If you want to be formed for a life of impact, Fuller can help you get there. Our distinctive combination of Christ-centered scholarship, practical application, and pioneering spirit will prepare you to serve in an evolving global environment. And you might be surprised to learn that, with flexible new study options, you can earn a Fuller degree wherever you are and whatever your circumstances.

Find out more about what makes us different on the right.

Academic Excellence

Fuller has always been known for keeping to the highest standard when it comes to academics. You'll learn from faculty who are the experts in their fields—they're the ones who write the books you may already be reading! But no one here is in an ivory tower. Our faculty come right alongside their students and want to see them grow.

Unmatched Diversity

You'll find diversity at Fuller like nowhere else. Be stretched as you get to know fellow students from more than 80 countries and 100 denominations and with an endless variety of vocational dreams. With three schools, more than a dozen centers and institutes, and numerous areas of emphasis, Fuller offers you a diversity of options for pursuing your dreams.

Courageous Spirit

Curious, entrepreneurial, engaging, courageous: that is Fuller. We're not afraid to ask hard questions, dialogue when we disagree, and explore new ideas. From our seminary's very beginnings we've pushed the boundaries of cultural engagement as we ask what it means to be in the world but not of it. Join our community and you'll learn to listen, wrestle, and come away stronger.

Focus on Christ

The gospel of Jesus Christ is at the foundation of all we do. We like to challenge and question and explore but always, always remaining rooted in God's unchanging Word. Whether you're studying children at risk or family therapy or film and culture, you will find a solid biblical grounding in every course you take at Fuller.

Before You Apply

Consider asking these questions in your discernment process

  • How may God be calling you to seminary? How have your previous experiences shaped your desire to attend graduate school?
  • How do you choose a seminary? Where do you start? Read this article written by Fuller's president emeritus, Richard J. Mouw.
  • Who is helping you to process your decision to come to seminary?
  • Who knows you well, and would be a good academic or pastoral reference? For master's level programs in theology and intercultural studies, you will need to submit contact information for three references -- one pastoral, and two academic or professional. The requirements for references are different for psychology and doctoral-level programs. You can find more detailed requirements for those programs here.
  • Have you completed your bachelor's degree? We will need your official transcripts from all of the post-secondary institutions you have attended. If you haven't completed your bachelor's degree, but are interested in theology or intercultural studies, you may be eligible to apply as a Special Student. You can read more about Special Student admissions here.

Paying for Seminary

Seminary is an investment in your current and future ministry. While the cost of attending graduate school may seem daunting, Fuller's Student Financial Services office has many options to help you cover the cost of your education. Fuller offers need- and merit-based and endowed scholarships to students, and many students qualify for Federal Direct Loans. Some students work at Fuller, as part-time, work-study, and full-time employees, to help pay for their education. Students also seek support from their churches, their families, and their communities, and apply for additional resources and outside scholarships. Even though it may seem that attending seminary may not be feasible for you, remember that the God who calls you is faithful to provide.

Seminary and Flexibility

No matter where you are, you can be a Fuller student. With its seven campuses in the United States, as well as programs which can be completed primarily online, Fuller gives you the flexibility you need to shape your own degree plan while equipping you for God's calling on your life. Attend classes full-time, or part-time, during the day or evening, or from your own computer at home, through Fuller's many online course offerings. You can read about students' experiences of taking online classes here.

Whether God is calling you to church ministry, non-profit service, cross-cultural work, another vocation, or you are already serving in ministry, Fuller has a way you can become equipped for ministry through all its flexible options.

After Seminary

So what do you do with a seminary degree?
Many students attend Fuller in preparation for future church and pastoral ministry, or even as they serve in a current church ministry. Other students come to equip themselves for missions, or to work with non-profit and non-governmental organizations. Some students come to prepare for careers as therapists and researchers. Still others come because they feel that a theological and missiological education will help them in their work in the marketplace. During your time at Fuller, you will have the opportunity to participate in vocational discernment groups, and meet with chaplains, as you discern God's particular calling on your life. And no matter what your calling is, a seminary education can give you practical tools and critical thinking skills to help you engage your context.

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