2015-2016 Academic Catalog

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Master of Arts Degrees

The School of Theology offers two distinct master of arts degrees: the Master of Arts in Theology, and the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry.

MASTER OF ARTS IN THEOLOGY

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Theology program in its various configurations seeks to accomplish the following purposes:

  1. To cultivate competent skills in the study and interpretation of the Word of God;
  2. To develop an understanding of theology and fashion a systematic theological framework, informing both the ethics of personal and social behavior and the practice of ministry;
  3. To understand the origin and growth of the Christian tradition and to appreciate its richness and diversity;
  4. To promote growth in Christian maturity and ministry in the church and in the world.

Students enter the Master of Arts in Theology program at Fuller with a variety of personal and career goals. A staff of academic advisors is available to aid in the selection of programs and courses.

Admission Requirements

General standards for admission to Fuller Theological Seminary may be found in the Admission Standards section of this catalog. To be admitted to the MA in Theology program, applicants must have been awarded either a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution before the starting date of the desired quarter of entry. Regular admission requires at least a 2.7 cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate work; students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission on probation. Students admitted on probation are subject to certain limitations during their first 40 units of course work at Fuller.

Residence Requirements and Transfer Credit

A minimum of 28 quarter units must be earned at Fuller Seminary. Requests for transfer of credit for approved graduate studies done at an institution accredited by The Association of Theological Schools or a recognized regional or international accrediting agency will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Academic Advising Office. This may include a maximum of 52 quarter hours of graduate theological and biblical studies. Nontheological studies are normally not considered for transfer credit. Course work taken in a nonreligious setting which might be considered as parallel to course work in the Fuller curriculum may be considered on an individual basis if it is appropriate to the area of emphasis, approved by the master’s academic affairs committee, and integrated through a 4-unit directed study.

Distance Learning

A Master of Arts in Theology program may include up to 13 courses (52 units) of online coursework.

Time Limit for Completion of Degrees

In order to ensure that a degree, when granted, represents education that is current and reasonably focused (not acquired a little at a time over an unreasonably long period), all credit applied to the degree must be earned within a certain period of time. For the Master of Arts in Theology degree at Fuller, this period has been set at ten years. This includes all credit earned elsewhere and applied to the degree, as well as all credit earned at Fuller.

Degree Requirements

Flexibility marks the Master of Arts in Theology program in the School of Theology at Fuller. The degree requirements can be completed in two years of full-time study, although many elect to earn the degree over an extended period of time through part-time study. All requirements for the Master of Arts in Theology may be completed at all Fuller locations, including Irvine, Seattle, Menlo Park, Sacramento, Phoenix, Colorado Springs, and Houston.

In general, the Master of Arts in Theology degree requires:

  1. A total of 20 courses (80 quarter units);
  2. A minimum of 7 courses (28 quarter units) earned at Fuller Theological Seminary, on any of its campuses (not including online)

Degree Outline

INTEGRATIVE (16 units)

  • IS500 The Touchstone Course
  • IS501 The Practice of Worship and Prayer
  • IS502 Practices of Christian Community
  • IS503 The Practice of Mission

INTERPRETING (16 units)

  • BI500 Interpretive Practices
  • OT500 Old Testament Introduction
  • NT500 New Testament Introduction
  • Any Biblical Studies class

THEOLOGIZING (16 units)

History and Theology (must take two historical courses and two theological courses)

  • God and Christ: any course with the TH1 attribute
    • HT500 The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in its Historical Development
    • HT501 The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in its Theological Reflection
  • The Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life: any course with the TH2 attribute
    • HT502 The Church’s Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Historical Development
    • HT503 The Church’s Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Theological Reflection
  • Modern and Global Contexts: any course with the TH3 attribute
    • CH504 The Modern Church in a Global Historical Context
    • CH506 American Christianity in a Global Historical Context
    • HT504 Modern Theology in a Global Context
  • Theologizing Elective: any course with the TH4 attribute
    • Almost any course with a CH, HT, ST, or TH prefix
    • ST511, CH549, CH551, and TH550 do not meet this requirement

ELECTIVES (32 units)

  • May be used for am emphasis (see below)

Areas of Emphasis

At Fuller, an emphasis consists of a minimum of five courses grouped around a particular area of interest. By choosing an emphasis, students will be guided to courses in the three schools taught by faculty doing research on topics relevant to the emphasis area.

Areas of emphasis available for the MA in Theology include:

  • Ancient Context of the Old Testament
  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Anglican Studies
  • Asian American Contexts
  • Biblical Languages
  • Children at Risk
  • Christian Ethics
  • Global Arts and World Religions
  • International Development and Urban Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Just Peacemaking
  • Recovery Ministry
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Worship and Music Ministry
  • Worship, Theology, and the Arts
  • Youth, Family, and Culture

Further information on the curricular requirements for each emphasis may be found in the Areas of Emphasis (School of Theology) section.

MASTER OF ARTS IN THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY

The Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry degree, now offered with new flexible study options, is designed for people who wish to develop a deeper biblical and theological understanding, spiritual formation, and cultural literacy for ministry in church, parachurch or nonprofit organizations, and other vocational settings.

The degree provides excellent preparation for those called to be on the pastoral staff of a church or denomination that does not require the Master of Divinity degree as a qualification for ordained ministry, and can also serve as a prerequisite for the Doctor of Ministry program. The curriculum covers the basic areas of theology, biblical studies and ministry. Combined with supervised ministry in a local church, it promises to be especially effective in the preparation of students for pastoral ministry in today’s world.

Admission Requirements

General standards for admission to Fuller Seminary may be found in the Admissions section of this catalog. To be admitted to the MA in Theology and Ministry program, applicants must have been awarded either a bachelor’s of master’s degree from an accredited institution before the starting date of the desired quarter of entry. Regular admission requires at least a 2.7 cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate work; students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission on probation. Applicants without an accredited bachelor’s degree must meet special requirements and will be considered for admission on probation on an individual basis. Students admitted on probation are subject to certain limitations during their first 40 units of course work at Fuller.

Residence Requirements and Transfer Credit

A minimum of 28 quarter units must be earned at Fuller Seminary. Requests for transfer of credit for approved graduate studies done at an institution accredited by The Association of Theological Schools or a recognized regional or international accrediting agency will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Academic Advising Office. This may include a maximum of 52 quarter hours of graduate theological and biblical studies. Nontheological studies are normally not considered for transfer credit. Course work taken in a nonreligious setting which might be considered as parallel to course work in the Fuller curriculum may be considered on an individual basis if it is appropriate to the area of emphasis, approved by the School of Theology master’s academic affairs committee, and integrated through a 4-unit directed study.

Distance Learning

An MA in Theology and Ministry program may include up to 15 courses (60 units) of distance learning coursework. This limit includes any distance learning classes taken elsewhere and applied to the student’s Fuller program as transfer credit.

Time Limit for Completion of Degrees

In order to ensure that a degree, when granted, represents education that is current and reasonably focused (not acquired a little at a time over an unreasonably long period), all credit applied to the degree must be earned within a certain period of time. For the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry degree at Fuller, this period has been set at ten years. This includes all credit earned elsewhere and applied to the degree, as well as all credit earned at Fuller.

Degree Requirements

Flexible plans to study allow you to complete the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry according to your needs. You can. complete all requirements for the degree on all Fuller campuses, including Pasadena, Irvine, Seattle, Menlo Park, Sacramento, Phoenix, Colorado Springs, and Houston. You can combine online (up to 52 units) and campus classes, or you can remain in your context by studying primarily online, with just three one-week sessions (6 classes, 24 units) at a Fuller campus in Hybrid+ classes. Each Hybrid+ class consists of nine weeks of online study plus one week of face-to-face study at a campus. Hybrid+ classes are scheduled so that you can complete the on-campus portions of two classes in the same one-week period.

In general, the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry degree requires:

  1. A total of 20 courses (80 quarter units);
  2. A minimum of 7 courses (28 quarter units) earned at Fuller Theological Seminary, on any of its campuses (not including online)

Degree Outline

INTEGRATIVE (16 units)

  • IS500 The Touchstone Course
  • IS501 The Practice of Worship and Prayer
  • IS502 Practices of Christian Community
  • IS503 The Practice of Mission

INTERPRETING (16 units)

  • BI500 Interpretive Practices
  • OT500 Old Testament Introduction
  • NT500 New Testament Introduction
  • Any Biblical Studies class

THEOLOGIZING: Select three (12 units)

History and Theology (must take at least one historical course and one theological course)

  • God and Christ: any course with the TH1 attribute
    • HT500 The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in its Historical Development
    • HT501 The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in its Theological Reflection
  • The Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life: any course with the TH2 attribute
    • HT502 The Church’s Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Historical Development
    • HT503 The Church’s Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Theological Reflection
  • Modern and Global Contexts: any course with the TH3 attribute
    • CH504 The Modern Church in a Global Historical Context
    • CH506 American Christianity in a Global Historical Context
    • HT504 Modern Theology in a Global Context

MINISTRY (8 units)

  • Leadership: any course with the LDR attribute
  • Worship, Preaching, and Communication: any course with the WPC attribute

CONTEXTUALIZING: Select three (12 units)

  • Engaging Global Realities: any course with the C1 attribute
  • Engaging Culture: any course with the C2 attribute
  • Engaging Local Contexts: any course with the C3 attribute
  • Engaging Ethically: any course with the C4 attribute
  • Engaging Human Diversity: any course with the C5 attribute

ELECTIVES (16 units)

  • May be used for am emphasis (see below)

APPRENTICESHIP (0 or 4 units)

Areas of Emphasis

At Fuller, an emphasis consists of a minimum of five courses grouped around a particular area of interest. By choosing an emphasis, students will be guided to courses in the three schools taught by faculty doing research on topics relevant to the emphasis area.

Areas of emphasis available for the MA in Theology and Ministry include:

  • Asian American Contexts
  • Biblical Languages
  • Children at Risk
  • Christian Ethics
  • Global Arts and World Religions
  • International Development and Urban Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Just Peacemaking
  • Recovery Ministry
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Worship and Music Ministry
  • Worship, Theology, and the Arts
  • Youth, Family, and Culture

Further information on the curricular requirements for each emphasis may be found in the Areas of Emphasis (School of Theology) section.

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