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Introducing a State-of-the-Art Online Program [Theological Studies]
Welcome to the Franciscan School of Theology’s Master of Theological Studies- Franciscan Theology. This is a one-of-a-kind professional and spiritual growth experience designed to help you gain the skills and hands-on educational experience you need to advance your career — all while applying your faith to your profession and vocation.
You can find additional information and guidance on preparing your application by visiting our Starting Your Application page.
If you have questions regarding any aspect of the application process, please contact an Enrollment Advisor for assistance.
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee within one week of your application being submitted.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.
Become Part of a Vibrant Tradition & Put Your Faith Into Action
This online master’s degree program is informed by the Franciscan Catholic tradition, a joy-filled faith study based in service, solidarity, and compassion. Offered by the Franciscan School of Theology in partnership with the University of San Diego, this program empowers graduates to discover unique ways in which they can serve their communities and the world.
Learn from World-Class Faculty & Join a Network of Faith-Based Leaders
The Franciscan tradition promotes learning for the sake of doing. Our faculty comprises renowned scholars whose teachings are drawn from a life of active service. With a small student-teacher ratio, every student gets access to a wealth of knowledge and lived experiences, not to mention a lifelong network of faith leaders.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll learn from our instructors:
- Following Francis: An Introduction to the Franciscan Tradition
- Introduction to Theology: How does one study God in the world?
- Ecclesiology: Building the 21st-Century Church
- Spirituality: Spirituality for the Digital Age
- Intercultural Theology: Unity, Diversity, and Change Today
- Finding Your Voice in the Franciscan Tradition
Who Is This Degree For?
Educators. Community leaders. Seekers. This 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 their wider communities, and is built to accommodate all timelines, schedules, and experience levels.
Students of the MTS program are:
- Parish, Church, Campus/College Ministry
- Educators and Teachers
- Business Professionals
- Counselors/Medical Professionals
- Aspiring Theologians
- Military Professionals
- Community Leaders
- Faith Seekers
- Career Changers
- Individuals looking for something more
- Individuals looking to integrate their faith into their respective careers