Why Choose STM?

Why do tomorrow’s leading scholars, ministers, and mentors choose STM? Academic excellence, our values-based community, a holistic approach to student formation, and the other reasons below are just the beginning of what makes STM truly like no other place in the world.

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We support students as they try to find their theological voice and learn how to be part of a community where they share ideas, they accompany persons in their struggles, and they try to become ready for being part of a larger community in an ecclesial context and of society.
Andrea Vicini, S.J., Associate Professor of Moral Theology

A Well-Rounded Education

We're a school of both theology and ministry, a place where theory and practice meet to form a full picture of faith leadership. Here you’ll approach theology intensely as an academic discipline and connect to active ministry in the community. You’ll also have access to the nation’s largest Catholic theology library and a variety of activities through the Boston Theological Institute, an ecumenical and interreligious consortium.

A Steadfast Commitment to Community

Our sense of community—as a school and as part of the wider church—informs all that we do. We discern what we study and how we pray, learn, and grow—and why we feel called to do so—within the context of our community and its values. Bonded together in faith, we come together to challenge one another to become the best versions of ourselves so we can use our talents to serve the world.

Holistic Student Formation

Care for the whole person is a hallmark of Ignatian education, and it constitutes the center of life here. In the classroom and beyond, experiences at STM focus on academic, ministerial, professional, spiritual, and human formation. Supportive faculty and staff offer wisdom, compassionate presence, and encouragement as students integrate their academics, spirituality, and real-life experiences.

Unparalleled Career Preparation

Our approach to holistic formation includes serious career and graduate school preparation—and it shows: Our alumni have a 98% job placement rate within six months of graduation. Faculty, staff, and alumni serve as mentors as you discern potential paths and plan to graduate, and workshops and other opportunities throughout the year help you hone your skills and connect with potential employers.

STM by the numbers


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Percentage of lay students who receive financial aid


Student to faculty ratio

Access to Boston College Resources

STM students enjoy the intimacy of a small school community and all the resources of a world-class research university. You have full access to the Boston College Theology Department as well as courses and dual-degree programs offered in other schools. Our students also get involved through Campus Ministry and the Office of Graduate Student Life.

Greater Boston’s Opportunities

There’s no better place to study theology: In addition to its unrivaled academic resources, Greater Boston has an incredible variety of opportunities to immerse yourself in direct ministry. At parishes, nonprofits, prisons, and beyond, you can enhance your spiritual development and ministry skills as you serve others and prepare for a future career.

Financial Support

We’re deeply devoted to supporting our students academically, personally, and financially. Each year, we award scholarships to new students and provide resources to continuing students, including assistantships. In fact, 90% of our lay students receive some level of scholarship aid. We also offer financial support to students attending retreats, participating in spiritual direction, and traveling to conferences.

Our Spaces

From the quiet corners of our dedicated theology and ministry library to the campus's impressive chapel, greenspace, and classrooms, we’ve crafted our physical places to create senses of space that encourage academic collaboration, sacred contemplation, and social connection.

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