Students in the new online MATS program will benefit from the same rigorous, fully-accredited curriculum as their residential counterparts, and they will enjoy the additional advantages of remote access and flexibility — critical considerations for the working student who is committed to earning a degree, but has less time to devote to campus-based learning.
In addition to the online MATS program, we have several other online courses and are adding more each semester! Check with our Admissions Team to learn more.
SFTS is one of ten member schools in the internationally known Graduate Theological Union in nearby Berkeley. As an SFTS student, the GTU will provide you with a choice of over 300 courses a semester and access to renowned scholars who are experts in every area of theological discourse.
Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction
Many spiritual directors become known through word-of-mouth or through referrals made by a community of faith to which they are connected. One can also utilize Spiritual Directors International, which publishes an international directory of spiritual directors.
We recommend Spiritual Directors International as a comprehensive resource for such information. The Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction program at SFTS may be completed alone or in combination with either the Doctor of Ministry, the Master of Divinity or the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degrees.
The School for Spiritual Directors at the Benedictine Monastery in Pecos, New Mexico, offers such services and/or training.
Contact Spiritual Directors International, PO Box 3584, Bellevue, WA 98009-3584.
Phone: 425-455-1565. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Aid & Loans
SFTS offers two types of institutional-based financial aid: (1) merit scholarships, and (2) need-based grants. The Seminary also participates (through the Graduate Theological Union) in the federal student-loan program and offers support for VA benefits.
Merit scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate leadership in the church and in other forms of service, strong academic performance, and promise for ministry. Scholarships are renewable over the course of your studies at SFTS. Presidential scholarships are awarded to students in each incoming class, cover 100% of tuition, and are renewable each year. Alumni scholarships cover 75-85% of tuition and also are renewable. Merit scholarships are available to M.Div. students who are enrolled at least half-time and making satisfactory academic progress toward the degree.
Need-based grants are awarded to students based on financial need and can cover up to 65% of tuition. The student's need is determined based on the information supplied in the SFTS financial aid application and the FAFSA. Need-based grants are available to M.Div., MATS, and GTU MA students who are enrolled at least half-time and making satisfactory academic progress toward the degree.
San Francisco Theological Seminary participates in the Federal Direct Loan program, as administered through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Federal regulations limit these loans to domestic (US) students only.
Through the direct loan program, an eligible graduate student may borrow pursuant to a federal direct unsubsidized loan to help finance the cost of education, including the costs for books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and other expenses that are part of the official cost of attendance. A student is not required to demonstrate financial need to borrow a Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan. The total amount of aid offered in any given year, including grants, loans, scholarships, and outside aid may not exceed the amount of your cost of attendance. For more information on federal student loans, visit the GTU’s website and the Financial Aid pages of the SFTS website.
To apply for SFTS scholarships and need-based grants, complete and return the SFTS Financial Aid Application (Domestic or International – International students must also complete the I-20 application) to the Director of Student Services at SFTS.
If you are a domestic student you must also complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Enter the SFTS federal school code of G01279 in the "School" section of the FAFSA.
If you are an international student, you must submit copies of your bank statements for the past three months with your International Student Application for Financial Aid. Statements are required for each and any bank accounts that you use or will use to fund your tuition and/or living expenses.
Student loans are processed through the GTU. To apply for a federal student loan, you can apply through the GTU’s federal-loan application process:
Submit the GTU’s Financial Aid Application for Domestic Students to the GTU’s Consortial Financial Aid Office.
Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to the U.S. Department of Education by your school's priority deadline. If your taxes are not complete by this deadline, use estimated tax information. If you use estimated tax information on the FAFSA, be sure to make a correction to your FAFSA as soon as your actual tax information is available. It is recommended that you complete the FAFSA online; however, to request a paper FAFSA, please call 800-433-3243. Be sure to designate your school of affiliation in the school section and to include the correct Federal school code for SFTS, G01279. To check on the status of your FAFSA, call 800-433-3243.
Because of federal regulations, federal student loans are only available to domestic (U.S.) students.
SFTS has a variety of housing options available for eligible full-time students. SFTS student housing is subsidized by the seminary, and offered at below-market-rate rents.
SFTS student housing options include two- and three-bedroom apartments for families; one-bedroom apartments for couples and single students; and shared one-bedroom apartment suites for single students. The new Student Village features two- and three-bedroom apartments.
For new students, applications for housing should be submitted promptly after admission, by June 1 at the latest. Housing assignments are made in the order of receipt of the tuition deposit. While the Seminary makes every effort to accommodate all students who need Seminary housing, no guarantee of placement is implied by admission to the degree program. Please apply as early as possible for priority consideration. Returning students must apply for housing no later than March 15.
For more information on SFTS student housing, click here.
Populi is the student portal to our student information system which allows you to register for and drop classes, accept financial awards, choose health insurance options, and view grades.
Moodle is an online course management system which allows faculty to teach online courses and to supplement their in-person courses. In order to access materials in Moodle, you must first be registered for the course through Populi. Your teacher will then give you instructions for accessing Moodle resources.
For help with Populi and Moodle, contact the registrar at email@example.com.