The MA in
Theology and Ministry degree—now offered with flexible study options— is
designed for those who wish to develop a deeper biblical and theological
understanding, spiritual maturity, and cultural literacy for ministry in
churches, parachurch or nonprofit organizations, and other vocational
settings. The degree provides excellent preparation for those called to be
on the pastoral staff of a church or denomination that does not require the
Master of Divinity degree as a qualification for ordained ministry; and it can also serve as a prerequisite for the Doctor of Ministry Program. The
curriculum covers the basic areas of theology, biblical studies, and ministry,
combined with supervised ministry in a local church.
Flexible plans of study allow you to
complete the MATM according to your needs. You can:
- Complete all your coursework face-to-face
on a campus
- Combine online and face-to-face courses
- Remain in your context by studying
primarily online, with just three one-week sessions at a Fuller campus.* To
take maximum advantage of your online options, you would follow this plan:
- Earn 72 units through online courses
- Earn 24 units through “Hybrid Plus” courses
- Each Hybrid+ Course consists of nine weeks of online
study plus one week of face-to-face study at a campus
- When you come to a to a campus for that face-to-face
requirement, you will take two courses
during your one-week stay
Students following this plan can complete the MATM in three years. See a sample schedule.
Candidates for the MATM
Students in this program have a commitment to ministry in the church, parachurch or the marketplace.
The complete MA in Theology and Ministry degree can be earned in Pasadena, Colorado Springs, Houston, Irvine, Menlo Park, Phoenix, Sacramento, or Seattle.
Students may take up to 72 units online.*
This degree prepares students to work in
the church, parachurch, or in the marketplace, depending on your chosen
area of emphasis.
The MATM is not designed to prepare students for PhD studies. However, it may serve students as a prerequisite to the DMin program.
Paths to Completion
are flexible options for completing this degree: primarily online with Hybrid
Plus classes,* or on a campus in combination with online and hybrid classes. In
addition to the traditional, ten-week daytime schedule, campus courses are also
offered in the
evenings and as intensives,** allowing for even more flexibility.
Duration of Study
MA in Theology and Ministry degree can be completed in two years of full-time
study. Students who stay in their context, combining online study with
Hybrid Plus courses, will typically complete the degree in three years.* Many
pursue the program on a part-time basis and thereby extend their study over a
longer period of time.
*Study plan WASC approved; pending
**Intensive courses are typically offered as either one-week, two-week, or