Be the agent for compassionate change in the world.


Let FST Prepare You

Earn your  graduate degree with the Franciscan School of Theology on campus at the University of San Diego.

Integrating Faith & Practice

FST is committed to embodying Franciscan theology in a religiously and culturally diverse world. In our living, our learning, our relationships, and our community, we address both the head and the heart by integrating the pastoral and academic dimensions of theological study.

Integrating Faith & Practice

FST is committed to embodying Franciscan theology in a religiously and culturally diverse world. In our living, our learning, our relationships, and our community, we address both the head and the heart by integrating the pastoral and academic dimensions of theological study.

Personal Enrichment

We offer affordable, high-quality graduate courses by some of the world's foremost Franciscan scholars and educators; the courses are open to qualified candidates and degree, certificate and individualized programs are available for those who want to advance their education.

We offer affordable, high-quality graduate courses by some of the world's foremost Franciscan scholars and educators; the courses are open to qualified candidates and degree, certificate and individualized programs are available for those who want to advance their education.

Personal Enrichment


Enrich Your Mind
Revive Your Spirit / Deepen Your Calling

Explore our Academic Programs

As you are deepening your Christian Faith and growing in love of God and neighbor we can provide numerous academic options among which are study of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, theology in the contemporary world, liturgical studies, history, ethics, and pastoral ministry.

Master of Theological Studies

A two-year academic program for careers in the elementary, secondary, or junior college level; in church ministry; or as preparation for further academic work.

A three-year degree program for ministers who wish professionally to advance their service to Church and society.

Master of Divinity

Concurrent MDiv and MTS Degrees

By combining a focused theological study with ministerial degree programs, the two-year MTS and three-year MDiv can be completed in just four years.

Degrees & Programs 
That Will Change Your Life and The World

Degrees & Programs 
That Will Change Your Life and The World

Master of the Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts degree in theology is an academically rigorous degree designed for students preparing for teaching at the secondary level or in two-year college programs. The M.A. also serves as an appropriate graduate research degree in preparation for a doctoral program.

“At FST, I not only received a theological education, I gained a community. It continues to be an inspiration in recognizing that if I look deep enough and carefully enough, there are traces of the Franciscan spirit in everyone. The spirit of Francis is still alive in many people that I meet and there are so many allies in the world. That has been a great source of hope for me. That is why we as Franciscans call everyone and all creations as brothers and sisters, because we are all connected.”

Fr. Sam Nasada, OFM
MDiv 2017

What FST students are saying

“It has been my great privilege to be a physician, and from my work at FST, I
strive to link observations and concerns from my experience as a physician, together
with a potential Franciscan response to some of those concerns. That response is drawn
from the message of beauty, joy, and goodness, that can be found in the Franciscan
tradition’s approach to the care of the sick.”

Margaret E. McCahill,  OFS, M.D., MTS
MTS, 2016

“Our professors genuinely invest in the development of the whole person, with a deep
concern for our well-being and growth as a person of inherent value and extraordinary
potential. Oftentimes, they saw more potential in us than we saw in ourselves, and over the course of the semester, they challenged us to not only realize it, but to surpass it.”

Kendra McClelland
MDiv 2017