PhD in Theology | ThM in Theology

Admission Requirements

All Applicants

  • Completed and signed Application for Admission, including:
    • Religious Autobiography, parts A and B
    • A $75 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted online)or a $100 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted via paper)
  • Submission of official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended, including a transcript demonstrating superior academic ability in a first theological degree (either an MDiv or Fuller's MA in Theology, or its equivalent from an ATS-accredited school), with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.5 or above.
  • The Practical Theology concentration requires a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent and the equivalent of three years full-time ministry experience. In order to demonstrate ministry experience, applicants to the Practical Theology concentration must submit an executive summary of paid and volunteer positions held – including church and parachurch, part-time and full-time – sketching primary responsibilities and accomplishments.
  • PhD applicants should be competent in the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew. Language competency is demonstrated through the successful completion of at least 8 quarter units (6 semester credits) of accredited coursework in each language. If PhD applicants have not yet reached this level, they must demonstrate competence within the first year of the PhD program.
  • ThM applicants should be competent in at least one biblical language (or depending on the concentration chosen, two languages). Language competency is demonstrated through the successful completion of at least 8 quarter units (6 semester credits) of accredited coursework in each language. Admitted ThM students may demonstrate biblical language competence through biblical language coursework taken as part of the ThM program. [ThM applicants who wish to specialize in Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Church History, or Historical Theology must have completed no less than 8 quarter units (6 semester credits) each of Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek prior to admission.]
  • Three academic reference forms
  • All applicants must take the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Preference is given to those whose verbal score is in excess of 160 and analytical writing score in excess of 5. The test-date of the official GRE score must not be more than five years preceding the date of application for Fuller.
  • A 7,000-10,000 word sample research paper in the discipline for which the applicant is pursuing further study
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide an official record of scores earned on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Only test scores earned within two years preceding the submission date of the applicant's current application will be acceptable. TOEFL overall scores of at least 100 (internet-based) or 600 (paper), or IELTS overall scores of 7.0 meet the minimum English language entrance 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 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

Online application opens: August 1
Application and file completion deadline: January 2
Notification date: March 15

Paying for Grad School

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