Degree Programs and Certificates

Fuller Orange County offers four master's degree programs, all of which can be completed at our campus. We also offer two certificate programs.

Master of Divinity



New Primarily Online Option

Now you can choose to earn your MDiv degree 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

"Theological education is necessarily a venture in the world of interdisciplinarity. The various emphases within Fuller’s MDiv program provide opportunities for students to tailor this interdisciplinary voyage to suit their particular interests—in my case, Christian ethics—making the journey all the more valuable.”

—Colby Truesdell, MDiv student

“Fuller, through the Brehm Center, was one of five schools in the world that offered the emphasis of Worship, Theology, and the Arts in the way I was looking for it. Through the WTA emphasis, I was able to study the arts as a broad spectrum and in their interaction with theoretical and practical theology.”

—Rebecca Testrake, MDiv ’15

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



New Primarily Online Option

Now you can earn your MAT primarily online if you choose. You may complete all coursework online with three 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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Strong Academic Preparation

Academic Preparation

The MA in Theology gives you the solid groundwork you need for further doctoral study if that’s your goal—or for theologically informed leadership in any context. It cultivates your skills in the study and interpretation of Scripture, enabling you to fashion a systematic theological framework while it develops your understanding of the origin and growth of the Christian tradition.

MA in Theology (MAT) grad Amy Meverden Fuller Theological Seminary

The Fuller MAT program was invaluable to my cultivation as a future scholar. The academic rigor of the program, the quality of the teaching staff, and the resources available to me through both the library and affiliate institutions was competitive with a top-tiered institution. The skill set I developed through the Fuller MAT continues to inform my doctoral scholarship.

—Amy Meverden, MAT ’07

Flexibility and Choice

With nearly half of the MAT degree open to electives of your choice, you can customize the program to fit your unique interests.

CUSTOMIZE

MAT Customize

Selecting from 15 potential emphasis options and a diversity of electives across Fuller’s three schools, you can tailor your degree to your own needs as you test and discern your calling

SPECIALIZE

MAT Specialize

You can go as deep as you want into your specific area of interest—biblical studies, theology and the arts, ethics, or something else—learning from faculty who are leading influencers in your field

Whole-Life Formation

MA in Theology (MAT) grad Jonathan Huckins Fuller Theological Seminary

Fuller’s MAT program taught me not what to think, but how to think. It created space for me to be captivated by God’s story in such a way that I couldn't help but dive deeper into my study and practice. It not only created space for me to identify my calling, it equipped me with the tangible resources and networks to be sent into it with both conviction and expertise.

—Jonathan Huckins, MAT ’13

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

32 Hours Small Group

Small Group Formation

Up to 4 out of 6 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

Community

Lifelong Community

A network of friendships and connections that go with you for a lifetime

Affordability

Fuller’s MAT is more affordable than ever when compared with other programs. Reduced unit requirements mean faster completion, which decreases your tuition expense. New merit-based scholarships, along with need-based assistance, cut your costs even more.

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We would love to get in touch with you if you have any questions about the MA in Theology or if you would like more information.

Our offices are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm, and 10am to 5pm on Friday (Pacific Time).

Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

A Focus on Application

Joe Broesamle

My journey at Fuller was definitely fruitful and helped me understand the impact I can make as a youth pastor. My life and my ministry are more enhanced than I ever thought possible.

Joe Broesamle, MATM '15

Norma Galvan

Fuller offered me a broader worldview, fostered my faith, and immersed me in an exceptional program with noteworthy Hispanic and non-Hispanic professors and fellow students.

Norma Galvan, MATM '14

Yas Yoneda

After 35 years in law enforcement, I decided to attend Fuller Northwest and see whether God might call me to pastor a church. It was hard but I loved the journey—and was welcomed as a pastoral intern at a local church.

Yas Yoneda, MATM '15

The MATM will take you where theory and practice meet

Fuller’s MA in Theology and Ministry is for those who want to dig in and see how theology applies to day-to-day ministry. Maybe you’re serving in some form of ministry but are ready to take it to a new level. Maybe you’re exploring a second career. Or maybe you just crave a deeper theological and biblical foundation for the church or nonprofit work you do.

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Andrew Rillera

Fuller's faculty are very present and available, guiding and advising me in discerning my path. I’m now in part-time pastoral ministry while starting a PhD in New Testament. The MATM prepared me well for this.

Andrew Rillera, MATM '14

Bill Bartlett

The Recovery Ministry emphasis in my MATM shed light on problems I saw in the men with whom I volunteer as a prison chaplain. I have since put into practice ideas about spiritual formation to address these issues.

Bill Bartlett, MATM '15

Practical Curriculum

In the MATM you’ll find plenty of courses that speak directly to the ministry or nonprofit experience, with electives and emphasis options that let you tailor the program to your particular interests. As the MATM has no biblical language requirements and just a two-year timeframe, many find it to be a more attainable alternative to the MDiv.

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SPECIAL STUDENT STATUS

If you don’t hold an accredited bachelor's degree but do have substantial ministry experience, you may be eligible to apply to the MATM as a Special Student.

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VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT AND REFINING

Wherever you are in your vocational journey, extensive integrated support and a quarter-long practicum will help you discern, develop, and fine-tune your calling. You’ll get the following plus additional resources:
32 Hours Small Group

Small Group Formation

4 out of 6 quarters in vocational formation groups led by trained facilitators

1 on 1 Discipleship

Discipleship Mentoring

A minimum of one year in an individualized mentoring relationship

MATM 3 months practicum

Practicum

Access to a broad range of placement opportunities and personalized support

Community

Lifelong Community

A network of connections and friendships that go with you for a lifetime

FLEXIBLE ONLINE OPTIONS

Stay in your ministry context and earn the MATM primarily online if you wish, or choose to study at any of our six campus locations.

Online-MDiv-Hybrid-Plus Model

SURPRISING AFFORDABILITY

Reduced unit requirements for the MATM mean faster completion, which decreases your tuition expense. New merit-based scholarships, along with need-based assistance, cut your costs even more.

Learn more

Continue the Conversation

Portrait Kreddow Savetsaranee

We would love to get in touch with you if you have any questions about the MA in Theology and Ministry program or if you would like more information.

Our offices are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm, and 10am to 5pm on Friday (Pacific Time).

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Unmatched Academics

You’ll learn from the experts—innovative missiologists, experienced practitioners, and widely respected scholars who will challenge you to go deep theologically and scholastically as you explore what it means to contextualize the gospel in an increasingly complex world. Whether it’s poverty and development with Dr. Bryant Myers, Islamic studies with Dr. Evelyne Reisacher, or global Pentecostalism with Dr. Amos Yong, you’ll have the opportunity to study under recognized leaders in the fields that interest you.

Degree Outline

Cross-Cultural Practicum

You’ll spend a minimum of one quarter in a practicum where you can hone your call, grow spiritually, and apply what you are learning in a real-world context. Dozens of practicum site options—as well as the opportunity to arrange your own if you wish—allow you to develop your specific passion.

Enriching Community

MAICS Community Photo

When you join the MAICS community, you’ll study the global church with people from across the globe who bring a multitude of perspectives—which means your educational formation happens just as much outside the classroom as within it. You’ll be part of a small, diverse, faculty-led “family group” that will meet throughout your program, helping you integrate your academic and spiritual learning and grow personally in humility, compassion, and courage.

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Meet some of our students and alumni

Quote Patrick Kakule
I came from the Congo with two passions—evangelism and development—and professors like Bryant Myers and other experienced practitioners helped me bring those together. Fuller gave me opportunities to learn from people who are working in the areas I’m passionate about. It gave me a language behind my passion, preparing me to take a theology of development back to the Congo.

Patrick Butsapu Kakule, MAICS Student from Goma, Congo

Quote Priscilla Santos
Learning in a global community of diverse voices informed my understanding of best practices in working among the poor and marginalized, affirming those we serve to be agents of change. The MAICS program equipped me to think holistically and ask the right questions in my present context—walking alongside human trafficking survivors as they go from crisis to sufficiency to thriving.

Priscilla Santos (MAICS ’12), Program Coordinator, Salvation Army Anti-Trafficking Services

Quote Allen O'Loughlin
Integrating classroom principles into onsite practice is a huge challenge for me. But at Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies I was taught by world-changing practitioners whose ideas were refined in the heat of personal cross-cultural experience. Most of all, I value their belief in me, and the faith they enacted when they chose to equip me to go and do what they have done.

Allen O’Loughlin (MAICS ’14), Cross-Cultural Practitioner in Pakistan

Whole-Life Formation

In addition to participating in an MAICS family group, you’ll have access to several other resources to help you discern and clarify your calling—including these:

32 Hours Small Group

Small Group Reflection

4 out of 6 quarters in vocational formation groups led by trained facilitators

1 on 1 Discipleship

Discipleship Mentoring

A minimum of one year in an individualized mentoring relationship

MATM 3 months practicum

Practicum Guidance

Access to a broad range of placement opportunities and personalized support

Global Community Vocation

Global Community

Cross-cultural friendships and connections that will go with you for a lifetime

FLEXIBLE ONLINE OPTIONS

Stay in your context and earn the MAICS primarily online if you wish, or choose to study at any of our six campus locations.

Online-MDiv-Hybrid-Plus Model

SURPRISING AFFORDABILITY

Reduced unit requirements for the MAICS means faster completion, which decreases your tuition expense. New merit-based scholarships, along with need-based assistance, cut your costs even more.

Learn More

Continue the Conversation

Portrait Kreddow Savetsaranee

If you have any questions or would like more information about the MA in Intercultural Studies, we’d love to hear from you.

Our offices are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm, and 10am to 5pm on Friday (Pacific Time).

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, Houston, Irvine, Menlo Park, Phoenix, 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 skills and understanding 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.

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 available on all Fuller Seminary campuses, including online.

Curriculum (24 units)

YF500 Foundations of Youth Ministry

YF503 Evangelism, Justice, and Emerging Generations

Any YF course and/or GM527 Ministry and Culture

Any Biblical Studies Course (BI, NS, NT, OT — 4 units)

One School of Theology Course (TH, HT, ST, CH, ET — 4 units)

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


Admissions
admissions@fuller.edu