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 is valley-focused and is now offered with reduced units combing traditional classroom experience with supervised ministry experience outside of the classroom to prepare you to serve with theological conviction and practical leadership skills.
- Inter-denominationally focused
- Course listings designed with input from 30 valley pastors from 17 different denominations
- Learn from local pastors: Dale Oquist, Paul Binion II, Anthony Flores and Renn Serna
- Every course includes a class session with a respected local pastor, meeting at their church facility
- Purposeful community of learners and leaders
- Experienced and published faculty
- MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
- Option to study in Israel each summer
- Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
- Online courses available
- Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Option to add a certificate in Chaplaincy or Presbyterian for an additional 2-3 units.
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.
Brian Ross, D.Min.
Mark Baker, Ph.D.
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.
Randy White, D.Min.
- Commitment to and desire for Christian ministry and service
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University
- Minimum GPA of 2.5
- Online application and fee ($90)
- Personal profile questions
- Three letters of reference
- Writing sample
Required Courses (72 Units)
Biblical and Theological Reflection (33 Units)
|BIB 709||Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar||0|
|BIB 720||The Church and God’s Mission in the World (Must be an FPU Seminary course.)||3|
|BIB 725||Understanding, Interpreting and Teaching Scripture (Must be taken for 3)||2-3|
|THEO 730||Discipleship and Ethics (Must be an FPU Seminary course. Must be taken for 3.)||2-3|
Biblical Languages - choose either Greek OR Hebrew (9)*
|BIB 710||Elementary Greek I||3 and|
|BIB 711||Elementary Greek II||3 and|
|BIB 712||Intermediate Greek Exegesis||3 or|
|BIB 715||Elementary Hebrew I||3 and|
|BIB 716||Elementary Hebrew II||3 and|
|BIB 717||Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis||3|
|BIB 750||Old Testament Theology||3 **|
|BIB 752||New Testament Theology||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.
** Either BIB 750 - Old Testament Theology or BIB 752 - New Testament Theology must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course
|THEO 712||The Story of the Church and Its Theology (Must be taken as a 3 course)||2-3|
|Journeying Deep into Scripture - Any Bible elective||3|
|Engaging the Tradition - Any History or Theology elective||3|
Personal and Holistic Formation (5.5 Units)
|MIN 704||Discerning Vocation and Calling||1|
|MIN 712||The Charismatic Experience||1.5|
|MIN 714||Spirit, Character, and Transformation (Must be taken as a 3 course)||2-3|
Missional and Practical Application (22 Units)
|MIN 718||Effective Contemporary Public Communication||3|
|THEO 719||Exploring Secular Culture & Connecting with Secular People :||3|
|MIN 753||Leading Organizations and Volunteers for Mission||3|
|MIN 762||Exegeting and Serving Your Neighborhood||1.5|
|MIN 750D||Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco||1.5|
|MIN 768||Serving Resiliently Through Crises and Trauma (Must be taken for 2)||2-3|
|PACS 700||Peacemaking Institute and Mediation (Must be taken for 2)||2-3|
|MIN 793A||The Practice of Ministry (Must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.) I||1.5|
|MIN 793B||The Practice of Ministry II (Must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.)||1.5|
|MIN 793C||Practice of Ministry III (Must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.)||1.5|
|MIN 793D||Practice of Ministry IV (Must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.)||1.5|
NOTE: Students do not need to take the Practice of Ministry series in order.
Integration and Specialization
Elective Units for Specialization 5.5-8.5
|Senior Seminar - MDIV|
or Thesis (Must be FPU Biblical Seminary course.)
|MIN 770DV||Ministry Discernment - MDIV||0|