Theological Sharpening for Effective Ministry

The MATM combines practical learning with biblical studies and vocational formation to prepare you to serve in a church, nonprofit, or other setting with a new level of theological depth and cultural understanding.

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Strengthen your existing ministry—or prepare for a new step in ministry service—with a program that emphasizes practical application and builds on your experience

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With faculty who are experienced ministry practitioners as well as leading scholars in their fields, you will learn to bring biblical and theological depth into your day-to-day work

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Complete the MATM at any of our six campuses or primarily online, staying in your ministry context if you prefer—and tailor it to your needs through a range of emphasis options

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A broad new level of formational support—mentoring, small group reflection, and other resources—will help you refine and holistically prepare for your distinct vocational calling

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A Focus on Application

Joe Broesamle

My journey at Fuller was definitely fruitful and helped me understand the impact I can make as a youth pastor. My life and my ministry are more enhanced than I ever thought possible.

Joe Broesamle, MATM '15

Norma Galvan

Fuller offered me a broader worldview, fostered my faith, and immersed me in an exceptional program with noteworthy Hispanic and non-Hispanic professors and fellow students.

Norma Galvan, MATM '14

Yas Yoneda

After 35 years in law enforcement, I decided to attend Fuller Northwest and see whether God might call me to pastor a church. It was hard but I loved the journey—and was welcomed as a pastoral intern at a local church.

Yas Yoneda, MATM '15

The MATM will take you where theory and practice meet

Fuller’s MA in Theology and Ministry is for those who want to dig in and see how theology applies to day-to-day ministry. Maybe you’re serving in some form of ministry but are ready to take it to a new level. Maybe you’re exploring a second career. Or maybe you just crave a deeper theological and biblical foundation for the church or nonprofit work you do.

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Andrew Rillera

Fuller's faculty are very present and available, guiding and advising me in discerning my path. I’m now in part-time pastoral ministry while starting a PhD in New Testament. The MATM prepared me well for this.

Andrew Rillera, MATM '14

Bill Bartlett

The Recovery Ministry emphasis in my MATM shed light on problems I saw in the men with whom I volunteer as a prison chaplain. I have since put into practice ideas about spiritual formation to address these issues.

Bill Bartlett, MATM '15

Practical Curriculum

In the MATM you’ll find plenty of courses that speak directly to the ministry or nonprofit experience, with electives and emphasis options that let you tailor the program to your particular interests. As the MATM has no biblical language requirements and just a two-year timeframe, many find it to be a more attainable alternative to the MDiv.

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If you don’t hold an accredited bachelor's degree but do have substantial ministry experience, you may be eligible to apply to the MATM as a Special Student.

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Wherever you are in your vocational journey, extensive integrated support and a quarter-long practicum will help you discern, develop, and fine-tune your calling. You’ll get the following plus additional resources:
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Small Group Formation

4 out of 6 quarters in vocational formation groups led by trained facilitators

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Access to a broad range of placement opportunities and personalized support


Lifelong Community

A network of connections and friendships that go with you for a lifetime


Stay in your ministry context and earn the MATM primarily online if you wish, or choose to study at any of our six campus locations.

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Reduced unit requirements for the MATM mean faster completion, which decreases your tuition expense. New merit-based scholarships, along with need-based assistance, cut your costs even more.

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