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Franciscan School of Theology at the University of San Diego

Introducing a State-of-the-Art Online Program in Theology

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.

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 nurtures, encourages, and promotes that students and graduates 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

Program Snapshot

Application Deadline
August 2

Program Length
24 Months

Total Credits

100% Online

Why Choose Franciscan School of Theology?

High-caliber faculty

Our world-class faculty embodies the Franciscan principle of learning for the sake of doing. With years experience in faith-based service, leadership and study, each of our instructors is adept at teaching from a place of historical expertise while applying Catholic tenets to our contemporary world. 

Faith-based, career-building masters degree

If you feel strongly that your career is missing an element of compassionate understanding, this program will provide the tools you need to incorporate your faith into your work — not to mention open entirely new doors.  Ours is a faith-based institution with values anchored in the Catholic tradition, though we welcome students from all backgrounds who wish to explore a deeper calling.    

Accredited institution

The Franciscan School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 

Flexible scheduling with online classes

Whether you’re a recent bachelor’s degree graduate or a working professional, this program’s flexible online scheduling enables you to complete your studies on your own timeline, wherever you are.

Academic excellence, nationally respected university

Aside from attending a prestigious university with a long history and a strong academic reputation, you’ll enjoy a practical, immediately relevant faith-based curriculum geared toward advancing your career.

Highly rated by students

Students and alumni praise our stellar faculty, Franciscan traditions and our incredible, well-respected community. Graduates of the MTS program are forever part of a network of faith-based leaders whose guidance and support will resonate far beyond the classroom. 

Program Structure

  • 24-month program
  • Earn your degree without leaving home
  • Access your classroom any time, day or night
  • Courses are offered year-round
  • Focus on one 7-week course at a time
  • Enjoy convenience and flexibility

Why Choose Franciscan School of Theology?

Academic excellence, top-ranked university

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High-caliber faculty; mutual transformation

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A life-changing academic degree program