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A Redesigned MDiv

Starting Fall 2014, Fuller is offering a redesigned Master of Divinity program.

The world is changing and no one can predict what the future will bring. You need a seminary education that will prepare you to respond creatively to shifting needs and contexts. Yet you want to stay grounded in an unchanging gospel. Our redesigned MDiv curriculum offers you the tools to serve with boldness, agility, and a well-informed faith, whether through pastoral ministry or any other vocation.

What Are the Degree's Outstanding Features?

Our high standards for scholarship will continue to give you the solid biblical and theological teaching that has always distinguished Fuller.

The reshaped MDiv includes more attention to

  • Vocational discernment to help you identify and plan for your calling
  • Discipleship practices to help you grow in your faith
  • Integration to give you the skills to connect your courses in meaningful ways
  • Contextualizing to help you apply what you're learning to real-world situations

A reduction to 120 quarter units makes the degree more affordable

The biblical languages component will equip you to use today's translation tools for greater insights into the text

What Are Some of the New Courses?


Touchstone Course

Taken early in your program, this course will help you discern your calling

Discipleship Practices

Along with Touchstone, these courses will integrate with others throughout your MDiv curriculum

  • The Practice of Worship and Prayer
  • Practices of Christian Community
  • Practice of Mission

Contextualizing

These courses will help you apply your learning to a range of cultures and contexts

  • Engaging Global Realities
  • Engaging Culture
  • Engaging Local Contexts
  • Engaging Ethically
  • Engaging Human Diversity
Updated MDiv Austin

"The new MDiv allows students to contextualize their curriculum around their vocational goals. It not only prepares students for pastoral or further doctoral work, it supplements the work of those called to the marketplace, local ministries, and Christian leadership in all walks of life."

Jeanelle Austin
(MDiv '13, MAICS '10)

Academic Advisor and Fuller Alumna

Updated MDiv Logan

"The new MDiv program is fresh and exciting! It's more affordable and the language requirements are practical for what I need. The changes will be nothing but beneficial for my spiritual journey."

Drew Logan
Current MDiv Student

Update MDiv Cormode

"Two or three decades ago, who could have predicted the internet? Our reshaped MDiv program will equip students to respond with a nimble and entrepreneurial spirit to whatever society brings-yet always with a rock-solid commitment to the unchanging gospel."

Scott Cormode
Academic Dean and Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development

What About Other Requirements?

Other coursework in the revised MDiv program will include:

Languages

  • Basic Greek for Ministry
  • Basic Hebrew for Ministry
  • Interpretive Practices

Interpreting

  • Old Testament Introduction
  • New Testament Introduction
  • Three additional courses in biblical studies

Theologizing

  • Two history courses
  • Two theology courses
  • Philosophy or theology and culture course

Ministry

  • Leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Homiletics
  • Preaching and/or communications courses

Four elective courses

Internship

WILL THE DEGREE PREPARE ME FOR FURTHER STUDY?

If you are planning on future doctoral work, the revised MDiv program will still allow you to take the necessary prerequisites. You may use elective options to pursue more extensive coursework in the biblical languages.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE THE DEGREE?

With full-time enrollment, most students will be able to complete the revised MDiv in three years.

Contact us at admissions@fuller.edu or 1-800-2FULLER and we'll help you explore whether the redesigned MDiv is right for you. Or if you're ready, apply now !

More About the Updated MDiv

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    Better Christians, Better Leaders

    By Scott Cormode

    The Fuller faculty recently approved the largest curricular change in the school's history. We are offering a new version of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) starting in Fall 2014 and new versions of other master's degrees in Fall 2015. In the articles accompanying this one, our faculty describe the changes that were created by a team of professors under the exemplary leadership of Dr. Love Sechrest. The purpose of this introduction is to explain the rationale for the changes-in short, we did it because we listened to our graduates.

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    Integrating the Concerns of the School of Intercultural Studies

    By Ryan Bolger

    What a privilege it was to serve with my colleagues from the School of Psychology (SOP) and the School of Theology (SOT) on the educational task force this last year. Our task was daunting: we were challenged to create an updated curriculum that addresses our changed context, and we were to design a flexible, accessible, and modular program that works for the four master's degrees across the two schools.

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    School of Psychology Role

    By James L. Furrow

    Psychology faculty joined their School of Theology colleagues in the development of a touchstone course for students entering Master of Arts and Master of Divinity programs. The touchstone course explores critical issues of personal and professional formation for students preparing for ministry.

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    What About Greek and Hebrew?

    By Joel B. Green

    What difference should it make to the way we prepare Christian leaders for working with biblical texts that we now have shelves full of commentaries that work with Greek and Hebrew, numerous lexical aids on which to draw, and Bible software on our computers? What difference does it make that I can access many of those tools from web-supported devices that I can wear on my belt and carry into an adult education class or into the local coffee shop?

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    Educating the Church for the World

    By Love L. Sechrest

    How can theological educators shape students for Christian service in the absence of face-to-face contact? What happens to spiritual formation in the Internet age? Even more sobering are the financial considerations: How will students be able to serve freely if they are saddled with crushing student debt?

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    The Practice Courses

    By David J. Downes

    Among the innovations in Fuller's newly revised degree programs in both the School of Theology and the School of Intercultural Studies is the development of what we have called "the Practice Courses." Three courses-provisionally titled "Practices of Worship and Prayer," "Practices of Christian Community," and "Practices of Mission"- will be required in the MAT, MATM, MAICS, and MDiv degrees.

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    The Touchstone Course

    By Scott Cormode

    The first taste of a meal should make you hungry for more. We want theological education to be that way too. So we have created a course that every master's student will take in her first quarter. The course will introduce her to the flavors of the school and prepare her palate for the meal ahead.