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How to Apply

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Fall 2017 applicants
to the M.Div., M.T.S., or M.A. (including dual degrees) program:

We encourage applicants to submit their application forms, personal statements, and resumes as soon as possible — preferably by January 17th — so that we can begin the interview process by mid-January.  The remaining materials can be sent by our posted deadline: February 1, 2017.

Thank you for your interest in applying to
the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

The STM takes a holistic approach to its admissions process. A committee, comprised of faculty members and administrators, reviews each application for academic excellence, ministerial experience, and potential for leadership. We hope the information we have provided about the application process is as clear as possible. To get started, please take a moment to review this "how to apply" section of our website.

Apply: Degree Programs                                Apply: Certificates or Non-Degree

Pay Application Fee                                       Special Info: International Applicants

Deadlines                                                     Special Info: Religious Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions                           Admission Policies

Check Your Application Status                        "When Will I Find Out?"


Admission Deadlines

Spring 2017 (January 2017 start date)
Degree Programs: December 15, 2016
Non-Degree (Special Student) Deadline:  We allow applications for non-degree status to be submitted until the beginning of the semester

Fall 2017
Ph.D. in Theology and Education:  January 15, 2017

All other STM Academic Year Degree Programs:  February 1, 2017

*If you are applying to a dual-degree program, 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.

Non-Degree Deadline:  We allow applications for non-degree status to be submitted until the beginning of the semester

Summer at STM
Summer Admission: Hybrid M.A. and Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation: June 1, 2017

Paying Your Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.  Applicants have two payments options:

  1. Pay by credit or debit card via the web; You can pay the application fee at the same time your submit your application form.  However, if you do not pay the fee at the same time you submit your application, you can pay online at a later date through the Agora Portal:  You must use your BC Username and password to log in.

  2. 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, applicants currently completing a year of service, and current Boston College students. Email the admissions office at to request a waiver.

Checking the Status of Your Application

In order to check the status of your application, you must log into the Agora Portal using BC credentials (a username and password usually e-mailed 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 experience technical problems accessing the Web Status Check, please contact the Admissions Office. Upon logging in for the first time, you will be prompted to change your password. Please write down this password for future reference. Once you enroll at Boston College, your BC Credentials will remain the same as they are during the application process.

Decision Notification

We often receive the question, "when will I find out if I am admitted?" 

For fall applications, the priority deadline is February 1st. We will begin reviewing complete applications beginning February 1st and release decisions by the end of February. Any scholarship awards are also determined at this point in the process. To ensure you are considered for admission and any scholarship awards we have available, please make sure your application for admission is complete and ready for review.

For applications received after the February 1st deadline, and for spring and summer applications, it can take up to 4 weeks to receive once your file becomes complete and ready for review.

If admitted, you will be notified first by email and then by an official mailed letter. Please make sure we have your best email and postal mailing addresses on file. If you have any questions during the review process, do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office.

In the meantime, we invite you to learn more about taking advantage of all that the STM, Boston College, and the city of Boston have to offer our students: