2015-2016 Academic Catalog

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Three Schools

Fuller Theological Seminary is organized into three schools: the School of Theology, School of Psychology and School of Intercultural Studies. As a graduate-level institution of higher education, Fuller’s three schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate-level certificate programs. Master’s degree programs may include classes from all three schools.


At Fuller’s main campus in Pasadena, California, all degree programs are available. Most master’s-level programs are also offered in their entirety at our regional campuses: Orange County, Bay Area, Sacramento, Northwest, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. In addition, the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Global Leadership, Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry, Master of Arts in Theology, and Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degrees are offered in a primarily online format. Other master’s-level programs also offer online learning options. Certain degree programs are also offered in Korean and Spanish.


The resident faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary is composed of nearly 100 men and women who are committed to the highest standards of teaching, research and writing in the various fields of theological, psychological and missiological study. Members of the seminary faculty have published more than 200 books, as well as numerous chapters or articles in books, periodicals and professional journals. Fuller professors serve as officers of professional societies and organizations and as editors of theological and professional journals and series. In addition to their teaching ministries at Fuller, they are actively involved in various kinds of ministry with churches.

Fuller’s full-time faculty is supplemented each year by a number of highly-qualified visiting. affiliate, and adjunct faculty members, who enrich the curriculum of the three schools at the Pasadena campus, regional campuses, and online.


The mission of the David Allan Hubbard Library is to provide the bibliographic resources, research services, and study environment necessary for the training of men and women for Christian ministry.The library maintains a collection of over 415,000 books, media, and bound periodical volumes. It offers approximately 15,000 full text electronic periodical titles, and over 3,400 print periodical titles. The collection focuses on religion, theology, psychology, and other related disciplines, and actively acquires resources in print, electronic, and other formats.

The library subscribes to over 900 national and international journals and more than 800 monographic serials in the fields of religion, theology, philosophy, psychology and missiology. An unusually fine collection of theological bibliography and reference material is also available.

The library provides over 70 databases, covering many disciplines, and some of them give full-text. Most databases are networked and available to both on and off-campus students. There are several CD/ROM databases for onsite use. Most library operations are fully automated, and an online catalog, available both in the library and on the web (http://library.fuller.edu) provides access to the library collection. The library web site delivers a number of online services, resources, and research gateways.

The library also operates a computer lab to assist students by providing resources for research and writing.

Fuller students have borrowing privileges at the library of the Claremont School of Theology, and, by referral, students may borrow books at nine other regional theological libraries. Collectively, these libraries hold 2.5 million volumes. In addition, the library maintains electronic access to thousands of libraries worldwide, and interlibrary loan services designed to obtain materials that are not held locally.


Fuller Theological Seminary is fortunate to be able to bring to its campus from time to time as special lecturers men and women who have distinguished themselves by their scholarship and their service to the church.

Payton Lectures. In 1949 Fuller Theological Seminary instituted the Payton Lectures in memory of Dr. and Mrs. John E. Payton, parents of the late Mrs. Charles Fuller. The theme of the lectures falls within one of these areas: the uniqueness or confirmation of the historic Christian faith, the confutation of non-Christian or sub-Christian views, or the formulation of biblical doctrines.

Integration Symposium on Christian Faith and Psychology. Sponsored by the psychology faculty, this series was established to encourage the discoveries of new connections between Christian faith and the disciplines of psychology. The Symposium consists of three lectures presented by an individual who has contributed notably to discovery of the connections between the life of faith and the discipline of psychology, its theories and practice. The Symposium is one program in Fuller Theological Seminary’s mission to relate evangelical faith to life beyond the church – to academic disciplines, to the marketplace, to public policy, and to the needs of the human family across all cultures and nations.

Lectures in Missiology. Each year Fuller invites an outstanding person in world mission for a series of lectures on missiology, with the goal of exploring ways we can become better equipped to partner with God in his mission to and in the world.

Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium

In 2007 Fuller Theological Seminary joined the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium (HTIC), a consortium comprised of 18 Ph.D.-granting institutions seeking to support and advance the work of Latina/o scholars in order to address the need for more representation of Latina/o students and faculty in higher theological education. HTIC’s mission and purpose revolve around four major goals:

  1. To help identify and prepare highly trained educators and leaders who can articulate, model, and help teach values and ideas that will inform and make an impact in Latina/o faith communities and communities in general.
  2. To increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Latina/o Ph.D. students across the nation by uniting and leveraging institutional resources (human, financial, and infrastructural)
  3. To increase the presence of Latina/o faculty–especially tenured faculty–in seminaries, schools of theology, and universities.
  4. To provide a forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices to address the needs of Latina/o faculty and students in theological and religious education.

Fuller Theological Seminary supports the mentoring and networking costs for HTIC scholars. Additionally, Fuller recognizes that pooling resources and building communities are essential elements for securing a stronger and more diverse scholarly theological body.

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