Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Overview

The Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) is the most respected and comprehensive degree for leadership within a church, para-church or faith-based non-profit organization. This degree combines traditional classroom experience with supervised ministry experience preparing men and women to serve with theological conviction and practical leadership skills. 

This program may be combined with the master of arts in marriage and family therapy program. Please check with the Seminary Admissions Office for details.

Our Graduates

Our M.Div. degree will open doors of opportunity to serve all over the world. Our skilled graduates are 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 plan 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.

The M.Div. degree is the recommended degree for admission to a doctorate of ministry (D.Min.) program and can also lead to a Ph.D.

*Our program meets full military educational criteria for chaplaincy.

Coursework

Our traditional M.Div. student graduates within three or four years of full-time coursework (9 units per semester or more). However, many students choose to enroll part time and stretch out their completion of the M.Div. due to its rigorous nature. After acceptance to FPBS, students meet one-on-one with their advisor to map out a degree plan which details the length of time until their graduation. This plan is based on the individual needs of the student.

Unique Features

  • Small class size allows for highly personal relationships with the faculty and other students 
  • Emphasis on both academic study and practical ministry experience 
  • Faculty have a wide range of published literature, both theological and practical 
  • Faculty connects with their students and help shape them into who God wants them to be

Admissions Requirements

  • Commitment to and desire for Christian ministry and service
  • Application form and fee
  • Official transcript of BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university (minimum 2.5 GPA*)
  • Personal profile statement and short answer questions
  • Three references
  • Writing sample from undergraduate education

*Lower GPA may be considered under special circumstances

For additional admission information, please view our admissions page or contact Joseph Medina, ministry and biblical studies program representative, at 559-453-2322 or seminary.min@fresno.edu.

Further Info

Cost: $420 per unit (Financial aid is available.)

Units: 90 units