CNNMoney.com cites Los Angeles as one of the top 25 cities with the highest job growth and best job markets. Diverse in geography, recreation, culture, lifestyle and economic industry, California is a highly desirable location for all types of residents.
Most students who move to southern California at least one month before classes begin will find a job before school begins. We'll assist you in the job search through our TMS Weekly, a four to five page information brief highlighting jobs, apartment rentals, items for sale and "give-aways." It includes items provided by businesses that have developed a relationship with the seminary based on the excellent work done by previous students. Additional information comes from the 7,000 to 8,000 people who attend Grace Community Church who have businesses in the area or know of job opportunities.
This same type of networking is helpful when students are looking for a place to live. With some 39,000 apartments vacant in Southern California on any given day, the choice is usually made by cost and distance from the seminary. Most of the students are grouped in 15-20 complexes in the area, giving them close proximity to TMS connected study groups, babysitting prospects, and carpooling opportunities. In many cases, our students serve as apartment managers, greatly reducing the rent. Of course, when it comes time to move-in or move-out, students and staff are eager to help.
Discipleship at The Master's Seminary is not just academic; it includes close relationships with faculty and other students. Each of these provides camaraderie, support and encouragement, both for you and for your wife, forging deep, life-long friendships. Over the course of the years, the students at TMS have adopted the theme as "The band of brothers—serving, shepherding, and sharpening one another" (Proverbs 27:17).
Serving, shepherding, and sharpening often occurs in co-curricular activities, such as Associated Student Body-sponsored monthly lunches with professors and fellow students, camping and hiking trips, short-term missions opportunities, the fall picnic, the early morning ASB prayer time, wives interacting with other wives in the Seminary Wives Discipleship program, and the annual Spring Banquet. It is here that life-time relationships are forged, each having been built on a high view of God and His Word and bonded with a common philosophy of ministry.
A crucial part of choosing a seminary is taking the time to visit. Visiting the campus, attending chapel and a few classes, meeting some students from your part of the country, and becoming acquainted with the faculty will do more to help you answer this most important question. We will make sure you get to the correct airport, host you for those few days, answer your questions, provide lunch with faculty members and, of course, give you an opportunity to visit with current students to find out what it's like to attend TMS.
We don't have any special visit times; we want you to come when it is best for you. For the fall semester, anytime in September, October, and the first half of November are optimum and will give you the opportunity to sit in classes. In spring, classes are in session from mid-January to early May, except for Shepherds' Conference the first week in March and the week of Easter. Summer visits are possible as well. Our invitation to you is to come when you can, enjoy the sunny California weather, and make new friends as you pray about becoming a part of The Master's Seminary family.
How much time should I take for a visit?
From our experience, we encourage serious prospective students to visit for several days (below is a rough suggested schedule).
- Wednesday – Travel to southern California.
- Thursday – Meet with the Admissions Director; chapel, classes, lunch.
- Friday – Attend one of the various ministry functions or Bible Studies.
- Saturday – Day of sightseeing.
- Sunday – Morning Worship, lunch with host family, and travel home.
View campus map and location information
Contact us to schedule a tour
Once you have been accepted, you'll receive a call from a current student who has agreed to assist you in your transition to seminary. About a week before classes begin, new students spend several days in Orientation. Orientation is designed to assist you in meeting other new students, becoming acquainted with students that have completed their first year, and assimilating into the seminary life. In addition, the Vice President of Academic Administration will give you an overall perspective of seminary life, the Dean will welcome you over lunch, the Director of Admissions will challenge you to develop a vital spiritual life, and a theology professor will review ways to enhance your academic success. The Of course, the Admissions staff, together with the Orientation leaders, will ensure you are assisted during your move-in, will help you find housing, and will point you toward job opportunities that could work around your school hours.
Seminary education via online courses can be enticing. However, when compared to an on-campus education, the return on invest is often significantly reduced. The deficiency lies in the fact that students are unable to experience the formative power of the total package of education—time with faculty (both in and out of the classroom) and interaction with fellow students ("iron sharpening iron"). After all, education is "caught" as well as "taught." And that requires a personal investment on our part toward you.
At the same time, TMS realizes that occasionally, family issues, selling your home, or wrapping up business obligations inhibit your ability to enroll as soon as you'd like. If that is the case, maybe we can arrange for a class or two for you by DVD. The Admissions Office would be delighted to discuss this option together with you.