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.