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Franciscan School of Theology

Requirements

On this page you will find information pertaining to requirements specific to various degrees and/or programs.  Some programs have no particular requirements outside of the application elements.

Applicants to the Franciscan School of Theology must have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent from a non-US school. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Academic Dean when compensatory factors are present.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY (MDiv)

  • The minimum of an accredited bachelor’s degree.

For Members of Religious Communities/Orders

  • A complete application
  • A letter of approval from an ordinary or religious superior
  • A certificate of completion issued by the applicant’s ordinary or religious superior stating that the applicant has taken a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of undergraduate philosophy or its equivalent as prescribed by the USCCB Program for Priestly Formation

For Lay People

  • A complete application
  • Applicants must confirm that a minimum of 9 semester credit hours of undergraduate philosophy or their equivalents have been completed.
  • Note:  The GRE is not required to apply for the FST Master of Divinity.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (MTS)

  • A complete application
  • The minimum of an accredited bachelor’s degree.

REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The Franciscan School of Theology is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.  In addition to the application elements, international applicants must:

  • Demonstrate the ability to speak, read, and write English either by TOEFL score, by successful course work in English at an accredited college or university, or by another measure deemed acceptable by the Academic Dean. FST’s TOEFL number is 5736.
  • Supply official translations of transcripts written in a language other than English
  • Submit a financial declaration in US dollars attesting to the availability of funds sufficient to cover personal and academic expenses for the duration of their stay

ASSOCIATION OF THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS (ATS) REQUIREMENTS

FST adheres to the requirements regarding admission to post-baccalaureate degree programs published in Degree Program Standard M.1, 2010 by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada, specifically:

  • Admission of Students with Baccalaureate Degree. Students must possess a baccalaureate degree from a member institution of the Association of Universities and Colleges or an institution accredited by a United States agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or the educational equivalent of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Admission of Students without Baccalaureate Degree. Educational equivalent of the baccalaureate degree shall be determined on the basis of undergraduate work commensurate in kind, quality, and amount typical of North American baccalaureate degree programs. Occasional exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Academic Dean when compensatory factors are present.