FAQ for Applicants

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in the Theology Department at Boston College. The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences’ Theology Department offers a joint MA in Philosophy and Theology and a PhD in Theology. For various other master’s-level and ecclesiastical degrees in theology, as well as a PhD in Theology and Education, please refer to Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.

All information on our application process can be found in our Program Brochure.

Applications are due in early January of each year for the upcoming fall. The application itself is completed online through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is opened early autumn for the upcoming cycle (e.g., opens in September for the following January deadline). Application is made to a specific area of the department.

Those considering applying are encouraged to reach out in advance to faculty in their area of interest; please email the department’s Graduate Assistant at theolog@bc.edu with any questions or to schedule a visit or virtual meeting.

Requirements For Your Application


Application Form & Fee

  • Application Form and $80 non-refundable application fee.



Transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions attended. At the time of application, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Official transcripts will be required before matriculation.

GRE General Test

For Ph.D. applicants, the GRE General test is not required, but recommended. If submitted, the official score report should be from within 5 years.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. It is highly advisable that at least one letter be from an academic source.

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose: a brief (~ 3 pages double-spaced, or ~1000 words) discussion of an applicant’s interest in the program and academic goals.

Writing Sample

A sample of an applicant’s best work (usually a course paper or equivalent of no more than 25 pages) related to their proposed field of study.

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

A list of an applicant’s academic and work experience.

Proof of English Proficiency

Proof of English Proficiency (international students only): Official TOEFL/IELTS reports accepted.