PHD IN THEOLOGY | THM IN THEOLOGY
- Completed and signed Application for Admission, including:
- Religious Autobiography, parts A and B
- A $75 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted online)or a $100 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted via paper)
- Submission of official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended, including a transcript demonstrating superior academic ability in a first theological degree (either an MDiv or Fuller's MA in Theology, or its equivalent from an ATS-accredited school), with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.5 or above.
- Applicants in Theological Studies who want to specialize in practical theology must have  a first theology degree that includes at least 16 quarter units (or 12 semester units) of courses in ministry/praxis, not including internships and  the equivalent of three years full-time ministry experience. In order to demonstrate ministry experience, these applicants must submit an executive summary of paid and volunteer positions held – including church and parachurch, part-time and full-time – sketching primary responsibilities and accomplishments.
- In most cases, PhD applicants should be competent in the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew. Language competency is demonstrated through the successful completion of at least 8 quarter units (6 semester credits) of accredited coursework in each language. (Applicants to the Theological Studies concentration planning to pursue research relating to theology and culture, Christian ethics, and practical theology may fulfill the biblical language prerequisite requirement through successful completion of at least 8 quarter units of accredited coursework in either Greek or Hebrew.) If PhD applicants have not yet reached this level, they must demonstrate competence within the first year of the PhD program.
- ThM applicants should be competent in at least one biblical language (or depending on the concentration chosen, two languages). Language competency is demonstrated through the successful completion of at least 8 quarter units (6 semester credits) of accredited coursework in each language. Admitted ThM students may demonstrate biblical language competence through biblical language coursework taken as part of the ThM program. [ThM applicants who wish to specialize in Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Church History, or Historical Theology must have completed no less than 8 quarter units (6 semester credits) each of Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek prior to admission.]
- Three academic reference forms
- All applicants must take the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Preference is given to those whose verbal score is in excess of 160 and analytical writing score in excess of 5. The test-date of the official GRE score must not be more than five years preceding the date of application for Fuller.
Note: In light of COVID, the GRE has been made optional for Fall 2021 applicants to the PhD Theology and ThM Theology programs. Applicants who do not submit GRE scores will not be penalized.
- A 7,000-10,000 word sample research paper in the discipline for which the applicant is pursuing further study
- Applicants whose first language is not English must provide an official record of scores earned on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Only test scores earned within two years preceding the submission date of the applicant's current application will be acceptable. TOEFL overall scores of at least 100 (internet-based) or 600 (paper), or IELTS overall scores of 7.0 meet the minimum English language entrance requirements.
Online application opens: August 1
Application and file completion deadline: January 2
Notification date: March 15
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