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non-degree student status

If you are interested in taking a course at the STM and are not already enrolled in a degree program, you must apply to be a non-degree student.  Applications instructions for gaining non-degree student status are included below.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the admissions office.

Minister-in-the-Vicinity Tuition Rate

The STM offers a special audit rate for those currently engaged in full-time ministry (ministers, lay ecclesial ministers, priests, rabbis, and others) who live in the New England area. Minister-in-the-Vicinity students can audit one course per academic year at the special rate of $100 per audited credit.  So a three-credit course would cost $300.

Application Requirements

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.

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.

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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 250-500 words (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  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