Dual Master of Arts (M.A./M.A.) in Theology and Ministry and Counseling Psychology

Dual Master of Arts (M.A./M.A.) in Theology and Ministry and Counseling Psychology

The Dual Master of Arts (M.A./M.A.) in Theology and Ministry and Counseling Psychology program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue graduate studies that combine theories and practice in counseling and psychology with studies in religion and exploration of the pastoral dimensions of caregiving.

At a Glance

How many courses?

The 84-credit track meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts.

The 78-credit track prepares students for further studies, including doctoral study.

How long will it take?

Full-time students typically finish in three years.

When can I start?

You can begin the program only in the fall semester.

By the Numbers


ranking for the Student Counseling & Personnel Services program

U.S. News & World Report


world ranking in Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies

2017 QS World University Rankings


job placement rate within six months of graduation

STM graduate survey


lay students receiving scholarship-related financial aid

STM Financial Aid Office


Dual-degree students couple their study of counseling psychology with the study of pastoral care and spirituality and can seek licensing as professional mental health counselors. Such licensed counselors are well equipped to seek positions in mental health agencies, shelters, pastoral placements in parishes, campus ministry programs, prison work, and youth and young adult programs. Graduates will bring the strength of solid counseling skills and exposure to spiritual direction work to their positions.

Dual degree students will complete the curriculum in either the Master of Arts (M.A) in Mental Health Counseling or the Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Counseling programs and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theology and Ministry. 


  • Credits: 78 or 84
  • Comprehensive Exam


Financial Aid

Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. 



  • School Counselor
  • Clinician
  • Research Assistant
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Research Health Science Specialist
  • Psychologist
  • In-Home Family Therapist
  • Cognitive Trainer
  • Substance Abuse Clinician


  • Our Lady of Victory Catholic School
  • Willowglen Academy
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Bay State Community Services
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Italian Home for Children
  • Brain Excel
  • Community Substance Abuse Centers




Application & Deadlines

To be eligible for the doctoral program, applicants must already hold a master's degree.

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.



  • Regular Decision — 1/6
  • Rolling Admission — Until 7/15
  • Intl. Applicants — Until 7/1

  • Spring
  • Regular Decision — 11/1

  • Summer
  • Regular Decision — 4/1
  • Résumé

    To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

    In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

    Personal Statement

    To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

    In 1,000–1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

    Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice. 


    Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. 

    In the event that you are admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration.

    To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at gsoe@bc.edu. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:

    • Course titles and grades for each course
    • Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
    • Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
      • Original and translated transcripts must be provided

    If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:

    • An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
    • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
    • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

    Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

    Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

    Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
    Campion Hall 135
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    Standardized Tests

    Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for 2021 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

    Writing Sample

    Not required.

    International Students

    International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.

    Info for International Applicants

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