Master of Divinity
School of Mission and Theology
for church leaders and chaplains
learn to integrate theology in everyday life
choose a concentration for your calling
120 Quarter Units
graduate in as little as 3 years
Announcing Fuller’s Redesigned MDiv Program
Fuller Theological Seminary is pleased to announce our redesigned Master of Divinity (MDiv) program. A flagship degree program since Fuller’s beginnings, the MDiv has been reimagined for a new generation of leaders in an ever-changing world.
A significant change to the MDiv is a new sequencing structure created in response to students asking for more guidance at the beginning of the degree. Now incoming MDiv students will... + Read More
New MDiv Concentrations Designed for Your Unique Calling
Students may choose from seven optional concentrations to focus their studies within Fuller's world-class MDiv curriculum: Asian American Ministry, Biblical Studies, Black Church Studies, Chaplaincy, Intercultural and Urban Ministry, Leadership in Times of Change or Youth, Family, and Culture. To learn more about how you can customize your MDiv with one of these concentrations, email us at [email protected].
Earn Your MDiv in Pasadena
For Master of Divinity students who desire comprehensive theological training within an in-person community setting, the new Pasadena MDiv Cohort will offer a unique study opportunity on the historic Fuller Pasadena campus in Fall 2023.
Pasadena MDiv Cohort students will move together through a thoughtfully curated sequence of courses that include in-depth biblical studies, theology from diverse voices, practical ministry preparation, and relevant resources from the fields of psychology and marriage and family therapy. Additionally, the cohort itself will foster a tight-knit and enriching community as you share the learning experience at seminary together.
For international students: Email [email protected] to learn more about how students admitted to this cohort are eligible for residential visas.
Finish Your MDiv 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 MDiv 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 MDiv 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. Formation group leaders guide thoughtful theological reflection, so you have the chance to share what you are learning with other ministry leaders in your program.
*Earn up to 24 quarter units through 6 Apprenticeship courses (one per quarter), making up 20 percent of the MDiv degree units.
"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)
Unmatched Academic Preparation
Taught by renowned scholar-practitioners, Fuller’s rigorous MDiv program integrates theological reflection, interdisciplinary perspectives, spiritual formation, and practical skills to equip graduates for holistic leadership. The Master of Divinity is the gold standard in preparation for those seeking ordination, a career in chaplaincy, or doctoral-level theological study.
The MDiv program can take as little as 2.5 years, but is normally completed in 3–5 years. Fuller’s new MDiv curriculum builds a strong and comprehensive foundation for students who are leading or plan to lead congregations and nonprofit organizations, covering a wide range of subjects including biblical studies, communication, systematic theology, pastoral care, church history, and spiritual formation. At the same time, the degree allows students to tailor their MDiv experience to their specific context with specialized course offerings, providing focused preparation for their individual calling and career.
Foundational Courses (24 units): The first 24 units of the MDiv program introduce students to the keystone concepts and reasoning skills needed to engage in advanced courses
Bible, Theology, Ministry, and Mission (72 units): Building on the foundational reasoning developed at the beginning of the program, MDiv students engage in a variety of courses that develop essential knowledge and habits for pastoral and other ministry professions
Advanced Electives (24 units): Students have the opportunity to customize their MDiv degree by choosing elective courses that provide practical and context-determined training for their own calling and life
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.
Fuller is leading the way in online learning modalities, with experience delivering rigorous, engaging, and relational degree programs to students all over the globe. Complete your MDiv degree from anywhere in the world with online courses.
In-person and hybrid instruction will be available on our campuses in Pasadena, California, or Houston, Texas.* Contact admissions for more information about on campus options at [email protected]
*In person instruction will resume when safe and permissible to do so in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and public health guidelines.
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.
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President's Leadership Scholarship
The President’s Leadership Scholarship is a competitive 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) and MA in Theology and Ministry (MATM) students who take at least two courses per quarter.
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