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Innovative Leadership Rooted in an Unchanging Gospel

Our most comprehensive master’s degree, Fuller's MDiv will prepare you for agile, theologically informed leadership—whether you’re called to church ministry, business, nonprofit work, the arts, or a vocation you’re still discerning. Our graduates are:

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FRUITFUL LEADERS

Fuller’s MDiv cultivates your leadership instincts, with core classes that focus on the interpretive, theological, ministry, and contextualization practices necessary to lead in any setting.

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CREATIVE INITIATORS

With a ministry landscape that is forever changing, Fuller’s MDiv prepares you to respond nimbly and resourcefully to God's call in a future that none of us can predict.

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FAITHFUL DISCIPLES

You will be formed holistically with a curriculum that integrates discipleship practices – worship and prayer, Christian community, and mission – into your studies.

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INFORMED PRACTITIONERS

Uncompromised academic excellence gives you the theological depth to live out your calling – whether that’s traditional ministry or any vocation – with grounded discernment.

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New Online Option

Beginning Fall 2015 you can choose to earn your MDiv program primarily online. You may complete all coursework online with four one-week visits to one of our campuses, when you’ll have the opportunity for rich face-to-face connection with classmates and faculty.

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UNMATCHED ACADEMIC PREPARATION

Our MDiv curriculum—revised for a new era—will challenge you to go deep theologically as it forms you spiritually, personally, and globally

  • Uncompromised scholarship and biblical grounding
  • Faculty who are leading scholars in their disciplines
  • Integration of discipleship practices and practical applications
  • Updated, tools-oriented biblical language learning

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Customize your MDiv

"Theological education is necessarily a venture in the world of interdisciplinarity. The various emphases within Fuller’s MDiv program provide opportunities for students to tailor this interdisciplinary voyage to suit their particular interests—in my case, Christian ethics—making the journey all the more valuable.”

—Colby Truesdell, MDiv student

“Fuller, through the Brehm Center, was one of five schools in the world that offered the emphasis of Worship, Theology, and the Arts in the way I was looking for it. Through the WTA emphasis, I was able to study the arts as a broad spectrum and in their interaction with theoretical and practical theology.”

—Rebecca Testrake, MDiv ’15

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Choosing an emphasis allows you to fuel your passion and benefit from the rich interdisciplinary resources available in Fuller’s three schools. In the Youth, Family, and Culture emphasis, for example, you’ll learn from faculty who are leading and shaping the future of youth ministry—respected authors, speakers, researchers, and ministers who will challenge your thinking and practice. Or select from 14 other emphasis options, including these:

  • Worship, Theology, and the Arts
  • Christian Ethics
  • Islamic Studies

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Whole-Life Formation

A radical new level of integrated support helps you discern and prepare for your calling. You’ll get the following plus additional resources:
62 hours formation

SMALL GROUP FORMATION

7 out of 9 quarters in vocation and formation groups led by trained mentors

1 on 1 Discipleship

DISCIPLESHIP MENTORING

A minimum of one year in an individualized discipleship relationship

9 Months Apprenticeship

APPRENTICESHIP

Access to a new level of placement opportunities and personalized support

Community

LIFELONG COMMUNITY

Deep friendships and vocational connections that go with you for a lifetime

Increased Affordability

New scholarships cover up to 100% of your tuition. Combined with need-based aid and the redesigned MDiv’s shorter completion time, the degree is now more affordable than ever.

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Commonly Asked Questions

WHEN FULLER’S MDIV WAS REDESIGNED, HOW DID IT CHANGE?

Our high standards for scholarship will continue to give you the solid biblical and theological teaching that has always distinguished Fuller.

The reshaped MDiv includes more attention to

  • Vocational discernment to help you identify and plan for your calling
  • Discipleship practices to help you grow in your faith
  • Integration to give you the skills to connect your courses in meaningful ways
  • Contextualizing to help you apply what you're learning to real-world situations

A reduction to 120 quarter units (about 3 years at full-time enrollment) makes the degree more affordable

The biblical languages component will equip you to use today's translation tools for greater insights into the text.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE THE DEGREE?

With full-time enrollment, most students will be able to complete the revised MDiv in about 3 years. A potential sequence for a full-time student would be:

1) Fall Year 1
2) Winter Year 1
3) Spring Year 1
4) Summer Year 1
5) Fall Year 2
6) Winter Year 2
7) Spring Year 2
8) Summer Year 2
9) Fall Year 3 (Reduced Load & Apprenticeship)
10) Winter Year 3 (Reduced Load & Apprenticeship)
11) Spring Year 3 (Reduced Load & Apprenticeship)
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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COURSES THAT SET THIS MDIV APART?

Touchstone Course

Taken early in your program, this course will help you discern your calling

Discipleship Practices

Along with Touchstone, these courses will integrate with others throughout your MDiv curriculum

  • The Practice of Worship and Prayer
  • Practices of Christian Community
  • Practice of Mission

Contextualizing

These courses will help you apply your learning to a range of cultures and contexts

  • Engaging Global Realities
  • Engaging Culture
  • Engaging Local Contexts
  • Engaging Ethically
  • Engaging Human Diversity

WILL THE DEGREE PREPARE ME FOR FURTHER STUDY?

If you are planning on future doctoral work, the revised MDiv program will still allow you to take the necessary prerequisites. You may use elective options to pursue more extensive coursework in the biblical languages.

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