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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, Ph.D.
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

Lynn Jost, Ph.D.
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

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

Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.
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 I ***3
HIST 712History of Christianity3
MIN 705Mentoring/Connecting *1
MIN 750A
or MIN 750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles *
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco *
1.5
or 1.5
MIN 750B
or MIN 750C
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Fresno *
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: International *
1.5
or 1.5
THEO 705Christian Thought ***3
Expanding the Base

Choose one set

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 711 and BIB 710
or BIB 716 and BIB 715
Elementary Greek II and Elementary Greek I
or Elementary Hebrew II and Elementary Hebrew I
6
or 6
BIB 750Biblical Theology I *** **3
BIB 752Biblical Theology II *** **3
COUN 724Interpersonal Communication ***2
MIN 710Spiritual Formation2
MIN 720Personal Evangelism1
Testing the Theory
CodeTitleUnits
BIB 712
or BIB 717
Intermediate Greek Exegesis
or Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis
3
or 3
MIN 793ASupervised Ministry Experience I *1.5
MIN 793BSupervised Ministry Experience II *1.5
MIN 793CSupervised Ministry Experience III *1.5
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics *2

Choose one of the following

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 716
or HIST 718
or THEO 760
The Evangelical Anabaptist Story
or North American Religious History
or Evangelical Anabaptist Confessions of Faith
3
or 3
or 3
Practicing the Theory
CodeTitleUnits
MIN 740
or MIN 742
Preaching I
or Preaching for Contemporary Listeners
3
or 3
MIN 744Pastoral Care and Counseling3
MIN 746Christian Worship ***3
PACS 700Basic Institute in Conflict Management And Mediation ***2
Capstone Learning
CodeTitleUnits
MIN 793DSupervised Ministry Experience IV1.5
BIB 790
or MIN 799
Senior Seminar
or Thesis ***
3
or 6
MIN 748Pastoral Leadership3
MIN 770Ministry Discernment0
Electives
CodeTitleUnits
 New Testament or Old Testament Bible content courses5-6
 Practical studies3
 MFT course1.5
 Free electives12.5-15.5

* Must be FPU Biblical Seminary course.

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

*** Course must be taken as number of units listed here