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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-720*The Church and God’s Mission in the World3
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation I3
HIST-712History of Christianity3
MIN-705*Mentoring/Connecting1
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
or BIB-715
and BIB-716
Elementary Greek I
Elementary Greek II
Elementary Hebrew I
Elementary Hebrew II
3
3
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-750**Biblical Theology I3
BIB-752**Biblical Theology II3
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-793A*Supervised Ministry Experience I1.5
MIN-793B*Supervised Ministry Experience II1.5
MIN-793C*Supervised Ministry Experience III1.5
HIST-716Anabaptist Evangelical Story3
THEO-760
or HIST-718
Anabaptist Evangelical Confessions
North American Religious History
3
3
THEO-730*Discipleship and Ethics3
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.