ThM in Intercultural Studies

Admission Requirements

All Applicants

  • Completed and signed Application for Admission, including:
    • Religious Autobiography and Ministry Experience Essays
    • 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 of all post-secondary schools attended (undergraduate and graduate coursework), including an ATS-approved Master of Divinity or its equivalent, or an accredited Master of Arts of a theological nature of at least 80 quarter units (54 semester units) and the completion of no less than 48 quarter units (32 semester units) of graduate-level theological studies prior to beginning the ThM program, with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.3 or above.
  • Three reference forms: one pastoral and two academic
  • A 15- to 20-page academic writing sample
  • A 250-300 word Proposed Research Interest Statement (PRIS) Outline (download PRIS Outline Guidelines). Note: A match between interests of the applicant and strengths of our current Fuller faculty is a critical factor in admissions decisions.
  • 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 ThM 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. (Applicants who have previously completed a regionally-accredited Master's-level degree in English may submit a 300-400 word letter requesting to waive this requirement. The letter should provide a detailed explanation of the applicant's English-language background and a rationale for the waiver request. Letters requesting a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be emailed to Joel Short at for the Center of Missiological Research's consideration.)

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

Summer 2016

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

* International applicants residing outside the U.S. must submit completed applications by March 25, 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

* International applicants residing outside the U.S. must submit completed applications by July 1, 2016.

Winter 2017

  • Deadline: November 4, 2016*
  • Orientation: January 3, 2017
  • 10-Week Classes Begin: January 3, 2017

* International applicants residing outside the U.S. must submit completed applications by October 7, 2016.

Spring 2017

  • Deadline: February 17, 2017*
  • Orientation: March 24, 2017
  • 10-Week Classes Begin: March 27, 2017

* International applicants residing outside the U.S. must submit completed applications by January 6, 2017.


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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