Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the May issue of The Mustang Connection magazine.
1927 – Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary (LABTS) opened its doors with 24 students. It met in Calvary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, offering B.D. and B.Th. degrees.
1933 – LABTS began meeting at the Kasper Cohn Hospital property.
1942 – Construction completed on property owned by LABTS at Sixth and St. Louis streets in Los Angeles, and the school moved in.
1950 – LABTS established a college division.
1955 – Dr. Carl Sweazy assumed the role of president. LABTS enrollment was 55 day students and 35 evening students.
1959 – Sweazy resigned as president to return to his ministry of evangelism. Dr. John Dunkin replaced him.
1961 – School moved its campus to Placerita Canyon in Newhall, Calif. College division named Los Angeles Baptist College.
1965 – Hotchkiss Hall completed.
1965 – Ronald “Pete” Reese appointed director of physical education. School switched its athletics nickname from the Gideons to the Mustangs.
1967 – Bross Gymnasium constructed with funds donated by Robert Bross, a chicken farmer from Vista, Calif.
1974 – Graduate seminary relocated to Tacoma, Wash., and took on the name Northwest Baptist Seminary.
March 1975 – LABC received WASC accreditation.
1975 – Reese Academic Center completed.
1978 – Slight dormitory completed.
Spring 1985 – Dr. John Dunkin stepped down from the presidency after 26 years.
May 1985 – Dr. John MacArthur named president, and the college changed its name to The Master’s College.
Fall 1985 – Enrollment reached 445 students, a more than 50% increase from the previous semester.
1986 – The Master’s Seminary is established.
1987 – Sweazy and Dixon dormitories completed. Enrollment for fall rises to record 680 students.
1988 – Waldock dormitory completed.
1989 – Undergraduate enrollment reached 863 students.
1993 – Center for Professional Studies is established.
1994 – The Israel Bible Extension Program (IBEX) launched.
1996 – Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program first offered.
1999 – TMC moved into the “North Campus” facility it purchased from Grace Baptist Church.
2003 – C.W. Smith dormitory dedicated.
2004 – Chad Wensel (men’s golf) wins the first individual NAIA national championship in school history.
2006 – Master of Arts programs in biblical studies and education first offered.
2007 – Distance Education Program (DEEP) courses first offered. And TMC received programmatic accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Sept. 2011 – TMC hit record enrollment, with traditional students in attendance climbing to 1,017.
Oct. 2011 – Welcome Center and Legacy Center remodeling project completed.
Feb. 2013 – Expanded John R. Dunkin Student Center and dining terrace opened.
Jan. 2014 – Major facelift of Bross Gymnasium completed, and entire complex named The MacArthur Center.
2015 – In the spring, TMC Online began offering first bachelor’s degrees: Christian ministries and organizational management. In the fall, it added a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and an MBA program.
Fall 2016 – TMU Online offers B.A. in biblical counseling and an M.A. in biblical studies.
Spring 2016 – Karis Crichton (Frankian) became the first woman in school history to win an individual national title, winning the 5K in track and field.
May 2016 – TMC became The Master’s University.
June 2017 – TMU Italy launched.
Fall 2017 – Marketing Media major announced.
Jan. 2018 – Online Master of Education degree launched.
Fall 2018 – TMU began offering a trio of new majors: classical liberal arts, geoscience, and audio production and communication. TMU Online added B.S. in business administration.
May 2019 – Dr. MacArthur transitioned to chancellor, and Dr. John Stead became interim president.
Aug. 2019 – New Pearl C. Schaffer School of Education building opened.
Summer 2020 – Hotchkiss, Sweazy and Dixon dorms remodeled; School of Business and Communication renovated; sand volleyball courts completed.
Fall 2021 – TMU welcomed 415 new students to campus, its largest incoming class ever.
2022 – TMU adds majors in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, entrepreneurial studies, sport management and interdisciplinary studies.
2022 – Dr. Abner Chou affirmed as full-time president of TMUS.
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