Fuller Theological Seminary's
regional campuses seek to serve local churches by providing
opportunities for theological education for ministry within a local
church context. Fuller seeks to provide educational experiences in
nontraditional settings which will enable students to discover, develop
and improve their gifts for service and ministry within the scope of the
church's overall mission. By offering fully accredited graduate courses
in a variety of locations at convenient times, Fuller makes theological
education possible for many church leaders, church staff members, Bible
study leaders, business people, homemakers, professionals and others
whose careers or circumstances preclude full-time study. The regional
- Provide theological education for the development of lay persons for leadership in ministry in the local church and community;
prospective theological students experience in church ministry and
Christian community while beginning their studies and testing their
- Allow students preparing for, or already involved in
full-time ministry, to complete most or all of their theological
education without leaving their area of residence and service; and
resources to pastors for the development of local church educational
programs and for personal and professional enrichment.
process of theological education for ministry in extension is
implemented by going to the student, being close to the location of
ministry and being close to the life and task demands of the
In short, a regional campus is a community of
learners-practitioners-scholars in ministry who seek to know God better,
to understand God's revelation more fully and to do God's ministry more
effectively. Fuller's regional campuses provide theological education
of academic excellence in an off-campus setting with nontraditional
schedules. Through course work at a regional campus, students encounter a
concept of ministry which takes seriously the charge to "equip the
saints for the work of ministry."
regional campus has one or more resident faculty members, as well as a
number of adjunct faculty from the local area. Other resident and
adjunct faculty members travel to the regional campus sites to teach
courses. The adjunct faculty are qualified professors, pastors,
Christian psychologists and leaders in national and international
Christian organizations. These persons join regular seminary faculty
members in offering courses in areas such as biblical studies, church
history, theology, philosophy, ethics, ministry, missions, languages,
and counseling. All resident and adjunct faculty sign the Fuller
Theological Seminary Statement of Faith.
offered at regional campuses each quarter are fully accredited
equivalents to those offered at the Pasadena campus. Courses are taught
primarily on weeknights or weekends in local facilities. Quarterly class
schedules and expanded course descriptions (which include course
objectives, required reading, assignments and other information) are
available on the Fuller website.
requirements for the Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Arts in
Theology and Ministry, and Master of Arts in Christian Leadership may be
completed at several locations, including Irvine, Seattle, Menlo Park,
Sacramento, Phoenix, Colorado Springs, and Houston. Courses offered at
any Fuller location or through distance learning may be counted toward
these degrees, but at least 48 units must be completed at the Pasadena
campus or one of the areas listed above.
All requirements for the
Master of Divinity degree may be completed in Irvine, Seattle, Menlo
Park, Phoenix, or Houston. Courses offered at any Fuller location or
through distance learning may
be counted toward these degrees, but at least 48 units must be completed
at the Pasadena campus or one of the areas listed above.
requirements for the Certificate of Christian Studies from the School of
Theology may be completed at any Fuller location or through distance
FULLER SEMINARY NORTHWEST
Fuller Seminary began offering classes in Seattle, Washington, in 1973.
Classes are held in the Fuller Northwest regional campus office.
Fuller Theological Seminary is fully licensed by the State of Washington to offer courses through the Northwest Extension.
FULLER SEMINARY NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Seminary opened its off-campus center in the San Francisco Bay Area at
Menlo Park in 1974. Since then it has grown significantly, and has
expanded its outreach to include a major center in Sacramento and
occasional classes in Oakland and Walnut Creek.
Menlo Park classes are held at St. Patrick's Seminary. Classes in Sacramento are held at Fremont Presbyterian Church.
FULLER SEMINARY CALIFORNIA COAST
Orange County Extension began in 1973. Since then, what has become the
California Coast Regional Campus has experienced significant growth.
Classes are offered in Irvine, and occasionally in San Diego County and
the Santa Barbara/Ventura area.
Irvine classes are at the
California Coast regional campus office in Irvine. Occasional classes in
San Diego County and in the Santa Barbara/Ventura areas are held at
FULLER SEMINARY SOUTHWEST
The Southwest Extension began in Phoenix in 1977. Locations have included Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Classes in the greater Phoenix area are held at the Fuller Southwest regional campus office in Phoenix.
FULLER SEMINARY COLORADO
influence of Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado Springs goes back
to the mid-1950s. In 1954, Young Life, a nondenominational Christian
outreach to high school students, began a training institute in Colorado
Springs. Under the leadership of the late Dr. Paul King Jewett,
professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, the
Young Life Institute provided a high standard of nondegree theological
education for youth ministry professionals. In 1977, the seminary joined
with Young Life in founding the Institute of Youth Ministries (IYM), a
unique formal partnership between a seminary and a parachurch
organization. In 1997, Fuller Seminary redesigned the IYM as an outreach
to churches and youth workers all across the country. The program is
coordinated by the Colorado regional campus.
Classes are held at the Fuller Colorado regional campus office.
FULLER SEMINARY TEXAS
Theological Seminary began offering occasional School of Theology
courses in Houston in the fall of 2006. Courses are offered in
convenient evening, weekend, and intensive formats.
Classes are held at the Fuller Texas regional campus office in Houston.