MA in Family Studies

Admission Requirements

All Applicants

  • Completed and signed Application for Admission, including:
    • Religious Autobiography, Statement of Purpose, and Statement of Calling essay responses
    • Completed Prerequisite Course Work/Statement of Purpose form
    • A $75 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted online) or a $100 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted via paper)
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary schools attended, showing a bachelor's degree earned from an accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above. Note: all transcripts are evaluated in determining admission to Fuller master's degree programs.
  • Three reference forms, one of which must be pastoral and at least one which must be academic
  • An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or an official Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score from a test taken not longer than five years previous to the date of application. If you believe that your GRE or MAT test score does not reflect your academic competence, you may submit a written statement to express your rationale clearly or have a professor who is familiar with your work write a letter on your behalf.
  • If your native language is not English or your medium of instruction for all post-secondary education is not English, you must either submit a test score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the past two years or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Format, taken within the past two years. Please click here for additional requirements.

U.S. Permanent Residents and International Applicants

  • If you are a Permanent Resident of the United States, you must submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) to the Office of Admissions. No Declaration of Financial Support is required.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, you must apply 3-6 months prior to beginning on-campus coursework (this will give you sufficient time to complete the admissions process and immigration requirements). You must verify your immigration status with the International Services Office. Those seeking a F-1 or J-1 visa from Fuller must submit a satisfactory Declaration of Financial Support prior to beginning residential coursework. Please click here for additional information.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2015

  • Deadline: August 14, 2015
  • Orientation: September 21-25, 2015
  • 10-Week Classes Begin: September 28, 2015

Winter 2016

  • Deadline: November 6, 2015
  • Orientation: January 4, 2016
  • 10-Week Classes Begin: January 4, 2016

Spring 2016

  • Deadline: February 19, 2016
  • Orientation: March 24, 2016
  • 10-Week Classes Begin: March 28, 2016

Summer 2016

  • Deadline: May 13, 2016
  • Orientation: September 19-23, 2016*
  • 10-Week Classes Begin: June 20, 2016

*New student orientation for Pasadena campus students beginning studies in the Summer will be held at the same time as Fall Quarter orientation.

Fall 2016

  • Deadline: August 12, 2016
  • Orientation: September 19-23, 2016
  • 10-Week Classes Begin: September 26, 2016


Applicants are notified of admission decisions, in most cases, around four weeks following the completion of an application file. Some programs require that an enrollment deposit be paid within 30 days of notification of acceptance. The enrollment deposit will be applied toward the first quarter's tuition and is nonrefundable.

Tuition and Fees

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