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School of Business & Communication | For Christ & Scripture Since 1927

The School of Business & Communication offers three majors and 15 emphasis programs. Students complete 34 General Education units, 21 Bible units, 40 Major Core Courses, and 13-24 Emphasis/Elective courses depending on the program selected. Students may also opt for TMU Online Business programs or joint programs with the TMU School of Music.

Accounting Christian Ministries Finance International Business Management M.I.S. Marketing Pre-Law Public Relations

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For the student called to an entrepreneurial career or roles in large corporate environments - and everything in between, the School of Business & Communication provides an unparalleled preparation by equipping each student with the skills, wisdom, and networks to serve the company, church, and community with excellence.

TMU offers small class sizes, a top-ranked liberal arts curriculum, and top faculty to ensure individual teacher-student mentorship and a world-class level of scholarship. The personalized learning environments and innovatively designed resources prepare students to handle the business challenges of tomorrow with integrity and leadership.

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

Our students’ CPA scores rank above the biggest and best schools in California, placing TMU in the #1 spot for business programs in California, in addition to ranking top 7% nationally overall, top 5% in marketing, and top 3% in finance. The NASBA Report ranked TMU among the top 10 institutions nationwide. It ranked us second of similar-sized schools, and Niche 2019 rankings place TMU in the top 10 Christian Universities and top 15% Colleges with the Best Academics in California.

Flexible and innovative curriculum with performance-based results. Students experience cutting-edge content and teaching methods to best prepare for business careers, while also allowing students to be involved in athletics and music, complete studies abroad, and engage in top internship programs.

Internships and Career Services equip students in real-time with experience and skills which employers demand, where alumni report highly competitive salaries and career opportunities.


Study & Serve Abroad

Business students have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, plus a wide range of study locations varying by semester, including GO! and TMU Italy.

Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) GO! Global Outreach TMU Italy


Alumni & Graduate Degrees

TMU business students are in high demand. Examples of companies which hire our graduates: KPMG, Oakley Inc, Columbia Sportswear, Clorox Company, Military (USMC), Bank of the West, Joni and Friends, JRW Investing, Deloitte, Hewlett-Packard, Coca-Cola Company, Disney, General Motors, Princess Cruiselines, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Raytheon, and Alexandria Real Estate Equities.

Students may also continue their graduate studies at TMU or TMS:

TMU Online MBA Master in Biblical Counseling The Master’s Seminary


On-Campus

STUDENT LIFE DISTINCTIVES OF BIBLICAL LIVING

Students develop a lifestyle of worship and a commitment to missions while living responsibly in a biblical community. Students learn to model Christlike discipleship, to practice biblical restoration and leadership, and to support God’s church.

Top-ranked Student Life : rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com, and ranked #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

6 residence halls on one of America’s safest ranked campuses, with Santa Clarita consistently ranked one of the nation’s safest cities. Rated Top 10% Nationwide for “Best College Dorms” and “Best College Campuses” (Niche 2020 ranking)

3 Chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff, and students. You may already live-stream the service here: Chapel. Additional opportunities for evangelism and community outreach include the Accounting Association or The Master’s Chorale


Experience it all for yourself

ADMISSIONS EVENTS

Southern California: a lively, oak-filled canyon campus close to both the mountains and the beach. Endless career opportunities are nearby, and students can join and serve at any number of recommended local churches. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, and total-campus experiences year-round.


Affordability & Scholarships

We strive to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We believe in paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and helping students start their careers better prepared for success.

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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.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS APPLY

  • Required statement of faith and pastoral recommendation
  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of all Business Administration emphases demonstrate a strong working knowledge of accounting, economics, the management field, select I.S. applications, finance, international commerce, and marketing. They demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the quantitative analysis techniques applied within common business situations, and a thorough working knowledge of business law. Graduates demonstrate the ability to interpret and communicate business-related qualitative and quantitative analyses, and the ability to work effectively in teams. In business ethics, graduates identify applicable biblical imperatives. Additionally, graduates will demonstrate learning outcomes specific to their selected program emphasis.

These are in addition to TMU’s General Education Learning Outcomes which encompass biblical studies, sciences, economics, history, logic & critical thinking, mathematics & quantitative reasoning, music & art, philosophy, political studies, reading & literature, spoken & written communication.


Example Classes

Degree Checklist Sample 4-Year Plan

BUS368 Entrepreneurship (3 units): The course focuses on starting a small business through an emphasis on thinking creatively. The student is encouraged to turn knowledge and skills into entrepreneurial activity, which can include opening a franchise or expanding a family business. Additionally, the curriculum will cover the basic knowledge necessary to operate a small business. Topics include (but are not limited to) writing a business plan, developing entrepreneurial skills, and doing case studies of successful small businesses.

MKT462 Sales and Customer Service (3 units): This course identifies and develops key sales and customer service skills by discovering customer wants and needs through effective relationship building, clear communication (emphasizing listening), product knowledge, presentation marketing, and closing strategies. The course will also cover related subjects such as developing strong negotiating and persuasive skills and the importance of being authentic when developing an effective winning sales presentation.


Business Administration Core Courses

  • ACC210 Accounting Fundamentals I (3)

  • ACC220 Accounting Fundamentals II (3)

  • ACC460 Tax Accounting (3)

  • BUS310 Statistics for Business* (3)

  • BUS320 Business Law (3)

  • BUS490 Business Strategy (Capstone) (3)

  • ECN210 Microeconomics (3)

  • FIN440 Finance (3)

  • INB311 Global Business Strategies (3)

  • MGT310 Management Theory (3)

  • MGT330 Business Communications** (3)

  • MKT350 Marketing Fundamentals (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • MIS320 Information Systems Applications (3)

    • ACC329 Accounting IS Applications (3)

Total units required for core courses (40)

*Fulfills general education requirement for MA240.

**Fulfills general education requirement for C100.

Accounting Emphasis Courses

Students with a program emphasis in accounting will study basic accounting theories and principles as recognized and practiced by the accounting profession. Graduates may enter public accounting (CPA) or management accounting (CMA) careers.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Given necessary financial data for a business situation, demonstrate an in-depth working knowledge of the accounting cycle, including the development of accurate financial reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  2. Describe auditing standards, reports, and procedures necessary for performing an audit.
  3. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of taxation principles.
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of cost accounting principles within a business situation.
  • Business Administration core courses (40)

  • ACC302 Accounting for Non-Profits (3)

  • ACC311 Intermediate Accounting I (3)

  • ACC312 Intermediate Accounting II (3)

  • ACC331 Accounting Professional Responsibility (3)

  • ACC431 Cost Accounting (3)

  • ACC442 Auditing (3)

  • ACC451 Advanced Accounting (3)

  • ACC462 Tax Accounting II (3)

Total units required for emphasis (64)

Accounting Emphasis Note: In addition, to qualify for the CPA license, accounting majors need to take an ethics course for their philosophy studies general education requirement and need to complete a total of 150 semester units.

Christian Ministries Administration Emphasis Courses

The Christian Ministries Administration emphasis is designed for those who specifically desire to minister in an administrative capacity in a local church or other Christian organization. This emphasis helps prepare students for careers as a pastor, Christian school or Christian college administrator, church administrator, or missions director.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of key principles governing financial management in not-for-profit ministry environments.
  2. Articulate a biblical philosophy of church structure.
  3. Articulate a practical understanding for Christian ministry administration.
  4. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the laws that affect personnel issues in ministry
  • Business Administration core courses (40)

  • ACC302 Accounting for Non-Profits (3)

  • BTH364 Theology of the Church (3)

  • MGT351 Human Resource Management (3)

  • MGT439 Ministry Admin. Practicum (1)

  • One of the following (3)

    • BUS483 Business Internship (3)

    • POL445 The Church as a Legal Institution (3)

    • B___ Bible Elective (3)

Total units required for emphasis (53)

Finance Emphasis Courses

This emphasis is designed for those students preparing for a career in financial services, real estate, investments, or corporate finance.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the role of banking in the financial community.
  2. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of vehicles and strategies that relate to investments in the stock and bond markets.
  3. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge in either decision science or intermediate accounting.
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of cost accounting principles within a business situation.
  5. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of real estate principles.
  • Business Administration core courses (40)

  • ACC462 Tax Accounting II (3)

  • FIN321 Real Estate Principles (3)

  • FIN332 Financial Services Management (3)

  • FIN341 Investments (3)

  • Two of the following (6)

    • ACC311 Intermediate Accounting I (3)

    • ACC312 Intermediate Accounting II (3)

    • ACC431 Cost Accounting (3)

    • BUS483 Business Internship (3)

    • FIN338 Introduction to Risk Management (3)

    • FIN388 Studies in Finance (3)

    • MGT321 Decision Science Fundamentals (3)

Total units required for emphasis (58)

International Business Emphasis Courses

Students pursuing international business will prepare to enter a business career within an international environment (either domestically or abroad) with dual purposes of missional living and wealth generation.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of business expansion overseas.
  2. Apply knowledge of differences in international laws to business situations.
  3. Demonstrate working knowledge of how international economic and political challenges relate to business.
  4. Apply biblical principles to international business decisions.
  • Business Administration core courses (40)

  • BMS341 Cultural Anthropology (3)

  • INB361 International Economics and Trade (3)

  • INB372 International Business Marketing (3)

  • Two of the following (6)

    • BMS385 World Religions (3)

    • BUS368 Entrepreneurship (3)

    • C391 Intercultural Communications (3)

    • ESL311 Introduction to TESOL (3)

    • INB488 International Business Experience (3)

    • SS381 Cultural Geography (3)

Total units required for emphasis (55)

Management Emphasis Courses

Students pursuing this emphasis will study the functions that managers perform, as well as the conceptual framework of organizations working to achieve common goals and objectives. Graduates may enter career paths in general management or, with further graduate studies, enter one of the specialized management fields.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Given a business situation, identify and develop appropriate quantitative tools for operational management.
  2. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the laws that affect personnel issues in a business organization.
  3. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge in at least one of the following management-related areas: (a) The role of financial intermediation in society; (b) vehicles and strategies that relate to investments in the stock and bond markets; (c) cost accounting.
  • Business Administration core courses (40)

  • MGT321 Decision Science Fundamentals (3)

  • MGT351 Human Resource Management (3)

  • Any three business courses with Business prefixes (9)

Total units required for emphasis (55)

Management Information Systems Emphasis Courses

Students pursuing this emphasis will undertake studies to develop a competency in the application of computer technology to the problem-solving and information-handling activities necessary for the effective, efficient conduct of business activities.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the software development cycle and the purposes and activities of each phase.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively design, write, debug, and test computer programs accurately using syntax, semantics, and common data structures.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of major computer hardware components, including the ability troubleshoot, repair, upgrade, and install components.
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles underlying modern operating systems.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of modern layered network technologies.
  6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of web development by designing and creating complex websites.
  • Business Administration core courses (40)

  • CS111 Intro. to Computer Programming (3)

  • CS122 Web Design & Programming (3)

  • CS301 Computer Application Development (3)

  • CS302 Software Development (3)

  • MIS432 Database Management Systems (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • BUS483 Business (IS) Internship (3)

    • CS212 Computer Hardware (3)

    • CS322 Networking Principles and Architecture (3)

    • MGT321 Decision Science Fundamentals (3)

    • MIS441 Web Site Administration (3)

Total units required for emphasis (58)

Marketing Emphasis Courses

Students pursuing this program emphasis could enter a business career in sales and/or marketing with a dual purpose of missional living and wealth generation.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate ability to construct effective marketing strategies.
  2. Conduct appropriate market research.
  3. Evaluate marketing approaches through a biblical filter
  • Business Administration core courses (40)

  • INB372 International Business Marketing (3)

  • MKT361 Marketing Strategy (3)

  • MKT381 Consumer Behavior (3)

  • MKT462 Sales and Customer Service (3)

  • MKT482 Marketing Research (3)

  • Two of the following (6)

    • BUS368 Entrepreneurship (3)

    • C352 Editing (3)

    • C368 Fundamentals of Advertising Copywriting (3)

    • C373 Graphic Design I (3)

    • C382 Persuasion (3)

    • CS122 Web Design and Programming (3)

    • MKT488 Marketing Internship (3)

Total units required for emphasis (61)

Pre-Law Emphasis Courses

Students preparing for a legal career may choose a curriculum that emphasizes law and business before entering law school. This emphasis affords an excellent foundation for business law practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the philosophical underpinnings of the U.S. legal system.
  2. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the laws that affect personnel issues in a business organization.
  3. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the laws affecting confessional organizations.
  • Business Administration core courses (40)

  • MGT351 Human Resource Management (3)

  • POL366 Western Political Philosophy II (3)

  • POL424 Law and Public Policy (3)

  • Two of the following (6)

    • ACC462 Tax Accounting II (3)

    • BUS483 Business Internship (3)

    • POL343 U.S. Constitutional History (3)

    • POL423 The Judicial Process (3)

    • POL435 Introduction to Constitutional Law (3)

    • POL445 The Church as a Legal Institution (3)

    • POL446 The Supreme Court/Bill of Rights (3)

Total units required for emphasis (55)

Public Relations Emphasis Courses

Students who choose this emphasis will study a combination of business and communication disciplines that will prepare them to influence the opinions and choices of people within a free market.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of public relations theory.
  2. Demonstrate basic public relations skills within an organizational setting.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to make effective written and oral presentations using both logical and persuasive reasoning/
  • Business Administration core courses (40)

  • C211 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

  • C381 Beginning Public Relations (3)

  • Three of the following (9)

    • BUS368 Entrepreneurship (3)

    • BUS483 Business Internship (3)

    • C368 Fundamentals of Advertising Copywriting (3)

    • C382 Persuasion (3)

    • C392 Advanced Public Relations (3)

    • C468 Promotional & Adv. Writing (3)

    • INB372 International Business Marketing (3)

    • MKT361 Marketing Strategy (3)

    • MKT381 Consumer Behavior (3)

    • MKT482 Marketing Research (3)

    • MKT462 Sales and Customer Service (3)

Total units required for emphasis (55)


Marketing Media Major Courses

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to respond to moral and ethical situations in the electronic media environment from a biblical basis.
  2. Demonstrate basic mastery of media production.
  3. Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of marketing.
  4. For given business ethics situations, identify applicable biblical imperatives.
  5. Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of fundamental business skills.

Marketing Media majors do not take the Business Administration core.

  • Communication core courses (30 units of the following)

    • C122 Social Media and Communication (3)

    • C132 Podcast Studio (3)

    • C142 Photoshop I (3)

    • C191 Pocket Studio (3)

    • C231 Digital Video Editing I (3)

    • C232 Digital Video Editing II (3)

    • C311 Video Production I (3)

    • C312 Video Production II (3)

    • C352 Editing I, Principles of Copyediting (3)

    • C373 Graphic Design I (3)

    • C381 Beginning Public Relations (3)

    • C384 Nonverbal Communications (3)

    • C394 Introduction to Computer Visual Effects (3)

    • C404 Graphic Design II (3)

    • C442 Computer Visual Effects II (3)

    • C452 Editing II, Advanced Copyediting (3)

    • C484 Organizational Communication (3)

  • Business Core Courses (must take all 10)

    • BUS310 Statistics for Business* (3)

    • BUS320 Business Law (3)

    • BUS330 Business Ethics** (3)

    • INB372 International Marketing (3)

    • MGT330 Business Communications*** (3)

    • MKT350 Marketing Fundamentals (3)

    • MKT361 Marketing Strategies (3)

    • MKT381 Consumer Behavior (3)

    • MKT462 Sales and Customer Service (3)

    • MKT482 Marketing Research (3)

Total units required for major (60)

*Fulfills general education requirement for MA240.

**Fulfills general education requirement for P311.

***Fulfills general education requirement for C100.


Minor in Accounting

A minor in accounting is offered to students not majoring in business, but who wish to develop a marketable skill.

  • ACC210 Accounting Fundamentals I (3)

  • ACC220 Accounting Fundamentals II (3)

  • ACC302 Accounting for Non-Profits (3)

  • ACC311 Intermediate Accounting I (3)

  • ACC312 Intermediate Accounting II (3)

  • ACC431 Cost Accounting (3)

  • ACC442 Auditing (3)

  • ACC451 Advanced Accounting (3)

  • ACC460 Tax Accounting (3)

Total units required for minor (27)

Minor in Business Administration

A minor in business administration is offered to students not majoring in business, but who desire a basic understanding of the process of people working together to achieve common goals. This administrative process is known as management and is recommended for a student preparing for any career that may call for administrative responsibilities.

  • ACC210 Accounting Fundamentals I (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • ACC460 Tax Accounting (3)

    • FIN341 Investments (3)

  • BUS320 Business Law (3)

  • MGT310 Management Theory (3)

  • MGT330 Business Communications (3)

  • MIS320 Management Information Systems (3)

  • MKT350 Marketing (3)

Total units required for minor (21)

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Programs

Program Credits

General Education: 34
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 40
Emphasis/Electives: 13-24

Sample Course Offerings:

  • International Business Marketing
  • Real Estate Principles
  • Human Resource Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Western Political Philosophy
  • Sales and Customer Service
  • Tax Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship

Career Paths

  • Business Owner
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Chief Executive or General Manager
  • Law and Legal Careers
  • Accounting
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Real Estate
  • Finance , Investment and Banking
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