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MA in Theology and Ministry

School of Mission and Theology

Practical and ministry focused, Fuller’s MA in Theology and Ministry (MATM) offers an experiential program designed to train leaders for positions inside and outside of the church. Students start with a series of foundational courses, providing a knowledge base on which to build as they progress through the program. Additionally, courses that draw from Fuller’s School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy offer MATM students a more holistic understanding of ministry, while six unique concentrations help focus each student’s studies on their chosen context. The MATM degree combines spiritual and vocational formation with rigorous academic coursework, and culminates in a supervised apprenticeship so you can integrate your learning in a real-world ministry context.

The MATM is also fully available in Spanish.


Focused Training

80 Units

Quarter System

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Kyong Jin Lee

Expand Your Ministry Effectiveness

Be equipped with biblical and contextual insights to discuss real-world ministry concerns. Learn to think theologically and practically through a guided curriculum focused on ministry fundamentals and spiritual formation. Meet the demands of your context and your calling with excellence. Apply learned ministry skills, with structured theological reflection, to develop and lead a passion project through a thoughtfully supervised apprenticeship.

Erin Dufault-Hunter


Coursework includes:

  • Biblical studies and exegesis
  • Theological studies—including systematic theology and church history
  • Christian ethics
  • Ministry – including leadership and communication
  • Studying cultural contexts
  • General electives
  • Apprenticeship
Oscar Garcia Johnson

Concentrations Designed for Your Unique Calling

Students in Fuller’s MATM program may choose from six optional concentrations to focus their studies on the context to which they feel called. Questions about the MATM concentrations? Email us at [email protected].

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Earn Your MATM in Houston

For MATM students who desire comprehensive theological training that includes in-person community in a hybrid format, the new Fuller Texas MDiv/MATM Cohort will offer a unique study opportunity starting in Fall 2024.

Students will move together through a sequence of hybrid courses that includes in-depth biblical studies, theology from diverse voices, practical ministry preparation, and relevant resources from the fields of psychology and marriage and family therapy. The cohort will foster a tight-knit community that shares the seminary experience.

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Finish Your MATM at a Faster Pace with the New In-Service Pathway

Are you already working in a church or ministry? Your practical experience is a valuable asset to your education. The new In-Service Pathway allows MATM students serving in ministry at least 20 hours per week to earn credit through Apprenticeship courses.* Integrate your studies in the learning laboratory of your current ministry and finish your MATM at a faster pace with this degree pathway. Each Apprenticeship course is enhanced by FULLER Equip modules, which are created by Fuller experts to help you hone your skills in your ministry context. Apprenticeship group leaders guide thoughtful theological reflection, so you have the chance to share what you are learning with other ministry leaders in your program. To learn more, email us at [email protected].

Students who choose to take additional field education coursework for elective credit will not be able to complete a concentration.

*Earn up to 20 quarter units through 5 Apprenticeship courses (one per quarter), making up 25 percent of the MATM degree units.

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“Fuller offered me a broader worldview, fostered my faith, and immersed me in an exceptional program with noteworthy Hispanic and non-Hispanic professors and fellow students.”
– Norma Galvan (MATM ’14)

Sebastian Kim

Admission Requirements

Prospective MATM students should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and submit an application for admission with the required documentation. Find out more with the Admission Requirements button below.

Special Student Status

If you don’t hold an accredited bachelor’s degree but do have substantial ministry experience, you may be eligible to apply to the MA in Theology and Ministry as a Special Student.

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Cost and Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Almost all Fuller students are eligible for some form of financial aid. Visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page for more information. 

Many students use federal financial to finance their education. If you plan on applying for federal loans, you are welcome to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. The FAFSA is available for U.S. citizens and residents only. Fuller’s federal school code is G01200

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