Degree Programs and Certificates

Fuller Orange County offers five master's-level degree programs, all of which can be completed at our campus, in addition to the MA in Global Leadership, which can be completed primarily online. We also offer two certificate programs.

Master of Divinity



New Online Option

Beginning Fall 2015 you can choose to earn your MDiv program primarily online. You may complete all coursework online with four one-week visits to one of our campuses, when you’ll have the opportunity for rich face-to-face connection with classmates and faculty.

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UNMATCHED ACADEMIC PREPARATION

Our MDiv curriculum—revised for a new era—will challenge you to go deep theologically as it forms you spiritually, personally, and globally

  • Uncompromised scholarship and biblical grounding
  • Faculty who are leading scholars in their disciplines
  • Integration of discipleship practices and practical applications
  • Updated, tools-oriented biblical language learning

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Customize your MDiv

Kara Powell Youth Family Culture

Choosing an emphasis allows you to fuel your passion and benefit from the rich interdisciplinary resources available in Fuller’s three schools. In the Youth, Family, and Culture emphasis, for example, you’ll learn from faculty who are leading and shaping the future of youth ministry—respected authors, speakers, researchers, and ministers who will challenge your thinking and practice. Or select from 14 other emphasis options, including these:

  • Worship, Theology, and the Arts
  • Christian Ethics
  • Islamic Studies

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Whole-Life Formation

A radical new level of integrated support helps you discern and prepare for your calling. You’ll get the following plus additional resources:
62 hours formation

SMALL GROUP FORMATION

7 out of 9 quarters in vocation and formation groups led by trained mentors

1 on 1 Discipleship

DISCIPLESHIP MENTORING

A minimum of one year in an individualized discipleship relationship

9 Months Apprenticeship

APPRENTICESHIP

Access to a new level of placement opportunities and personalized support

Community

LIFELONG COMMUNITY

Deep friendships and vocational connections that go with you for a lifetime

Increased Affordability

New scholarships cover up to 100% of your tuition. Combined with need-based aid and the redesigned MDiv’s shorter completion time, the degree is now more affordable than ever.

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Commonly Asked Questions

WHEN FULLER’S MDIV WAS REDESIGNED, HOW DID IT CHANGE?

Our high standards for scholarship will continue to give you the solid biblical and theological teaching that has always distinguished Fuller.

The reshaped MDiv includes more attention to

  • Vocational discernment to help you identify and plan for your calling
  • Discipleship practices to help you grow in your faith
  • Integration to give you the skills to connect your courses in meaningful ways
  • Contextualizing to help you apply what you're learning to real-world situations

A reduction to 120 quarter units (about 3 years at full-time enrollment) makes the degree more affordable

The biblical languages component will equip you to use today's translation tools for greater insights into the text.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE THE DEGREE?

With full-time enrollment, most students will be able to complete the revised MDiv in about 3 years. A potential sequence for a full-time student would be:

1) Fall Year 1
2) Winter Year 1
3) Spring Year 1
4) Summer Year 1
5) Fall Year 2
6) Winter Year 2
7) Spring Year 2
8) Summer Year 2
9) Fall Year 3 (Reduced Load & Apprenticeship)
10) Winter Year 3 (Reduced Load & Apprenticeship)
11) Spring Year 3 (Reduced Load & Apprenticeship)
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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COURSES THAT SET THIS MDIV APART?

Touchstone Course

Taken early in your program, this course will help you discern your calling

Discipleship Practices

Along with Touchstone, these courses will integrate with others throughout your MDiv curriculum

  • The Practice of Worship and Prayer
  • Practices of Christian Community
  • Practice of Mission

Contextualizing

These courses will help you apply your learning to a range of cultures and contexts

  • Engaging Global Realities
  • Engaging Culture
  • Engaging Local Contexts
  • Engaging Ethically
  • Engaging Human Diversity

WILL THE DEGREE PREPARE ME FOR FURTHER STUDY?

If you are planning on future doctoral work, the revised MDiv program will still allow you to take the necessary prerequisites. You may use elective options to pursue more extensive coursework in the biblical languages.

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Master of Arts in Theology

MA in Theology (MAT)

The MA in Theology degree is a two-year graduate theological program covering a wide range of general and specialized subjects.

This degree prepares students for leadership in a wide range of vocations by cultivating skills in the study and interpretation of Scripture. It enables students to fashion a systematic theological framework and to develop an understanding of the origin and growth of the Christian tradition in all its richness and diversity.

Degree Description

96  Quarter Units:

Normal Progression

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.

Typical Students

Students in this program desire to be well prepared biblically and theologically in a very flexible program to serve more effectively in the church or the marketplace.

Further Studies

The MAT can serve as an academic prerequisite for doctoral studies (DMin or PhD). If you are interested in PhD studies, you are strongly encouraged to do the Biblical Languages emphasis, which will provide you with the necessary background in the biblical languages, a knowledge required for entrance into most PhD in Theology programs. Please consult the requirements for your desired doctoral program to ensure this degree meets the academic prerequisites for admission.

Locations

The MAT degree can be earned in Pasadena, as well as at regional campuses, including Colorado Springs, Houston, Irvine, Menlo Park, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Seattle. Partial coursework can be done at any Fuller campus or via Distributed Learning.

Ministries

The degree prepares students for work in the church, parachurch, or the marketplace.

Online Options

Students may take up to 48 units through Distributed Learning.

Areas of Interest

Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

MA in Theology and Ministry (MATM)

The MA in Theology and Ministry degree – now offered with flexible study options – is designed for those who wish to develop a deeper biblical and theological understanding, spiritual maturity, and cultural literacy for ministry in churches, parachurch or nonprofit organizations, and other vocational settings. The degree provides excellent preparation for those called to be on the pastoral staff of a church or denomination that does not require the Master of Divinity degree as a qualification for ordained ministry; and it can also serve as a prerequisite for the Doctor of Ministry program. The curriculum covers the basic areas of theology, biblical studies, and ministry, combined with supervised ministry in a local church.

Flexible plans to study allow you to complete the MATM according to your needs. You can

  • Complete all your coursework face-to-face on a campus.
  • Combine online and face-to-face courses.
  • Remain in your context by studying primarily online, with just three one-week sessions at a Fuller campus. To take maximum advantage of your online options, you would follow this plan:
    • Earn 72 units through online courses
    • Earn 24 units through "Hybrid Plus" courses
      • Each Hybrid+ Course consists of nine weeks of online study plus one week of face-to-face study at a campus.
      • When you come to a campus for that face-to-face requirement, you will take two courses during your one-week stay.

Students following this plan can complete the MATM in three years. Click HERE for a sample plan.

Degree Description

96  Quarter Units:

Normal Progression

The MATM 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.

There are flexible options for completing this degree: primarily online with Hybrid+ classes, or on a campus in combination with online and hybrid classes. In addition to the ten-week daytime schedule, campus courses are also offered in the evenings and as intensives, allowing for even more flexibility.

Typical Students

Students in this program have a commitment to ministry in the church, parachurch, or the marketplace.

Further Studies

The MATM may serve students as a prerequisite to the DMin program. However, it is not designed to prepare students for PhD studies.

Locations

The complete MATM degree can be earned in Pasadena, Colorado Springs, Houston, Irvine, Menlo Park, Phoenix, Sacramento, or Seattle.

Ministries

This degree prepares students to work in the church, parachurch, or the marketplace.

Online Options

Students may take up to 72 units through Distributed Learning.

Areas of Emphasis

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS)

The MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS)—now offered with flexible study options—prepares students for ministry or service in cross-cultural or multicultural contexts. Students will learn how to study and work in different cultures, and will become aware of theological, biblical, sociological and anthropological issues that relate to work in different contexts. This degree is intended for students with varied levels of cross-cultural exposure, and emphasizes both scholarship and praxis. MAICS students gain the foundational skills to pursue further studies or research opportunities, or to work in cross-cultural settings within the United States and around the world.

The program includes a foundational set of integrated courses from all three schools at Fuller, followed by courses that provide a solid framework of missiological disciplines. In addition to this foundation, students will also take a variety of relevant elective classes, or pursue a specific area of emphasis in greater depth.

Flexible plans to study allow you to complete the MAICS according to your needs. You can:

  • Complete all your coursework face-to-face on a campus.
  • Combine online and face-to-face courses.
  • Remain in your context by studying primarily online, with just three one-week sessions at a Fuller campus. To take maximum advantage of your online options, you would follow this plan:
    • Earn 72 units through online courses
    • Earn 24 units through "Hybrid Plus" courses
      • Each Hybrid+ Course consists of nine weeks of online study plus one week of face-to-face study at a campus.
      • When you come to a campus for that face-to-face requirement, you will take two courses during your one-week stay.

Students following this plan can complete the MAICS in three years. Click HERE for a sample plan.

Degree Description

96  Quarter Units:

Normal Progression

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.

There are flexible options for completing this degree: primarily online with Hybrid+ classes, or on a campus in combination with online and hybrid classes. In addition to the ten-week daytime schedule, campus courses are also offered in the evenings and as intensives, allowing for even more flexibility.

Typical Students

Students in this program have a commitment to intercultural ministry in the church, parachurch or the marketplace. Students come from varied backgrounds of intercultural experiences.

Further Studies

The MAICS can serve as a prerequisite for doctoral studies at Fuller. Please reference the requirements for your desired doctoral program to ensure you take the courses that meet the academic prerequisites for admission.

Locations

The complete the MAICS degree can be earned in Pasadena. It can also be earned in Colorado Springs, Houston, Irvine, Menlo Park, Phoenix, Sacramento, or Seattle through a combination of on-campus and online classes.

Ministries

This degree prepares students for work in the church and parachurch, and to better serve in the marketplace.

Online Options

Students may take up to 72 units online.

Areas of Emphasis

Master of Arts in Global Leadership

Degree Overview (MAGL)

Pastors, missionaries, and non-profit leaders in the MAGL learn together (online and face-to-face), sharpening, strengthening and encouraging one another as a cohort, or community of learning, under the tutelage of seasoned faculty and support staff. This unique learning experience is a hallmark of the program.

The 18 course curriculum (72 unit program) includes a 9-course cohort sequence which covers character development, biblical theology of mission, contemporary culture, missional church, leadership training and organizational dynamics; and 9 electives which provide the opportunity to further enhance biblical, theological and cultural understandings. MAGL meets the prerequisite courses necessary for the Doctor of Missiology degree, a cohort-format, applied research doctoral program.

Degree Description

72  Quarter Units:

Typical Students

The MA in Global Leadership degree-offered primarily online-is designed for those who are already in some form of pastoral, parachurch, nonprofit or mission ministry who desire to strengthen their leadership. Students in this program have a minimum of 4 years of leadership experience and a current ministry role in the church, parachurch, mission or the marketplace.

Cohort Based Learning

Unique to the MAGL is journeying with fellow leaders as a cohort community, coming face-to-face two times during the program, sharpening, supporting and learning from one another.

Locations

The complete MA in Global Leadership degree can be earned online except for one two-week visit in Colorado Springs (Seminar 1) and one in Pasadena (Seminar II). Elective courses can be taken online or at any Fuller Campus.

Normal Progression

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.

The MA in Global Leadership degree can be completed in just over two years of full-time study. Many pursue the elective part of the program subsequent to the cohort sequence and thereby extend their study over a longer period of time.

Online Options

Students take 5 of the 9 cohort sequence courses online. The remaining 9 electives may all be taken online.

Further Studies

The MAGL meets the prerequisite courses for the Doctor of Missiology (DMiss)/Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DICS).

Optional Emphases in the MAGL

Students wishing to pursue an emphasis should confer with the MAGL Academic Services Administrator regarding the availability of courses required to fulfill a particular emphasis, as well as the various modes (online, on campus, etc) available for said courses.

Areas of Emphasis

Certificate of Christian Studies

Certificate of Christian Studies

The Certificate of Christian Studies offers students an opportunity to complete a personalized, short-term non-degree program to meet a wide range of goals, from training for a specific church or parachurch ministry to personal and spiritual enrichment.

Certificate Description

24 Quarter Units

Distinctives

This certificate can be designed as a sampling of master's-level courses from the Schools of Theology, Psychology, or Intercultural Studies. The program can help students assess the possibility of pursuing a seminary degree.

Typical Students

Students in this program include anyone interested in being better prepared theologically.

Normal Progression

The Certificate of Christian Studies can be earned in as little as two quarters. 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.

Ministries

Any lay person will be better prepared and able to serve in their church, youth group, or small group.

Further Studies

Classes taken for this certificate can be used toward a master's degree.

Locations

The complete Certificate of Christian Studies can be earned in Pasadena, Colorado Springs, Houston, Irvine, Menlo Park, Phoenix, Sacramento, or Seattle.

Online Options

Students may take all six courses through Distributed Learning.

Curriculum (24 Units)

Focus Area (16 units)

Choose any four 4-unit courses from the School of Theology

General Electives (8 units)

Choose any two 4-unit courses from the School of Theology, School of Psychology, or School of Intercultural Studies

Certificate in Youth Ministry

Certificate in Youth Ministry

The Certificate in Youth Ministry is designed for people who wish to develop their understanding of and skills in evangelism and ministry with adolescents.

Certificate Description

24 Quarter Units

Distinctives

This certificate provides a way for students who may not be able to commit to a full degree an opportunity to study some basic insights into the dynamics of youth ministry.

Typical Students

Many students are currently working with youth in a church or on a college campus.

Normal Progression

The Certificate in Youth Ministry can be earned within an academic year. 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.

Ministries

This certificate prepares students for work in youth ministry in local churches, parachurch organizations, or in high school and college groups.

Further Studies

Classes taken for this certificate can be used toward a master’s degree.

Locations

The Certificate in Youth Ministry is overseen by Fuller’s Institute of Youth Ministry at Fuller Colorado, and can be earned in Pasadena, Colorado Springs, Houston, Irvine, Menlo Park, Phoenix, Sacramento, or Seattle—in coordination with attending two specific seminars at the tri-annual National Youth Workers Convention.

Online Options

Students may take any course through Distributed Learning that meets the requirements of this certificate.

Curriculum (24 units)

YF500 Foundations of Youth Ministry

YF502 Leadership in Youth Ministry

YF503 Youth Outreach and Evangelism

Any Biblical Studies Elective Course (4 units)

Youth Ministry Practica (4 units)

School of Theology Elective (4 units)

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