school of theology and ministry
**SUMMER INSTITUTE APPLICANTS: If you are interested in taking classes for audit or credit, but DO NOT wish to enroll in a degree or certificate program, you do not need to fill out an online application. You can register for classes starting on April 10th on the Summer Institute website (www.bc.edu/stmsummer). Please contact admissions with any questions.**
Applying to the School of Theology and Ministry is straightforward, however some programs have specific requirements. Be sure to review carefully the requirements for your program of study. You should also review the technical requirements needed to submit your online application.
SUPPORTING APPLICATION MATERIALS:
The School of Theology and Ministry is able to accept personal statements, resumes, writing samples, and financial aid forms via portal. To upload documents to your application file, please submit the online application. Once an application is submitted, an email with credentials will be sent. Use these credentials to log into portal.bc.edu and check the status of the application. From the application status page, the applicant is able to upload pdf documents.
All other supporting application materials should be mailed to:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
P.O. Box 270
Randolph, MA 02368-0270
Please include your full name and Eagle ID number on all forms and correspondence.
Program Specific Requirements:
INFORMATION FOR ALL APPLICANTS:
STM encourages applicants to complete applications for its degree and non-degree programs online. The online application allows applicants to submit the admissions application form as soon as possible so that we can begin a file for you. Once an application has been submitted, an email with Eagle ID, username, and password will be sent to the application for the purpose of logging into the portal to check the status of the application, as well as upload some application materials.
CHECK STATUS OF APPLICATION:
Feel free to check the status of your application materials by visiting portal.bc.edu. In order to log into the portal, use the credentials that were emailed to you after submitting an application. Once you log into the portal, you can check the status of your application by selecting the appropriate tab. From the application status page, you will be able to upload a personal statement, resume, financial aid form, as well as a writing sample. If you have any outstanding materials and have any concerns about meeting our February 15th deadline, please let us know.
Jesuit Scholastic applicants must follow the instructions above. Additionally, international Jesuits should first contact the Director of Admissions at least five months prior to their planned enrollment to discuss their plans, academic background, and language skills.
Jesuits requiring financial assistance should be in touch with the school by February 15, 2013 so that names may be submitted to the U.S. Jesuit Conference. After this initial contact, the scholastic's Provincial would write a letter to the Rector of the Faber Jesuit Community. The letter would indicate an intent to mission the student to STM, request housing, and indicate if financial funding is needed. Funding for Jesuits from developing countries is approved by the U.S. Jesuit Conference in Washington D.C., and the request is made by the Rector of the Faber Jesuit Community. All Jesuit Scholastic applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
*Please fill-out a waiver form and mail it to us as you begin the application process. This form will allow us to communicate with the Rector of the Weston Jesuit Community about your application.
NON-JESUIT RELIGIOUS APPLICANTS:
Religious applicants who are not Jesuits, must also follow the instructions above. Religious requiring scholarship and parish or convent housing assistance, should apply by February 15, 2013 for the Fall semester. All Religious applicants are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Lastly, if accepted, the Office of Admissions would process all visa documentation for international applicants.
*Please fill-out a waiver form and mail to us as you begin the application process. This form will allow us to communicate with your vocations director about your application.
CURRENT STM STUDENTS
Current STM students wishing to change programs should contact the admissions office for details on the process. Typically, students will need to submit a letter of intent, as well as two letters of recommendation from current STM professors.
KEEP IN MIND
All transcripts and paper-based letters of recommendation must be mailed to the BC STM Processing Center. No materials submitted as part of the application for admission can be returned or forwarded to a third party. The Admissions Committee will not consider an application until it is complete. Please contact the Office of Admissions to find out if you are missing documentation, or if your application is complete.
Once an application is complete, it will take approximately two to four weeks before you receive a decision. Decision letters are mailed to applicants from the Director of Admissions.
The Admissions Committee takes into account all of the material submitted with the application: grade point average (GPA), GRE scores, TOEFL (for international students), letters of recommendation, work and/or volunteer experience, and personal statement - where we look for a high level of religious, social, and intellectual maturity.
Acceptance to a STM degree program is not guaranteed and is competitive. Therefore, estimates of the likelihood of acceptance can not be given to any applicant.