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School of Theology and Ministry

Certificate Programs and Non-Degree Status

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Detailed descriptions of our non-degree programs can be found by clicking on the links below.  For application information, please visit the Admissions section of our website.


Academic Certificate Programs
The STM offers a number of 18-credit (6 courses) certificate programs

Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation
A three-year intensive program of study to enhance one’s ability to mentorthe spiritual lives of individuals and Christian faith communities.  The program takes place each year during Session 2 of the Summer Institute.

Non-Degree Coursework

Special Student Status
Special Students at Boston College are students wishing to take 1 or more classes in the academic year. As a Special Student at STM you may earn academic credit without enrolling in a degree program. Regular tuition applies and up to 12 credit hours may be taken. Should you later enroll in a degree program, the credits you earn will count toward your degree. Special Students may cross-register at other BTI schools, as long as they take one course at STM. Special Students are also allowed to take courses for audit for one-half of the credit cost.

Summer Coursework

Summer at STM brings together leading U.S. and international theologians to provide a rich array of learning opportunities in conversation with liturgies, seminars, and off-campus activities.

Continuing Education

Conferences, Lectures, Workshops, Seminar Series
STM welcomes all as part of our commitment to making contemporary theological discussion accessible to the community. Many events are free of charge and others have a small fee.

STM Online: Crossroads

STM Online: Crossroads offers online courses to support the ongoing formation of Catholic adults and parish volunteers, as well as the professional development of Catholic school teachers and professional lay ministers.