Apply to SFTS

Obtain a higher education in ministry

We are excited you’ve chosen to explore San Francisco Theological Seminary to fulfill your calling and pursue higher education in ministry. Whether you’re interested in a masters or doctor of ministry degree, chaplain certification or trauma counseling, SFTS can help you expand your spiritual ministry skills and enhance your leadership discernment.

We understand that the application process can be intimidating and stressful. The VP of Enrollment Management, Dr. Dave Behrs, has come up with some helpful advice to help you navigate the process smoothly and successfully. And, if you have further questions, please feel free to call us – we are here to help ensure your success!

Dr. Dave Behrs, VP of Enrollment Management, Interim Director of Alumni Relations
415.451.2802  |

Apply today! We look forward to hearing from you!

Printable Applications and Forms

Masters Programs

MDiv and MATS Application

Interested in the SFTS/GTU Common MA Program? Please contact Kris Dableo Martel, Assistant Director of Admissions at 415.451.831 or

Background Check for MDiv & MATS applicants:
Students applying to the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Theological Studies must complete a criminal background check as part of their admissions process. The appropriate forms are below. Please see our statement regarding Background Checks on the Self-Disclosure Form.

  1. Self Disclosure Form
  2. Complete Certified Background Check (enter sn31 as package code)

Application Checklist

Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry Application

Non-Masters Programs

Certificate in Trauma & Spiritual Care Application

Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction Application

Diploma in Spiritual Formation Studies Application

Diploma in Executive Leadership Application

Clinical Pastoral Education Application

Non-Degree Student Application

Diploma in Advanced Pastoral Studies – email or call 415.451.2865.

Certificate in Ministry Studies – email or call 800.447.8820, ext. 820

Dr. David G. Behrs, VP of Enrollment Management

Questions? We’re here to help. Contact:

Dr. David G. Behrs, VP of Enrollment | 415.451.2802 | toll free 800.447.8820 x802
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We encourage you to complete a financial aid application at the time you apply for your degree.
We encourage you to complete a financial aid application at the time you apply for your degree.