Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

The degree of choice for many students who plan to go on to doctoral studies in religion or theology or teach theology in high school, the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) program exposes you to the various disciplines of theology. The degree is flexible: half the coursework is made up of core requirements in general theological literacy and competence (in fields such as biblical studies, systematics, moral theology, and Church history); the rest comprises a rich range of electives. You may want to pursue an M.T.S. out of intellectual curiosity, to enrich your personal or professional life, or enhance your work with religious or other nonprofit organizations.

While the M.T.S. program doesn't require spiritual and pastoral formation programs and activities, you are welcome and encouraged to participate in the retreats, days of reflection, faith-sharing, and prayer groups the school offers.

96% of 2019 M.T.S. graduates found placement within six months of graduation.

Kyle McCaffery

Kyle McCaffery

M.T.S. '21

"Learning for me has always been a communal activity. Classroom discussion was a key part of my undergraduate education. After working for three years, I missed most the deep learning that comes from the conversations between students, professors, and the texts we study. At the School of Theology & Ministry, I found such a style of education which reaches the whole person and the whole human situation. I’ve been surprised to find, however, that the STM is also a lot like a family. Liturgy and Lunch on Thursdays creates a beautiful time for students, faculty, and staff to gather and break bread, both liturgically and literally. When I leave for breaks, Liturgy and Lunch is what I miss most while I’m away from Boston.” 


Connect with STM to learn more about the M.T.S. application process.


Meet Our Faculty

Angela Kim Harkins

Early Jewish and Christian Texts

Angela Kim Harkins

O. Ernesto Valiente

Liberation Theology

O. Ernesto Valiente

Mary Jo Iozzio

Moral Theology

Mary Jo Iozzio

Brian Dunkle

The Early Church

Brian Dunkle, S.J.

At a Glance

How long will it take?

This 48-credit program is typically completed in two years of full-time study.

Faculty Support

Students may pursue directed readings with faculty members during the program’s second year. 
Faculty Expertise | Faculty Publications

Language Study

Up to nine credits in ancient or modern languages can be applied to the degree.

Final Paper

A Final Reflection paper is a requirement for all M.T.S. students.
One elective may be used to write a 30–50 page thesis.

Financial Support

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

Common Career Paths

High school teaching

Doctoral studies

Diocesan administration

Nonprofit careers


Application Information



Fall 2020 Priority Scholarship Deadline:
January 15, 2020. We will continue to allow applications after this date.
Spring 2020
December 1, 2018

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 granted to the following applicants: Jesuits, veterans, applicants currently completing a year of service, and current STM students. Email the admissions office at to request a waiver.

Standardized Tests

GRE scores
GRE scores are required for M.T.S. 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


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  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





M.T.S. 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. 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 either in person or by Skype.


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
  • Information outlining your specific area and field of academic interest, and how your previous academic, professional, and/or pastoral experience has prepared you for studies within that particular field