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.
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 24 units. As expected, you plan to use 24 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.