Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (MATM) degree offered by Fuller Theological Seminary in California is a program of study that is offered to students in a hybrid format. This program is designed for individuals who wish to develop a deeper biblical and theological understanding, spiritual maturity, and cultural literacy. These skills and this knowledge can be used for ministry in churches, parachurch, or nonprofit organizations. These skills can also be used in other vocational settings. Students who are looking to further pursue their education by applying to a Doctor of Ministry program can use this degree as a stepping stone. Though, it is important to note that this program is not designed exactly to prepare a student for PhD studies.

The curriculum of the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry covers the foundational subjects of theology, biblical studies, and ministry. This program combines its curriculum with supervised ministry in a local church. This program may be completed in approximately two years, if a student has chosen to devote themselves to full-time studies. A minimum of 12 courses (48 quarter units) must be taken at Fuller Theological Seminary.

This program requires students to take and complete 96 quarter credit units of courses in order to graduate. This includes a Seminary Core of courses. This core includes the following: New Testament Introduction, Christian Ethics, and Church and Mission in Global Context. Students complete this core by taking electives in the following subject areas: Biblical Studies, Church History, Systematic Theology, and Communication. Students take an additional 32 credit hours of elective courses in subjects that should reflect not only their personal interests, but also their career goals. Students must also complete a cumulative practicum in order to graduate.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    A student should have earned a grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in their previous academic work. Lastly, students should submit a resume of their professional experience over the past five years and a statement of purpose.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1947, Fuller Theological Seminary is one of the world’s most influential evangelical institutions, the largest multi-denominational seminary, and a leading voice for faith, civility, and justice in the global church and wider culture. With deep roots in orthodoxy and branches in innovation, they are committed to forming Christian women and men to be faithful, courageous, innovative, collaborative, and fruitful leaders who will make an exponential impact for Jesus in any context.

    Fuller offers 18 degree programs to meet a range of needs-preparation for ministry or further education, personal or spiritual enrichment, and everything in between. Four programs are offered fully in the Korean language, and three in Spanish. Students can also choose from a breadth of flexible and online study plans. Students can take all of your classes at one of eight campuses, combine online and on-campus courses, or complete your degree primarily online. All programs offer a range of class formats to choose from as well.


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