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School of Theology and Ministry

The Ph.D. and S.T.D. Programs

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Ph.D. in Theology and Education

The Ph.D. in Theology and Education is intended to educate scholars in the interdisciplinary field of religious education. Ph.D. students benefit from the academic resources of the STM, the Lynch School of Education, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, taking courses in theology, education, and religious education, and working with faculty members from each of these areas.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program go into many different fields.  Some go on to teach religious education at the university level, others work in upper-level church administration, or in religious-affiliated institutions and companies in areas of catechesis and religious education.

Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)

The Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) is the culminating step in the three-degree ecclesiastical program. The S.T.D. attracts students who wish to gain broad knowledge of a certain theological area, as well as students with an ability to contribute original research in their chosen field of study.  Because the S.T.D. is the terminal degree of the ecclesiastical program, the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) is the only acceptable prerequisite.

The S.T.D. is normally sought by students who want to work within the Catholic Church.  Students who complete the S.T.D. go on to teach at Catholic universities, seminaries, and theological centers.  They also contribute to Church administration and pastoral work, using their extensive study, training, and expertise as resources for their community.

outside the stm

The Boston College Department of Theology offers a Ph.D. program in the following areas of specialization:

  • History of Christian Life and Thought
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Studies
  • Theological Ethics
  • Comparative Theology

Please visit the department's website for more information.