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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 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.

Highlights

  • 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.

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

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Brian Ross, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity & Ministry Leadership and Culture

Faculty

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Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

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Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

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Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, Old Testament, Director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies

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Randy White, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Community Leadership and Transformation, Executive Director of the Center for Community Transformation

Admission requirements

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Course listing

Required Courses (72 Units)

Biblical and Theological Reflection (33 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0
BIB 720The Church and God’s Mission in the World (Must be an FPU Seminary course.)3
BIB 725Understanding, Interpreting and Teaching Scripture (Must be taken for 3)2-3
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics (Must be an FPU Seminary course. Must be taken for 3.)2-3

Biblical Languages - choose either Greek OR Hebrew (9)*

CodeTitleUnits
BIB 710Elementary Greek I3 and
BIB 711Elementary Greek II3 and
BIB 712Intermediate Greek Exegesis3 or
BIB 715Elementary Hebrew I3 and
BIB 716Elementary Hebrew II3 and
BIB 717Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis3
BIB 750Old Testament Theology3 **
BIB 752New Testament Theology3 **

* 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

CodeTitleUnits
THEO 712The Story of the Church and Its Theology (Must be taken as a 3 course)2-3
 Journeying Deep into Scripture - Any Bible elective3
 Engaging the Tradition - Any History or Theology elective3

Personal and Holistic Formation (5.5 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling1
MIN 712The Charismatic Experience1.5
MIN 714Spirit, Character, and Transformation (Must be taken as a 3 course)2-3

Missional and Practical Application (22 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
MIN 718Effective Contemporary Public Communication3
THEO 719Exploring Secular Culture & Connecting with Secular People :3
MIN 753Leading Organizations and Volunteers for Mission3
MIN 762Exegeting and Serving Your Neighborhood1.5
MIN 750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5
MIN 768Serving Resiliently Through Crises and Trauma (Must be taken for 2)2-3
PACS 700Peacemaking Institute and Mediation (Must be taken for 2)2-3
MIN 793AThe Practice of Ministry (Must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.) I1.5
MIN 793BThe Practice of Ministry II (Must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.)1.5
MIN 793CPractice of Ministry III (Must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.)1.5
MIN 793DPractice 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
CodeTitleUnits
BIB 790DV
MIN 799
Senior Seminar - MDIV
or Thesis (Must be FPU Biblical Seminary course.)
3
or 3-6
MIN 770DVMinistry Discernment - MDIV0