SoCAL U School of Ministry is now offering online courses!

Apply Today for the Fall trimester— Online and On-ground Classes Begin in August


Prospective Students

The focus of SoCAL U is the training of men and women who are involved in local church ministry and are called, or are beginning to sense a call, to serve more fully and effectively as servant leaders in and through the local church.  Emphasis is on providing accessible, affordable, and applicable training to those who are potential pastors and/or have a proven local church ministry either as lay leaders or vocational staff.

SoCAL U School of Ministry is

  • Accessible: intensive-type schedules with one-night-a-week courses and weekend seminars.
  • Affordable: modest tuition fees plus reasonable materials costs
  • Applicable: practical training and personal mentoring with application to ministry.   

An application process (accompanied by a non-refundable application fee) is required for entrance which includes references by your church lead/senior pastor or pastoral staff member and a friend. Applicants must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.        

Mission Statement

The mission of SoCAL U School of Ministry is to equip and empower men and women, through Bible-based and Spirit=led principles, to serve in the local church, establish new churches, serve cross-culturally or develop marketplace ministry.  The accomplish this SoCAL U School of Ministry provides servant-focused education toward theoretical edification and offers practical ministry opportunities


SoCAL School of Ministry is a certified local church  based training institution of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, centrally located in the SoCAL District at two sites (San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles).


The goal is ministry training and certification rather than a focus on degree completion.  However, SoCAL School of Ministry maintains a relationship with LIFE Pacific College (San Dimas, California) and The King's University (Southlake, Texas). Specific details and requirements are handled on a case-by-case basis. 

This program fulfills the minimum standards of biblical and theological training necessary for the Foursquare licensing process in the SoCAL District. 



Fees and tuition are modest. The application fee for admission is $30.00. Tuition costs for credit students is $1500 for the 27-unit Christian Ministry Certificate program. Audit students pay 50% of credit tuition costs.   For more information please see the course catalog.

Payment plans for tuition are available. Payments can be made with check, cash, or credit card.  Please see catalog for details.  


All fees and tuition must be paid-in-full prior to the completion of the program.  The deadline for a refund is the second week of each course.   Please see catalog for details.

Catalog and Application

In order to enroll in our school you will need to fill out an application form.  The application form (in a fillable PDF) and course catalog are available by clicking the links below.

Admission and Registration Deadlines

  • Students can enter the program at the beginning of any trimester (Fall, Winter, or Spring)

  • Registration on each campus closes one week before orientation (see catalog for dates)


Jan Spencer


Leanna Thompson



Mailing Address

SoCAL U School of Ministry

14300 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA, 91405
United States


Campus Locations

San Fernando Valley:

     3310 W. Magnolia Blvd.
     Burbank, CA 91505

Los Angeles:

     2600 S. La Brea Blvd.
     Los Angeles, CA 90016



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