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.
for ordination and chaplaincy
120 Quarter Units
Equivalent of 80 Semester Units
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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.
Experience Whole-Life Formation with the MDiv Cohort
Fuller’s new MDiv Fall 2020 Cohort is designed for students who desire comprehensive theological training in a community setting. Starting this fall, a select group of students admitted to the MDiv Cohort will study on the Pasadena campus and be led by Daniel Lee, assistant professor of theology and Asian American ministry.
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.
- 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)
“Fuller, through the Brehm Center, was one of five schools in the world that offered a focus on Worship, Theology, and the Arts in the way I was looking for it. I was able to study the arts as a broad spectrum and in their interaction with theoretical and practical theology.”
– Rebecca Testrake (MDiv ’15)
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.
Study in person with world-renowned faculty and a committed community of fellow students at our campuses in Pasadena, California, or Houston, Texas.
Complete your MDiv degree from anywhere in the world with online courses.
The Blessing and the Burden
Find out how MDiv alum Daniel Chou uses his degree in his work as editor-in-chief of Inheritance magazine, which features Asian and Pacific Islander stories, experiences, and reflections to contribute to a more inclusive and multifaceted understanding of the Christian faith
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.
Spring 2020 and Summer 2020, Master of Divinity applicants can apply for the new Catalyst Scholarship for 50 percent off tuition. Combined with need-based aid and the redesigned MDiv’s shorter completion time, the degree is now more affordable than ever.
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