WHO IS THE MTS-FT DEGREE FOR?
Educators. Community leaders. Seekers. The online Master of Theological Studies – Franciscan Theology program is designed for those seeking to immerse themselves in the teachings of the Franciscan Catholic faith, no matter their background. Our curriculum helps students construct a strong foundation for teaching and serving in their parish or in their wider communities and is built to accommodate all timelines, schedules, and experience levels.
- 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
Graduates of the MTS-FT program go on to work or serve in a multitude of fields, many of them not strictly related to the diocese. The MTS-FT is a popular program for service providers, among others, who wish to treat the “whole person” in their profession, drawing from their knowledge of people with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. Graduates of the Franciscan School of Theology’s on-campus MTS program include:
- Campus Minister
- Faith Formator
- Healthcare Provider
- Human Rights Advocate
- Member of the armed forces
- Non Profit Leader
- Pastoral Minister
- Program Director
- School Administrator
- Social Worker
- Youth Minister
Degree candidates are admitted throughout the year to begin their program during one of three semesters (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Students typically take two courses in each 14-week semester, focusing intensively on one 7-week course at a time.
The MTS-FT program learning outcomes are intended to prepare students to:
Interpret and Apply Theological Knowledge
Not only will the online MTS-FT degree program prepare students to enter religious education or professional ministry in the Roman Catholic Church — this program provides students a bedrock on which to build their own interpretations and proposed applications of this service-based faith tradition, whatever their life and career goals may be.
Identify Areas of Service and Need
Part of the Franciscan School of Theology’s mission is to prepare women and men for lives dedicated to solidarity with those on the margins of society and the Church. The Franciscan focus on the joy of creation and service to others will help students identify places in their own communities that could be better served with compassion and understanding.
Construct a Coherent, In-Depth Theological Capstone
An MTS-FT capstone demonstrates each student’s ability to develop a coherent theological argument on a topic about which they feel passionately. The capstone may contain an experiential component integrating personal, professional, and pastoral concerns and will demonstrate skill in developing a theological framework to situate the topic within the commitment of faith.
Hear From the MTS-FT Community
The Franciscan School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The Franciscan School of Theology regularly assesses its academic programs to ensure that they continue to provide the desired depth and breadth of theological education and that they conform to the standards of the WASC and ATS accrediting agencies.
Why Choose Online Learning Through the Franciscan School of Theology?
In addition to working alongside world-class faculty, the Franciscan School of Theology’s partnership with the University of San Diego enables FST to provide competitive flexibility. Designed for busy working professionals who want to earn their master’s degree while balancing the demands of work and family life, FST’s convenient yet rigorous online program helps students achieve their educational goals on their own schedule.
As an online graduate student, you will have access to your classroom at any time and can view your assignments, syllabus, and course resources from any computer with internet capability. The online courses embody the same learning outcomes, educational rigor, and high level of academic excellence as our on-campus programs.
- Utilize multiple university resources
- Access numerous USD services
- Immersive and unique career and personal-building education
- Accomplished professional faculty with extensive education/teaching experience
- Small class sizes with a small instructor-to-student ratio
- Strong networking opportunities with faculty/peers through online collaboration
- 100% online = flexibility for working professionals
- Complete your degree in 24 months