Degree Application Requirements
school of theology and ministry
To begin the application process, you must submit your application form online. Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you should receive a confirmation email containing your BC Username and Eagle ID. You must have these credentials to log into BC's student system (the Agora Portal) and check your application status. If you do not receive these credentials after filing your application form, please contact the admissions office.
Most supporting materials must be submitted electronically when you file your application. For supporting material sent by mail, please use the following address:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 270
Randolph, MA 02368-0270
For applicants using FedEx or UPS, please use this address:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
9 Lake Street
Brighton, MA 02135-3841
• Ph.D. and S.T.D. applicants: January 15, 2014
• All other degree programs: February 15, 2014
Many master's and post-master's degree programs allow applications after February 15th. If you missed the deadline but would still like to apply, please contact the admissions office.
Spring 2014 (January 2014 start date)
• All degree programs (except Ph.D. and S.T.D.): November 15, 2013
• Ph.D. and S.T.D. applications are not considered for a January start date.
A completed degree application to the STM can consist of the following:
- Application form
- Application fee
- Official transcripts
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Statement of intent (Ph.D. and S.T.D. only)
- GRE scores
- TOEFL scores
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Writing Sample (Ph.D. and S.T.D. only)
- Major Superior form
- Personal interview
The application 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.
Once an application has been submitted, an email with your Boston College credentials (your Eagle ID and BC username) will be sent for the purpose of checking the status of an application.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible and before the posted deadlines.
- Pay by credit or debit card via the web; You should pay the fee at the same time you submit the Application. To pay the fee online at a later date, you must log into the Agora Portal using your BC Username and password.
- Pay by check or money order made payable to Boston College, via regular mail. Please include your check with a copy of your confirmation page and include your name and intended degree program.
Please note: The application fee cannot be refunded for any reason. If you qualify for a fee waiver, you should not pay the fee when you submit the application form. Fee waivers are granted to the following applicants: Jesuits, current JVC members, and current STM students. Email the admissions office to request a waiver.
One copy of each transcript from all colleges, universities, seminaries, or theological schools that you have attended. If your college or university will send official transcripts electronically, they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, transcripts must be mailed and be contained in a sealed, signed envelope. If the official transcript is not English, a translation should be provided with the official document.
Letters of recommendation
Applicants are required to submit three recommendations using the online application system. Each recommender should be familiar with the applicant’s academic competence. For applicants who have been out of school for a significant amount of time, the recommenders should be familiar with the applicant's professional competence. For M.Div. and M.A. applicants, one recommender should be familiar with the applicant's ministerial potential and experience.
Please be sure that your recommenders are aware of the application deadlines and online process, and choose them carefully to ensure that they can write on your behalf in a timely manner. We are unable to facilitate changing recommenders once you have entered them in the recommendations section of your application. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to send reminder emails to your recommenders via the recommendations section of the Application.
The personal statement must be uploaded as part of the Application. Your statement should be 3 pages double-spaced and address the following:
- The academic, professional, and personal development that has motivated you to apply to the STM. Include a sketch of your educational background and interests, any experience you have in ministry and/or religious education, and any other relevant professional and volunteer experience;
- Your understanding of theological education and/or ministry in the context of the Church’s mission;
- How you plan to apply your theological education;
- Given your experience, how you assess your principal strengths for theological education and/or ministry as well as your areas of needed development.
Statement of intent (required of Ph.D. and S.T.D. applicants only)
The statement of intent must be uploaded as part of the Application. Applicants should include additional information (up to an additional 1,000 words) outlining your specific area and field of academic interest, how your previous academic, professional, and/or pastoral experience has prepared you for studies within that particular field, the service in the Church that one would render with the Ph.D./ S.T.D. degree, why you are applying to STM, and the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work.
Scores need to be received directly from ETS. Our GRE code is 2508. All applicants applying to the Ph.D. and S.T.D. degree programs must submit GRE scores -- no exceptions will be made. For master's applicants, the admissions office may accept other standardized tests (for example, the Miller Analogies Test). The admissions committee may also decide to waive this requirement for master's applicants if previous graduate work has been done.
All international applicants must submit official TOEFL scores (received directly from ETS). Our TOEFL code is 3971. An acceptable TOEFL score is 79 or higher on the iBT exam, 213 or higher on the computer-based exam, or 550 on the paper-based exam.
The TOEFL score is not required if: you are a citizen of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean; you earned your prior college or university degree in the U.S. or one of the countries listed above; you are currently enrolled as a full-time student in a U.S. degree-granting program or at an American or English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above and will have completed two academic years of college/university work before beginning your studies at Boston College.
Resume or curriculum vitae
The resume must be uploaded as part of the Application.
Writing sample (required of Ph.D. and S.T.D. applicants only)
The writing sample must be uploaded as part of the Application. The sample should be an academic paper, usually no less than 10 pages, not to exceed 25 pages. S.T.D. applicants are also required to submit a copy of their S.T.L. thesis upon its completion.
Major Superior Form
This form is required for all applicants that are priests or members of religious orders. Please download this cover form and have your superior include a letter of permission and support.
The admissions office may contact candidates to set up an interview either in person or by Skype.