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School of Theology and Ministry

Degree Programs

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Below is a listing of the STM's degree program offerings.  Detailed descriptions of our programs can be found by clicking the headings.  For application and funding information, please visit the Admissions section of our website.

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Academic Year Master's Degrees

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
The M.Div. is a three-year degree program intended for those seeking the comprehensive theological, pastoral, and spiritual formation needed for ordained ministry or professional lay ecclesial ministry.

Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.)

The M.A. in Theology and Ministry is a flexible and multifaceted program that prepares ministers either as generalists or for a particular ministry.  Students have the option of pursuing the Standard Track, the Religious Education Track, or the Hispanic Ministry Track within the degree program.

Dual Degree Programs
In collaboration with other BC professional schools, the M.A. Theology and Ministry can be combined with an M.S.W., M.B.A., M.A. Counseling, and M.S. Nursing.

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

The M.T.S. is a two-year degree (48 credits) that provides a thorough understanding of theological disciplines.


Summer Only Master's Degree

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (M.A.) - Summer Only
The M.A. in Pastoral Ministry is a summer only program that prepares ministers either as generalists or for a particular ministry.  Students have the option of pursuing the Standard Track, the Religious Education Track, or the Hispanic Ministry Track within the degree program.


Advanced Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, Theology and Education (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. focuses on the interdisciplinary study of theology and education.

Master of Theology (Th.M.)

The Th.M. is a one-year, post-master's degree (24 credits) that is intended to deepen and focus a student’s foundational knowledge of theological disciplines and ministerial practice.


Canonical Degrees

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)
A three-year post B.A./B.S. program. The degree of the first-cycle of ecclesiastical studies.

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.)

A two-year program. The degree of the second cycle of ecclesiastical studies.

Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)

The final degree in the ecclesiastical degree system of the Catholic Church