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Overview

Fuller Theological Seminary is a multidenominational graduate level institution comprised of three academic units: School of Intercultural Studies, School of Psychology, and School of Theology. In addition to the Pasadena main campus, Fuller has regional campuses in Colorado Springs, Houston, Menlo Park, Sacramento, Phoenix, Seattle, and Irvine. These regional campuses are approved to offer most of Fuller’s degrees. Fuller has kept pace with educational practices as seen in its distance education programs, including online, web-enhanced, and hybrid courses and degree programs. The diverse modalities enhance the institution’s ability offer students multiple pathways to complete their programs.

The student achievement information presents a general sense of the time to completion rates and is based on a ten-year limit for completing the programs. Some Fuller students are enrolled part time. Many students also work while pursuing a degree at Fuller.



School of Intercultural Studies

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Graduates will participate in the mission of God and the ministries of the global Church from an evangelical missiological perspective.
  • Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and integration skills in order to foster individual and social transformation.
  • Graduates will demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity for building relationships and for communicating the Gospel in context.
  • Graduates will have skills and knowledge and networks of relationships to pursue vocations that engage the mission of God globally.
  • Graduates will value the importance of spiritual formation in both its personal and communal dimensions.

Programs

MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS)

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAICS)

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will participate in the mission of God and the ministries of the global Church from an evangelical missiological perspective.
  • Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and integration skills in order to foster individual and social transformation.
  • Graduates will demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity for building relationships and for communicating the Gospel in context.
  • Graduates will have skills and knowledge and networks of relationships to pursue vocations that engage the mission of God globally.
  • Graduates will value the importance of spiritual formation in both its personal and communal dimensions.

TIME TO COMPLETION

The MAICS degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students who stay in their context, combining online study with Hybrid+ courses, will typically complete the degree in three years, and can take up to 72 hours online.


PROGRAM GRADUATES

Number of Graduates
2010 2011 2012 2013
MA in Intercultural Studies 42 54 57 65




MA in Global Leadership (MAGL)

Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL)

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will integrate theology and praxis to develop informed responses to situations encountered in their ministry/mission.
  • Graduates will make plans for their church's missional engagement with their cultural contexts to promote transformation.
  • Graduates will demonstrate familiarity with the diversity of theories, practices, and global contexts of missional leadership.
  • Graduates will employ a lifelong learning posture that values peer learning with diverse persons as well as reflection on practice.
  • Graduates will examine various organizational dynamics and apply selected administrative theories.
  • Graduates will implement a developmental perspective that prioritizes character/spiritual formation.

TIME TO COMPLETION

The program can be completed between two and ten years of study. Most students prefer to take 5 years to finish their degrees. There are flexible options for completing this degree: The 9 course cohort sequence (36 units) must be taken one course per quarter with the same cohort. The cohort sequence includes 5 online courses and 4 seminar courses taken during two, two-week campus visits. The 9 electives can be taken online or at any Fuller campus and can be taken at the same time as the cohort sequence or subsequently.


PROGRAM GRADUATES

Number of Graduates
2010 2011 2012 2013
MA in Global Leadership 48 43 61 53




School of Theology

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Graduates will demonstrate literacy in the core Christian tradition from a biblical, theological, and historical perspective.
  • Graduates are able to engage culture constructively and critically so as to challenge both church and society.
  • Graduates, whether laypeople or clergy, will be able to engage in ministry at a beginning level of competence in various contexts
  • Graduates will make discernable progress in their spiritual journey and character formation.

Programs

Master of Divinity (MDIV)

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity program prepares men and women for ministry within the Church of Jesus Christ. The characteristics of the Master of Divinity program are determined by the marks of true Christian ministry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will have demonstrated competence in the practice of the biblical interpretation for faithful use of scripture in their own lives and ministries.
  • Students will have demonstrated capacities to engage diverse cultural contexts for transformational discipleship mission and ministry.
  • Students will have demonstrated capacities for being theologically reflective practitioners for Christian ministries.
  • Students will have demonstrated a grasp of the theology of the church as it developed from its historical context to the present day.
  • Students will have demonstrated capacities to cultivate a theologically reflective practice of Christian discipleship.

TIME TO COMPLETION

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Option 1 A
  • 12-unit terms
  • Four terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer)
  • Three years
48 units 48 units 24 units 0
Option 1 B
  • 16-unit terms
  • Three terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer)
  • Three years
48 units 48 units 24 units 0
Option 2
  • 12-unit terms
  • Three terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer)
  • Four years
36 units 36 units 36 units 12 units
Option 3 (various part-time options)
For example:
  • Varied number of un its per term
  • Two, three, or four terms
  • Four+ years
24 units 32 units 32 units 32 units


PROGRAM GRADUATES

Number of graduates
2010 2011 2012 2013
Master of Divinity 146 139 155 125


MA in Theology (MAT)

MA in Theology (MAT)

The Master of Divinity program prepares men and women for ministry within the Church of Jesus Christ. The characteristics of the Master of Divinity program are determined by the marks of true Christian ministry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will have cultivated competent skills in the study and interpretation of the Word of God.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of theology and will have fashioned a systematic theological framework, informing both the ethics of personal & social behavior & the practice of ministry.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the origin and growth of the Christian tradition and an appreciation of its richness and diversity
  • Graduates will demonstrate growth in Christian maturity and ministry in the church and in the world.
  • Graduates will have engaged an avenue for the gain of focused knowledge in a specific discipline or interdisciplinary area.
  • Graduates will demonstrate preparedness for admission to further graduate study or for teaching in a setting that does not require a PhD.

TIME TO COMPLETION

The MAT degree can be completed in two years. However, many students pursue the program on a part-time basis and thereby extend their study over a longer period of time. In addition to the ten-week daytime schedule, campus courses are also offered in the evenings and as intensives, allowing for even more flexibility.

PROGRAM GRADUATES

As of Spring 2014

Number of graduates
2010 2011 2012 2013
MA in Theology 144 178 131 133




School of Psychology

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to provide excellent preventative and or transformational mental health services [to church and community]
  • Graduates, in their scholarly and clinical work will be equipped to apply the insights of Christian theology along with the knowledge and techniques of the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Graduates will be prepared to contribute to the development of knowledge as it relates to the interface of religious, spiritual and psychological functioning.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and attitudes necessary to serve effectively in diverse communities locally and globally.
  • Graduates will be prepared to serve underserved populations and to integrate in their practice and personal lives the disciplines of compassion and charity.

Programs

MS in Marital and Family Therapy (MSMFT) - Clinical

MS in Marital and Family Therapy (MSMFT)

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS MFT program will have demonstrated:

  • An understanding of major systemic theories related to interpersonal functioning in family life;
  • An understanding of culturally diverse expressions of family norms;
  • An ability to conceptualize family functioning from within an ecosystemic framework;
  • A personal commitment and rationale for serving families as an expression of their Christian vocation;
  • An ability to articulate core theological issues related to family theory and intervention;
  • The clinical competence commensurate with the expectation of post-graduate MFT internship placement.

TIME TO COMPLETION

The MSMFT requires the successful completion of 106 quarter units. The program is designed for full-time study at the Pasadena main campus and can be completed in two years in a cohort structure, in which students take the same core requirements on the curriculum together throughout the program. At Fuller Arizona, the program is offered in a three-year structure that accommodates the schedules of working adults.


PROGRAM GRADUATES

As of Spring 2014

Number of graduates
2010 2011 2012 2013
MS in Marital & Family Therapy 44 48 47 38


Placements

Information to come.



Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be informed about classic and current theories and methods in biological, cognitive, affective, social, and multicultural bases of behavior.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in designing and conducting research and in communicating the results of that research.
  • Graduates will be competent in psychological assessment and in the provision of psychotherapy.
  • Graduates will be deeply reflective of their own ethnic, cultural, and religious traditions and of the traditions of others, considering ethnic and cultural issues in case formulation, engaging in culturally competent treatment, and demonstrating an awareness of religious issues and their implications for treatment.
  • Graduates will evidence competency in the integration of psychology and theology, incorporating an understanding from a theoretical perspective, application in their clinical work, and incorporating integration at a personal level.

Time to Completion

For time to completion of programs, please see:
Disclosure of Education/Training Outcomes and Information Allowing for Informed Decision-Making to Prospective Students.

Graduation Rates

Number of graduates
2010 2011 2012 2013
PhD in Clinical Psychology 24 18 23 23


Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) - Clinical

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be informed about classic and current theories and methods in biological, cognitive, affective, social, and multicultural bases of behavior.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in designing applied research, in reading and critiquing the research literature, and in program evaluation.
  • Graduates will be competent in psychological assessment and in the provision of psychotherapy.
  • Graduates will be deeply reflective of their own ethnic, cultural, and religious traditions and of the traditions of others, considering ethnic and cultural issues in case formulation, engaging in culturally competent treatment, and demonstrating an awareness of religious issues and their implications for treatment.
  • Graduates will evidence competency in the integration of psychology and theology, incorporating an understanding from a theoretical perspective, application in their clinical work, and incorporating integration at a personal level.

Time to Completion

For time to completion of programs, please see:
Disclosure of Education/Training Outcomes and Information Allowing for Informed Decision-Making to Prospective Students.

Graduation Rates

Number of graduates
2010 2011 2012 2013
Doctor of Psychology 20 9 13 15


Contact
(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182


Admissions
admissions@fuller.edu