This degree equips practitioners personally, theologically and practically to provide effective leadership in urban mission in both North America and global contexts. You will gain biblical and theological foundations; cross-cultural sociological and anthropological tools; analysis of historical and contemporary mission issues; ministry skills; and partnership opportunities in mission. Internships and other opportunities will give you experience in Fresno's complex urban culture. The MAUM program has two concentrations. The community leadership concentration maintains an explicit focus upon preparing students to lead congregations and faith based community benefit organizations in today's complex urban enviroments. The global mission concentration provides students with the opportunity to tailor this program to prepare for service in a variety of urban or non-urban settings.


  • 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

Graduating with an MA in Urban Mission from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary prepares students to serve as leaders within churches and faith based non-profit organizations that value holistic ministry. Graduates serve in traditional roles such as missions pastors and foreign missionaries, or non-traditional roles such as incarnational living and urban church planting. AUM graduates are leaders in church-based job creation, dismantling human trafficking and caring for its victims, "third-way" solutions to complex issues such as immigration reform, financial literacy training, education completion and opportunities.

Program director

Karen Crozier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Director of Faculty Development and Diversity


mark baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission 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 (60 Units)

General Theological Courses
BIB-720The Church and God's Mission in the World3
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation I3
BIB-750Biblical Theology I3
BIB-752Biblical Theology II3
or MIN-799
Senior Seminar
COUN-724Interpersonal Communication2
MIN-770Ministry Discernment0
THEO-705Christian Thought2
THEO-730Discipleship and Ethics3
Mission Foundation Courses
MIN-720Personal Evangelism1
or MIN-750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles
Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco
MIN-750BCross-Cultural Encounter: Fresno1.5
MIN-728Anthropology for Christian Witness3
and MIN-793B
or MIN-794A&B
Supervised Ministry Experience I
Supervised Ministry Experience II
Urban Mission Practicum I & II
PACS-700Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation2
THEO-740Global Christian Theologies3

Select One Concentration

Community Leadership
MIN-726Kingdom Entrepreneurship3
MIN-752Urban Ministry Into the Neighborhood 
MIN-754Urban Ministry Engaging the City3
MIN-751Leading Multicultural Communities3
MIN-756Ministry Among Marginalized Peoples3

Choose one or more of the following (1.5 units)

COUN-728Family Violence1.5
COUN-756Grief Counseling1
COUN-760Substance Abuse1
Global Mission
MIN-724Urban Ministry Church Planting2
or TBA
Urban Ministry Into the Neighborhood
Ministry Among Marginalized Peoples
MIN-730Christians and Religious Neighbors3
MIN-725Issues and Theologies of Mission3

Electives in mission or ministry (3 units)


Choose an additional 2.5-8 units