Relocation to Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
We are thrilled to be opening our new campus at Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, CA. This location is an intimate link to the history of Franciscans in California, and a beautiful environment. Offices officially opened July 15, 2013. The fall 2013 semester began, Wed., Sept 4, 2013.
On this page you will find information specific to students applying for degree and non-degree studies at the new site.
The First Academic Cohort
at Mission San Luis Rey:
All new applicants of FST, hoping to begin in the fall or spring of 2013, will study at Old Mission San Luis Rey. These students will be part of history as the first academic cohort of the new location and vision of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition.
University of San Diego and
The Franciscan School of Theology
FST has created an academic affiliation with the University of San Diego. Degree students of FST will also have access to limited (and higher level) courses offered by USD. It also means, in some cases, USD students are able to take courses at FST. Initially, all new students of FST will begin their first-year studies at the Mission (Unless otherwise determined with their advisor).
Both USD and FST are committed to the success of this affiliation, and the mutual benefits of the academic opportunities each school as to offer.
USD is located about 35 miles south of Oceanside.
YOUR FIRST STEP:
When you determine that you want to apply to FST, our Application Form must be completed and various elements must be provided for review. All degree students (Except Approved International College Students) must have at least a bachelor’s degree (Or equivalent studies) to apply. Non-degree students do not need a bachelor’s degree. In some cases, there are also specific requirements. Go to our Requirements Page for these details.
There is one three-page Application Form for FST. Applications are also available in the Office of Admissions or can be mailed to you.
There are two kinds of students at FST: 1) Degree Students and 2) Non-degree Students.
1) Degree Students may apply for the following:
Master of Theological Studies (MTS). A two-year program at full-time (12 units/semester)
Master of Divinity (MDiv). A three-year program for lay men and women at full-time (12 unites/semester). A four-year program for religious men preparing for the priesthood.
Concurrent Degrees (MTS/MDiv) A four year program for lay men and wemen at full-time (12 units/semester). A five year program for religious men preparing for the priesthood.
Degree Students must submit a completed Application for Admission consisting of:
The Application Form
A $40 Application Fee
A Statement of Purpose
Official transcripts for all undergraduate studies
Three letters of academic or ministerial recommendation
2) Non-degree (Or Special) Students may apply for the following:
Sabbatical (For one semester, or two; for credit or auditing)
A Certificate (Emphasizing a particular area of interest or discipline)
Single Courses (For credit, or audit)
Non-degree Students must submit a completed Application for Admission consisting of:
The Application Form
A $40 Application Fee
A Statement of Purpose
Transcripts for any undergraduate studies
Note: Letters of Recommendation are not required for the non-degree application process.
The Application Process for FST
at Old Mission San Luis Rey
Be sure to print the correct application. The FST-Oceanside application includes “Old Mission San Luis Rey” in the title. It also lists the academic opportunities available to FST-Old Mission San Luis Rey students. Again, to see it CLICK HERE. A file is opened and managed for you by the Office of Admission once your application is recieved (Letters of Recommendation and official transcripts may come later).
Your application, Statement of Purpose, fee, transcripts and letters must be sent to:FST-Office of Admissions 1712 Euclid Ave Berkeley, CA 94709 Attn: Vince Nims
Your Letters of Recommendation should be sent directly to FST from the person writing the letter. A form for the letter writers is provided with the application.
FALL DEADLINE FOR THE MTS, MDIV OR NON-DEGREE APPLICATION:
We accept fall applications all year. New fall 2013 degree students will begin their studies in Oceanside, CA.
The fall semester, however, begins with New Student Orientation (August 27 – Sept 3) and the first day of class is Wednesday, September 4th (Depending on your course schedule). We accept applications as late as the month of August itself, but there is a priority dead-line of July 15 (In 2013 only) for students who request financial aid (See below). Generally, we encourage hopefull fall students to complete applications before the end of the spring semester (mid-May) or as soon as possible thereafter. For example, if you want to attend in the fall, complete your application on or before May 1. We will accept applications later as stated.
SPRING DEADLINE FOR THE MTS, MDiv AND NON-DEGREE STUDENTS:
We accept spring applications all year.
The spring semester, however, begins with New Student Orientation the last week of January and classes begin the first week of February. We accept applications as late as the month of January itself, but there is a priority dead-line of November 15 for students who request financial aid (See below). We encourage new spring students to complete applications before the holidays. For example, if you want to attend in the spring, complete your application on or before November 15. We will accept applications later as stated.
APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID:
Potential students do not apply for Financial Aid before they are accepted to FST. Once you are accepted, new students can request and apply for financial aid (Scholarships and/or Tuition Assistance). For specific information about Financial Aid and further instructions, go to our Financial Aid page.
YOUR APPLICATION FILE AND THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS:
Your Application File
Applications are handled by the Director of Recruitment in the Office of Admissions, Mr. Vince Nims, M.T.S.. He is responsible for helping you prepare your application and managing your file from the time it arrives at FST until you receive a response. To contact Mr. Nims:
Vince Nims, M.T.S. at:
Office Desk: 510-848-5232 Ext 18
Office Cell: 510-828-2869 (Text friendly)
When Vince Nims is not available, you may also call the school’s main line: 510-848-5232 or email email@example.com
The Admissions Process
Once we receive your Application Form, the $40 Application Fee and Statement of Purpose, a file is created for you. Official academic transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. We do accept electronic transcripts when they are sent from colleges and universities.
Applications, Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation, send to:
Franciscan School of Theology
1712 Euclid Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Attention: Office of Admissions
Note: Letters of Recommendation should be addressed to: Br. William Short, O.F.M., Academic Dean.
When your application is complete and its elements have been provided, your file is reviewed by a committee consisting of the Academic Dean, Br. William Short, OFM, and at least two faculty members. The dean, at the recommendation of the committee and his own evaluation, will respond with a letter indicating whether or not you have been accepted to FST. Note: Non-degree student applications are reviewed by the dean.
The time it takes to hear back from FST varies. You may always call the Director of Recruitment about the status of your file. We know what an important decision this is for you. Great care is taken in the admission process and we do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
When you are accepted, a Letter of Intent will accompany your Letter of Acceptance. It confirms with us whether or not you accept the offer to begin your studies, and when you wish to start. It is also with this form you can decline our offer or defer your acceptance to a later time. You must return your Letter of Intent form before you are considered an official “New Student” of the Franciscan School of Theology and before you may apply for financial aid from FST.
You will notice the mailing address is NOT in Oceanside, CA. New Applications are currently received, reviewed and processed from the FST-Berkely campus. As you will see in other areas of Admissions information on this website, simply contact Vince Nims at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 510-848-5232 Ext 18 if you have any questions.