Welcome to the FST & USD Family

At USD you join a community of individuals who are all committed to one common goal, your success. As you familiarize yourself with your new team, take the opportunity to virtually meet and connect with the resources available to you as a student. Click on the profiles below to learn more about each office or staff member and watch a brief video about their role in supporting you through graduation.

Academic Director Darleen Pryds, Ph.D. Read More

Academic Director

Darleen Pryds, Ph.D.

Degree Program

  • Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology

Darleen Pryds, Ph.D. has taught History and Spirituality at FST since 2001. She became the Academic Program Director of FST’s MTS-Franciscan Theology (online) in 2020 and oversees the production and implementation of courses in this degree program.

Dr. Pryds has a great passion for the Franciscan Tradition, and has studied the role of lay Franciscan as leaders and spiritual practitioners since college. She has written many books and articles on the subject which can been accessed through Academia.edu. Her teaching at FST invites students to go beyond memorizing abstract theology to explore the significance and varieties of the lived experience of faith. She looks forward to translating her in-person teaching to the online platform in both the courses she produces and in those produced by her colleagues at FST. Asked what her hopes are for the MTS-Franciscan Theology degree that is now online at FST /USD, she said, “I hope that more people will be able to study this rich spiritual and intellectual tradition of faith that brings heart and mind together in reflection and study for the purpose of bringing more compassion and mindful presence in our world. We need the counter-cultural insights of Francis of Assisi; the perseverance of Clare of Assisi; and the creativity of all of the lay practitioners of the tradition to inform faith today.”

In her spare time, Dr. Pryds volunteers as a caregiver in hospice where she encounters wise teachers each and every week. She also enjoys hiking with her family.

Program Manager Benn Joyce Read More

Program Manager

Benn Joyce

Degree Program

  • Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology

Your Program Manager oversees the retention team that is dedicated entirely to your success. Whether it’s working behind the scenes ensuring that things are running smoothly, or working hand in hand with the team to optimize systems and procedures, the Program Manager role is dedicated entirely around student success–your success!

Program Coordinator Sarah Gray Read More

Program Coordinator

Sarah Gray

Degree Program

  • Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology

You and your program coordinator will have many interactions while you’re enrolled. They will be communicating important dates, deadlines and details to you in order to insure you have all the information you need to successfully engage in your program.

Program Coordinators are here to respond to your questions and concerns, and to help you develop solutions for success in this program. In the event that they don’t know the answer to a question, they can still put you in touch with the right office or person. They will be your first point of contact throughout your time as a student at USD, so it is encouraged to keep their email and phone number handy.

Program Assistant Jessica Guerrero Read More

Program Assistant

Jessica Guerrero

Degree Program

  • Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology

The Program Assistants are another level of support on the University of San Diego Student Success team. They work alongside the Program Coordinators to communicate important dates, deadlines, and details to you in order to ensure you have all the information you need to successfully engage in your program.

While the Program Assistants take more of a “behind-the-scenes” role on the Student Success team, you will be scheduling your New Student Check-in Call with the Program Assistants to answer any initial questions you might have before the start of the program.

Copley Library Read More

Copley Library

Student Success

Degree Program

  • Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology

Copley Library

The Copley Library holds books, journals, reference works, databases, and more to help you further your education.

Library Services Contact Information

Zoe Abrahams
Phone: 619.260.7729
Email: zabrahams@sandiego.edu

Start your research with the Copley Library’s Research Guides.

Graduate Admissions Read More

Graduate Admissions

Student Success

Degree Program

  • Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology

Graduate Admissions

The Office of Graduate Admissions is here to support you as you work through your USD graduate application. Upon successful completion of your application, this team prepares your completed application for committee review and processes your acceptance so that you are ready to join the USD community as an admitted student.

Hours & Contact Information

  • Location: Manchester Hall, Suite 205
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Phone: (619) 260-4524
  • Email: grads@sandiego.edu

A Message From The Office of Graduate Admissions

ITS Help Desk Read More

ITS Help Desk

Student Success

Degree Program

  • Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology

ITS Help Desk

The Information Technology Services (ITS) department assists students with troubleshooting with technology-related issues on Blackboard, USD account log-in assistance, and claiming the USDOne Account.

Hours and Contact Information:

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7AM – 7PM
Friday: 7AM – 5PM

Summer/Intersession Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8AM – 5PM
Saturday & Sunday – CLOSED (Limited Phone Support)

Phone: (619) 260-7900
Email: help@sandiego.edu

Office of Financial Aid Services Read More

Office of Financial Aid Services

Student Success

Degree Program

  • Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology

Office of Financial Aid Services

Financial aid is important consideration for many students. Sometimes it can feel unnerving—it doesn’t have to be though. Our team of financial aid advisors and counselors are part of your USD Community and we are here to assist you.

As you begin to review your financial aid information and for a review of the financial aid process, we encourage you to start by reading the steps that are outlined in your “Tuition and Financial Aid” page located here in your Student Success Center. That information was written specifically with you in mind and to help simplify things as much as possible.

If you have questions after reviewing this process, please feel free to reach out. It is the mission of the Office of Financial Aid Services to provide financial assistance in an accurate, efficient and timely manner as well as to provide the best possible service. Once again, welcome! We look forward to working with you.”

Hours & Contact Information

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: (619) 260-2700
Email: onestop@sandiego.edu

A Message from the Office of Financial Aid Services

One Stop Student Center Read More

One Stop Student Center

Student Success

Degree Program

  • Master of Theological Studies - Franciscan Theology

Welcome

The One Stop Student Center at the University of San Diego is here to answer all of your Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Registration questions.

Hours and Contact Information

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: (619) 260-4600 x2888
Email: onestop@sandiego.edu

A Message from the One Stop Center

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