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  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat are the top 5 majors?
    • That’s a tough question. All of our majors are great. But if we must rank them, our most attended are: Business, Bible, Liberal Arts, Communication, and Biology.

    • https://www.masters.edu/academics/undergraduate/

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow much time do students typically spend on homework?

    Anywhere between 10 to 18 hours a week on all forms of out of class work (this includes assignments, studying, and projects). This also fluctuates depending on the course load.

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow much writing and reading are expected?

    This depends on the class and the professor you are taking, as an English class might have large writing or reading assignments, and a math class might have no writing and little reading. Certain professors also have different preferences on both areas of extra class work. However, most classes require the reading of a textbook on a per chapter basis at least.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is the average class size of introductory classes (general education courses)?

    As these are courses that are typically required for graduating, there are many students that are enrolled in these classes at a time. The average class size is somewhere between 65 and 90 students, however, the class with the highest amount of students that may enroll is 120 students.

    74% of our classes are under 20 students. 7% of our classes are >50.

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow widely used are teaching assistants on your campus?

    Unlike most major universities, our professors are not only involved in research but also teach every class. The teaching assistants we do have, are used to do administrative work, help in labs, tutor and aid the professors and students when necessary. With our 10:1 student-teacher ratio, students have direct access to our professors.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is the average class size of upper-division courses?

    This number does fluctuate depending on the major: Generally between 5 and 25 students.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat differentiates your academic programs and majors from corresponding ones at other U.S. universities?

    The Master’s University has a lot of subjects, majors and events that are similar to other schools. However, what makes us stand out is our total commitment to Christ and Scripture. We believe that the Bible is authoritative, and that is what we teach in all of our classes, from science to business.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat happens if I want to change my major?

    If you desire to change your major, it is quite simple. First you would need to meet with your academic advisor and explain your plan for switching majors. Then you would need to meet with the registrar. Both advisor and registrar must sign off that you are changing majors.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat happens if I need to return home for a semester? Can I suspend my studies for a period of time and then come back?

    Yes, in fact many students do this every year. Many students for many different reasons (financially, family issues, etc.) have taken off semesters in the past and are welcome to return back to the school once the period of time is over.

  • keyboard_arrow_downI plan on majoring in Biology (including pre-medical), Computer Science or Mathematics, do you have any recommendations about prerequisites?

    Classes in high school that will better prepare you for success in these majors include 1 year of physics and calculus. Chemistry, biology and other science classes like anatomy and physiology will be especially helpful for Biology majors.

Academic Perks

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat opportunities are there for undergraduate research?

    Many biology professors have a project that they work on each year, and students have the opportunity to work with them. This gives them the opportunity to present the project to science fairs and even get published! These opportunities are available beginning Sophomore year. Here is an example: https://www.masters.edu/news/coffee.html

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow many students participate in undergraduate research?

    On average about 20 Students per project(about ⅓ of the Biology Major). This number fluctuates depending on the size of project and size of major.

  • keyboard_arrow_downIs there a culminating senior year experience?

    Depending on your major, you might have a capstone/seminar class, an exit exam or a final project/paper.

  • keyboard_arrow_downDo you have a learning community or other freshman experience?

    At TMU we have lots of opportunities to receive tutoring in math, science, and writing. As far as a freshman experience, new students come on campus a week before returning students. They spend all week getting to know the campus, professors, dorm staff, and other student leaders. Everyday there are group activities such as going to the beach, packing meals at Children’s Hunger Fund, dinner with a staff or faculty member and their families. This week is referred to as WOW (Week of Welcome), and is a great time for new students to become familiar and comfortable with life as a student.

Financial Aid

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is your average financial aid package?

    Because everyone’s financial situation is different, the best way to estimate what aid you may receive at Master’s is to use the Total Cost Calculator.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is the typical breakdown of loans versus grants?

    Loans are funds that must be paid back with interest after graduation or the student drops below half-time in units. There are 2 types of loans: Subsidized and Unsubsidized.

    Subsidized: This is a need-based loan, fixed at an interest rate of 4.45%, in which the government pays for the interest while the student is enrolled in school at least half-time. This loan is deferred until the student graduates or drops below half-time. The eligibility for this is determined by the FAFSA. Freshman can receive $3500, sophomores can receive $4500, and juniors and seniors can receive $5500

    Unsubsidized: This is a loan, with a fixed interest rate of 4.45%, in which the student is responsible for paying for the interest while enrolled in school at least half-time. This loan is deferred until the student graduates or drops below half-time. Freshman and sophomores can receive $6000 and juniors and seniors can receive $7000. Additionally, dependent students can receive $2000 extra every year.

    Grants are financial assistance that do not need to be paid back. This can vary in types: both government and institutional grants as well as scholarships and such.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is the average merit award?

    $7,384

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is the average college debt that students leave with?

    $25,405 (per month, is the payment of a car)

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat opportunities are there for on-campus employment?

    There are many opportunities for on-campus employment, this is true for both students who qualify for Work-study, and those who would like a cash job. Some specific areas of work include: Working in the Cafeteria, the Library, as a Teaching Assistant, Computer Help Desk, and the Fitness Center. These are just a few of the main job opportunities.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat work-study opportunities are there?

    There are many work study options available on campus. Some possible and common options are the cafeteria, library, academic offices and department offices. Also available are off-campus work study options. Don’t receive work-study with your financial package? Fear not, you can still find a job on campus, which would be referred to as a cash job.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is a cash job and how can I get one?

    Cash jobs are available for students who do not receive work-study as a part of their financial aid package. When students receive work-study, the money that they make goes straight into paying for tuition. Students who work a cash job however, get that money in the form of a check, or directly deposited into their bank account. This money could be used to help pay for school, a plane ride home, or a night out at the movies. Some of the available positions for cash jobs are in the cafeteria, offices on campus, a Resident Assistant (RA) position in the dorms, or certain positions on our Associated Student Body Council (ASB).

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow much am I going to pay each year to attend your school?

    Our “sticker” price for tuition is $24,950. However, this is not what most students pay as 94% of our students receive financial aid. This may include scholarships, merit awards, grants, and work study opportunities. To calculate how much aid you might receive, visit our Total Cost Calculator.

  • keyboard_arrow_downCan you tell me about other fees and costs in addition to tuition?

    In addition to the tuition fees of attending a university, you might need to pay for housing and a meal plan. At TMU, our housing costs are the same across the board, no matter what dorm you live in. You can choose which meal plan you need, which have different prices depending on which plan you choose. There is also a student activities fee, which goes towards campus events. https://www.masters.edu/financial-aid/tuition-fees

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat kinds of scholarships for international students do you offer?

    International students can receive the academic scholarships, TMU grant, international grant, pastor and missionary dependent grant, ministry matching grant, music scholarships, athletic scholarships, and the Shamrock grant. These scholarships and grants may vary from student to student. https://www.masters.edu/financial-aid/general-undergraduate

  • keyboard_arrow_downAre there separate deadlines for admission and scholarship applications?

    The priority deadline for financial aid applications is March 2nd. We still accept and process financial aid past this date, but to ensure that you are getting the best aid you can, you should turn in all of your forms and applications by this time. Soon after this date, different funds start to run out.

    The Financial Aid Office suggests that you begin the FAFSA in October and work on all of the documents you need to turn in (you can see what you need to complete on your self-service) by March 2nd.

    For specific scholarships that you are applying for (ex: The Shamrock Grant) there may be different deadlines for these so make sure that you read the application carefully to ensure that you submit it in a timely manner.

Applying

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat are TMU’s admission requirements?
    1. Faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior

    2. High school graduate, GED, or California High School Proficiency Exam

    3. Application

    4. Pastor Recommendation

    5. Personal Statements

    6. SAT/ACT Scores

    7. High school and or college transcripts

    8. Application Fee: $40 (waived during Early Action)

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat are the TMU school codes?

    They are:

    • FAFSA School Code: 001220

    • SAT School Code: 4411

    • ACT Code: 0303

  • keyboard_arrow_downDo we accept the Classic Learning Test (CLT)?

    Yes

International Students

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat kinds of qualifications do international students who are admitted to your school have?

    TOEFL/ILETS/SAT/ACT – Need one of the following test scores (Min: 80 on TOEFL, 6.5 on ILETS). Everything else is the same as a domestic student.

  • keyboard_arrow_downCan you give me an idea of how the visa and I-20 processes work?

    This information can be found on our International Students checklist: https://www.masters.edu/admissions/undergrad/international-admissions

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat percentage of international students receive financial aid, and what is the average aid amount?
    • 80%

    • $16,430

Graduation Track Record

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is your four-year graduation rate?

    55%

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is your five-year graduation rate?

    66%

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat percentage of freshmen return for sophomore year?

    85%

  • keyboard_arrow_downDo TMU graduates attend Graduate School?
    • 25% of TMU undergraduate alumni go on to graduate school.

    • 95% of TMU students are accepted to the graduate program of their choice.

    • Yes. Our graduates continue their educations at such institutions as Pepperdine, UCLA, Georgetown, Oxford, Duke, USC, Harvard, Liberty, Jerusalem University College, La Verne University, New York University, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s University, Texas A&M University, University of St. Andrews, University of Denver, University of London, Wheaton Graduate School Twenty percent of TMU students attend immediately and 35% attend within five years. Medicine: 95% acceptance Rate. Medical schools attended by TMU grads include Baylor College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Loma Linda University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine Seminaries: TMU grads have attended The Master’s Seminary, Western Conservative Baptist, Talbot School of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Northwest Baptist Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary Law: TMU grads have attended Harvard Law, Loyola Law School, Liberty Law School, UCLA Law

Academic Support

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat kind of learning disability resources do you have?

    Check out our Academic Resource Center! - Academic Resource Center

  • keyboard_arrow_downDoes TMU prefer the SAT or ACT?

    Take your pick. Either one works for us. But if you take the SAT, make sure it’s the SAT I because we don’t use the SAT II.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat are academic guidelines for GPA and test scores?

    Our recommendations to be competitive for academic scholars

    • GPA of at least 3.6

    • SAT Scores: 1100-1300

    • ACT Scores: 24-26

    However, there are a number of factors, so we don’t publish specific minimums. We’re looking for students who have succeeded in college preparatory high school classes, and have earned above average test scores on the SAT or ACT. If a student falls below the recommended test score or grade point average, the student could still be admitted as part of our Program for Academic Support and Success (PASS).

Outside Opportunities & Career Preparation

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow many students at the college get internships?

    Students are very successful obtaining internships. Professors are great resources to seek, and are often very willing to help students get connected with companies, churches, etc. with whom they are connected.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat percentage of students study abroad?

    ~ 80 students study abroad (~ 60 IBEX and ~ 20 Italy)

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat type of career services do you have?
  • keyboard_arrow_downIs there someone at your school who will help me find an internship?

    Many of the major departments receive requests every year for internship opportunities from many companies, firms, churches etc. These opportunities are then provided for the students to see if interested.

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow will your programs help me achieve my career goals?

    Our programs at TMU are all designed to help students succeed in whatever field of work they choose to go into. Most importantly, Master’s equips students with the skills to serve God through their work and serve in their local churches.

  • keyboard_arrow_downAre there any jobs on campus available for students?

    Yes, our campus provides many work study positions OR cash pay jobs that are available at the start of the semesters in places such as the cafeteria, fitness center, library, admissions department, etc.

  • keyboard_arrow_downAre there any volunteering opportunities?

    Yes! There are many opportunities to volunteer! Not only are there local non-profit businesses to get involved in, Master’s sets up specific opportunities for students to volunteer their time and energy for great cause

    • Engage - Students are given half a week off of campus, put into teams, and go on volunteer trips all over Los Angeles to serve local churches. It is not required, but it is a great opportunity to serve the local churches. Students help with anything from church services, manual labor, and anything in between! The trips are not required, but they provide a great opportunity to serve the local churches.

    • Involvement at Church - Students are required to attend two church services a week(One Sunday service, a bible study, or community group). Many students become leaders in college and youth groups and help serve in a variety of other ways. This helps students recognize the importance of serving the Lord by serving the church body.

    • Check out our Student Life Outreach page to see get more information: https://www.masters.edu/outreach/

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat are the transport links like? Are most things available on campus?

    Master’s in nestled in the residential location known as Placerita Canyon. Most transportation requires a vehicle, or a bicycle. However, there is usually someone ready to make a In-n-Out or grocery run, so it’s never too tough to hitch a ride!

Student Life

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat kind of dorm choices are there?

    On campus we have a total of 6 dorms, 2 all guys’ (Waldock and Slight), 2 all girls’ (Dixon and Sweazy), and 2 co-ed dorms (Hotchkiss and C.W. Smith) meaning a guys’ wing on one side and a girls’ wing on the other separated by a common lounge in between. All dorms consist of 4 wings, 2 upper and 2 lower. Each room has two students per room, this is true for all dorms with the exception of Slight which houses 4-6 guys in one apartment style like room.

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow big are the rooms – are some bigger than others?

    As each room is built for two people, with the exception for the dorm rooms in Slight, they are all roughly the same size with some minor design and storage differences. As Slight must accommodate for more students in an apartment style room, the rooms are much larger than the standard dorm room.

    More Info About the Dorms

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow quiet are they?

    The dorms can vary in loudness depending on which students one lives with. The dorms are intended to not only just be a place to live and sleep, but rather the intentions are for all students to become very close knit with those who live on the same wing as you. The dorms are designed for a place of fellowship, discipleship, competition, and studying. Due to this fact, the dorms can be very loud at times, but a majority of the time the dorms are quiet because the students respect each others rest and studies.

  • keyboard_arrow_downCan you put stuff on the walls?

    Yes, but most of that decision making will be made/discussed with your residential assistant who oversees the wing you live on.

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow would you describe the atmosphere of student life at TMU?

    The overall atmosphere for the students would probably be best described as a growing environment. Those who come to TMU are constantly growing in their abilities, knowledge, wisdom, relationships, and most importantly their walk with Christ. This truly shapes the student life as people strive to be more like Christ, and this influences all areas of student life whether it’s dorm rivalries, the arts, athletics, or Bible study.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhen can I move into the dorms, and how long can I stay?

    There are different move-in days for different semesters. The dorms are closed for the Summer and Christmas vacations. Specific move in and check out dates fluctuate per year.

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow many students live on campus?

    80-85%

  • keyboard_arrow_downDo most students go home on the weekend?

    For those students who live a drivable distance away from the campus, a small amount of students don’t go home unless it is a holiday, extended weekend, or if they want their laundry done by mom or dad. Most students tend to live on campus every weekend and partake in the campus wide activities happening.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat percentage of the student body belongs to a sorority or fraternity?

    We do not have any fraternities or sororities on campus.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat activities are offered to students?

    “Big Ten” in Student Activities:

    1. The Masters Cup (Aug)

    2. Monty’s Softball Classic (Sep)

    3. Gotcha (Sep)

    4. Mustang Madness (Oct)

    5. Fall Thing (Nov)

    6. Blends (year round)

    7. Hall Ball (Jan)

    8. Disney Week (Feb)

    9. Dorm Decathlon (Mar)

    10. The Montys (Apr)

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is the trip like to get to campus from my home country? Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport?

    We would be happy to pick you up from the airport. Please call the Student Life office in order to arrange a pick up time. Student LIfe

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow would you assess safety on campus, and where can I get more information?
  • keyboard_arrow_downIs our campus secure?

    Absolutely. Our students are our most precious commodity, and we take our stewardship of them seriously. We are situated in a quiet, safe neighborhood, but we take nothing for granted. Our campus security officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our annual crime report speaks for itself–find a copy here.

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow do I get a roommate? Am I allowed to choose?

    As an incoming student you have two options for choosing a roommate. If you are coming to TMU and you know someone who is already a student, or who will be starting the same semester as you, there is a possibility that they could be your roommate! After you have finished applying, been accepted, and sent in your deposit for the year, you can go on to pre-registration. On pre-registration, there is an option for requesting a roommate. We can’t make any promises, but if you and your friend put each other’s names down during pre-registration, it’s pretty likely that you’ll be put together. And hey, lots of our students come and don’t know anyone, so your second option is random rooming. This works out great for lots of our students, and sometimes you even meet your BFF for life!

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat housing plans are available?

    Our housing plans are really simple. Each dorm costs the same amount, and at TMU we don’t have separate freshman or senior housing. On your wing you might have freshman through seniors, people on ASB or chapel band, athletes, musicians, biologists and more! The dorms are $3,070 per semester.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat meal plan options are available?

    At TMU we have 3 meal plan options. You can choose 20 meals per week ($2530), 14 meals per week ($2370) or 10 meals per week ($2,220). You can also add on $150 dollars of Flex Bucks to your meal plan, which allows you to buy an extra meal from the cafeteria, pay for a late-night Starbucks drink in the Trough, or grab some fruit, chips or other snacks on your way to class. If you are a commuter, you have the added option of our 5 meals per week plan, or of just purchasing Flex bucks.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat is the Trough?

    The Trough is our campus coffee and snack shop. You can get your favorite Starbucks drink, sweet potato fries, fresh fruit, candy, chips, yogurt parfaits and all sorts of other treats and snacks. The Trough takes cash, credit and debit, but the best choice is to use Flex Bucks if you can! By using Flex Bucks, there is no tax on any of your purchases. If you run out of Flex Bucks you can purchase them in increments on $20.

  • keyboard_arrow_downDo most students stay on campus on the weekends?

    Yes! There are some students who go off campus on the weekends to visit families, surf at the beach, visit fun areas in LA, or sit at a coffee shop and do homework. However, campus is by no means dead on the weekends. There are always people around and in the dorms that you can study with. Or if it is nice weather outside, there are plenty of hikes right around campus. Over the weekends you won’t have to be alone - unless, of course, you’d rather curl up in bed with a good book.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat denomination is TMU?

    We believe the Bible is literally true and divinely inspired. If that’s a denomination, then that’s us. Other than that we are non-denominational. Click here to read over our doctrinal statement.

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat sports are available?
    • Men:

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Cross Country

    Swimming & Diving

    Track & Field (Outdoor),

    Soccer

    Golf

    • Women:

    Basketball

    Cross Country

    Swimming & Diving

    Track & Field (Outdoor and Indoor)

    Soccer

    Volleyball

  • keyboard_arrow_downWhat societies are available?

    We have a wide range of societies that really show both diversity and unity in our student body. Diverse in our interests, and unified in our convictions. We range from academic societies like the Science and Mathematics Society and the Accounting Association, to more Community based groups such as our Evangelism Society, Silent Expressions (American Sign Language), and Cliff Hangers (SoCAL Exploration). You can check out our Societies here, and if you don’t see a club that you are interested in, remember, you are potentially able to create your own!

  • keyboard_arrow_downWould it be possible for me to create my own student organization? What is that process like?

    You can check out our Clubs and Societies here, and if you don’t see an organization that you are interested in, remember, you are potentially able to create your own!

  • keyboard_arrow_downIs Chapel required?

    Chapel is the hub of the TMU community and attendance is required. Chapel meets three times per week and students can miss up to eight per semester. Although required, it is easily one of the favorite parts of being a student.

  • keyboard_arrow_downIs Chapel similar to youth group?

    If your youth group meets 3 times a week, has amazing speakers committed to the Word of God from all over the state and country, has a student led chapel band committed to humble leadership, and Q&A’s with John MacArthur → then the answer is yes! Also your youth group sounds amazing!

  • keyboard_arrow_downHow much time is there for classes and extracurricular activities (such as sports or the arts) or should I just put those activities behind me?

    Since many students are involved in various forms of activities here on campus, it is very possible to do both. However, it truly depends on whether or not you are willing to put in the extra labor to make both your class schedule and chosen activity work.