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 campuses:
- Provide theological education for the development of lay persons for leadership in ministry in the local church and community;
- Offer prospective theological students experience in church ministry and Christian community while beginning their studies and testing their callings;
- 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
- Extend resources to pastors for the development of local church educational programs and for personal and professional enrichment.
The 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 participants.
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."
Each 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.
Classes 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.
All 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.
All requirements for the Certificate of Christian Studies from the School of Theology may be completed at any Fuller location or through distance learning.
FULLER SEMINARY NORTHWEST
Fuller Seminary began offering classes in Seattle, Washington, in 1973.
Classes are held in the Seattle office and other greater Puget Sound area locations such as Tacoma, Issaquah, Bellevue, and Kirkland.
Fuller Theological Seminary is fully licensed by the State of Washington to offer courses through the Northwest Extension.
FULLER SEMINARY NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Fuller 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 classes in Oakland, Walnut Creek, and Sacramento.
Menlo Park area classes are held at St. Patrick's Seminary. Classes in Sacramento are held at Fremont Presbyterian Church.
FULLER SEMINARY CALIFORNIA COAST
The Orange County Extension began in 1973. Since then, what has become the California Coast Regional Campus has experienced significant growth. Classes are offered in Orange County (Irvine and San Clemente), San Diego County, the Santa Barbara/Ventura area, and San Luis Obispo through the Fuller Seminary California Coast Regional Campus.
Orange County classes are at the regional campus office in Irvine, at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, and at San Clemente Presbyterian Church. Classes in San Diego County are held at La Jolla Presbyterian Church and Grace Point Church in San Diego. Classes in the Santa Barbara area are held at Montecito Covenant Church, and in Ventura at Community Presbyterian Church. Classes in San Luis Obispo are held at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
FULLER SEMINARY SOUTHWEST
The Southwest Extension began in Phoenix in 1977. Locations included Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. Fuller Seminary Southwest is licensed in Nevada by the Commission on Postsecondary Education.
Classes in the greater Phoenix area are heald at the Fuller Southwest office in Phoenix, at Bethany Community Church in Tempe, and at Valley View Bible Church in Paradise Valley. Classes in Tucson are held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, and classes in Las Vegas at the Renewing Life Center.
FULLER SEMINARY COLORADO
The 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 Colorado Regional Campus office and at area churches.
FULLER SEMINARY TEXAS
Fuller 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 a variety of churches throughout Houston.