Applying to the STM
school of theology and ministry
Applying to the School of Theology and Ministry is straightforward, however some programs have specific requirements. Be sure to carefully review the instructions below, as well as the specific requirements of your program.
- Application Form
- Application Deadlines
- Supporting Materials
- Mailing Application Materials
- Checking Your Application Status
- Information for Jesuit Applicants
- Information for Non-Jesuit Religious Applicants
- Information for Current STM Students
- Additional Information
The application for both degree and non-degree applicants to the STM must be completed online. In addition to demographic and academic information, applicants must electronically submit their Personal Statement, Resume, and Writing Sample (if applicable) at the time they submit their application forms.
If you are applying to a dual-degree program or have previously applied, the application process may involve additional steps. Please contact the admissions office to make sure you have all of the information you need.
Once an application has been submitted, an email with your Boston College credentials (your Eagle ID and BC username) will be sent to you for the purpose of checking the status of your application.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible and before the posted deadlines.
Ph.D.: January 15
All other degrees: February 1
Non-degree: Applications received until the beginning of the semester
Please note: If you apply by the posted deadlines you have the best chance at being considered for all of the fellowship and scholarship funds the STM has to offer. Many master's degree programs allow applications after February 1st and award funds as available. If you missed the deadline but would still like to apply, please contact the admissions office.
If you are applying to a dual-degree, please make sure you submit your application to the other BC graduate school as soon as possible. Their deadlines may be different from the STM application deadlines.
All degrees (except Ph.D. and S.T.D.): November 15
Non-degree: Applications received until the beginning of the semester
Please review the additional details regarding specific program requirements:
Personal Statements, Resumes, Writing Samples (if applicable) must be uploaded electronically when you submit your application form. If you submit standardized test scores, please choose the BC STM institutional code (2508) so that they are officially sent to us. Official college and university transcripts can be sent by email directly by the institution to email@example.com or by regular mail.
Transcripts and any additional correspondence can be mailed to the STM's document processing center:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
P.O. Box 270
Randolph, MA 02368-0270
If you are using FedEx, UPS, or another service that will not deliver to a P.O. Box address, please use this address:
School of Theology and Ministry
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
9 Lake Street
Brighton, MA 02135-3841
Please include your full name and Eagle ID number on all forms and correspondence.
Applicants can check the status of your application materials by using BC's online student system, the Agora Portal. In order to log into the portal, applicants must possess BC credentials (usually emailed within 48 hours of submitting the application). Once you log into the portal, you can check the status of your application by selecting the appropriate menu tab.
If you have not received BC credentials or are experience technical problems accessing the Web Status Check, please contact the admissions office. We are also available to provide status updates via email or phone with the appropriate verification.
All of the STM's admission procedures and requirements apply to our Jesuit Scholastic applicants. Additionally, international Jesuits are encouraged to contact the Assistant 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 STM by February 15, 2014 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 Faber Jesuit Community about your application.
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, 2014 for the Fall semester. All Religious applicants are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Lastly, if accepted, Admissions Office would provide documents that must be completed so that Boston College can process all visa documentation for our incoming international students.
*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 wishing to change programs should contact the admissions office for details on the process. Typically, students will need to a new application with a new letter of intent, as well as two letters of recommendation from current STM professors. Please note: Admission is not guaranteed to subsequent programs.
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. It is the applicant's responsibility to meet the posted deadlines and ensure all materials have been received. Applicant's are encouraged to use the Web Status Check or to contact the Admissions Office to find out if you are missing documentation.
Once an application is complete, it can take up to four weeks before you receive a decision.
The Admissions Committee takes into account all components of the application: grade point average (GPA), GRE scores, TOEFL (for international students), letters of recommendation, work and/or volunteer experience, personal statement (where we look at the quality of writing and for high levels of religious, social, and intellectual maturity), and the interview.
Acceptance to a degree program at the STM is not guaranteed and is competitive. Therefore, estimates of the likelihood of acceptance can not be given to any applicant.
If you have applied to the STM in a prior admission cycle and are now re-applying, you must submit a new application form, application fee, and new supporting documents. Materials are not retained after each admission cycle concludes.