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School of Theology and Ministry

Career Development

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An education at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry provides knowledge, formation, and skills that are assets in many fields. In addition to traditional ministries, many students work in medicine, business, and education. Placement services guide students in seeking a vocational path that is appropriate to their particular interests and talents.

Graduates of the STM serve in a variety of ministries. The associate dean of student affairs provides personalized placement assistance, publishes an annual Resume Book of STM graduates sent to over one hundred employers nationwide, and works with the Boston College Career Center to tailor workshops to the needs of STM students.  Employment notices are posted regularly on the STM Web site so that prospective graduates have access to the most up-to-date job opportunities from employers seeking STM graduates. Faculty mentors begin working with students who plan to continue for doctoral studies as early as the student’s first semester.  STM students gain admission to many of the world’s most selective doctoral programs. This testifies to the quality of a STM education, the caliber of the student body, and the school’s thorough placement process.



Ministries of Recent Lay Graduates

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Many of our graduating students seek placements in a variety of ministerial and educational settings. In addition to campus ministry and teaching in secondary Catholic schools, these include:

  • Canon Law
  • Director of Worship
  • Educational Administration
  • Faith Formation
  • Hospital/Hospice Chaplaincy
  • Mental Health and Family Counseling
  • Non-profit Ministry
  • Parish Ministry
  • Pastoral Ministries
  • Retreat Direction
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Social Work
  • Youth Ministry


Recent graduates have attended a number of universities for doctoral studies, including the following:

  • Boston College
  • Catholic University of America 
  • Fordham University
  • Graduate Theological Union
  • The Gregorian University
  • Harvard University
  • Loyola University (Chicago)
  • Northwestern University
  • Oxford University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University


Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers

Lay ministers often require certain certifications beyond a master's degree.  Such certifications are for faith formation, pastoral associate positions, and music ministry.  For information on places offering such certification, see the links below:

For certification process and supplemental information involving pastoral associate positions, please see:

For all other information on certification and lay ministries, see: