Fuller's School of Psychology was established in 1964 with the opening of the Pasadena Community Counseling Center as its first phase, followed in 1965 with the school's first class of 29 students and the inaugural deanship of Lee Edward Travis. In 1972 the American Psychological Association granted approval to the school's clinical PhD program, making it the first seminary-based graduate school of psychology to be accredited by the APA.
The school's program expanded further with the addition of a second doctoral degree, the PsyD, in 1987, coupled with the move of the Marriage and Family master's program from the School of Theology to the School of Psychology. Another significant step came in 1991 with the establishment of the Lee Edward Travis Institute, a distinctive research unit within the school bringing together faculty, students, and other collaborators to explore topics across the behavioral sciences spectrum.
The seeds for today's School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller were sown in 1964 when the seminary recognized a growing need for training in world evangelism. Donald A. McGavran, founder of the Institute of Church Growth, was asked to be dean, and the new School of World Mission opened its doors to students in 1965, offering master's degrees in missiology. In 1970, the professional doctorate (DMiss) was launched, and in 1976, the PhD program in missiology. An In-Service Mission Research Program begun in 1975 was Fuller's first "study in context" initiative, enabling cross-cultural workers to take some courses while remaining in the field.
In 2003 the school's name was changed to the School of Intercultural Studies, addressing the concerns of many graduates that, in a changing global environment, the school's former name created obstacles for their work. Today the school offers several master's and doctoral degrees, including flexible options that allow students in any location to complete their programs without leaving work and ministry.
The School of Theology, the oldest of Fuller's three schools, grew steadily over the years, innovating new programs to address the needs of each era. The launching of the Master of Arts program in 1970, for example, extended a seminary education to laypersons, equipping them to assume a larger role in church leadership. Also in the 1970s the school pioneered a theological studies program for ethnic minority ministers. Other programs and concentrations were developed over time within the MA and MDiv to offer students more focused preparation in their areas of interest.
PhD and ThM degrees were launched in the 1970s, with advanced programs organized under today's Center for Advanced Theological Studies (CATS) in 1988. The School of Theology also created a number of institutes, centers, and initiatives throughout its history to address the evolving needs of the church—the Fuller Youth Institute, a unique partnership with the youth organization Young Life, being one of the first.