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John MacArthur and Austin Duncan discuss pastoral training for the care of souls. Learn why the TMS Master of Divinity program is essential for those aspiring to handle God’s Word precisely and shepherd God’s people effectively.

Steve Lawson and Austin Duncan discuss why you need the Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching and answer questions from prospective students. Alumnus Michael Stanton shares his experience in the program.

For prospective Th.M. and Ph.D. students, Nathan Busenitz, Michael Vlach, and Ph.D. student Jason Beals discuss the importance of balancing passion for the church with the pursuit of academic excellence.

This webinar offers a focused opportunity for you to hear what discipleship looks like for TMS students who are involved at Grace Church. Hear from TMS professors who serve as Grace Church pastors and their heart to train men in this local church context.

Learn how to take advantage of the financial aid and scholarships available to you as a TMS student. We’ll walk you through the process of finding housing and employment, and show you how to maintain a personal or family budget in Los Angeles. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from men who were once in your shoes.

Hear from our International Student Coordinator, Admissions Team, international students, and an international alumnus as they discuss how international students navigate the realities of student life in a foreign country.

What Alumni Have Said

“Getting to learn especially from seasoned pastors like John MacArthur, Alec Montoya, and Steve Lawson, who knew the highs and difficulties of ministry experientially was invaluable. Their encouragement and endorsement have sustained me in the harder moments of my current ministry.”

Andrew Curry

M.Div. '13, Th.M. '15, D.Min. '17

“When I began candidating for a pastorate, two different opportunities fell through. By my third try, a mutual connection had put me in touch with Faith Bible. I now have the opportunity to preach every Sunday, putting my training to use. By God’s grace, our church has now tripled in attendance, with frequent visitors who walk or drive by.”

Justin Harris

M.Div. '14, D.Min. In Progress

“God used my time at GCC and TMS, in His mercy and grace, to break and remake me with His Word. He then saw fit to bless me with a wife, a family, and a call to full-time ministry—a call that would require me to leave what little I had left of earthly value for the greatest joy and treasure of all: the joy of following and serving Christ, and the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”

Mark Chin

M.Div. '10, Th.M. '12

Andrew Curry

M.Div. '13, Th.M. '15, D.Min. '17

Justin Harris

M.Div. '14, D.Min. In Progress

Mark Chin

M.Div. '10, Th.M. '12

Frequent Questions

Can I really afford seminary?

If God has called you to ministry, He will also provide the means for you to train for it. And as you look for a job, a place to live, and the funds for tuition, the staff, faculty, and students of TMS are eager to walk alongside you as He equips you for gospel ministry.

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What financial aid is available to M.Div. students?

Our ministry partners enable us to offer the Full-Time Residential Scholarship to every M.Div. student . Just by attending TMS full-time (11 units or more) in Los Angeles, your cost is reduced from $465/unit to $310/unit.This does not take into account any other scholarship you may be awarded.

While the majority of funds are reserved for students who have completed at least one or two semesters of coursework, nine scholarships are available to incoming Master of Divinity students. These scholarships are awarded in addition to the Full-Time Residential Scholarship.

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How will TMS care for my wife and kids?

Seminary is a season of growth for the whole family, not just you as a student. With this is mind, we do our best to care for your family in several, intentional ways. As a student, your wife will have the opportunity to participate in Seminary Wives Discipleship, a training ministry for students’ wives; Every Woman’s Grace, a weekly women’s Bible study at Grace Community Church; and receive theological training at The Master’s University.

Likewise, your children will have the opportunity to get involved in the various youth ministries at GCC—from nursery all the way through college. You will also have the option to participate in GCC’s preschool program, The Master’s Kids, send your kids to Adventure Club on Sunday evenings, and even homeschool alongside other church families.

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As an incoming international student, what important considerations should I be aware of?

In addition to the usual application materials and procedures, international applicants must meet the following three requirements:

  1. International applicants whose native language is other than English, will need to provide a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score dated within the last two years.
  2. Each international applicant must have their Official Transcript sent to TMS directly from their former institution(s).
  3. Course-by-course Translated and Evaluated Transcripts are also required for all prerequisite degrees.

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Admissions Team

To contact the admissions office, call 818-909-5625 or email admissions@tms.edu. See below to contact the admissions team.