Certificates & Non-Degree

Whether you’re considering a career change, graduate studies, or simply want to pursue new interests, our flexible, relevant, and engaging certificate programs allow you to grow personally and professionally. You may also enroll in coursework as a non-degree student.

18-Credit Certificates

Advanced Certificates

Non-Degree Coursework

Our non-degree option allows you to earn academic credit without enrolling in a degree program.

  • Regular CSTM tuition rates apply.
  • Available each academic term.
  • Non-degree students may take up to four courses (12 credit hours).
  • For non-degree students who later enroll in a degree program, the credits earned can be counted toward your degree.
  • Non-degree students may cross-register at other BTI schools, as long as they take one course at CSTM.
  • Non-degree students are also allowed to take courses for audit for one-half of the full credit cost. Please note: Some courses may not allow audits.


Application Requirements


Certificate and non-degree applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Form

The application to CSTM must be completed online. Certificate and non-degree applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each entrance term. Please note you can submit your application form once it is completed; you do not need to wait for supplemental materials to arrive.

Application Form

Religious & International Applicants

Applicants who are Catholic diocesan priests or deacons or members of religious orders must submit a letter of approval and financial support from their bishop, major superior, or Provincial. Please select "Bishop/Major Superior" as the recommender type on the application form.

International Applicants

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.

Payment Options

  • Pay by credit or debit card via the web. You can pay the application fee at the same time you submit your application form or you can pay online at a later date through the Agora Portal. You must use your BC Username and password to log in.

  • Pay by check or money order made payable to Boston College, via regular mail. Please include your check with a copy of your application form submission confirmation page and include your name and intended degree program.

Please note: The application fee cannot be refunded for any reason. If you qualify for a fee waiver, you should not pay the fee when you submit the application form. Fee waivers are granted to the following applicants: Jesuits, veterans, applicants currently completing a year of service or who are Pell Grant-eligible, and current CSTM students. We do not waive the application fee for other reasons.

Personal Statement

For certificate applicants:

Your personal statement must be uploaded as part of the application. The personal statement should be one to two pages in length, double-spaced.

Your statement should address the following:

  • The academic, professional, and personal development that has motivated you to apply to CSTM. How has your education and/or experience impacted your discernment?
  • Your understanding of theological education and/or ministry in the context of the Church's mission, as well as the role and responsibilities of a minister today.
  • How you plan to apply your theological education.
  • Given your experience, how you assess your principal strengths for theological education and ministry as well as your areas of needed development.

For non-degree applicants:

On the application form, you will be asked to share your reasons for enrolling in the course(s) selected and what prepares you for graduate theological study at CSTM. Please also share any other relevant information to your registration.


We require transcripts from all colleges, universities, seminaries, or theological schools that you have attended. Each transcript should contain a list of all coursework taken, grades/marks received, and, if applicable, degree granted and date of degree confirmation. If your college or university will send official transcripts electronically, they can be emailed to cstmapply@bc.edu. Otherwise, transcripts must be mailed and be contained in a sealed, signed envelope. If the official transcript is not in English, a translation should be provided with the official document. Please alert us if your transcript will be arriving with a different name than the one you are using on your application (e.g. your maiden name). Please note that a transcript is only considered official if received directly from the institution issuing it.

Please also note that your application may be reviewed with unofficial copies of your transcripts. If you send unofficial copies, know that if admitted, you must sent official copies before you begin coursework. If you have questions, please reach out to us.

Mailing Addresses
For applicants using the U.S. Postal Service:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Simboli Hall
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

For applicants using FedEx or UPS:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Simboli Hall
9 Lake Street
Brighton, MA 02135-3841


For certificate applicants:
Certificate applicants are required to submit one recommendation using the online application system. 

The recommender should be familiar with the applicant’s academic competence. For applicants who have been out of school for a significant amount of time, the recommender should be familiar with the applicant's professional competence.

Please be sure that your recommender is aware of the application deadlines and online process, and choose them carefully to ensure that they can write on your behalf in a timely manner.

For non-degree applicants:
A letter of recommendation is not required.


Your résumé must be uploaded as part of the application. It is helpful if you highlight relevant ministry, service, and leadership positions you have held.


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