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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, Program Director, Theology & Intercultural Studies M.A.

Faculty

Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.
Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.

Dean of the Seminary, Associate Professor, J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology, Interim Vice President of the Seminary

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

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

FPU Seminary Portrait
Brian Ross, D.Min.

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

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

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

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 725Understanding, Interpreting, and Teaching Scripture3
BIB 750Old Testament Theology **3
HIST 712History of Christianity3
MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling *1
MIN 750A
MIN 750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles *
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco
1.5
or 1.5
THEO 712Story of the Church & Its Theology3

Expanding the Base

CodeTitleUnits
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
3
or 3
or 3
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics *3
THEO 734Contemporary Theology3

Practicing the Theory (3 Units)

Choose one

CodeTitleUnits
COUN 724
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 The Practice of Ministry II * and
The Practice of Ministry I *
3
or 3
or 3
or 3
or 3

Capstone Learning

CodeTitleUnits
BIB 790
THEO 799
Senior Seminar *
or Thesis *
3
or 6
MIN 770Ministry Discernment *0

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.