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. 100% of 2019 M.Div. graduates found placement within six months.
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. Veteran supervisors oversee your work, and weekly meetings provide a forum for STM students to reflect on and synthesize ministry experiences within a classroom setting. Practicum placements can be done during the academic year in Boston, or over the summer throughout the country.
Deepening your faith through study, praxis, and prayer is an essential part of the STM experience. Opportunities for spiritual formation are abundant within our academic programs and ministerial practice. You can enrich your faith life through spiritual direction, retreats, workshops, and immersion experiences. The school provides financial assistance for many of these programs.
"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."
These outcomes reflect the 5 commitments of the STM (gracious leadership; discernment; catholicity; integration; and rigor across formation) and the 4 pillars of formation (intellectual; spiritual; human; and pastoral), as outlined in Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord and the Program of Priestly Formation.
Upon completion of the M.Div. Program, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Catholic theological tradition.
2. Bring the insights of the Catholic theological tradition into dialogue with contemporary social and religious issues.
3. Integrate theological thinking and ministerial practice.
4. Demonstrate capacities conducive to effective ministry.
Connect with STM to learn more about the M.Div. application process.
This 82-credit program is typically completed in three years of full-time study.
A thorough grounding in Scripture, Church history, historical–systematic–practical
theology, moral theology, and pastoral studies.
Supervised ministry in a setting you choose with the help of a faculty advisor. | Supervised Ministry
Scholarships and on-campus assistantships are available. | Financial Aid
The application to STM must be completed online.
Admission Prerequisites for the M.Div.:
A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.
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.
GRE scores are required for M.Div. applicants. They should be sent directly from ETS. Our GRE code is 2508.
The GRE is waived for applicants who have completed a previous graduate degree.
All applicants for whom English is not their native language must also provide TOEFL or IELTS test score results. An acceptable TOEFL score is 85 or above on the internet-based test. When taking the exam, include STM’s institutional code – 3971 – so that your scores may be sent directly to the school.
To request a TOEFL waiver, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One copy of each transcript is required 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 email@example.com. 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).
For applicants using the U.S. Postal Service:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
140 Commonwealth Avenue
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
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.
The admissions office may contact applicants to set up an interview by Skype.
The resume must be uploaded as part of the application. It is helpful if you highlight relevant ministry, service, and leadership positions you have held.
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: