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Certificate and Non-Degree Applicants

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If you know that a degree is not your in your immediate plans, we encourage you to consider beginning a certificate program or just taking classes with us as a non-degree student.  This is a great way to gain further education and enrichment or to discern if a degree program is the right decision for you in the future.

Please follow the instructions below to begin your application.  If you run into any questions, we are here to help:  stmadm@bc.edu or 617-552-6506.

 

Non-degree status

If you are interested in taking a course at the STM and are not already enrolled in a degree program, you can do so by enrolling as a non-degree student. 

The following instructions are for students interested in non-degree status during the fall or spring semesters only. There is a different process to take non-degree courses during the summer.  We invite you to learn about Summer at STM courses here.


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 and Resume at the time they submit their application forms. To begin a new application click on the "Register" link at the bottom of the sign-in window. You can also save your progress and use this link to login to continue filling out the form. 

Begin the application here »


Make sure you click the "Submit" button on the last page of the application.  You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.  Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you should receive an email with your Boston College credentials (your Eagle ID and BC username) so that you can login to the BC applicant system and check the status of your full application. If you have been a BC student before, your credentials will be the same and you may not receive a credentials email.  If you have not been a BC student before, and do not receive your credentials email, please contact the admissions office for help:  stmadm@bc.edu or 617-552-6506.

Additional requirements for international applicants
Additional requirements for religious applicants

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible and before the posted deadlines. Please note:  We will communicate your admission decision using the information you provide in the Email Address 1 and Current Mailing Address fields.  Please make sure these addresses are valid throughout the entire application process.

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.



Personal statement

Submit a personal statement of approximately one to two typewritten, double-spaced pages. This essay should highlight your interest in taking classes at the STM and indicate the class(es) you wish to take.



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
   
Simboli Hall
    9 Lake Street
   
Brighton, MA 02135-3841



Financial Aid


Students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program to be eligible for STM funding.
 


 

Post-Master's Degree in Spiritual formation

Experienced ministers (already possessing a master's degree in a theological discipline) seeking to become spiritual directors and companions can complete our Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation during two-week sessions over three consecutive summers.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

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 and Resume at the time they submit their application forms. To begin a new application click on the "Register" link at the bottom of the sign-in window. You can also save your progress and use this link to login to continue filling out the form. 

Begin the application here »


Make sure you click the "Submit" button on the last page of the application.  You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.  Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you should receive an email with your Boston College credentials (your Eagle ID and BC username) so that you can login to the BC applicant system and check the status of your full application. If you have been a BC student before, your credentials will be the same and you may not receive a credentials email.  If you have not been a BC student before, and do not receive your credentials email, please contact the admissions office for help:  stmadm@bc.edu or 617-552-6506.

Additional requirements for international applicants
Additional requirements for religious applicants

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible and before the posted deadlines. Please note:  We will communicate your admission decision using the information you provide in the Email Address 1 and Current Mailing Address fields.  Please make sure these addresses are valid throughout the entire application process.

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
   
Simboli Hall
    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 3 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.
 


 

Academic certificates

We offer 18-credit (6 courses) academic certificate programs that can be completed during the academic year, or during summers, or a combination of both. You can pursue the general certificate in theology and ministry, or specialize in either Hispanic ministry or religious education.

To apply, please provide the following materials:

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 and Resume at the time they submit their application forms. To begin a new application click on the "Register" link at the bottom of the sign-in window. You can also save your progress and use this link to login to continue filling out the form. 

Begin the application here »


Make sure you click the "Submit" button on the last page of the application.  You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.  Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you should receive an email with your Boston College credentials (your Eagle ID and BC username) so that you can login to the BC applicant system and check the status of your full application. If you have been a BC student before, your credentials will be the same and you may not receive a credentials email.  If you have not been a BC student before, and do not receive your credentials email, please contact the admissions office for help:  stmadm@bc.edu or 617-552-6506.

Additional requirements for international applicants
Additional requirements for religious applicants

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible and before the posted deadlines. Please note:  We will communicate your admission decision using the information you provide in the Email Address 1 and Current Mailing Address fields.  Please make sure these addresses are valid throughout the entire application process.

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
   
Simboli Hall
    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

The personal statement must be uploaded as part of the application.  Your statement should be 3 doubled-space pages 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
  • Information 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, and for doctoral applicants, the faculty member(s) with whom you would like to work


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


 

supervised practicum in spiritual direction

The Supervised Practicum enables students to accompany believers on their spiritual journey in a developmental way. Through reflection, seminars, direction, and supervision, participants learn how to listen in a helpful way to the activity of God in the prayer of other believers and to respond in ways that deepen a person's relationship with God and his or her engagement with life and the world.



To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • For STM students, applicants must be in their second year of the M.Div., M.A., or M.T.S. programs. Sabbatical participants can apply by exception
  • Non-degree students must demonstrate substantial maturity, as well as ministerial and academic competence
  • Students must have ongoing experience receiving spiritual direction.

For more information applicants should contact Dr. Jennifer Bader, associate dean for academic affairs, for more information: jennifer.bader@bc.edu or 617-552-4478.

To apply for the Spirtual Direction Practicum, please provide the following materials:

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 and Resume at the time they submit their application forms. To begin a new application click on the "Register" link at the bottom of the sign-in window. You can also save your progress and use this link to login to continue filling out the form. 

Begin the application here »


Make sure you click the "Submit" button on the last page of the application.  You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.  Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you should receive an email with your Boston College credentials (your Eagle ID and BC username) so that you can login to the BC applicant system and check the status of your full application. If you have been a BC student before, your credentials will be the same and you may not receive a credentials email.  If you have not been a BC student before, and do not receive your credentials email, please contact the admissions office for help:  stmadm@bc.edu or 617-552-6506.

Additional requirements for international applicants
Additional requirements for religious applicants

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible and before the posted deadlines. Please note:  We will communicate your admission decision using the information you provide in the Email Address 1 and Current Mailing Address fields.  Please make sure these addresses are valid throughout the entire application process.

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 one to two typewritten, double-spaced pages. This essay should highlight your interest in doing a practicum in spiritual direction.