We believe learning happens best in the context of relationship. Our faculty spend countless hours—both inside and outside the classroom—to serve as professor-mentors, not just teachers. Through close, coaching relationships, you’ll go beyond the classroom, getting not only the knowledge you need but also the wisdom to apply what you’re learning in practical ways.

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University Highlights

Relevant Academics

Taught by expert faculty with strong academic credentials and industry experience, Vanguard University’s graduate programs are designed specifically to meet the demands of students and employers.

Vibrant Community

Located in Orange County’s thriving business economy, our graduate programs are offered in some of the most sought-after industries of today.

Convenient Schedules

Vanguard University’s graduate programs are designed for the working professional.

Ample Funding

We are committed to helping you find the resources to finance your education.

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Thriving Alumni

As the first four-year college in Orange County, Vanguard University has been equipping Spirit-empowered leaders and servants for nearly 100 years.

Student Highlights

– Masters of Science in Organizational Psychology

– Hometown: Hyde Park, NY

I am so grateful to be a part of the Vanguard community, especially in the cohort for my particular program.

We all support each other through celebrations and struggles, because we all want to see each other succeed. I've learned what behaviors separate a good leader from a strong leader, and how I can apply those behaviors in my own day-to-day activities. If you express to your professors that you want more learning experience than what happens in the classroom, they will find a way to make it happen. I think that was one of the best academic decisions I've ever made, because it opened more opportunities for me than I could imagine.

Sarah Hohmann, ‘18

Organizational Psychology
– MMasters of Arts in Leadership Studies
– Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

I appreciate the relationship with my professors because they're mentors who take the time to be there for us.

It's a great program for anyone. You don't have to be in leadership to be in this program. Everyone has influence in life no matter where you're at. There are principles and life applications that can help you in whatever setting you're in.

Caden Metcalf, ‘17

Leadership Studies

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DAILY PILOT OPINION: President Michael J. Beals

I have a new year's challenge for Orange County employers and leaders: Make 2017 the year we stop reinforcing the caricature of millennials as an unmotivated, over-sensitive generation requiring participation trophies.

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Why a Master of Theological Studies Degree?

At a time when many of my friends, family, and acquaintances have chosen to pursue graduate school for the prospects of a professional degree, here I am firmly entrenched in my second year at Vanguard pursuing a Master of Theological Studies degree. Why?

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Vanguard University's Commencement Graduates Breaking Record

To a crowd of over 6000 parents, students, and graduates, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, Nathan Gonzales, gave his Vanguard University's Commencement address. The commencement ceremonies for both the undergraduate, school for professional studies, and graduate students were at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

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Vanguard University Opens Landmark Scott Academic Center For Students And Community

Vanguard University unveiled a dramatically expanded and remodeled Scott Academic Center on October 3, 2015 to nearly 600 community members, civic leaders, administrators, students and others keen on advancing the history of this 95-year-old university – the first four-year college opened in Orange County. The expansion will allow for Vanguard to increase classroom capacity by approximately 1,500 students per day.

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