In 1995, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Trinity College merged to become Trinity International University. In 1997 the first class entered Trinity Graduate School. In early 1998 Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California (originally founded in 1980 as the Simon Greenleaf School of Law), joined the growing institution. Now, with nearly 100 full-time faculty and 2,700 students, we are committed to the same vision with which we were founded in 1897 and determined to follow in the footsteps of the great universities that were founded on the cornerstone belief that all wisdom lies in Jesus Christ.
As Charles Malik has shown in his illuminating book A Christian Critique of the University (InterVarsity Press, 1982), the university is now the central institution of the modern world. Yet it is far from the university as it was established nearly one thousand years ago. The Christian schools of the past--- including the great American universities of Princeton, Yale, and Harvard---are now largely or entirely secular institutions, built not on a vision of the glory of God, but as temples to the wisdom of this world. As Malik puts it, they have “swerved” from their grounding in Jesus Christ. Our task, if we are able to be salt in the world of our day, is to build institutions where we can think like Christians and learn to live as Christians in a culture in which both have become equally hard. Whether preparing to be pastors or missionaries or attorneys, teachers, counselors, scientists, corporate leaders, homemakers or public servants, whatever our calling under God, we need excellence in education, grounded in the lordship of Jesus Christ. That is the goal and task of Trinity.
“Engaging in God’s redemptive work in the world.” At the heart of Trinity’s mission lies its commitment to engage the culture for Jesus Christ. Trinity’s purpose is to enable its graduates—in all schools and in every discipline—-to think and live like Christians in the twenty-first century. We believe that God calls his people into many kinds of service; Trinity’s calling is to prepare them to serve for His glory.
Trinity International University is a family of our four schools: Trinity College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity Graduate School, and Trinity Law School.
Trinity College (TC)
Dean: Thomas H.L. Cornman, PhD
Trinity College, a liberal arts college with the main campus in Deerfield, Illinois, and regional centers in Dolton, Illinois, and Miramar, Florida. The college offers a wide range of majors, including nontraditional options at all three locations. In Deerfield and Dolton, the nontraditional program is called REACH (Relevant Education for Adult Christians); at the Florida Regional Center, nontraditional delivery is known as EXCEL. The Florida Regional Center offers cohorts in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. At the Deerfield Campus, TC offers a full range of undergraduate majors ranging from biblical and religious studies, education, humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to take courses in the divinity school and graduate school. Special programs include the premedical majors, which have a cooperative relationship with The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity on campus. Trinity College also offers dual Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degrees in Athletic Training, Bioethics, Leadership, Psychology/Mental Health Counseling, and an accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies. Together with Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity College offers several pathways to ministry including an innovative Advance (5 year BA/MDiv) program, and the Advanced Placement MDiv degree, where qualified students who have completed prescribed pre-seminary studies may receive advanced placement in their MDiv program. The College also offers a three-year degree option.
Trinity Graduate School (TGS)
Dean: Thomas H.L. Cornman, PhD
Trinity Graduate School offers master’s degree programs in Deerfield, Illinois (MA/AT, MA/BE, MA/L, MA/T and MEd/DL), Dolton, IL (MA/L) and Miramar, Florida (MA/CP, MA/L. The Florida Regional Center also offers TGS courses in Miami-Dade County. The Graduate School draws on faculty and course offerings from all the schools of the university. The Master of Arts in Athletic Training degree program, upon completion, leads to students being eligible to sit for the national board certification examination administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). The Master of Arts in Bioethics degree program (MA/BE) capitalizes on the university’s nationally-known Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (CBHD), offering coursework in modular and online formats. The Master of Arts in Leadership (MA/L) offers emphases in nonprofit, organizational, and international leadership to equip students for roles in a variety of contexts. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MA/T) leads to either elementary or secondary education licensure, and is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree who wish to enter the teaching field; the coursework is offered in a cohort-based format to accommodate working adults. The Master of Education in Diverse Learning degree program (MEd/DL) offers a cohort-based curriculum in which most of the coursework is offered in a hybrid format. The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MA/CP) available only at the Florida Regional Center offers concentrations in Mental Health Counseling or Guidance and Counseling.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS)
Dean: Graham A. Cole, ThD
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School offers doctoral and masters degree programs in Deerfield, Illinois, Dolton, IL (MA/TS, MA in UM), and Miramar, Florida (MA/TS). At the heart of the divinity school is the Master of Divinity (MDiv), preparing pastors, teachers, and missionaries for Christian service. TEDS also offers the academic Master of Arts with concentrations in archaeology, church history, intercultural studies, New Testament, Old Testament and Semitic languages, systematic theology, and theological studies as well as the professional Master of Arts with a concentration on chaplaincy and ministry care, mental health counseling (licensure program), ministry, and urban ministry. TEDS offers the Master of Theology, the Doctor of Ministry, and the PhD with concentrations in educational, intercultural, or theological studies. Particularly unique options include the availability of the full Master of Arts (Theological Studies) at seven extension sites, accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts and MDiv with Trinity College, and a 72-hour Advanced Placement MDiv for those with an undergraduate ministry degree.
Trinity Law School (TLS)
Dean: Eric Halvorson, JD
Trinity Law School, at the California Regional Center of Trinity International University, is strategically located in the City of Santa Ana, the heart of Southern California. The law school faculty reflects Trinity’s commitment to high educational standards and an active engagement of the culture with the Gospel’s profound and far-reaching implications. Trinity Law School offers a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters in Legal Studies degree. The Juris Doctor is a 90-unit degree program that offers students flexible course schedules, affordable tuition, and the unique opportunity to study law from a Christian perspective. Graduates are eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination. The Masters in Legal Studies is a 30-unit degree program delivered entirely online, and offers several specialty concentrations including Human Resources Management and Church and Ministry Management.