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Certificate Programs (School of Intercultural Studies)


The Certificate of Christian Studies offers students an opportunity to complete a focused course of study or a sampling of master’s-level courses from the School of Intercultural Studies. It is an ideal program for practitioners who would like to take a few courses in the School of Intercultural Studies to supplement their ministries. By enrolling in convenient daytime, evening, or online courses, students pursuing the certificate can gain an introduction to missiological, theological, and biblical basics at the graduate level. Since certificate courses may be applied to master’s-level degree programs, students can utilize their time as certificate students to explore the possibility of a School of Intercultural Studies master’s degree.

Admission requirements for certificate programs are the same as for master’s degree programs.

Students can focus on either a specific curriculum or a sampling of courses to match their personal interests and goals. Courses may include any combination of campus-based classes (on any Fuller campus) and online classes. Directed studies are not available to certificate students. All work must be completed at Fuller; no transfer credit is accepted toward the certificate.

The Certificate of Christian Studies requires the completion of 24 units. Of the 24 units, 16 units are required to be courses from the School of Intercultural Studies. A certificate may be awarded as a general certificate or with a particular focus. A minimum of four courses earned within a designate discipline are required for a certificate to be awarded with a focus. Students may choose one of the below areas of emphasis as a focus with courses form the School of Intercultural Studies:

  • Children at Risk
  • International Development and Urban Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Leadership

All work for the certificate must be completed within a seven-year period.

Learning Outcomes. Recipients of Fuller’s Certificate of Christian Studies program in the School of Intercultural Studies are equipped for enhanced ministries as missionaries, church leaders, incarnational disciple in their communities and abroad, and professionals in the marketplace. They are also well-prepared to support others in ministry, both theologically and practically.

  • Certificate recipients will gain knowledge of missiological insights in an area of the recipient’s interest and goals.
  • Certificate recipients will demonstrate critical thinking and integration skills in missiological and/or theological studies.
  • Certificate recipients will gain missiological training to strengthen their ministry skills and for the integration of their personal faith into their daily lives.


The Certificate in Church Planting provides students with (1) a deeper theological understanding of the issues involved in church planting, (2) a broader perspective and exposure to the resources, models, and strategies available for church planting, and (3) a focus on the spiritual formation of the planter that serves as the center and foundation of their mission and ministry. The six-course program is structured so that students can remain in their church planting ministries while they study. Certificate classes will be taught primarily online by faculty members and practitioners who can provide support and mentorship through the duration of the program. For students who wish to later expand their study, courses from the certificate program can be credited toward a master’s degree program in Fuller’s Schools of Theology or Intercultural Studies. All work for the certificate must be completed within a seven-year period

Curriculum (24 units)

Required Core Courses (16 units)

  • IS500 Practices of Vocational Formation
  • IS503 The Practice of Mission
  • NT500 New Testament Introduction
  • MB533 Social Analysis and Contextualization in Church Planting

Select 2 of the following (8 units):

  • MC538 Evangelism and Church Planting
  • PM514 Missional Churches and Leadership
  • MC525 Starting and Multiplying New Churches
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