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School of Theology and Ministry

Choosing a Program

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The STM offers 9 different degree programs, and numerous certificate programs within the fields of theology and ministry. With all the different options that exist, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which degree is the right fit. 


What program is right for me?

These next few pages will compare several of our programs, describing their similarities and differences.  At the end of each section are links to the full degree pages in the “Academics” section of this website.

Please feel free to contact the admissions office at stmadm@bc.edu or 617-552-6506 to talk more about the degree options.


Academic degree program offerings

M.Div.: Master of Divinity

M.T.S.: Master of Theological Studies

M.A.: Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Th.M.: Master of Theology

Ph.D. in Theology and Education

S.T.B.: Bachelor in Sacred Theology

S.T.L.: Licentiate in Sacred Theology

S.T.D.: Doctorate in Sacred Theology


Summer degree program

M.A.: Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (summer only)


Certificate programs

Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Certificate in Theology and Ministry

Certificate in Hispanic Ministry

Certificate in Religious Education