Those seeking ordination will be required to earn a Master of Divinity plus a 24-unit Certificate in Priestly Formation in the sciences and skills necessary for ordination. Note that completion of the MDiv and Certificate does not entitle the recipient to ordination. Admission to ordination is the decision of local diocesan ordinaries or superiors of religious orders who may have further requirements or expectations.
Requirements for the Certificate in Theology program are:
- Enroll in FST as a non-degree student
- Complete 24 semester units
- Complete all course work within two consecutive semesters
- Complete at least one major paper for a course in an area of special interest
- Maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average
International students seeking to fulfill requirements for a year of study abroad may qualify for this program.
FUTURE DEGREE STUDENTS
Students who intend to pursue a degree but have not yet selected a program may enroll as non-degree students in order to begin taking basic courses. Up to 24 credits may be transferred to a degree program.
FST offers individualized programs consisting of one or more semesters of course work taken outside of a degree or certificate program. Religious men and women, priests on sabbatical, and those wishing to pursue courses for personal growth or theological enrichment, or to update theological thought and practice may participate in the individualized program. Courses may be taken for credit or on an audit basis.
Graduates of FST may audit one class per semester with the permission of the professor for a reduced fee.