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International Reformed University & Seminary

International Reform University Graduate School of Theology


International Reformed University & Seminary (IRUS), the oldest Korean seminary in the United States, was established in Los Angeles in 1977 and has produced and nurtured reformist leaders needed for immigrant churches for the past 38 years. IRUS, which started with Pastor Ui-Hwan Kim, who served as president of Chongshin University, as the first principal, and Rev. Jin-Tae Lee as the first dean, was accredited as a school that can give formal degrees (BA, MA, M.Div., D.Min.) by the California State Department of Education in 1987. In 1997, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted permission to issue F-1 visas. Also, in February 2013, it was accredited as a full member by the Association for Biblical Higher Eduction (ABHE), a Christian university accreditation agency under the US Department of Eduction. IRUS, as the oldest Korean seminary in the United States, is playing an important role in the expansion of the Korean church in the United States and world missions.



The mission of IRUS is to provide future ministers and lay leaders to the members of the faith community scattered around the world as well as in Los Angeles as a Christian university in the western part of North America, centering on Los Angeles. to prepare it for This preparation process consists in properly educating those who correctly discern the word of truth and are recognized as workers who have nothing to be ashamed of, and nurture them as those who strive to present themselves before God.


Confession of Faith and Education Strategy

IRUS believes that the Bibles of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and the infallible rule of faith and life of believers. In addition, we accept that Reformed theology expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechism is the system of truth taught in the Bible.

IRUS aims to fulfill the gospel of Christ by teaching Reformed theology and theology oriented by the Bible to the church and the world. Our school is based on the Calvinist legacy of God sovereignty, God-centered worship, Bible-centered education and church-centered ministry. It is in contributing to world missions by making leaders.


Accreditation and degree programs

The following are from the California State Department of Education Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), the Federal U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), a Christian university accreditation body under the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The same degree and certificate courses were accredited.


degree course

    Doctor of Ministry

    Master of Divinity

  Master of Counseling (MA in  Counseling)

  Master of Church Music (MA in  Church Music)

    MA in Christian Studies

  BA in Church Music  Church Music)

    BA in Christian Studies


Certification course

    Child Care Director/Teacher Certificate

    English as a Second Language (ESL) Program






International Reformed University & Seminary

125 S. Vermont Ave. LA, CA 90004

Tel (213)381-0081, Fax (213)381-0010  /

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