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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.


  • 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

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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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Brian Ross, D.Min.

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

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Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

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

Admission requirements

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Course listing

Required Courses (60 Units)


BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0
BIB 720The Church and God’s Mission in the World *3
BIB 725Understanding, Interpreting and Teaching Scripture
(Must be taken as a 3 unit course)
BIB 750Old Testament Theology **3
HIST 712History of Christianity3
MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling *1
MIN 750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5
THEO 712The Story of the Church and Its Theology
(Must be taken as a 3 unit course)

Expanding the Base

BIB 726Advanced Biblical Interpretation2
BIB 752New Testament Theology **3
MIN 760Practicum Assessment and Discernment0
HIST 716
THEO 760
or HIST 718
The Evangelical Anabaptist Story
or Evangelical Anabaptist Confessions of Faith
or North American Religious History
or 3
or 3
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics*
(Must be taken as a 3 unit course)
THEO 734Contemporary Theology
(Must be taken as a 3 unit course)

Practicing the Theory (3 Units)

Choose one

COUN 724
MIN 718
Interpersonal Communication
(Must be taken as a 3 unit course)
or Effective Contemporary Public Communication
or 3
MIN 732
MIN 740
or MIN 742
or MIN 793B and
MIN 793A
Church Educational Ministries
or Preaching I
or Preaching for Contemporary Listeners
or The Practice of Ministry II * and
The Practice of Ministry I *
or 3
or 3
or 3

Capstone Learning

THEO 799
Senior Seminar - Theology *
or Thesis *
or 3-6
MIN 770THMinistry Discernment - Theology0


 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.