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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.

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-720*The Church and God’s Mission in the World3
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation I3
BIB-750**Biblical Theology I3
HIST-712History of Christianity3
MIN-705*Mentoring/Connecting1
MIN-750A*
or MIN-750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles
Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco
1.5
1.5
THEO-705Christian Thought3
Expanding The Base
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-726Biblical Interpretation II2
BIB-752**Biblical Theology II3
MIN-760Practicum Assessment and Discernment0
HIST-716
or THEO-760
or HIST-718
Evangelical Anabaptist story
Evangelical Anabaptist Confessions
North American Religious History
3
3
3
THEO-730*Discipleship and Ethics3
THEO-734Contemporary Theology3
Practicing The Theory (3 Units)

Choose one:

CodeTitleUnits
COUN-724Interpersonal Communication3
MIN-732Church Educational Ministries3
MIN-740
or MIN-742
Preaching I
Preaching for Contemporary Listeners
3
3
MIN-793A*
and MIN-793B*
Supervised Ministry Experience I
Supervised Ministry Experience II
1.5
1.5
Capstone Learning
CodeTitleUnits
BIB-790*
or THEO-799*
Senior Seminar
Thesis
3
6
MIN-770*Ministry Discernment0
Electives
  • Theology or history courses (9 units)
  • Bible course (3 units)
  • Free electives (7.5-10.5 units)

* Must be FPU Biblical Seminary course.
** At least one biblical theology course must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.