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.
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.