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School of Theology and Ministry

Application Process

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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.


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:  There is still plenty of time to apply.

We encourage all applicants to submit their application forms, personal statements, and resumes as soon as possible.  You do not need to wait until you have gathered all of your supporting materials to submit these three pieces of the application.  We encourage our M.Div., M.A., and M.T.S. applicants to apply as soon as possible, so that, if admitted, you will be eligible for the greatest number of financial aid opportunities.

Don't worry — if you need more time, we will continue to allow applications throughout the coming months.  The only program no longer receiving applications for Fall 2017 is our Ph.D. in Theology and Education.

*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

Hybrid M.A. Program: June 23, 2017
Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation: July 10, 2017
Non-degree and auditors:  Applications can be submitted until the beginning of the specific course you'd like to take

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.