Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Rigorous and intensive, the three-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a comprehensive professional degree program that combines a broad study of theology with supervised ministry and spiritual formation. It is the program most suited for students preparing for the ordained priesthood or for full-time lay ecclesial ministry in the Church. Women and men, lay and religious, work and study collaboratively in the M.Div. program, preparing for leadership roles in ministry today. 

Program Features

Spiritual Formation

Deepening your faith through study, praxis, and prayer is an essential part of the STM experience. Students in the M.Div. follow our robust Spiritual and Human Formation program during their course of study. The STM also offers funding for students in spiritual direction and who want to attend a retreat.

Cohort and Community Life

You will journey through the M.Div. program with a small cohort of both lay and ordination-track students. Cohorts gather on a semester basis for dinner, prayer, and faith sharing. There are also monthly gatherings of all lay students in the M.Div. program, similarly focused on spiritual and communal formation. 

Supervised Ministry

The M.Div. program includes a practicum—field experience in which you observe and explore ministerial work in different contexts, deepen practical skills, and examine how your experience relates to theological study. 
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100% of 2019 M.Div. graduates found placement within six months.

Elizabeth Turnwald

Elizabeth Turnwald

M.Div. '22

"The persistent movement I felt to study theology was countered by a gnawing imposter syndrome. What could I possibly offer to a classroom discussion, let alone to a person seeking spiritual accompaniment? Ironically, that internal and external questioning made the STM the obvious choice. The mission of this incredible school is not to complacently sit with knowledge but to ensure it is embodied, lived, and shared."

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At a Glance

How long will it take?

This 82-credit program is typically completed in three years of full-time study.


Spiritual and Human Formation

Students in the M.Div. follow our robust Spiritual and Human Formation program during their course of study. The STM also offers funding for students in spiritual direction and who want to attend a retreat.


 Solid Foundation

A thorough grounding in Scripture, Church history, historical–systematic­–practical
theology, moral theology, and pastoral studies.


Supervised Ministry

Supervised ministry in a setting you choose with the help of a faculty advisor. | Supervised Ministry


Financial Support

Scholarships and on-campus assistantships are available. | Financial Aid  

Common Career Paths


Parish ministry

College or high school campus ministry

High school teaching

Doctoral work

Hospital chaplaincy

Prison ministry

Social justice agencies

Religious and other nonprofit organizations

 

100% of 2019 M.Div. graduates were employed within six months.

 


Application Requirements

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Deadlines

Spring 2022:
November 15, 2021
Fall 2022 Priority Scholarship Deadline:
January 15, 2022. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after this date.
Summer 2022:
Summer applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Form

Please note you can submit your application form once it is completed; you do not need to wait for all of your supplemental materials to arrive. We are able to schedule your interview once we have received your submitted application form, resume, and personal statement.

Application Form

Admission Prerequisites for the M.Div.:

  • One year of full-time, post-collegiate ecclesial ministry or equivalent preferred. Those who do not have a year of post-graduate ministry experience are still encouraged to apply if they are able to demonstarte significant ministerial leadership experience at the undergraduate level. 
  • At least two undergraduate courses in philosophy (you may also take these concurrently with your M.Div. program)

On the application form, MDiv applicants will have the opportunity to indicate interest in being paired with an STM MDiv alumni or current student to assist in learning more about the program and navigating the application and discernment processes.

Additional Requirements:

International applicants

Religious applicants

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted. 

Payment Options

  • Pay by credit or debit card via the web; You can pay the application fee at the same time your submit your application form.  However, if you do not pay the fee at the same time you submit your application, you can pay online at a later date through the Agora Portal. You must use your BC Username and password to log in.

  • Pay by check or money order made payable to Boston College, via regular mail.  Please include your check with a copy of your application form submission confirmation page and include your name and intended degree program.


Please note: The application fee cannot be refunded for any reason. If you qualify for a fee waiver, you should not pay the fee when you submit the application form. Fee waivers are automatically granted to the following applicants: Jesuits, veterans, applicants currently completing a year of service, and current STM students. We do not waive the application fee for other reasons.

Standardized Tests

The GRE is optional, but preferred. We especially recommend applicants submit scores if 1) they feel their undergraduate transcript is not indicative of their capacity for success in graduate studies, OR 2) they do not have a strong background in the humanities. We review all applications holistically. Applicants who choose not to submit GRE scores will not be penalized in the admissions process.

Applicants who do send GRE scores should have them sent directly from ETS. Our GRE code is 2508.

English Proficiency Exam

All applicants for whom English is not their native language must also provide TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test score results. Read more about special instructions for international applicants here. This webpage will also indicate under with criteria a waiver may be granted. Waivers must be approved in writing by the admissions office.

Transcripts

We require transcripts from all colleges, universities, seminaries, or theological schools that you have attended. Each transcript should contain a list of all coursework taken, grades/marks received, and, if applicable, degree granted and date of degree confirmation. 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. Please alert us if your transcript will be arriving with a different name than the one you are using on your application (e.g. your maiden name).

Please note that your application may be reviewed with unofficial copies of your transcripts, though we prefer official copies at the time of application. If you send unofficial copies, please note that if admitted, you must sent official copies before you begin coursework. In addition, if you are currently finishing a degree, you must send a final, official version of the transcript upon graduating, and before beginning coursework at STM.

Mailing Addresses
For applicants using the U.S. Postal Service:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Simboli Hall
140 Commonwealth Avenue
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

Recommendations

M.Div. applicants are required to submit three recommendations using the online application system. 

Each recommender should be familiar with the applicant’s academic competence. For applicants who have been out of school for a significant amount of time, recommenders should be familiar with the applicant's professional competence. One recommender should be familiar with the applicant's ministerial potential and experience. Please be sure that your 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.

Interview

The admissions office interviews all applicants to the MDiv program. All interviews take place remotely.

Résumé

The resume must be uploaded as part of the application.  It is helpful if you highlight relevant ministry, service, research, teaching, and leadership positions you have held.

Personal Statement

The personal statement must be uploaded as part of the application.  The personal statement should be three pages in length, double-spaced.

Your statement should address the following:

  • The academic, professional, and personal development that has motivated you to apply to 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