.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • BL301, 302 Elementary Greek I, II (4,4)

  • BL311, 312 Elementary Hebrew I, II (4,4)

  • BL401, 402 Intermediate Greek I, II (3,3)

  • BL422 Greek Exegesis (3)

  • BL461 Advanced Greek Grammar (3)

  • Bible Electives (10)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Christian Education Emphasis Courses

The Christian Education emphasis examines the concepts of Christian education. It is designed for those students who desire to enter the educational program of the local church, primary school, junior high, high school, or college. It is also valuable for that student interested in the mission field, Christian schools, or the teaching ministry.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • B346 Life of Christ (3)

  • BC340 Marriage & Family (3)

  • BCE313 Introduction to Christian Education (3)

  • One of the following

    • BL301, 302 Elementary Greek I, II (4, 4)

    • BL311, 312 Elementary Hebrew I, II (4, 4)

  • BMN300 Ministry Internship (1)

  • BMS___ Course in Missions (3)

  • BTH364 Theology of the Church (3)

  • ED400 Foundations of Education (3)

  • Bible Book Study (3)

  • Bible Electives (8)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Global Studies Emphasis Courses

The Global Studies emphasis focuses on understanding cross-cultural ministry and is specifically designed for those who desire to serve in a full-time cross-cultural capacity. Students will be required to study language, church planting, cultural anthropology, and missionary life while living on the mission field for one summer. The student will also serve in an ethnic church similar to the culture in which they desire to minister.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • BC300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3)

  • BC362 Biblical Conflict Resolution (2)

  • BL325 Introduction to Biblical Languages (3)

  • BMS301 Introduction to Missions (3)

  • BMS303 History & Theory of Missions (3)

  • BMS341 Cultural Anthropology (3)

  • BMS362 Gospel, Culture, & Vocation (3)

  • BMS385 World Religions (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • BMS311 Preparation for Urban Missions (3)

    • ED400 Foundations of Education (3)

    • ESL311 Introduction to TESOL (3)

    • INB311 Global Business Strategies (3)

  • Field Semester: (9-12 Weeks) (6)

    • BMS302 Field Internship (3)

    • BMS322 Field Language (3)

  • Bible Book Studies (6)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Theology Emphasis Courses

The Theology emphasis is a comprehensive study of theology in which students will not only focus their attention on systematic theology, but also be able to better understand Christianity in relation to other worldviews, religions, and philosophies. It is designed for those students who desire to further their education in seminary and eventually serve in a pastoral or teaching capacity.

  • Biblical Studies core courses (9)

  • BCW363 Apologetics (3)

  • One of the following (8)

    • BL301 & 302 Elementary Greek I & II (4, 4)

    • BL311 & 312 Elementary Hebrew I & II (4, 4)

  • One of the following (3)

    • BMS385 World Religions (3)

    • BMS483 Religions of America (3)

  • BTH374 Historical Theology (3)

  • Theology Electives (12)

  • Bible Book Studies (6)

  • Bible Electives (3)

Total units required for emphasis (47)

Minor in Biblical Studies

A minor in Biblical Studies is offered to students not majoring in Biblical Studies, but who desire a greater understanding of the Bible and theology.

  • B101, 102 Old Testament Survey I, II (3, 3)

  • B201, 202 New Testament Survey I, II (3, 3)

  • BTH321, 322 Christian Theology I, II (3, 3)

  • Bible Electives (6)

Total units required for minor (24)

Minor in Global Studies

A minor in Global Studies is offered to all students who desire a greater understanding of cross-cultural vocations.

  • BMS301 Introduction to Missions (3)

  • BMS303 History & Theory of Missions (3)

  • BMS312 Global Outreach (3)

  • BMS341 Cultural Anthropology (3)

  • BMS362 Gospel, Culture, & Vocation (3)

  • BMS385 World Religions (3)

Total units required for minor (18)

Prof Publications

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Degree Checklists

[“Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (all emphases)”]

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Programs

Program Credits

General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 9
Emphasis/Electives: 38

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Old Testament I, II
  • New Testament I, II
  • Apologetics
  • Theology I, II
  • Jeremiah
  • Romans
  • The Pastoral Epistles
  • The Reformation Era
  • Intertestamental Period

Career Paths

  • Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Biblical Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Worship Leader
  • Editor
  • Author
  • Translator
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