Course Planning

Selecting Classes

The best way to select your classes for a given quarter is to view the online course schedule. The schedule will allow you to view the current course offerings and the course offerings of future quarters. It is advised that you keep a copy of your curriculum sheet with you when choosing classes to make sure you select the classes you need to successfully complete your program.

If you want to take classes toward an emphasis, you will want to reference our lists of emphases requirements to verify that you are choosing the courses that will satisfy your emphasis requirement. Contact your academic advisor if you run into any scheduling conflicts or questions.

Pasadena Night Classes: For students in need of taking courses in the evening, we rotate our night classes so a degree can be completed as a part-time student. For more information, view our Pasadena Night Class Rotation schedule.

Denominational Courses: If you are looking for a class to fulfill denominational requirements, Fuller offers select courses for a number of denominations. Please view our list of Denominational Courses.

Intensive Courses

Intensive courses are a unique format through which Fuller offers some of its classes throughout the year and most of its classes in the Summer quarter. Most students are intimidated by the thought of taking an intensive course their first time around because... well, they seem intense. To possibly help relieve some of your anxiety, here is a simple way of understanding a course in an intensive format:

Imagine taking a 10-week night class from 6:30-9:30 PM during the Fall quarter. That's one class each week in a block schedule format.

5-Week Intensives: Take your night class, and instead of going once per week for 10-weeks, you attend class two nights each week for 5 weeks. Before you know it, the class is done.

2-week Intensives: Take your night class and place it in day-time hours. Then, instead of attending once per week, you attend every day during the same hours for two consecutive weeks. It's like working a part-time job behind a desk, while taking notes.

1-week Intensives: Take your night class imagery, and forget about it. This time, you fly to Los Angeles for a conference on Advocacy and Social Justice. For five 8-hour days, you listen to a speaker, take notes and interact with colleagues on the topics at hand. You get breaks to stretch, eat, and check in on your family. You are away from your normal life for just one week of your summer. This conference is what a 1-week intensive feels like... You only have to write papers and read books in addition to attending.

Language Intensives

The School of Theology offers the biblical languages in intensive formats. Unlike the above courses, these classes are 10-week courses. However, they are intensive because they combine the entire language sequence into one quarter. This means that the Greek intensive course is worth 12 units in one quarter compared to earning 12 units over a span of three quarters; and the Hebrew intensive course is work 8 units in one quarter compared to earning 8 units over two quarters. Check with your academic advisor to determine if this format of learning the biblical languages is a good fit for your learning style.

Retaking Classes

Per Fuller policy, classes cannot be retaken to replace a grade or improve a GPA unless the course was previously failed. Please refer to the Student Handbook under "Academic Policies" and then "Grades" to review this policy.

Work Load

As a student, it is very important to find a healthy balance of your life. A helpful way to determine how much work to expect for a given quarter is in this simple equation: For every hour you spend in the classroom, expect to spend at least two hours outside of the classroom working for the course. 

In other words, every 4 unit course is about 12 hours of your week. If you are a full-time student, expect to contribute about 36 hours of your week for school. Part-time students can anticipate 24 hours of their week for school. These hours may vary depending on the class and your personal ability.

If you plan to work a job while in school, our office recommends no more than 20 hours per week for full-time students. If you are working a 3/4-time or full-time job, you will need to determine with your supervisor, family and academic advisor if either one or two courses is a realistic academic goal. There may be times when it is just best to take the quarter off of your academic study, and that is usually okay. However, speak with your academic advisor to plan for any possible long-term consequences for taking time off of school.

Completing Two Masters Degrees at Fuller

It is not uncommon for a student to decide to pursue more than one masters degree at Fuller Seminary. If you decide to join this courageous groups of students, your first step is to contact your academic advisor. Your advisor will help you make your decision as an informed decision. In that appointment, you will be able to review the total number of core and elective courses you can expect to take with the two programs you choose to complete. Then, if you decide to pursue a second degree, your advisor will ensure that there is a smooth transition with your curriculum and student status.

Most Common degree match by students in dual programs:

  1. MAT and MAICS
  2. MATM and MAICS
  3. MDiv and MAICS
  4. SOT or SIS degree and MFT*
  5. MAT and MATM (completing two separate emphases)
*Students must apply and be admitted into the MFT degree separately through the Office of Admissions.

Special Circumstances

If you find yourself in a unique situation that impacts your course registration or academic performance, please contact your academic advisor immediately. Your academic advisor will be able to help you make an informed decision on the next steps to take, which can prevent possible further complications when action is delayed.