The Master of Divinity degree, more commonly known as the M.Div., is the most respected and comprehensive degree for leadership within a church, para-church or faith-based non- profit organization. This degree combines a traditional classroom experience with supervised ministry experience outside of the classroom to prepare you to serve with theological conviction and practical leadership skills.

Highlights

  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • experienced and published faculty
  • theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Career opportunities

We have skilled graduates serving locally and abroad as lead pastors, executive pastors, student ministry pastors, military chaplains, fire and law enforcement chaplains, pastoral counselors and community developers. Our graduates plant churches in areas where churches are scarce, lead teams of people in unconventional and very creative ministries, and in general bring life transformation into areas with desperate need.

Program director

Brian Ross, D.Min

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministries

Faculty

mark baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

tim geddert
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

lynn jost
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament and Preaching, Director of the Anabaptist Center

Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.

Dean of the Seminary, Associate Professor, J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited University
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of FPBS application materials

Course listing

Required Courses (90 Units)

Foundations
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-720The Church and God's Mission in the World*3
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation I3
HIST-712History of Christianity3
MIN-705Mentoring/Connecting*1
MIN-750A
or MIN-750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles*
Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco*
1.5
1.5
MIN-750B
or MIN-750C
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Fresno*
Cross-Cultural Encounter: International*
1.5
1.5
THEO-705Christian Thought3
Expanding The Base

Choose one set

CodeTitleUnits
BIB-710
and BIB-711
Elementary Greek I
Elementary Greek I|
3
3
or BIB-715
BIB-716
Elementary Hebrew I
Elementary Hebrew II
3
3

Students may petition to substitute biblical language requirements (9 units) with BIB-722 Biblical Language Tools (3) and 6 units of Bible content courses. Interested students should discuss this option with their faculty advisor.

CodeTitleUnits
BIB-750Biblical Theology I**3
BIB-752Biblical Theology II**3
COUN-724Interpersonal Communication2
MIN-710Spiritual Formation2
MIN-720Personal Evangelism1
Testing The Theory
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-712
or BIB-717
Intermediate Greek Exegesis
Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis
3
3
MIN-793ASupervised Ministry Experience I *1.5
MIN-793BSupervised Ministry Experience II*1.5
MIN-793CSupervised Ministry Experience III*1.5
HIST-716Anabaptist Evangelical Story3
THEO-760
or HIST-718
Anabaptist Evangelical Confessions
North American Religious History
3
3
THEO-730Discipleship and Ethics*3
Practicing The Theory
CodeTitleUnits
MIN-740
or MIN-742
Preaching I
Preaching for Contemporary Listeners
3
3
MIN-744Pastoral Care and Counseling3
MIN-746Christian Worship3
PACS-700Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation2
Capstone Learning
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-790
or MIN-799
Senior Seminar
Thesis
3
6
MIN-793DSupervised Ministry Experience IV1.5
MIN-748Pastoral Leadership3
MIN-770Ministry Discernment0

Electives

  • New Testament or Old Testament Bible content courses (5-6 units)
  • Practical studies (3 units)
  • MFT course (1.5 units)
  • Free electives (12.5-15.5 units)

* Must be FPU Biblical Seminary course.
** At least one biblical theology course must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.