On December 21, 2000, the two local districts of the Evangelical Holiness Churches in Southern California formed a special committee to discuss the establishment of a denominational theological college and seminary for training missionaries, pastors, and lay leaders.
On January 30, 2001, the Board of Trustees was organized for running a denominational theological college and seminary. The college and seminary was named as America Evangelical University. Dr. Chung Kuhn Lee was appointed as the first president.
On February 14, 2001, the California Evangelical College & Seminary was established as a non-profit religious organization for promoting its theological education.
On May 24, 2001, the California Evangelical College & Seminary was officially opened as a denominational college and seminary in Southern California by having a opening worship ceremony for the School.
On April 19, 2003, the California Evangelical College & Seminary is amended to America Evangelical University.
On February, 2012, AEU has achieved candidacy status with Association for Biblical Higher Education.
On January 24, 2013, AEU’s application for approval was granted by Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) effective January 24, 2013 with an expiration date of January 24, 2018.
On June, 2013, AEU is authorized to issue I-20 to international students by the U.S. Government.
On June, 2014, AEU has received associate membership by Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
On July, 2015, AEU has received approval of the substantive change request to offer a Doctor of Ministry degree starting in Fall 2015.