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Franciscan School of Theology

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Located at Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

Academic and Administrative Offices

We officially opened our new campus at Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, CA, on July 15, 2013.  This location is an intimate link to the history of Franciscans in California and a beautiful, sacred environment. 

YOUR FIRST STEP

When you determine that you want to apply to FST our Application Form must be completed and its various elements must be provided  for review.  All degree and non-degree students (except Approved International College Students) must have at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent studies) to apply.  In some cases there are additional requirements. Go to our Requirements Page  for these details.

THE APPLICATION

There is one three-page Application Form for FST.  CLICK HERE to see the application in PDF and/or to print it.  Currently, you cannot apply online.  The hardcopy application must be completed and mailed to FST.  Applications are also available in the Office of Admissions or can be mailed to you along with additional information pertaining to the school and our programs.  Please contact Jeanette Gonzalez, M.A., Director of Recruitment/Office of Admissions, at 760-547-1800 Ext. 204 or by email at jgonzalez@fst.edu for this request.

There are two classifications 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 units/semester).  Note:  This is a four-year program for religious men preparing for the priesthood.
Concurrent MTS/MDiv:   A four year program for lay men and women at full-time (12 units/semester).  Note:  This is a five year program for religious men preparing for the priesthood.

You will indicate the program for which you are applying by checking the appropriate box on the application.

Degree Students must submit a completed Application for Admission consisting of:
___The Application Form
___A $40 Application Fee (Check made out to Franciscan School of Theology)
___A Statement of Purpose
___Official transcripts for all undergraduate studies (Including partial transcripts of transferred units)
___Three letters of academic or ministerial recommendation

2) Non-degree 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)

Indicate the program for which you are applying by checking the appropriate box on the application.

Non-degree Students must submit a completed Application for Admission consisting of:
___The Application Form
___A $40 Application Fee (Check made out to the Franciscan School of Theology)
___A Statement of Purpose
___Transcripts for any undergraduate studies
Note: Letters of Recommendation are not required for the non-degree application process.

The Application and Admissions Process

CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION

Print, complete, and submit a hardcopy of your application. 

Once your application is received a file will be opened and managed for you by Jeanette Gonzalez, M.A., the Director of Recruitment/Office of Admissions.  She is responsible for helping you prepare and manage your from the time it arrives at FST until an admissions decision has been made.  Jeanette will also update you when the various components of your application are received at the school.

To begin and to keep the process moving, submit the application first.  However, if transcripts or letters arrive ahead of your application these documents will be filed in anticipation of receipt of your application.

Contact the Director of Recruitment, Jeanette Gonzalez:

Office:   760-547-1800 Ext. 204
Cell:        760-573-3240 (text friendly)
Email:     jgonzalez@fst.edu

When Jeanette is not available, you may also contract our registrar, Jackie Gamble, at extention 203, or email info@fst.edu or jgamble@fst.edu .

Instructions for various application elements:

Your Statement of Purpose should tell our review committee your academic and/or ministerial story, explain a brief theological perspective you might have (or that you hope to pursue) and describe a professional goal you have in mind.  Your Statement should be clear, concise, free of errors and well written.  It should provide information about you and demonstrate solid writing skills.  This statement should not be less than 500 words and no more than 700.

Your Letters of Recommendation (for degree applications only) should be sent directly to FST by the individual writing the letter.  Three of these forms will print with the application.  Give one form and a stamped, addressed envelope to each person writing on your behalf and ask them to place in the mail to FST.  Preferably, these letters should be academic and/or ministerial in nature.  At least two letters must be academic recommendations.  Be sure to request these letters in plenty of time ahead of when you hope to have your application complete.  Letter writers can easily delay the application process.  For example, if you hope to have your application finished before the Financial Aid Priority One Deadline of March 15, request your letters before the holidays or early in the new year (See Financial Aid for more information about priority deadlines).

Note: Letters of Recommendation should be addressed to:   Br. William Short, O.F.M., Academic Dean.

Your Transcripts should be all-inclusive.  As indicated on the application, we need ALL of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable).  This includes any partial transcripts you may have from schools from which you transferred units to another school.  We do accept electronic transcripts when they are directly sent from colleges and universities.

FALL DEADLINES FOR MTS, MDIV OR NON-DEGREE APPLICATIONS

We accept applications all year.  But we do have priority deadlines for Financial Aid.  Please read the information below carefully.

The fall semester begins with New Student Orientation (usually the last business week of August) and the first day of class is typically Tuesday or Wednesday following the Labor Day holiday (depending on your course schedule).  We accept applications as late as the month of August itself, but there are two Financial Aid Priority Deadlines for the fall semester, they are:  March 15 (the Priority One date) and April 23 (the Priority Two date).

Generally, we encourage hopeful fall students to complete applications before the end of the spring semester (by 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 MTS, MDiv AND NON-DEGREE APPLICATIONS

We accept spring applications all year.  But we do have a priority deadline for Financial Aid.  Please read the information below carefully.

The spring semester begins with New Student Orientation about the third week of January and classes begin thereafter (depending on your schedule).  We accept applications as late as the month of January itself, but there is one Financial Aid Priority Deadline for the spring semester, it is:  November 15.  We strongly 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.

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Send Applications, Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation to

Franciscan School of Theology
Admissions
4050 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, CA  92057
Attention: Jeanette Gonzalez

When your application is complete and all 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 can be notified about financial aid.

Contact Jeanette Gonzalez at jgonzalez@fst.edu or call  760-547-1800  Ext. 204, if you have any questions.

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Potential students may begin the Financial Aid process during the application process.  This will expedite the entire application procedure.  Only once you are accepted will an award of any kind be communicated to you in the form of a letter from the Office of the President of FST.  For specific information about Financial Aid and further instructions, go to our Financial Aid page.

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