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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.
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.
Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
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