Congratulations! Now that you have been admitted to a master's program in the School of Theology or School of Intercultural Studies, you probably have a lot of questions about getting started in your degree program. Whether you will start your program in the upcoming quarter or a year from now, the information provided here will try to answer some of your questions in anticipation of your initial academic advising appointment.

Why an Initial Advising Appointment?

Initial advising appointments are required for every new student. At Fuller, we want you to get off to the best start possible in your academic journey here, and an academic advisor is essential in that process. During your initial advising appointment, here are some things to anticipate:

  • Foundational information about your curriculum.
  • Guidance to understand how to navigate your academic planning.
  • Answers to questions about your program.
  • Selection of your first quarter classes.
  • Receiving your PIN, which is required to register your first quarter at Fuller.

Academic advising appointments can be scheduled as in-person, telephone, or Google video call appointments. Please contact an academic advisor at the campus stipulated in your admission letter to determine which option is best for your circumstances.

When should I set up my initial advising appointment?

  • We recommend that you schedule your initial advising appointment no earlier than the quarter before your intend start quarter. For example, if you plan to start in the Fall quarter (late September), the optimal time to meet with an advisor is in August or early September (one to two months before you register for classes).

Can I meet with an advisor earlier than one quarter in advance of my program?

  • Yes, however, you will still be required to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor to plan your courses and receive your registration PIN about a month before your intended start quarter.

Do I have a primary academic advisor?

  • Not yet, but you will be assigned to an academic advisor at your selected main campus after you start your first quarter at Fuller.

Ready to schedule your initial academic advising appointment? Contact the Academic Advising office stated in your admission letter.

Selecting Classes: Best Start by Program

Master's program curriculum in the schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies are not cohorts (with the exception of the MAGL program). As a result, you are not restricted to a set order of courses for your program. However, this does not mean any course is beneficial for you to take at the beginning of your program. Though every student's academic preparation and vocational goals for seminary has shaped them differently and an advisor will help you uniquely craft your first quarter's registration to suite your needs, each degree has built-in foundational classes that are generally recommended by our advising teams across Fuller's campuses.

The information provided will give you an idea of which classes are great to start your program with and which classes are recommended after you have engaged other courses at Fuller first.

Master of Divinity

Foundational Classes Post-Foundational Classes

Integrative Course

Biblical Studies Survey

Church History Survey

Ministry Course

(Except Internship & Preaching)

Exegetical Book Study

Internship

Philosophy

Systematic Theology

Master of Arts in Theology

Foundational Classes Post-Foundational Classes

Biblical Studies Survey

Church History Survey

MB501 Insights for Cultural Understanding

SP500 Spiritual Traditions and Practices

Exegetical Book Study

Philosophy

Systematic Theology

Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Foundational Classes Post-Foundational Classes

Biblical Studies Survey*

Church History Survey*

MB501 Insights for Cultural Understanding

SP500 Spiritual Traditions and Practices

Systematic Theology

Practicum

Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies

Foundational Classes Post-Foundational Classes

Biblical Studies Survey*

MB501 Insights for Cultural Understanding

MT500 Biblical Theology of Mission

SP500 Spiritual Traditions and Practices*

MD500 Globalization, the Poor, and Christian Mission

MH506 The Making of a Global Christianity

MI510 Thinking Missiologically

Practicum

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

Foundational Classes Post-Foundational Classes

Biblical Studies Survey

Church History Survey

MB501 Insights for Cultural Understanding

SP500 Spiritual Traditions and Practices

Systematic Theology

Practicum

Certificate Programs

Foundational Classes Post-Foundational Classes
Varies, Contact Academic Advisor Varies, Contact Academic Advisor

*If you are interested in Hybrid Plus classes, speak with an academic advisor for course planning.

What to Know about Your Electives...

The general electives in your program are provided for you to give you space to choose the classes that you feel will best benefit your vocational or academic goals. You can take any classes you want to fulfill them as long as 1) they are master's level courses, and 2) you fulfill any stated prerequisite or criteria for the course. And yes, you can select from master's level courses in all three schools (Theology, Intercultural Studies, and Psychology).

We recommend that you take electives that you are passionate about when they come up, but stay on pace with your degree core requirements.

Where does my emphasis fit?

If you elect to complete an emphasis, those classes will fulfill elective units within your curriculum. However, in the event that an emphasis class overlaps with a degree core, the one class will fulfill both your degree and emphasis requirements, but you will still have to take an elective in your degree to graduate with the required number of units of your degree.

Sample Situation

Let's say your are an MA in Theology student and you decide to complete the Christian Ethics emphasis. Your degree is 96 units with 36 general elective units, and your emphasis requires 20 units. As expected, you plan to use 20 units of general electives for your emphasis, leaving you with 12 units of general elective to fulfill with other course. After a closer look at the curriculum, you notice that both your degree core and emphasis require ET501 Christian Ethics and a philosophy course. This means that you take ET501 and a philosophy core course, each class will fulfill both the degree and emphasis requirements, now leaving you with 16 units of general electives for your emphasis and 20 units of general electives to fulfill with other courses.

Do I have to declare an emphasis?

No, you do not have to declare an emphasis. Emphases are optional. However, if you want to earn one of Fuller's emphases and have it posted on your transcripts, we recommend that you consult with an academic advisor to discuss the best emphasis options for your vocational goals and to complete the process to either declare or change your emphasis.

Important Registration Information

New student registration takes place online two weeks before the quarter begins with the exception of the Winter quarter (January-March), which starts well before the Christmas/New Year holiday break. For the exact date of when new student registration begins, you can reference the Academic Calendar.

Please note that your registration may begin on or after the first day of New Student Registration. Each student is assigned a priority registration time, which is determined by when you were admitted into Fuller, and it cannot be changed. You will be able to view your priority registration time online about two weeks prior to New Student Registration. (Note: In the following quarters you register, your priority registration time will be determined by the number of units you have earned and are currently registered for.)

It is important that your register as soon as possible to ensure your best chances of getting into the classes your desire. If a class you planned to register for is closed, please place yourself on the wait list. There is always a chance that other students will change their minds and you will get into the course.

Online Classes for New Students

To provide an optimal environment for online instruction, Fuller's online courses (and hybrid courses) are limited to 25 students per course section. This means that classes fill quickly. As a new student, you may find yourself needing to take online courses to start your program, but with a priority registration time that follows returning student registration, your chances of getting in to many classes may be limited.

However, to ensure you are not prohibited from starting your program due to closed classes, Fuller reserves online sections of select degree core requirements for new students only each quarter. Contact an academic advisor to learn more about the core courses with reserved registration sections for you in your intended start quarter.

Student ID and Library Card

Your student identification card also serves as your Fuller library card. It is issued after you have registered for classes. Please contact the Registrar's Office or your Regional Campus for more information, or ask about obtaining a student ID during your initial advising appointment.

Payment for Your Courses

Payment for your classes is facilitated through Student Financial Services. Please contact the Student Financial Services Office for more information on your financial questions, including but not limited to:

  • Fuller student financial aid (scholarships, grants, federal loans, etc.)
  • Outside financial support payment options
  • Military benefits
  • Payment options, deadlines, and late payment penalties

International Student?

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you should be in contact with Fuller's International Services Office (ISO) prior to and throughout your studies at Fuller. Depending on your location and/or visa status, you may have stipulated academic requirements. Your academic advisor will be in conversation with ISO throughout the course of your program. However, it is your responsibility to make sure that you understand and comply with any stipulations of your international student status.

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