Fuller Theological Seminary’s regional campuses seek to serve local churches by providing opportunities for theological education for ministry within a local church context. Fuller seeks to provide educational experiences in nontraditional settings which will enable students to discover, develop and improve their gifts for service and ministry within the scope of the church’s overall mission. By offering fully accredited graduate courses in a variety of locations at convenient times, Fuller makes theological education possible for many church leaders, church staff members, Bible study leaders, business people, homemakers, professionals and others whose careers or circumstances preclude full-time study. The regional campuses:
- Provide theological education for the development of lay persons for leadership in ministry in the local church and community;
- Offer prospective theological students experience in church ministry and Christian community while beginning their studies and testing their callings;
- Allow students preparing for, or already involved in full-time ministry, to complete most or all of their theological education without leaving their area of residence and service; and
- Extend resources to pastors for the development of local church educational programs and for personal and professional enrichment.
The process of theological education for ministry in extension is implemented by going to the student, being close to the location of ministry and being close to the life and task demands of the participants.
In short, a regional campus is a community of learners-practitioners-scholars in ministry who seek to know God better, to understand God’s revelation more fully and to do God’s ministry more effectively. Fuller’s regional campuses provide theological education of academic excellence in an off-campus setting with nontraditional schedules. Through course work at a regional campus, students encounter a concept of ministry which takes seriously the charge to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.”
Each regional campus has one or more resident faculty members, as well as a number of adjunct or affiliate faculty from the local area. Other resident and adjunct faculty members travel to the regional campus sites to teach courses. The adjunct and affiliate faculty are qualified professors, pastors, Christian psychologists and leaders in national and international Christian organizations. These persons join regular seminary faculty members in offering courses in areas such as biblical studies, church history, theology, philosophy, ethics, ministry, missions, languages, and counseling. All resident and adjunct/affiliate faculty sign the Fuller Theological Seminary Statement of Faith.
Classes offered at regional campuses each quarter are fully accredited equivalents to those offered at the Pasadena campus. Courses are taught primarily on weeknights or weekends in local facilities. Quarterly class schedules and expanded course descriptions (which include course objectives, required reading, assignments and other information) are available on the Fuller website.
All requirements for the Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry, and Master of Arts in Christian Leadership may be completed at several locations, including Irvine, Seattle, Menlo Park, Phoenix, and Houston.
All requirements for the Master of Divinity degree may be completed in Irvine, Seattle, Menlo Park, Phoenix, or Houston.
All requirements for the Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy may be completed at the Phoenix campus.
All requirements for the Certificate of Christian Studies from the School of Theology may be completed at any Fuller location or through distance learning.
Fuller Seminary Northwest
Fuller Seminary began offering classes in Seattle, Washington, in 1973. John Bangs, Interim Director
9725 Third Avenue NE, Suite 110
Seattle, WA 98115
Fuller Seminary Bay Area
Fuller Seminary opened its off-campus center in the San Francisco Bay Area at Menlo Park in 1974. Menlo Park classes are held at St. Patrick’s Seminary. Bradley Howell, Interim Director
320 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Fuller Seminary Sacramento
Fuller Seminary began offering classes in Sacramento in the 1990’s. The Sacramento campus operated as part of Fuller Northern California until July 2014, when it became a distinct and independent campus. Effective Fall 2016, the Sacramento campus will only offer two Hybrid+ classes per quarter through Spring 2017, at which time it will cease operation. Bradley Howell, Director
2250 Del Paso Road, Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95834
Fuller Seminary Orange County
The Orange County Extension began in 1973. Since then, the Fuller Seminary Orange County Regional Campus has experienced significant growth. Classes are offered in Irvine, and occasionally in San Diego County and the Santa Barbara/Ventura area. Irvine classes are at the Orange County regional campus office in Irvine. Occasional classes in San Diego County and in the Santa Barbara/Ventura areas are held at local churches. Michael McNichols, Director
17744 Skypark Circle, Suite 150
Irvine CA 92614
Fuller Seminary Arizona
The Fuller Seminary Arizona began in Phoenix in 1977. Thomas Parker, Director; Gloria Gabler, MSMFT Program Director
1110 E. Missouri Ave. Suite 530
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Fuller Seminary Colorado
Fuller Theological Seminary began providing training for Young Life staff in Colorado Springs in the mid-1950s. In 1977, the seminary joined with Young Life in founding the Institute of Youth Ministries (IYM), a unique formal partnership between a seminary and a parachurch organization. In 1997, Fuller Seminary expanded the IYM as an outreach to churches and youth workers all across the country. Colorado Springs classes are held at the Fuller Colorado regional campus office. IYM classes are held there and at various sites around the country. Effective Fall 2016, the only non-IYM classes offered in Colorado Springs will be two Hybrid+ classes per quarter. Will Stoller-Lee, Director
225 North Weber Street (office), 219 E Bijou Street (classes)
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 385-0089 (fax)
Fuller Seminary Texas
Fuller Theological Seminary began offering occasional School of Theology courses in Houston in the fall of 2006, and before long, the Fuller Texas campus in Houston grew into a full degree-granting campus. Andrew Dearman, Associate Dean; Michael Murray, Director
10200 Richmond Ave., Suite 170
Houston, TX 77042