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Transferring to TMU is easy!

If you are planning on applying to TMU after you attend a community college, contact TMU Admissions to help you build a schedule that will best prepare you for transferring to TMU.

The admissions committee carefully walks you through each step of the application process, ensuring that The Master’s University is indeed the right school for you. From the application itself, to completing financial aid requests, we are here to work with you every step of the way, until you arrive on campus.

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University has been 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. Transfer students, here are a few more reasons why you should choose TMU:

40% Of all TMU undergraduate students transferred in credits from AP classes, Community Colleges, and other courses.

28% Higher Graduation Rate vs. Public Institutions Students at TMU graduate in 4 years at a higher rate (61.2%) than average Christian Colleges (52.9%), and almost at double the rate of students at public institutions (32.8%) (source:, 2019)

Biblical Fidelity All classes and student life are uncompromisingly defined by biblical inerrancy

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

TOP Ranked Student Life rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal and “A” Grade

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

TOP 10 Christian Universities and TOP 15% Colleges with the Best Academics in California (, 2019)

100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

3.6 GPA average for new applicants

95% graduate school acceptance rate

All right here in sunny Southern California, close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities, and consistently rated among the nation’s safest campuses. See the campus and visit days here. We look forward to welcoming you!

Application Checklist



Create your new TMU account or log in if you already have one, and complete the online application. If you have any questions as you do that, your admissions counselor is there to help.


Go through the traditional application process, which includes your online application, your essays & personal statement, your transcript and pastor’s recommendation. Depending on when you are applying, there is normally an application fee.

Test scores: transfer students do not need to submit ACT or SAT score.


Request Transcripts

Check and see if your school has an articulation agreement here:

Articulations (select ARTICULATIONS)

This is how you will know which of the classes you already completed will be accepted by TMU specifically from your school. We recommend only taking classes from this list, since it is guaranteed that they will transfer to TMU.

TMU currently has articulation agreements with colleges in the following states:

Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington.

If your college is not listed, simply e-mail us for approval.

2 things we need if your college is not on the articulation list:

  • Name of the college

  • Name/code/description of the course(s)

Email this to

If you are ordering your transcripts through Parchment, our school name is spelled precisely as: “Master`S University And Seminary” (you may want to copy+paste)


Once you are accepted, TMU will have your official transcript evaluated by our registrar. Once evaluated, your counselor will contact you and let you know the official results.

Transfer FAQ

Do I need to read a doctrinal statement or handbook?

Yes. The Master’s University is a remarkable place. It is a place that celebrates the Lordship of Christ and the sufficiency of His Word to address every academic discipline and detail of life. 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. Before continuing, we encourage you to read and pray through our doctrinal statement and student handbook:

  • Read the TMU Doctrinal Statement here

  • Read the TMU Student Handbook here

How many units do I need to be considered a transfer student?

You need to have at least 24 units post college, in order to be considered a transfer student.

How many units will TMU allow me to transfer in?

Up to 70 units from a community college.

Up to 94 units from another accredited university.

Am I required to take Bible courses at TMU?

Transfer students who have satisfied ALL of the requirements for either IGETC (UC or CSU) or BREADTH prior to enrolling at TMU will be considered to have their non-Bible GE class requirements complete. No further non-Bible GE classes will be required at TMU.

Bible General Education. Transfers with ≥ 24 units will only need to satisfy one Bible course per semester of enrollment until graduation. The first five, in any sequence, must be Old Testament Survey I & II, New Testament Survey I & II, and Essentials of Christian Thought.

How do I know if my classes are going to transfer to TMU?

Check out our articulation agreement page on the website. We have a list of schools that we accept specific general education classes from.

If your college is not listed, please submit the name of the college, the name/code/description of the course(s) for approval.

Will my major specific classes be accepted?

The department chair of the desired major will evaluate each class individually. To do so, they will need the school name, course code, and brief description of the classes you are trying to transfer to TMU. Contact your Admissions Counselor for further information and instructions.

Do I still need to take the ACT or SAT?

If a student has taken at least 24 units post high school graduation, they do not need to send SAT or ACT scores, unless otherwise requested.

What financial aid is available as a transfer student?

A student can get a very accurate estimate of what academic scholarships are available (make sure to choose the transfer tab, not freshmen) by clicking below:

As a transfer student, your scholarship is based solely off of your GPA, again no SAT or ACT is required, unless otherwise requested.

What is the full transfer policy at TMU?

The full transfer policy and details is available here:

This includes:

  • Transfer Credit Policies

  • Credit Limits for Non-Traditional TMU Coursework

  • Credit by Examination

  • AP Information & Policies

  • CLEP Information & Policies

And additional information. Don’t hesitate to call or write, we can help!


Application Deadlines

Fall 2019 application opens.

Create your TMU account today (Create Account) and get ready to start

Sept 1, 2018


Complete your federal student aid early and get money for college. Want a head start? Create your “FSA ID” now at

Oct 1, 2018

Application Deadline

Apply before February 1, 2019 to qualify for early application benefits.

Feb 1, 2019

Financial Aid Awarded

Early applications will receive their financial aid packages first.


President Scholarship Deadline

Apply for TMU’s largest and most prestigious scholarship.

Feb 19, 2019

Financial Aid Deadline

Apply for CalGrant and Federal Aid before this date.

March 2, 2019

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