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The Master of Arts in Theology provides you with specialized education of biblical and systematic theology and history of Christianity. The program focuses on the disciplines and resources of biblical interpretation allowing graduates to continue education on their own well after program completion.

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

Graduating with a Master of Arts in Theology from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary will prepare you for a future of teaching and writing in your area of expertise. Graduates of this degree have the option of becoming a teaching pastor or using it as a gateway to achieving their Ph.D. in order to teach at the collegiate level.

Program director

mark baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

Faculty

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 (60 Units)

Foundations
CodeTitleUnits
BIB 720The Church and God's Mission in the World *3
BIB 725Biblical Interpretation I ***3
BIB 750Biblical Theology 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
THEO 705Christian Thought ***3
Expanding the Base
CodeTitleUnits
BIB 726Biblical Interpretation II2
BIB 752Biblical Theology II *** **3
MIN 760Practicum Assessment and Discernment0
HIST 716
or THEO 760
or HIST 718
The Evangelical Anabaptist Story
or Evangelical Anabaptist Confessions of Faith
or North American Religious History
3
or 3
or 3
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics *** *3
THEO 734Contemporary Theology3
Practicing the Theory (3 Units)

Choose one

CodeTitleUnits
COUN 724
or MIN 732
or MIN 740
or MIN 742
or MIN 793B and MIN 793A
Interpersonal Communication ***
or Church Educational Ministries
or Preaching I
or Preaching for Contemporary Listeners
or Supervised Ministry Experience II * and Supervised Ministry Experience I *
3
or 3
or 3
or 3
or 3
Capstone Learning
CodeTitleUnits
MIN 770Ministry Discernment *0
BIB 790
or THEO 799
Senior Seminar *
or Thesis *** *
3
or 6
Electives
CodeTitleUnits
Theology or history courses9
Bible course3
Free electives7.5-10.5

* 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