Since 1935, Boston College has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). NECHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education and adheres to the standards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of NECHE guidelines, member institutions undergo a peer review process every ten years which involves the preparation of a comprehensive self-study. Boston College’s most recent full review for accreditation occurred in March 2017.
Inquiries regarding Boston College’s accreditation status, including requests for a paper copy of this information, should be directed to the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, Boston College, 270 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617-552-3260); individuals may also contact the New England Commission of Higher Education, 301 Edgewater Place, Suite 210, Wakefield, MA 01880 (781-425-7785).
In addition to NECHE, a variety of schools and programs at Boston College are affiliated with discipline-based accrediting agencies. For distance education, Boston College is an approved member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and Boston College’s public safety and police department is an accredited program of the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.
The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: M.Div., M.A., M.T.S., Th.M.
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Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
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Please note that the Bachelor in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.), the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), and the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) are ecclesiastical degrees granted in the name of the Holy See through the Ecclesiastical Faculty of the STM, by virtue of its status as an ecclesiastical faculty accredited by the Vatican Congregation of Catholic Education.
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The following statistics provide information regarding our students' time to completion during the 2016-2017 academic year:
Master of Divinity
Of the 17 M.Div. graduates in 2018-2019:
15 finished the degree in 3 years
2 finished the degree in 4 years
Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry
Of the 34 M.A. graduates in 2018-2019:
14 finished the degree in 2 years
13 finished the degree in 3 years
3 finished the degree in 4 years
2 finished the degree in 5 years
2 finished the degree in over 6 years
Master of Theological Studies
Of the 27 M.T.S. graduates in 2018-2019:
26 finished the degree in 2 years
1 finished the degree in 3 years
Master of Theology
Of the 24 Th.M. graduates in 2018-2019:
10 finished the degree in 1 year
10 finished the degree in 2 years
3 finished the degree in 3 years
1 finished the degree in 5 years