"Academic excellence is really important to me. It’s the main reason I came here. But there’s also a practical aspect. The academics are much more meaningful when you can immediately put that knowledge into action." — Jason Hildebrandt
Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
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.
- 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
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.
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.
The following courses are part of this program. Please speak with an admissions counselor for specific course information.
- Biblical Interpretation I (BIB 725)
- The Church and God's Mission in the World (BIB 720)
- Christian Thought (THEO 705)
- Mentoring/Connecting (MIN 705)
- History of Christianity (HIST 712)
- Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles (MIN 750A)
- Cross-Cultural Encounter: Fresno (MIN 750B)
- Elementary Greek I (BIB 710)
- Elementary Greek II (BIB 711)
- Intermediate Greek Exegesis (BIB 712)
- Elementary Hebrew I (BIB 715)
- Elementary Hebrew II (BIB 716)
- Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis (BIB 717)
- Biblical Theology I (BIB 750)
- Biblical Theology II (BIB 752)
- Spiritual Formation (MIN 710)
- Personal Evangelism (MIN 720)
- Interpersonal Communication (COUN 724)
- Supervised Ministry Experience I (MIN 793A)
- Supervised Ministry Experience II (MIN 793B)
- Supervised Ministry Experience III (MIN 793C)
- Anabaptist/MB Studies (HIST 721)
- North American Religious History (HIST 718)
- Discipleship and Ethics (THEO 730)
- Preaching I (MIN 740)
- Christian Worship (MIN 746)
- Pastoral Care and Counseling (MIN 744)
- Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation (PACS 700)
- Supervised Ministry Experience 4 (MIN 793D)
- Pastoral Leadership (MIN 748)
- Senior Seminar (BIB 790)
- Thesis (MIN 799)
- Ministry Discernment (MIN 770)
- 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
Cost: $420 per unit (Financial aid is available.)
Units: 90 units