Through an advanced academic program prioritizing biblical authority and local church discipleship, The Master’s Seminary trains men for pastoral ministry—to preach the Word of God, reach the world for Christ, and teach others to do the same.
Since 1986, The Master’s Seminary has graduated more than 1800 men, serving as pastors, missionaries, and teachers in 41 countries around the world—on every continent except Antarctica. What started in 1986 with 95 students has grown, by God’s grace, to a school currently training more than 600 men.
The seminary offers five degree programs: Master of Arts in Biblical Ministry (M.M.B.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M.) Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Additionally, students who do not have a baccalaureate degree can receive a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) by completing the M.Div. curriculum. In an effort to serve Spanish-speaking students, the seminary offers the M.M.B. entirely in Spanish, while also providing bilingual learning opportunities in the M.Div. and D.Min. programs.
The Master of Divinity program requires 98 semester credit hours. Each of these credits represents 45 hours of study per semester (15 hours in class and 30 hours of outside study). Accordingly, the M.Div. program can be broken down into the following categories:
- Bible: 990 hours of study
- Biblical Languages: 1035 hours of study
- Theology: 945 hours of study
- Pastoral Ministry: 990 hours of study
- Electives: 450 hours of study
This M.Div. encompasses a total of 4410 hours of careful study and ministry preparation.
As a seminary in Los Angeles, TMS enjoys a number of unique advantages. First and foremost, our partnership with Grace Community Church provides students with the opportunity not only to learn about ministry in the classroom, but to see it lived out in the local church. Second, Los Angeles provides a multi-cultural context that enables students to train effectively for a wide array of future ministry opportunities, whether national or international in scope. The seminary’s partnership with both Grace Advance and The Master’s Academy International provides TMS graduates with unparalleled opportunities for ministry across the nation and around the globe.
For students unable to relocate to Los Angeles, TMS also offers training at seven distance locations—from Washington D.C. to Anchorage, Alaska. As part of their curriculum, students at these distance locations participate in live classes (taught from the Los Angeles campus) using two-way-live video technology.
In 2 Timothy 2:2, the Apostle Paul told Timothy, “Entrust these things to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” For the seminary, those words are more than a motto. They are a mandate. By God’s grace, TMS will continue to fulfill that sacred mission for many years to come.
The Master’s Seminary offers graduate-level biblical, theological, and professional education designed to equip men for effectiveness in Christian ministry to the universal body of Christ, primarily through the local church. This educational task is accomplished through an emphasis on the following:
- Careful instruction in the Scriptures, including the original languages.
- The study of various systems of theological thought including exposure to both past and present movements in history and Christian missions with a view to embracing a comprehensive, coherent theology built from Scripture.
- A consistent focus on involvement and accountability within a local church.
- Ongoing efforts to challenge each student in developing a biblical philosophy/style of ministry.
- The development and improvement of communication, relationship, leadership, and administrative skills for ministry. The objective is to produce graduates who are recognized as men of God and who are equipped to serve effectively as pastors, missionaries, teachers, evangelists, counselors, and leaders in evangelical ministries around the world (1 Timothy 3:1–7; Titus 1:5–9).
The seminary community and curriculum are designed with the following goals and ideals in view:
- Excellence in academics is to be cultivated in an attitude of spiritual devotion.
- The essential focus of all study at the seminary is to be biblical, exegetical, theological, expositional, and practical.
- Though other viewpoints are given careful consideration, the emphasis is to be positive in building upon the certainties of God’s inerrant Word.
- Careful attention is to be devoted to the cultivation of Christian character qualities and living skills which are essential for godly living, for leadership in ministry, and for effective involvement in serving others.
- Each program of study is to include a significant focus on the development of the appropriate ministry skills which are necessary for effectiveness in the chosen areas of Christian service.
- The entire seminary community is to be characterized by the desire for the worship of God, mutual edification, and by an evangelistic and missionary zeal.
The following characteristics portray an alumnus of The Master’s Seminary in terms of the kind of person he should be, what he should know, and what he should be able to do.
He should be a godly man, notable for holiness of conduct in all his relationships (Ps. 1; 15; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Titus 1:5–9). He should be caring, generous, wise, discerning, mature, secure, disciplined, accountable, humble, purposeful, empathetic, and teachable. He should be a loving and responsible husband and father (if married and if blessed by God with children—1 Timothy. 3:4–5; Titus 1:6), and his heart should be moved by the compassion of Christ for others. He should readily acknowledge his own failures and deal honestly and humbly with sin in his own heart (Prov. 28:13; Matt. 7:1–5). His service for God should reflect the awesomeness and glory of ministry (2 Cor. 2:14–6:10) with awareness that God is concerned with attitudes as well as with actions (1 Sam. 15:22–23; 1 Cor. 9:24–27; 1 Pet. 5:1–7). His Christian life should reflect stability and maturity (1 Tim. 3:2, 6–7) as demonstrated by the exercise of good judgment in facing the trials of life and ministry in a contemporary context (1 Tim. 6:11–12; 2 Tim. 2:1–13; 4:1–8). He should be one who establishes genuine, God-centered relationships with a wide range of people, encouraging and exhorting them according to their need in the mutual pursuit of God (Gal. 6:1–5).
He should have a general comprehension of the entirety of God’s written revelation and should have developed a well-formulated theological framework which adequately synthesizes the biblical and historical data. He should have a functional linguistic facility in biblical Hebrew and Greek, and a basic knowledge of the contributions of major Christian leaders, thinkers, and authors throughout church history (Ezra 7:10; 1 Tim. 4:13–16; 2 Tim. 2:2, 14–15; 3:14–17; 4:1–4). He should have an understanding of the world, of culture, and of human problems, interests, and concerns. He should be able to address contemporary culture with a biblical worldview and confront unbiblical religious and philosophical thought in defending the Christian faith (Col. 2:8; Tit. 1:9; 1 Jn. 2:15–17). He should know himself, including his strengths, weaknesses, responsibilities, and people skills (Matt. 20:20–28; Acts 6:1–7; Eph. 4:11–13; 1 Pet. 5:1–3).
He should be able to articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry that balances principles of worship, prayer, exposition, edification, evangelism, and discipleship. He should be able to lead with conviction, teach with authority, and preach with passion. He should be able to use appropriate tools for research, for record-keeping, and for writing. He should be sharpening those skills through the efficient use of research facilities, critical reading of current literature, and other forms of continuing education. He should be able to make decisions, to motivate, to listen, to empathize, to set priorities, and to defend the faith.He should be able to assess the needs of individuals and apply the Word of God to those needs in various ministry situations such as preaching, teaching, counseling, and witnessing (1 Cor. 2:1–5; 1 Tim. 2:2; 2 Tim. 2:14–15; 4:1–5; Titus 1:9). He should be able to equip and stimulate people to do the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11–13; 2 Tim. 2:2). He should know how to lead in church activities, administer church ordinances, and conduct the services and ceremonies of the church in a God-focused manner. He should be deeply involved in the ministries of evangelism, discipleship, restoration, and edification with conviction and passion. He should have a deep concern for the lost and he should be challenged by the biblical command to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth. These concerns should be evidenced in his prayer life, in his evangelistic endeavors, and in his lifestyle. In all his roles, he should model the message he proclaims (1 Tim. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:10–14; Titus 2:6–8; 1 Pet. 5:1–3).
To adhere unswervingly to the founding purpose of training pastors to shepherd and equip Christ’s church. To keep The Master’s Seminary faithful to its biblical foundations. All biblical content is to be based on God’s inerrant Word and developed through the exegetical process. The curriculum must constantly reflect scriptural absolutes to avoid deviation from God’s truth. To enrich faculty leadership. Every member of The Master’s Seminary faculty fits a fivefold profile in that they are all men of God, men of the Word, men of scholarship, men of Christ’s church, and men of compassion. To insist on an educational philosophy that is consistent with Scripture by:
- Majoring on biblical certainty, not doubt or theory.
- Striving for spirituality in The Master’s Seminary students, not intellectualism alone.
- Preparing men to serve the Lord, not merely to know about the Lord.
- Emphasizing a methodical, disciplined approach to studying Scripture rather than using a haphazard approach.
- Encouraging excellence and never accepting mediocrity.
- Expecting the faculty to be examples, not merely experts.
- Stressing the imperative to function in the body of Christ, not merely function as an individual.
To emphasize the well-articulated goals of The Master’s Seminary—both personal and pastoral:
- To cultivate a holy, intimate relationship between every student and God.
- To produce compassionate men who have gracious relationships with others.
- To study God’s Word with precision.
- To speak God’s message with power.
- To serve God’s purpose with zeal.
- To shepherd God’s flock with care.
- To fight God’s battle with courage.
Only by maintaining these personal and pastoral goals will The Master’s Seminary build the complete man of God.