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    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, and Theology and Culture.

    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.

    The PhD program requires the completion or 72 units of 800 level coursework. An updated list of per-unit cost and fees can be found at http://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 can also call Housing Services at (626) 584-5445 or e-mail Fuller Housing Services at [email protected].

    Tuition Assistance

    Financial Aid-Fellowships
    Latino students at Fuller Theological Seminary are eligible for Institutional Grants that cover 40-60% of tuition. A series of Competitive Scholarships are also available for Doctoral Students:

    • Hispanic Theological Institute.  Requirements are determined by the Hispanic Church Studies Program.
    • 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.

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

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Dr. Juan Francisco Martínez
    Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership School of Theology
    Interests include Latino Protestantism in the U.S. and Latin America, transnationalism and mission, intercultural church relations, theological education in Latin America and among Latinos in the U.S., alternative models of theological education, Anabaptism in Latin America

    Dr. Oscar García-Johnson 
    Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
    Interests include Postmodern ecclesiology, theology and culture, doctrine and spirituality, transnational missions

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    With more than 30 years of experience, El Centro Latino provides curriculum that specifically targets the needs of the Latin American communities and congregations. Programs include a Master of Arts in the Theology Faculty with a specialization in Latino/a Pastoral Ministry, a Masters of Divinity majoring in pastoral care and counseling and a Masters of Divinity majoring in multicultural ministries in the Hispanic Church context.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    Fuller Theological Seminary provides Internet Access to more 15,000 Resources in Spanish. http://www.fuller.edu/academics/library.aspx

    Other Resources

    Latino Student Association (Julia Díaz, President)

    HTI Fellows/ Scholars 

    Sammy Alfaro
    Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
    Grand Canyon University
    2003-2004 Doctoral
    2004-2005 Doctoral Renewal
    2005-2006 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2007-2008 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Moisés López
    2010-2011 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
    2013-2014 Dissertation Year Scholar

    Martin Rodríguez
    2015-2016 First Year Doctoral Scholar

    Contact Information

    The HTI person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Fuller Theological Seminary is:

    Name:                  Dr. Juan Francisco Martinez
    Title:                    Assistant Dean for Hispanic Church Studies and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership
    Telephone:          626/584-5588
    Email:                 [email protected] 


    Name:                  Dr. Eugen Matei
    Title:                    Director, Center for Theological Studies (CATS)
    Telephone:           626/584-5598
    Email:                  [email protected] 
    Updated May 2015