Thinking of pursuing a PhD or
ThM degree? Interested in graduate study that challenges you
academically and takes your formation seriously as you prepare for a life of service?
These very elements are hallmarks of the CATS community.
CATS draws on the significant resources of Fuller Seminary’s world-class faculty. Thirty-five faculty from across the School of Theology are directly involved in the work of CATS,
and other faculty from the Schools of Theology, Intercultural Studies,
and Psychology participate in seminars, directed reading courses, and
as dissertation readers.
CATS supports faculty mentors devoted to the academic and vocational formation of our students.
Our faculty recognize that the cultivation of academic leaders in the
service of the church involves rigorous study as well as issues of
formation and discipleship.
CATS is made up of a vibrant community of more than 135 graduate students.
With outstanding graduate students in every theological discipline,
opportunities for discussion within one’s own area of interest as well as others is possible. In some fields of study, informal reading
and discussion groups are already in place—and student initiative in cultivating these or
additional groups is always welcome.
CATS provides access to the resources of the world’s largest theological seminary (home to over 4,000 students spanning seven campuses). Throughout the year, events such as the Brehm Lectures, Payton Lectures, and School of Psychology Integration Lectures bring regular opportunities for interaction with
world-class scholars, in addition to participation in a large range of opportunities for learning and reflection.
CATS allows for uncommon
creativity and contextualization in key areas of study.
The size and strength of its faculty, the flexibility of its degree
programs, its proximity to cutting-edge intellectuals and
practitioners, and its multicultural and international context make CATS
unusually hospitable to student initiative in formulating the direction
of their programs.
CATS includes a wide range of program concentrations and seminar offerings. CATS
students choose to major in one of ten fields of study, with the option to select a minor as well. More than 20 graduate
seminars are offered each academic year.