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At Life University, it is our mission to be a biblically centered institution of higher learning that is committed to the advancement of spiritual, intellectual, personal and professional growth of its students.  The university extends the knowledge and truth of the Bible to all of its educational and spiritual programs and activities so that our students will benefit from the highest standard of scholarship.  

The mission of Life University is to offer exemplary education through its language programs and undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of Theology, Business, and Alternative (Asian/Oriental) Medicine which are grounded in the context of biblical teaching and higher learning. In pursuing these goals, the university seeks to cultivate in its students:

•  Intellectual and academic integrity, informal ethical values, and biblical character;
•  Tolerance of social differences and diversity of cultures, and courageous aspirations towards the best for one’s life, family, society, and the world at large;
•  Creativity in critical thinking, intellectual problem-solving through effective reading and research, clear writing, and articulate speech;
•  Inner drive and aptitude to exercise personal, professional, and social leadership in his or her chosen field of endeavor;
•  A sense of a personal joy and fulfillment;
•  A sensitivity to the needs of others and commitment to the betterment of humanity;
•  Encourage a commitment to the Christian life, one of actively communicating the Christian faith, personal integrity, and social responsibility which, as it is lived out points people to Jesus Christ as the Lord of the universe and their own personal Savior;

The university will achieve its mission through emphasizing and supporting excellence in teaching, in pure and applied research, and in public service consistent with the educational emphases and goals of the university. In fulfilling of this mission, Life University recognizes its duty to: 

•  Maintain a learning environment that will attract and challenge outstanding students;
•  Prepare its students to succeed in rigorous professional programs;
•  Provide a physical environment and support services that will help members of the university achieve their educational goals, enhance their development, and further serve as a source of pride to the university;


Life University is intent on helping students prepare themselves to pursue their careers and become leaders in their communities.  It is the goal of Life University to provide comprehensive education, as well as, professional training towards the award of an undergraduate or graduate degree.  Life University focuses mainly on academic excellence with its faith-based, well-structured curricula that will result in highly knowledgeable and prepared graduates.


The University seeks to educate men and women in undergraduate and graduate programs to produce professionals who:

•  Are broadly educated with a biblical foundation and worldview.
•  Appreciate with discernment the breadth of ideas and creative expressions that have shaped humanity.
•  Will be able to evaluate knowledge from a Biblical perspective.
•  Apply critical thinking in order to reason logically, use a broad range of investigative approaches, and exercise faith appropriately in the process of critical thinking.
•  Hold and apply a biblically-based system of values and beliefs.
•  Develop a commitment to cross-cultural understanding and engagement in order to function and serve in a diverse world.
•  Develop skills for independent thinking and analytical reasoning.
•  Are prepared for graduate school or for a vocation in his/her chosen field of study.
•  Participate in service and experiential learning opportunities.
•  Demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to their fields and levels of study.
•  Demonstrate competence in written and oral expression, as well as, observing the conventions of their discipline.
•  Integrate major fields of study with a biblical worldview.
•  Articulate and live out a biblical worldview.
•  Engage in their vocations as faithful stewards of God's calling.

Statement of Faith

The Bible is the inerrant and divinely inspired word of God.

There is one God, eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three Persons — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

God, by his Word and for His glory, freely created the world in six days from nothing and created man and woman, in His own image, that they might have fellowship with Him.

Tempted by Satan, the whole human race fell in the fall of the first Adam. All men, until they accept the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior, are lost, darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, hardened in heart, morally and spiritually dead through their trespasses and sins. They cannot see, nor enter the Kingdom of God until they are born again of the Holy Spirit.

The only mediator between God and humankind is Jesus Christ our Lord, the eternal Son of God.  Jesus Christ revealed his divine love and upheld divine justice through his death in our place, revealing our guilt and reconciling us to God.

All have sinned through Adam, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Christ redeemed us from sin through his death on the cross and that on the third day he rose bodily from the grave victorious over death and power over darkness.  He ascended to heaven where, at God’s right hand, he intercedes for his people and rules as Lord overall.

The true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is a person, and is possessed of all the distinctively divine attributes. He is God.

God’s redemptive purpose will be consummated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, to judge all people according to the deeds done in the body and to establish His glorious kingdom.  

The wicked shall be separated from God’s presence, but the righteous, in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with Him forever.  All those who persistently reject Jesus Christ in the present life shall be raised from the dead and throughout eternity exist in the state of conscious, unutterable, endless torment and anguish, in hell.

All those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Lord, and who confess Him as such before their fellow men, become children of God and receive eternal life. They become heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. At death their spirits depart to be with Christ in conscious blessedness, and at the Second Coming of Christ their bodies shall be raised and transformed into the likeness of the body of His glory.

There is a personal devil, a being of cunning and power:  He shall ultimately be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone and shall be tormented day and night forever.  The existence of the Creation is not explainable apart from the roles of God as the sovereign creator and sustainer of the entire natural realm. Concepts such as theistic or threshold evolution do not adequately explain God’s creation.

Founding Philosophy

Life University is an independent private institution of higher learning, organized as a non-profit educational institution under the Corporation Laws of the State of California. The founding philosophy of Life University is to provide education in which its language programs and professional undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of oriental medicine, business, and theology equip individuals with a wealth of knowledge and biblical truth and understanding.

Academic Programs

Life University currently offers the following programs:

School of Oriental Medicine


Master of Oriental Medicine

 270  units


Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Research Advancement 

120  units




School of Business and Management


Associate of Arts in Accounting

92  units


Bachelor of Business Administration

180  units


Master of Business Administration

68  units


Doctor of Business Administration

66  units




School of Languages


ESL 100

48  units


ESL 200

48  units


ESL 300

36  units


TOEFL Preparation

16  units



32  units




School of Theology


Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling

36  units


Bachelor of Arts in Theology

180  units


Master of Arts in Theology

72  units


Master of Divinity

144  units


Master of Theology

46 units


Doctor of Ministry

68  units


Doctor of Theology

72  units





The Life University campus is located at 555 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. in Gardena, California 90248, less than ten miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The university is close to the Harbor, San Diego, and Riverside freeways, for easy access to the sites and surrounds of Los Angeles. Classrooms, offices, computer laboratory, auditorium, and library are housed in a modern two-story building.

Administration Office

Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. All business transactions including admission, registration, counseling and payment of tuition and fees are conducted at this office.


Classrooms are spacious, carpeted and air-conditioned. The building, equipment, and other learning resources being used for instructional purposes comply fully with all applicable federal and state regulations and local ordinances for safety and public health.

Health Center

The Life University Health Center (LUHC) has been developed as a community service health center and offers high quality treatments with inexpensive fees.  The health center contains an herbal pharmacy, a consultation room, a boiling room, a physical therapy room, a seminar room, 7 clean and quiet treatment rooms, and much more.  Special rates are available for treatments to current Life University students and their direct families.

Herbal Pharmacy

The herbal pharmacy stocks over 400 different Chinese & Korean herbs in raw, powdered, capsules, and extract forms. Furthermore, the pharmacy can serve herbal decoctions as prescribed by clinic supervisors and interns to meet patient needs.  Current Life University students may purchase herbs for their personal use at a special discounted price.


The library is located on the 1st floor with over 50,000 books and periodicals and is an integral part of the educational process.

The library hours are from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. All books are available to the students for a period of two weeks and are renewable for additional time if no other students reserve them.

In addition to the library on campus, Life University has agreements with other institutions for the use of their libraries. Students and faculty are permitted to use the libraries at the following institutions for their study and research:

  • El Camino College
    16007 Crenshaw Blvd
    Torrance, CA  90506

  • Cal State University Dominguez Hills
    1000 E Victoria St
    Carson, CA  90747

  • Biola University.
    13800 Biola Avenue
    La Mirada, CA  90639

Student Lounge

There is a student lounge located on the 1st floor of the school building which has tables and chairs for eating, studying, and relaxing.  The lounge is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, water dispenser, and coffee pot for students to use in preparing meals or snacks. Students are encouraged to use the student lounge for visiting, relaxing or studying in an atmosphere where conversation and discussion are encouraged.  Students wishing a quiet atmosphere for study should use the library.

Computer Lab

The computer laboratory is located on the first floor with state of the art workstations available daily for all students to practice their computer skills and complete their assignments.


The university’s auditorium, located on the 1st floor is large and modern. It is used for gatherings; convocations, orientations, seminars, commencement exercises, and special offerings open to the public.


There is an ample parking space for students, staff, and visitors and is well lighted during the evening.

Academic Freedom

In institutions of higher education, like Life University, the principle of Academic Freedom is essential to the search for truth and its exposition.  Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of knowledge.  The right to Academic Freedom in teaching is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the faculty and of the students in the educational process.

These concepts of Academic Freedom are promoted at Life University and are elaborated as follows:

•  The teacher is entitled to full freedom in research and in publication of the results; subject to the adequate performance of the teacher’s other academic duties.  The faculty member may take on additional employment, including research for pecuniary return, without the approval of the university’s officer or President of the university, provided it does not interfere with his/her duties at the university.
•  Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom to discuss their subject, but should exercise this freedom in a responsible manner.
•  Faculty members may exercise their rights as citizens when speaking or writing as citizens and should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but the faculty member’s special position in the community imposes special obligations.  As a member of the teaching profession, and as a representative of an educational institution, the faculty member should remember that the public may judge his/her profession and his/her institution by his/her utterances.  Hence, the faculty member should at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinion of others, and make every effort to indicate that (s)he is not speaking for the university
•  Any faculty member who believes that his/her rights have been abridged or ignored by an administrative officer or employees of Life University and who is unable to obtain redress which is satisfactory to the faculty member within his/her own department, shall have the right to appeal to the President of the university.

Student Records

Student records are confidential. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended govern the release of information from the student’s permanent record. Federal law provides for the release of information to Life University personnel who have a legitimate educational interest or to certain government officials.  Students have the right to inspect their own academic records during normal business hours.  All requests for access to academic records shall be presented in writing to the Registrar’s office.  Students also have the right to challenge records and request correction if they believe that the records are not accurate.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to Dean of Academic Affairs.  If the appeal is not reconciled to the student’s satisfaction, he or she may appeal to the Grievance Committee. (See “Grievance Appeals Procedure” for details).

Drug Free Workplace Policy

Life University has a policy of maintaining a Drug-free Workplace.  All employees and students are hereby notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in this institution’s workplace. The workplace is defined as any classrooms, hallway, restroom, parking, or storage areas that are connected to the main campus at 555 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena, CA  90248; or any location outside of the main campus where Life University’s programs or courses are discussed or promoted. All students must sign a drug free policy awareness statement located within this Catalog/Student Handbook.  This form may also be found in the administrative office during normal office hours.

Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy

All aspects of Life University’s programs will be administered in compliance with Titles VI and VIII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  No individual will be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, subjected to discrimination under or denied employment in the administration of or in connection with Life University’s programs because of race, color, age, disability, citizenship, handicap or political affiliation.

Life University’s commitment is that participation in any program shall be open to citizens and nationals of the United States, lawfully admitted refugees and parolees and other individuals authorized by the Attorney General to work in the United States.

Life University’s commitment is that no individual will be intimidated, threatened, coerced, or discriminated against because of filing a complaint, furnishing information or assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation, compliance review, hearing or any other activity related to the administration of Life University’s programs.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual Harassment is a violation of Section 503 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It is Life University’s policy that all its employees/students have a right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment in any form.  Such conduct (sexual harassment) may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.  No manager or supervisor (instructor) shall threaten or insinuate, either explicitly or otherwise to an employee/student that refusal to submit to sexual advances will adversely affect employees’/students’ employment, assignment, promotion, transfer, evaluation, wages, or any other term or condition of employment/enrollment.

Sexual Harassment is defined as:

1. Unwelcomed physical or verbal contact;
2. Sexually explicit language or gestures;
3. Uninvited or unwanted sexual advances;
4. An offensive overall environment, including the use of vulgar language, the presence of sexually explicit photographs or other materials, and the telling of sexual stories or jokes.

No employee/student shall threaten or insinuate, either explicitly or otherwise that refusal to submit to sexual advances will adversely affect the entrance or participation in a program.

Life University prohibits other sexually harassing conduct in the workplace/university, whether committed by supervisors, non-supervisory employees, subcontractors, students, or vendors.  This includes: repeated sexual advances, propositions, unwanted flirtations, continual or repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic verbal commentaries about a person’s body; gestures; or the display in the workplace/university of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.

Any employee/student who believes that he/she has been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace/university should notify his/her supervisor (Dean) and follow the grievance procedures provided by this organization for the filing of sexual harassment complaints.

Change or Cancellation of a Class

Should enrollments drop unusually low in any one class, the university may, at its option, cancel that class and advise the remaining students to relocate to one of the other available classes.  In the unforeseen cancellation of a class session, the university, at its option, may reschedule the class on a weekday or a Saturday.  This will always be done giving the maximum amount of prior notice possible.

Teacher/Student Ratio

An instructor is present for all classes and all efforts are made to keep student-to-teacher ratios low.

Scheduled Classes

Life University offers evening classes for students’ convenience.  Morning classes are offered as requested and available for degree completion.

Student Housing

Life University is a commuter campus and takes no responsibility to assist students in finding suitable housing while they study here.  The classified ads of local newspapers, apartment locator services and realtors are good sources for locating housing.

Veterans Benefits

Life University is currently approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer programs to students who wish to study under the GI Bill and Dependents Education Assistance program.  Additional Information can be found in the Academic Regulations and Financial Information sections of this catalog.


Life University is currently approved by the United States immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to issue I-20 certificates.  International Students interested in studying at Life University may find additional information and requirements under the academic regulations section of this catalog.

Health Insurance Coverage Requirement for International Students

It is Life University policy, like all other universities in the U.S., that all international students possess medical health insurance and evacuation/repatriation coverage. International students enrolled at Life University are required to maintain health insurance, medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.

“International student” is defined as any enrolled student who is not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. lawful permanent resident (LPR). Such students could be non-degree, English language or degree seeking undergraduate, graduate, or professional students at Life University campuses.

1. Automatic Enrollment

All international students will automatically be enrolled in and charged for the health insurance available through the United Healthcare Student Insurance Plan. The premium for this is included on the student’s tuition and fee statement and remitted in full to the United Healthcare carrier. Students will receive notification from the United Healthcare carrier that they have been enrolled in the insurance coverage.

2. Waiver of Automatic Enrollment

The Life University System regulation allows waivers of the United Healthcare insurance only under certain circumstances. A waiver request should be submitted to the United Healthcare provider by the student requesting the waiver before registration. See the Life University webpage (Mandatory Health Coverage) for details of the waiver eligibility, process for waiver of United Healthcare and all deadlines.

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