Academic Programs

Degree Programs

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

120 quarter units (30 courses)

The Master of Divinity degree is a comprehensive graduate theological program covering a wide range of general and specialized subjects, designed to prepare students for full-time service in the church of Jesus Christ.

The curriculum is controlled by a vision of Christ's Church as the people of God - a living, worshiping, witnessing community, within which faith is nurtured and through which Christ is served in the world. The curriculum is designed to instruct students in the study of theology in its widest sense, so that they may grow in the knowledge of God, discover and develop their God-given gifts and become more effective members of the body of Christ. This involves a deepening understanding of God and God's world through rigorous academic discipline; but it also involves, in part as the fruit of such discipline, personal spiritual growth and maturity, and the acquiring of the relevant skills that will enable students to use their theological insights effectively in practical Christian ministry.

The curriculum has also been recently reshaped with a focus on

  • 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

Note: the MDiv cannot be completed in its entirety at the Colorado campus. 40 units (10 of the 30 courses) must be completed at an MDiv-approved campus (Pasadena, Orange County, Bay Area, Seattle, Arizona, Texas).

MDiv Degree Overview

MA in Theology (MAT)

96 quarter units (24 courses)

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

The MAT can serve as an academic prerequisite for doctoral studies.

MAT Degree Overview

MA in Theology and Ministry (MATM)

96 quarter units (24 courses)

The MA in Theology and Ministry degree is designed for people who wish to develop a deeper biblical and theological understanding, spiritual formation, and cultural literacy for ministry in church, parachurch or nonprofit organizations, and other vocational settings. The MATM is a specialized ministry program designed for people who are exploring the possibility that they are gifted for and called to the service of God in multiple areas. One of them is the call to be a pastor or as part of a pastoral staff with a church or denomination that does not require the Master of Divinity degree as a qualification for ordained ministry. The curriculum covers the basic areas of theology, biblical studies and ministry, which combined with supervised ministry in a local church, promises to be especially effective in the preparation of students for pastoral ministry in today's world. A majority of the coursework for the MATM may be completed online.

The MATM does not solely prepare students for doctoral studies.

MATM Degree Overview

MA in Christian Leadership (MACL)

72 quarter units (18 courses)

The MA in Christian Leadership degree is a program designed to provide graduate theological education for women and men called to non-ordained leadership roles. It seeks to develop lay leadership informed both theologically and practically and provides an opportunity for those who are currently in service to enhance their ministry and leadership skills.

This degree is designed to give lay leaders a strong biblical, theological and ministry foundation while providing areas of specialized study for particular areas of ministry.

MACL Degree Overview

MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS)

96 quarter units (24 courses)

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.

MAICS Degree Overview

MA in Global Leadership (MAGL)

72 quarter units (18 courses)

Students in the MAGL learn together (online and face-to-face), sharpening and strengthening one another as a cohort, or community of learning, under the tutelage of seasoned faculty and support staff . 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.

It is our prayer that, as a result of completing this course of study, students will be better equipped to participate in the mission of God in the world as Christian leaders committed to lifelong learning and biblically-informed communities of practice.

The MAGL meets the prerequisite courses for the Doctor of Missiology degree.

MAGL Degree Overview

Certificate Programs

Certificate of Christian Studies

24 quarter units (6 courses)

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

The curriculum is comprised of any four courses offered through the School of Theology, and two elective courses offered from any of Fuller's schools (School of Theology, School of Intercultural Studies, School of Phychology).

Certificate of Christian Studies overview.

Certificate in Youth Ministry

24 quarter units (6 courses)

The Certificate in Youth Ministry is designed for people who wish to develop their understanding and skills in adolescent evangelism.

Certificate in Youth Ministry overview.

Non-Degree Options

Auditing

Audit students take courses for personal enrichment and learning without receiving academic credit for courses taken. The extent of class participation required of audit students is determined per course by the professor.

Those wishing to audit courses who are not current Fuller students must apply to Fuller through a non-degree application and be admitted to Fuller as an auditor. The audit fee for non-students is $250 per course.

Active Fuller students and their spouses may audit for a fee of $50 per course. Graduates of Fuller are invited to audit two courses per year free of charge.

While official transcripts are not required for admission as an audit student, applicants must hold a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution. Only spouses of current Fuller students may be considered for admission as auditors without holding an accredited bachelor's or master's degree.

Limited Enrollment Students (LES)

Limited Enrollment Students (LES) may take up to six courses for academic credit. Courses taken as a LES may be applied toward a degree program. LES applicants must hold a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution.

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