Graduate studies at STM offer a unique opportunity to engage in rigorous theological studies for ministry in one of the world's most expansive health care settings. Students interested in chaplaincy can immerse themselves in interfaith theological formation through the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium, the largest existing theological consortium.
STM is an unparalleled place to begin exploring chaplaincy. Here are a few reasons why.
As a global hub for health care, the Boston area's 25 hospitals and 20 community health centers offer many supervised ministry options.
As members of the prestigious Boston Theological Interrelgious Consortium (BTI), STM students may take courses at 10 other area schools.
STM is a proud partner of Brandeis University's Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, which supports students interested in careers in chaplaincy.
With their advisor's permission, students may use elective credit to take courses in other BC schools, including social work and nursing.
STM offers two master's degree programs that are well suited for chaplaincy preparation. Both offer rigorous theological study, spiritual formation, and supervised ministry, as well as the option to pursue Clinical Pastoral Education, an interfaith professional education for ministry.
Typically completed in three years of full-time, in-person study, this 82-credit program is our most comprehensive program for lay and ordained students interested in ministry or chaplaincy.
This 48-credit program can be completed full-time and in-person in two years, or in a part-time, hybrid model that combines online courses and in-person summer sessions.
STM students have the option of fulfilling their supervised ministry requirement through Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), an interfaith professional education for ministry. CPE brings students and ministers of all faiths into intense involvement with persons in need, under the direction of supervisors with professional training beyond hospital chaplaincy. Key aspects of CPE include: