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5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110

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Why Study Theology at FST?

Grounded in the joy-filled tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, FST is committed to embodying Franciscan theology in a religiously and culturally diverse world. Students engage both mind and spirit with their faith journey to discover their unique role in caring for our world and the Church.

  • Head-Heart Engagement
    Our academic approach addresses both the head and the heart by integrating the pastoral and academic dimensions of theological study.
  • Practical Learning Outcomes
    Students apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios presented by a wide range of professional and personal pursuits.
  • World-Class Faculty
    Instructors and faculty are renowned scholars in the Franciscan community and the highest experts in their fields.
  • Diverse Learning Community
    Lay people from all backgrounds study alongside seminarians in a unique and welcoming academic environment.
  • Comprehensive Resources
    Our partnership with the University of San Diego grants our students access to a wide range of academic, research, technical, and professional resources.

FST welcomes all who are or aspire to be:

  • Parish, Church, Campus/College Ministry
  • Educators and Teachers
  • Business Professionals
  • Counselors/Medical Professionals
  • Aspiring Theologians
  • Military Professionals
  • Community Leaders
  • Career Changers
  • Retired Individuals
  • Individuals who seek to know more about Franciscan theology
  • Individuals looking to integrate their faith into their respective careers


Our students come from all walks of life, both lay and religious. Our Requirements Page gives more information about requirements for our degrees and non-degree programs.

Both degree and non-degree students can attend the Franciscan School part-time. If you are undecided about enrolling in a degree program, you may register as a non-degree student. Up to 24 non-degree credits may be transferred to a degree program.

FST students have the opportunity to enroll in graduate-level courses complementing their degree programs, taught at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), and the School of Business. Interested students work with their advisors to select courses appropriate to their individual course of studies.

The Franciscan School of Theology gladly welcomes people of all beliefs to share in the Franciscan Spiritual and Intellectual Tradition – you do not need to be Roman Catholic to attend. FST is a Roman Catholic institution.



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