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School of Theology and Ministry

Non-Degree Admission Requirements

academic certificates | post-master's certificate |
spiritual direction practicum

To begin the application process, you must submit your application form online.  Your personal statement and resume should be uploaded as part of the application form.  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.

Application Requirements

Academic Certificates and
Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation Applicants

Application form
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.

begin the application here »


Application fee
A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.  Learn more about paying the application fee.

Official transcripts
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 stmadm@bc.edu.  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.

    For supporting material sent by mail, please use the following address:
    Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
    Processing Center
    P.O. Box 67406
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    For applicants using FedEx or UPS, please use this address:
    Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
    9 Lake Street
    Brighton, MA 02135-3841

1 Letter of recommendation
Applicants are required to submit one recommendation using the online application system.  A recommender should be familiar with the applicant’s academic competence. 

Please be sure that 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.

Personal statement
Submit a personal statement of approximately 1,000 words (approximately three to four typewritten, double-spaced pages) addressing the following themes:

  • The professional and personal development that motivates you to apply for this particular program at this time.  Include a sketch of your experience in ministry and/or religious education, any other relevant professional and volunteer experience, as well as your educational background and interests.
  • Your future ministerial hopes and expectations, and how you see this program helping you to achieve those goals.
  • Have you had an experience of spiritual direction?  How would you describe the value of that experience?
  • How do you understand spirituality?

Resume or curriculum vitae
The resume must be uploaded as part of the Application.

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Supervised Practicum in Spiritual Direction

Application form
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.

begin the application here »

Application fee
A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.  Learn more about paying the application fee.

Official transcripts
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 stmadm@bc.edu.  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.

Personal statement
Submit a personal statement of approximately 250-500 words (approximately one to two typewritten, double-spaced pages).  This essay should highlight your interest in doing a practicum in spiritual direction.

Interview with Jesuit Collaborative
Applicants should contact (617) 607-2800.

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