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Programs in Hispanic Ministry

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Current research regarding the population of the United States shows a remarkable increase of Latinos/as in the country over the last four decades. Currently Latinos/as are the largest ethnic group in the country (17% of the total population and growing). In relation to membership in the Church, it is estimated that more than 40% of Catholics in the country are Hispanic. The estimates foresee that in 30 years at least 65 to 70% of Catholics in the United States will be of Hispanic origin.

In response to the pastoral challenges that this reality offers to ministers and educators in the church, the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Boston College through its Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry offers a thorough curriculum in Hispanic Ministry.  This program will prepare or renew people - academically, professionally, and spiritually – to render effective ministry with Hispanic communities in pastoral settings. The STM offers a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Ministry with a Track in Hispanic Ministry (academic year), a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry with a Track in Hispanic Ministry (summers only), and a graduate Certificate in Hispanic Ministry (available during summers and the academic year).

M.A. Degree Programs with Track in Hispanic Ministry

        M.A. in Theology and Ministry with Hispanic Ministry Track (48 credits)

        Summer Only M.A. in Pastoral Ministry with Hispanic Ministry Track (35
        credits)

Graduate Certificate in Hispanic Ministry

        Certificate available during the Academic Year and Summer

Admissions and Financial Aid

All students accepted in any of the Hispanic Ministry programs at the STM and any Latino/a student accepted into any other academic program at the STM can benefit from extraordinary opportunities to finance their education in part or entirely. The STM commits itself to grant scholarships of at least 70% tuition remission as needed, encouraging students to raise the remainder through their diocese, parish or other means. In the event that such good efforts prove unsuccessful, as budget permits the STM may provide up to 100% tuition remission for outstanding Hispanic Ministry students.
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Contact Information

For further information contact the STM Admissions Office

To discuss specific aspects of the program regarding admissions procedures, academic requirements, financial aid, etc., contact:

Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Faculty Director of Hispanic Ministry Programs
ospinoho@bc.edu | 617-552-0119