Strategic Plan

Pursuing the Magis Together

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry  


As the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry celebrates its 10th anniversary, we—its students, faculty, and staff—renew our commitment to pursuing the magis and remaining open to the call of God through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Founded in June 2008, BC’s School of Theology and Ministry resulted from the union of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, the Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, and the C21 Online (now STM Online: Crossroads) program.

STM’s purpose is two-fold:

  1. Formation of priests for the Society of Jesus and other orders.

  2. Preparation of lay students as well as men and women religious for leadership in the Church and the academy. 

To be true to its heritage and mission, STM must continue to be a place where the faculty, staff, and student body reflect the ecclesial ideal of lay, ordained, and religious working together.

Significant accomplishments of STM’s first ten years include:
  • nearly doubling the size of the student body while increasing academic standards;
  • being recognized among the best theological schools in the world
  • hiring and developing new faculty who will advance the next generation of theological scholarship;
  • achieving a 95% graduate placement rate or higher over the past five years;
  • developing a dedicated network of STM alumni working in increasingly diverse academic, ecclesial, and faith-based contexts worldwide; and
  • offering ongoing theological and ministerial formation to thousands of people around the globe.

In addition, STM’s faculty, staff, and students have become an integral part of the Boston College community through interdisciplinary teaching and research; through partnerships with centers, institutes, and offices across campus; and through service and leadership in Campus Ministry programs.

It is a magis, that plus that leads Ignatius to undertake initiatives, to follow them through, and to evaluate their real impact on peoples’ lives in matters of faith, justice, mercy, and charity. The magisis the fire, the fervor of action that rouses us from slumber…
Address of His Holiness Pope Francis, to the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus


Inspired by Saint Ignatius of Loyola to be contemplatives in action, and desiring to align with the University’s Strategic Plan Ever to Excel: Advancing Boston College’s Mission, STM faculty, staff, and students engaged in a yearlong assessment and planning effort during the 2017-18 academic year. Four committees—Marketing and Recruitment, Academic Programs, Schoolwide Formation, and Service to the Church and the World—were formed. These groups reflected on STM’s accomplishments in its first 10 years, as well as on the dean’s invitation to help meet challenges and opportunities in the Church and the world. The strategic planning process included a review and slight revision of STM’s founding Mission Statement, as well as an articulation of the School’s Core Values.

Strategic Directions

As STM enters its second decade, the School intends to strengthen its partnerships with other departments, institutes, and centers at Boston College—as well as other Jesuit institutions world-wide. We imagine that the diversity of the faculty, staff, and student body at STM will reflect even more the diversity of the Church. And we will continue to focus on creating a welcoming and inclusive community where our students are formed to serve a multicultural Church. Building on foundations already in place, STM will focus on four Strategic Directions.