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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. A newly redesigned curriculum starts students out 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 five 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.

Practical

Focused Training

80 Units

Quarter System

Study with faculty like these:

Vince Bantu

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHURCH HISTORY AND BLACK CHURCH STUDIES

Kara Powell

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FULLER YOUTH INSTITUTE AND PROFESSOR OF YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY

Scott Cormode

HUGH DE PREE PROFESSOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Explore other members of our renowned School of Mission and Theology faculty.

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Announcing the Redesigned MA in Theology and Ministry

Fuller Seminary is pleased to announce a new curriculum for the MA in Theology and Ministry (MATM) degree in the School of Mission and Theology. Prompted by the guiding values of Fuller’s strategic plan, FULLER NEXT, the MATM program has been rebuilt to maximize students’ training and formation as leaders for a new era in…

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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

Curriculum

Recommended course of study is 2–3 years on campus, or 3–4 years online.

Coursework includes:

  • Biblical studies and exegesis (4 courses minimum)
  • Theological studies—including systematic theology and church history (3 courses minimum)
  • Christian ethics (1 course minimum)
  • Ministry – including leadership and communication (3 courses minimum)
  • Studying cultural contexts (1 course minimum)
  • General electives (5 courses)
  • Apprenticeship (3 months, part-time)
Oscar Garcia Johnson

New MATM Concentrations Designed for Your Unique Calling

Beginning Fall 2022, students in Fuller’s MATM program must choose from five concentrations to focus their studies on the context to which they feel called: Intercultural and Urban Ministry; Youth, Family, and Culture; Ecclesial Leadership; Black Church Studies; or Asian American Ministry. Questions about the MATM concentrations? Email us at admissions@fuller.edu.

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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, master’s, or doctoral 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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Where Were You? An Exploration of the Presence of God

Discover how MATM alumna Dannielle Carr makes an impact with her degree through creative writing as she shared her experience wrestling with her husband’s cancer diagnosis.

Chris Hays

Cost and Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Almost all Fuller students are eligible for some kind of financial aid. New Student Scholarships vary by program and quarter. Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information about scholarships you may qualify for. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may also apply for U.S. federal aid and work-study.

Presidential Leadership Scholarship

President's Leadership Scholarship

Fuller is excited to announce the President’s Leadership Scholarship, a generous new financial scholarship offering recipients $2,700 in scholarship support per term. In concert with a program-specific scholarship, the President’s Leadership Scholarship provides approximately 75 percent tuition support or more for select Master of Divinity (MDiv), MA in Theology (MAT), MA in Theology and Ministry (MATM), and MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS) students who begin their studies at Fuller in Fall 2022.

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I started at Fuller in 2016 as a student, and began working as an Admissions Counselor in 2019. I am encouraged and energized by the passion shared by my applicants! I love and am humbled by getting to be a small part of an applicants journey into seminary to further their education and goals! I love being active in the sun! Fitness activities I enjoy include running to the beach, playing beach volleyball, movement/lifting classes, of course, at the beach, swimming class…in a pool. Can you tell I love the beach?

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