VIU was co-founded by Dr. Norman L. Geisler and Dr. Joseph M. Holden under the name Veritas Evangelical Seminary (VES) in 2008 to expand the vision of educating educators, training trainers, and teaching teachers to proclaim the gospel, equip the saints, and defend the faith through classically conservative biblical scholarship.
By October 2008, VES was granted corporation status by the California Department of State. Soon after, our campus location in Murrieta, California, was graciously granted by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, with course offering commencing on March 9-14, 2009.
On April 3, 2012, VES was granted Candidacy status with Transnational Association of Chris- tian Colleges and Schools as a Category III institutionOn June 2, 2014, VES opens its doors to its new main campus in Santa Ana, California.
On October 21, 2014, VES was granted accredited status with Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools as a Category III institution (see “Accreditation” statement be- low.)
By November 2017, TRACS approved our new degree programs that include: BA in Christian Studies, MA in Archaeology & Biblical History, DMin in Apologetics, and a PhD in Archaeology & Biblical History. At this time, TRACS upgraded VES to a category IV institution.
January 1, 2018, VES changed its name to Veritas International University (VIU) to accommodate the change in academic degree level and diversity of subjects reflected in our four new degree programs.