Biblically Informed, Culturally Relevant, Spiritually Inspiring

  • Vanguard’s graduate religion faculty challenge students to engage their professional discipline passionately and contemplatively. With each passing class session, you will gain Biblical knowledge and skills that will inform your work and service.
  • Your graduate training in religion at Vanguard will also help you make the most of every opportunity. Through interaction with course materials, professors and fellow students, many of whom are in full-time ministry, you will gain broad knowledge which will yield an immediate benefit in your own community, classroom or scholarly research.
  • Our goal is to fully-engaged our students both intellectually and spiritually. You will find that your studies at Vanguard University will enhance your faith, increase your passion, and provide partners to help you grow.


  • Courses schedules in both programs are created with working adults in mind.
  • Students can choose from a variety of format options, including traditional, hybrid, and online.
  • Class sizes are kept small, fostering connections between peers.
  • Faculty are not only world-renowned, but also committed and accessible to their students.
  • Tuition costs are affordable, providing a great value for quality education.


For almost 100 years, Vanguard University of Southern California has been a leader in educational innovation within its denomination, and in fulfilling its founders’ vision of training men and women for Christian ministry. From the very beginning, the program in religion has played a central role in the fulfillment of that mission. Our commitment to excellent theological education is rooted in that long legacy.

A major milestone was reached in 1983, when the University initiated its first graduate program leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.), an academic degree with a major in religion and concentrations in Biblical Studies and Leadership Studies. This program was well received, and in 1991, a three- year professional degree leading to a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) was added.

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