The university is named after Martin Luther (1483–1546), the father of reformation, the first Christian leader to promote higher education for the general populace.
Martin Luther Christian University was created by ACT No. 11 of 2005 of the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya and received the assent of the Governor on July 6, 2005. The Government of Meghalaya issued the gazette notification on February 22, 2006. The creation of the university is in accordance with the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 under Section 2(f) and the university is empowered to grant degrees under Section 22 of the UGC Act.
Martin Luther Christian University offers courses in the Departments of Management and Commerce Studies, Information Sciences, Social Work, Counseling Psychology, Allied Health Sciences, Tourism Management, Peace Studies, Environment and Traditional Ecosystems, Music and Fine Arts. MLCU has its Meghalaya campuses in Tura, Nongtalang and Jowai.
MLCU has positioned itself as a Development University and places emphasis on job and career-oriented courses. Placement is close to hundred percent and the graduates work all over the Northeast and in other parts of India.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama receiving Honorary Doctorate at the 6th Convocation of MLCU