Career Development

We provide unwavering professional development support and preparation, rooted in a spirit of vocational discernment, which leads to unparalleled success: 97% of our graduates enjoy placements within six months of graduation.

Through a variety of programming and one-on-one interactions, our Career Services staff and faculty consider how each student’s gifts can best serve the world and then ardently pursue positions that match your talents and interests.

The CSTM global alumni network is also active in building sincere relationships with students and connecting them to relationships all around the world.

Jacqueline Regan

Jacqueline Regan
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Career Services 

By the Numbers


Placement within six months of graduation (2022)


Placement for master's graduates (2022)


Size of CSTM's alumni network, worldwide

Career Preparation Resources


We offer a number of resources to help students prepare for their next steps beyond the CSTM. These help students develop skills and strategies for job interviews and doctoral applications, as well as providing opportunities to connect with alumni and learn about different ministry options.

Alumni Mentors

Connect with an expansive network of CSTM alumni who have offered to serve as mentors to current CSTM students. Reach out for informational interviews, discernment conversations, and coaching on your job search. This database is shared with current students.

Called to Serve Series

Gathering information, building relationships, and asking good questions are all key elements of a successful job search. Designed for soon-to-be graduates, but open to all, the Called to Serve Series offers an opportunity to jump-start or sharpen your job search skills while bringing you in contact with CSTM alumni working in a variety of ministerial settings. Our alumni panelists and CPE supervisors are eager to talk with you about their discernment process, job searches, and their current ministry as you discern your own vocational path and prepare for job interviews.

Preparing for the Job Search Workshop

STM staff teams up to provide helpful information on job discernment, resume, cover letters, interview tips, and resources available to students at the CSTM including the CSTM Resume Book, the CSTM job board, our alumni network, and individual advising.

Life Directions Retreat

This retreat occurs at the beginning of the spring semester. In addition to reflecting on the art and skill of discernment, it affords an opportunity to weigh two options that a student may be exploring in the context of discernment.

STM Resume Book

At the beginning of the spring semester, CSTM publishes an annual Resume Book of soon-to-be graduates, which is sent to hundreds of employers nationwide. Resumes are due at the end of January.

Job Opportunities

STM maintains job opportunity pages by area of ministry for students and alumni who have access to an CSTM Career site. These are updated during the year with postings from organizations throughout the country. 

One-on-One Consultation

There are plenty of staff, faculty, and alumni willing to support you in this process. Contact Jacqueline Regan, Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Career Services, who will be happy to connect you to individuals in your field of interest.

Applying to Ph.D. Programs Workshop

This session features both faculty and current Ph.D. students, and addresses topics such as selecting a program and a mentor, preparing the C.V., writing your personal statement, asking for letters of recommendation, and more.


Where Are Our Graduates Now?


Many of our graduating students seek placements in a variety of ministerial and educational settings. Recent placements include:

Theology Teacher, Mount Alvernia High School

Director of Hispanic Ministries, Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish

Resident Chaplain, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Campus Minister for Liturgy, St. Louis University

Assistant Director for Tutor Engagement/Tutor Chaplain, EV Kids

Religious Studies Teacher, Brophy College Preparatory

Chapter Action and Advocacy Specialist, Catholic Relief Services

Behavioral Health Therapist, Bridge Over Troubled Water

Doctoral Programs

Faculty mentors begin working with students who plan to continue for doctoral studies as early as the student’s first semester. CSTM students gain admission to many of the world’s most selective doctoral programs, testifying to the quality of a CSTM education, the caliber of the student body, and the school’s thorough placement process. Recent graduates have attended a number of universities for doctoral studies, including the following:

Boston College

Boston University

The Catholic University of America

Duquesne University

Fordham University

The Gregorian University

Harvard University

Loyola University Chicago

Marquette University

Oxford University

St. Louis University

University of Notre Dame

University of Toronto

Yale University

Graduate Theological Union


Alumni Voices

Meet some of our alumni and read about how CSTM helped them find and pursue their callings.

Alumni Award Recipients

Our alumni emerge as leaders in the church and world, prepared to make an immediate impact on the communities they serve. CSTM is delighted to honor two outstanding alumni each year through the awards below.

Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. Alumni Distinguished Service Award

  • James Martin, S.J., Editor-at-Large, America Media (2018)
  • Gregory Boyle, S.J., Founder, Homeboy Industries (2021)
  • Maryanne Confoy, RSC, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Australian Catholic University (2022)
  • Susan Bigelow Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, Candler School of Theology (2023)

Young Alumni Leadership in Ministry Award

  • Anna Robertson, Director of Distributed Organizing, Discerning Deacons (2024)


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Career Planning

Connect with Alumni

Get in touch with our loyal alumni, who serve as ambassadors of our programs and mentors to our students. They provide professional and personal guidance on a variety of topics.

BC Career Center

The Career Center provides individual guidance and organizes events and programs throughout the year, helping students discern their interests and pursue meaningful careers.

For Employers

Interested in hiring our high-achieving students? Contact us to learn more about how you can connect CSTM students' talents with your needs.

Networks of Support

Between faculty, staff, and alumni, CSTM students have access to countless resources for career discernment and preparation. Recognizing the strong preparation for ministry CSTM offers, employers actively seek out CSTM graduates to hire each year.

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