Franciscan School of Theology
|Franciscan School of Theology|
|Religious affiliation||Catholic, Order of Friars Minor|
|President||Fr. Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM|
|Dean||Br. William J. Short, OFM|
|Academic staff||6 Full-Time 9 Part-Time |
|Location||Berkeley, CA, USA
|Former names||San Luis Rey College|
The Franciscan School of Theology is a Roman Catholic graduate theological school, owned and operated by the Province of Saint Barbara of the Order of Friars Minor. Rooted in 800 years of Franciscan tradition, FST is a place where the issues and concerns of society intersect theological education.
FST is a member school of the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical consortium of nine schools. FST is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
In 1854 Mission Santa Barbara was chartered as an apostolic college and continued in that capacity until 1885. From 1869 to 1877, it also functioned as a college for lay men. In 1896, it began a four-year high school seminary program. The high school became a separate institution in 1901, and the college department became a separate institution at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside, California in 1929. Over the course of the years, the college department expanded into a four-year accredited liberal arts college.
Mission Santa Barbara remained the center for theological studies and continued to operate as a seminary until 1968 when the theological school moved to Berkeley, California as the Franciscan School of Theology, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union.
Academic Program and Accreditation
Franciscan School of Theology is a small Roman Catholic proprietary school located in a large house in the city of Berkeley, California. FST is not affiliated with the University of California Berkeley and is not accredited by the Association of American Colleges. FST students are not eligible to receive Cal Grants or Federally Insured Student Loans in payment of FST tuition. It is recognized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and by the Association of Theological Schools. FST is a member school of the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical consortium of nine small proprietary schools for nuns and priests. The retention, graduation, and job placement rates are unknown and not disclosed by FST.
The school trains lay men and women of the Roman Catholic Church and offers the following degrees:
- Master of Arts in Ministry for a Multicultural Church (MAMC) - is a two-year professional degree designed for lay women and men, religious and clergy who intend to work professionally in the Roman Catholic Church, and for those already engaged in ministry who wish to build upon their ministerial competencies.
- Master of Theological Studies (MTS) - A two-year academic degree providing a breadth of theological understanding for general educational purposes.
- Master of Divinity (M Div.) - A four-year professional degree that testifies to proficiency in the sciences and skills necessary for ordination to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church.
A Masters of Arts program and PhD program are offered in conjunction with the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of nine small proprietary ecumenical schools of theology.
- Graduate Theological Union
- Franciscan School of Theology
- Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities