Fuller Theological Seminary

“Forming Global Leaders for Kingdom Vocations”

Description of PhD Program
The Center for Advanced Theological Studies (CATS) of the School of Theology of Fuller Theological Seminary seeks primarily to prepare women and men for ministries as teachers and educators. The CATS program, with its diverse and international group of students, engages in graduate work at the highest levels of scholarship, research, and reflection. This takes place in a community of scholars committed to such study within the context of evangelical faith aimed at serving the varied and worldwide church of Jesus Christ. The CATS program is also dedicated to contributing significantly to theological scholarship in general and to evangelical scholarship both in academic and church settings.

The Center offers programs leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Ph.D.) and Master of Theology (Th.M.). These programs are offered in the following concentrations: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Historical Theology, Theology, Christian Ethics, Practical Theology, Theology and Culture, and Worship and Preaching.

Latinx Global Studies and Leadership Specialization
Latinx Global Studies and Leadership is an area of specialization available within the concentration of Practical Theology. Click here for more information.

The Center for Missiological Research (CMR) of the School of Intercultural Studies draws a community of scholars from around the world to address seminal missiological issues through leading research, equipping students for faithful leadership in missiological education and practice.  CMR oversees the PhD and ThM programs in Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies, the Global Research Institute (GRI) postdoctoral fellowship program, and the annual Missiology Lectures, among other initiatives.

PhD ICS students engage in missiologically-oriented research, drawing upon one or more of the following academic discipline areas: Anthropology, Children at Risk, Communication, International Development, Islamic Studies, Leadership, History of Christianity, Mission Theology, Missional Church/Church and Society, and Urban Mission.

Tuition & Housing Costs
Scholarships at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies are offered competitively. Within the limits of each scholarship’s designation, all monies are awarded on the basis of merit. At admission, students entering the program are automatically considered for scholarships, with evaluation based on the relative strength of their application package. No separate application for scholarship is needed. After the first year, students compete for scholarships solely on the basis of their performance within the CATS program.

PhD Intercultural Studies students are eligible for consideration for the Charles E. Fuller Annual Scholarship. The Charles E. Fuller Annual Scholarship is awarded based on financial need and covers up to 15% of the cost of tuition.  One or two incoming PhD ICS students each year receive the King Fellowship. The King Fellowship is a merit-based scholarship offered on the basis of an outstanding application and covers most but not all of the cost of tuition for up to three years of the PhD ICS program, so long as the recipient attends full-time and remains in excellent academic standing. (The PhD ICS program may be completed in three years, but some students take longer.)

Some years, some incoming PhD ICS students receive the Crowell Fellowship. The Crowell Fellowship is a merit-based scholarship offered on the basis of an outstanding application and covers most but not all of the cost of tuition for up to three years of the PhD ICS program, so long as the recipient attends full-time and remains in excellent academic standing. (As noted, some students take longer than three years to complete the coursework.)

In addition to these scholarships, special funds have been established to provide financial aid to returning students at Fuller. As a returning student (after completing two full quarters at Fuller), you would be eligible to apply for these additional scholarships. Application for aid from these funds is made through the Fuller Financial Aid application process, and the application for returning student scholarships is due by March 1st of each year; the Financial Aid office begins to disperse funds from those scholarships the following Summer quarter.

The PhD Theology program requires the completion or 72 units of 800 level coursework. The PhD in Intercultural Studies requires the completion of 64 doctoral units total.  An updated list of per-unit cost and fees can be found at https://fuller.edu/Admissions/Tuition-and-Fees/.

As for housing, Fuller offers all-year-long apartments with separate and legally binding lease contracts instead of academic year-long dorms. Prospective students interested in housing may visit the housing website at www.fuller.edu/housing for more information about the type of units, and the online application. They can also call Housing Services at (626) 584-5445 or e-mail Fuller Housing Services at housing@fuller.edu.

Tuition Assistance

Financial Aid-Fellowships
Latinx students at Fuller Theological Seminary are eligible for Institutional Grants that cover 40-50% of tuition in MA/MDiv programs. A series of Competitive Scholarships are also available for Doctoral Students:

  • Latinx Leadership Grant. Masters students only. Requirements are determined by the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community.
  • Israel Rosales Hispanic Ministries Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship must be of Hispanic descent and a returning student in the Hispanic Ministries Church Studies Department.  The student must also plan to work with Hispanic communities in the United States with preference given to those students who plan to remain in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • George Gay Memorial Grant. Recipient of this grant must be a U.S. citizen of Hispanic descent, who intends to minister to Hispanics through teaching.
  • Geoffrey W. Bromiley Church History Scholarship. Recipients must be a Ph.D. student in Church History, as well as demonstrate academic excellence.
  • Charles E. Carlson New Testament Scholarship. Recipients must be a Ph.D. student in New Testament Studies.
  • Everett Harrison Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to Ph.D. students in the New Testament Studies concentration.
  • Lewis Smedes Scholarship for Ph.D. Students in Christian Ethics.  Recipients must be a Ph.D. student in Christian Ethics, as well as demonstrate academic excellence.
  • Dilworth Graduate Scholar Award. Recipients must be international Ph.D. Students who plan to return to their home country for ministry, after graduation.
  • Esther and Harold Stassen Jubilee Scholarship.  Recipients must be international students from developing countries who plan to return to their country of origin to teach, after graduation.
  • The Lloyd Ogilvie Scholarship. Recipients must be PhD students in the area of Practical Theology and Preaching, who are exemplary biblical preachers, have significant pastoral and preaching experience, and profess outstanding potential as teachers and scholars in the area of preaching.

Latinx students are eligible to apply for any other scholarship offered by the Center for Advanced Theological Studies (CATS).  See CATS contact information below.

Hispanic/Latinx Faculty at CATS and CMR
Dr. Juan Francisco Martínez
Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership

Dr. Oscar García-Johnson
Associate Dean for the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community
Associate Professor of Theology and Latinx Studies  

Dr. Tommy Givens
Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies and Ethics

Dr. Johnny Ramirez-Johnson
Professor of Anthropology and Latinx Studies

Hispanic Centers and Programs/ Program Faculty
Since 1974, Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community (Centro Latino) has developed a contextual vision of ministry and theological scholarship for Latinx leadership with a firm foundation in Scripture, spiritual formation, and the practice of communal love and justice. Centro Latino seeks to engage with our complex and challenging world through critical thinking, vibrant faith, and faith-rooted community transformation. Centro Latino forms global leaders by offering a diverse cultural and theological approach that matches today’s post-Christian, postmodern, and postcolonial challenges.

Centro Latino Faculty

Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee
Associate Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Catherine Barsotti
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation and Latinx Studies

Dr. Stephen E. Young
Assistant Professor of the New Testament


Current Programs

  • MDiv, MAT, MATM in the School of Theology (100% Spanish or bilingual)
  • PhD in Practical Theology with a specialization in Latinx Global Studies and Leadership (100% English at the moment)
Library Resources-Special Collections
Fuller Theological Seminary provides Internet Access to more 15,000 Resources in Spanish. https://www.fuller.edu/academics/library.aspx
Other Resources
Latinx Student Association
Giovanny García, President
HTI Scholars
Mario Eduardo Alas Escalante
Pentecostal Pastor
San Diego, California

Sammy Alfaro
Associate Professor of Christian Studies
Grand Canyon University

Moisés López
Senior Pastor
Lynwood Grace Church, Lynwood, California 

Esteban Gabriel Miranda
Worship Leader
Relevant Church, Woodland Hills, California

Martin Rodríguez
Hollywood Church of Christ, Los Angeles, California

Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Fuller Theological Seminary is:

CATS (School of Theology)
Name:     Eugen Matei
Title:        Center for Advanced Theological Studies Program Director
Phone:    626-584-5598
Email:     cats@fuller.edu

CMR (School of Intercultural Studies)
Name:     Johnny Ching
Title:        Center for Missiological Research
Phone:     626-584-5212
Email:     jcching@fuller.edu

PhD Director or Academic Dean
Name:     Dr. Joel Green
Title:       Associate Dean for CATS
Phone:   (626) 304-3741
Email:    jbgreen@fuller.edu

Person in Charge of Enrollment:
Name:    Dr. Oscar Garcia Johnson
Title:       Assistant Provost
Phone:   (818) 294-5384
Email:     ogarcia-johnson@fuller.edu