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.

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. 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.

Spiritual and Community Life

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.

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.

This involves:

  • Knowledge of the historical development of the tradition;
  • Integration of various elements of doctrine and theology (e.g., scripture, ethics, and liturgy);
  • Apreciation of the relationship between the development of the theological tradition and the cultural context from which it emerges.

2. Bring the insights of the Catholic theological tradition into dialogue with contemporary social and religious issues.

This involves:

  • An awareness of the shape of contemporary culture, in global and local context;
  • A respect for the spiritual, theological, pastoral, and human implications of the global and local context.

3.  Integrate theological thinking and ministerial practice.

This involves:

  • Effective application of theological thinking in ministerial practice and drawing on ministerial practice in the refinement of theological concepts;
  • Articulation of how theological thinking and ministerial practice are mutually informative and enriching.

4. Demonstrate capacities conducive to effective ministry.

This involves:

  • A mature and active faith life;
  • Collaboration;
  • Self-reflection;
  • Willingness to be accountable;
  • Selected competencies as articulated in the National Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and/or the Program of Priestly Formation.

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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.


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 MDiv graduates were employed within six months.

 


Application Requirements

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Deadlines

Fall 2019
February 1, 2019
Spring 2019
December 1, 2018

Application Form

The application to STM must be completed online.

Application Form


Admission Prerequisites for the M.Div.:

  • One year of full-time, post-collegiate ecclesial ministry or equivalent
  • At least two undergraduate courses in philosophy
     

Additional requirements for international applicants

Additional requirements for 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

GRE scores
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.

TOEFL scores
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. 

Read more about special instructions for international applicants here.

To request a TOEFL waiver, you must email stmadm@bc.edu.

Transcripts

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 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).

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 may contact applicants to set up an interview by Skype.

Résumé

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.

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