History of The Master’s University
From a commitment that began 90 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 retired after 25 years as president of 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 College 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 College. Then, in May
2016, Dr. MacArthur announced that the Board of Directors had decided to change to school’s name to The Master's
The University currently offers a wide range of traditional undergraduate degree programs in 13 fields of study,
encompassing more than 60 distinct emphasis areas, and five online undergraduate degrees. 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, online program), a Master of
Business Administration (MBA, online program), and a Master of Education (M.Ed
., online program, projected launch
date: Spring 2018).
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