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School of Theology and Ministry

Mission and Vision

school of theology and ministry

preparing leaders for the church and the world

From Mark S. Massa, S.J., Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry


Welcome to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. The STM is an international academic theological center that trains lay and religious men and women for leadership in service to the Church and the world.

Our strategic goal is actually a simple one: We want to become the professional school where the Catholic community in the United States does its best thinking about theology, ministry and ministerial formation, as well as the place that Catholic Church leaders turn to when seeking the strongest ministerial and theological personnel.

Academic rigor and excellence is our highest priority. Students are challenged in the classroom by a first rate faculty to understand and explore the vast theological tradition of our faith and appropriate that faith to respond to the difficult questions that face the Church today. The Jesuit tradition of whole person education is embodied in the School's commitment to the comprehensive academic, pastoral, and spiritual formation of all of our students.

With 29 full-time faculty members, combined with another 32 members in the Department of Theology, Boston College has one of the largest and most distinguished theological faculties in the world. In addition to our own offerings, the STM is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, one of America's most respected consortia of divinity schools, graduate schools, and theological centers in which our students can take courses offered by faculty of other religious and faith traditions, making Boston a global center for the study of theology, and attracting the very best and brightest in our field.

Once again, thank you for your interest and welcome.  Please let our admissions office know if you are interested in learning more about us.

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STM Mission Statement

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) is an international theological center that serves the Church’s mission in the world as part of a Catholic and Jesuit university. Through the fostering of Christian faith and the promotion of justice and reconciliation, the school prepares its students for ministries that are as diverse as the composition of the student body – Jesuits and other candidates approved for ordination studies, women and men for lay ecclesial ministries and for service rooted in faith.

The STM is committed to the Catholic theological tradition, rigorous academic inquiry, interdisciplinary study, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and the engagement of faith and culture.

Through the Ecclesiastical Faculty and the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, the STM offers graduate programs, including civil and ecclesiastical degrees in theology and ministry that integrate intellectual, spiritual, pastoral, and personal formation.  To form a community that is contemplative, critical, and collaborative, it draws on the Ignatian tradition and the rich diversity of its students and faculty who are lay, ordained, and members of religious communities.  Theological research, reflection, and pastoral practice are integral to the STM’s life and mission.  The STM reaches out to larger theological and pastoral communities through STM Online: Crossroads learning resources, the publication of New Testament Abstracts, and timely continuing education programs.