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Master of Divinity

School of Theology

Fuller’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) is a comprehensive, rigorous program designed to form spiritually reflective leaders with theological expertise for church ministry, chaplaincy, and advanced teaching. Learn from some of the world’s leading scholar-practitioners while studying on campus or fully online to catalyze your calling and increase your impact.


Definitive Preparation

for ordination and chaplaincy

120 Quarter Units

Equivalent of 80 Semester Units

Study with faculty like these:

Ahmi Lee


Hak Joon Lee


Joel B. Green


Explore other members of our renowned School of Theology faculty.

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Marianne Meye Thompson

Unmatched Academic Preparation

Explore the profound depths of Scripture with growing insight and confidence, equipped with biblical language skills, historical context, and hermeneutical acumen. Calibrate your theological understanding to face emerging challenges by analyzing Christian doctrine and history. Preach and teach with greater authority and poise. Hone your pastoral ministry skills with feedback and support through an extensive supervised apprenticeship. Enhance your credibility for ordained ministry in any context––from chaplaincy to church planting and beyond.

Preparing for advanced study? The Master of Divinity is the gold standard in preparation for doctoral-level theological study. MDiv students aspiring to PhD studies should plan to take one additional course in Greek and one additional course in Hebrew as general electives.

Optional Cohorts

Daneil Lee

Experience Whole-Life Formation with the MDiv Cohort

Fuller’s new MDiv Fall 2020 Cohort will be led by Daniel Lee, assistant professor of theology and Asian American ministry, and is designed for students who want to study in a tight-knit community setting.

Vince Bantu

Prepare for Multiethnic Ministry with a Supportive Cohort

Fuller’s new Multiethnic Ministries Fall 2020 Cohort is designed for church and ministry leaders who serve in multiethnic contexts. This cohort will be led by Vince Bantu, assistant professor of church history and Black church studies.

Customize your studies with new MDiv tracks

Fuller's new MDiv tracks are designed for students looking to focus their studies within Fuller's world-class MDiv curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to take courses that align with their educational and vocational goals through three, highly-requested tracks: Biblical Studies, Leadership in Times of Change, and Pastoral Counseling. To learn more about how you can customize your MDiv with a focus in these areas, email us at

Vince Bantu


The program can take as little as 2 1/2 years, but is normally completed in 3-4 years on campus or 4-5 years online.

Coursework includes:

  • Biblical studies and exegesis – including biblical languages (8 courses minimum)
  • Theological studies – including systematic theology and church history (5 courses minimum)
  • Christian ethics (1 course minimum)
  • Ministry – including leadership and preaching (5 courses minimum)
  • Studying cultural contexts (3 courses minimum)
  • General electives (5 courses)
  • Apprenticeship (9 months, part-time)
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"I was drawn to the MDiv program because of it's holistic and robust nature. On a deeper level, the MDiv continues to broaden my understanding of the breadth of the Bible and the character of God, in turn, stirring my passion for social justice."
Gabriella Bontrager (Current Student)

Kara Powell

Admission Requirements

Prospective MDiv 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.

On Campus

Study in person with world-renowned faculty and a committed community of fellow students at our campuses in Pasadena, California, or Houston, Texas.

Fully Online

Complete your MDiv degree from anywhere in the world with online courses.

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A Beautiful Tension

After living life her way for 40 years, MDiv alumna Ines Franklin found Christ—and a calling that had been there all along.

“I’m in my 40s now," Ines thought, "it’s not like I’m a 20-something and I can blow a few years. I’ve already blown 40. I can’t waste time.” But in prayer, she received reassurance from God, recalling the saying, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” She knew then that her season at Fuller was a time of sharpening so that her ministry afterward might be that much more effective.

Oscar Garcia Johnson

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Almost all Fuller students are eligible for some kind of financial aid. Most Fuller MDiv students are eligible for the Charles E. Fuller Annual Scholarship. The Charles E. Fuller Annual Scholarship is awarded based on financial need and covers up to 15 percent of the cost of tuition. Incoming MDiv students may be considered for merit-based scholarships. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may also apply for U.S. federal aid and work-study.

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