Our dual degree programs pair the M.A. in Theology and Ministry with one of four master's programs across Boston College: social work, counseling, or business.
BC School of Social Work
Lynch School of Education & Human Development
#1 Catholic school of education
Carroll School of Management
Applicants must apply separately to both schools. Full dual degree status is granted when accepted to both.
Each student is supported by a faculty advisor from both schools throughout their time in the program.
Design your own personal formation plan in the first year and complete it during your time in the program.
Complete a thesis on a topic that spans both fields, creating a pastoral program of your own design.
Complete a year-long field experience to deepen your understanding of ministerial work in different contexts.
Develop the skills to integrate life experience and service with theology, theory, and knowledge of scripture.
We offer funding for all students to pursue spiritual direction and attend the guided retreat of their choice.
Tailor your M.A. degree with an optional concentration in Hispanic Ministry or Religious Education.
Dual degree students receive separate financial aid packages from both schools as part of their admission decisions. Each term, dual degree students will have a "home school" in which they are enrolled. During that term, the student will pay tuition to the school in which they are enrolled and the financial aid package that they receive from that school will apply to all credits being taken during that term, regardless of if you are taking classes at both schools during that term. For example, if a M.A./M.S.W. student is enrolled at the STM and taking classes at both schools, their STM financial aid package would apply to credits from both schools for that term.
For the M.A./M.S.W. and M.A./M.A. programs, the STM's financial aid package will apply to Academic Year I and both summers of the dual degree program, while the other school's financial aid package will apply to Academic Year II and Academic Year III of the dual degree program.
For the M.A./M.B.A. program, the STM's financial aid package will apply to Academic Year I, Summer I, and the Fall semester of Academic Year III. The Carroll School of Management's financial aid package will apply to Academic Year II, Summer II, and the Spring semester of Academic Year III.
For students in the MA/M.Ed. program in partnership with BC's Urban Catholic Teacher Corps, the STM's financial aid package will apply to Academic Year II and onwards, and the Lynch School's financial aid package will apply to Summer I, Academic Year I, and Summer II.
If a student starts at Boston College in one graduate program and then later adds the second, the funding schedule may need to be altered. The admissions office will discuss specific details with each applicant. Never hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
All dual degree students complete placements as part of their program, providing students with the chance to apply their studies and build their ministerial toolbox through rich field experience.
M.A./M.S.W. and M.A./M.A. students do not complete a supervised ministry placement through the STM, but instead complete a field placement through their partner school. M.A./M.S.W. students complete two social work field placements in Academic Year II and Academic Year III, while M.A./M.A. students complete a full-year counseling practicum in the final year of their program. M.A./M.S.W. and M.A./M.A. students can speak with their field advisors through the School of Social Work and Lynch School of Education and Human Development to identify field placement sites that are a good fit for their unique hopes and goals as dual degree students.
M.A./M.Ed. students do not complete a supervised ministry placement through the STM; their teaching position through the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps takes the place of the STM placement.
M.A./M.B.A. students do complete a supervised ministry placement through the STM and will complete this contextual education during the final year of their program. More information on contextual education for the M.A./M.B.A. program can be found in the program handbook.
The dual degree program is a great fit for students with a wide variety of interests who hope to incorporate faith and spirituality into their professional and personal lives, and who also view their current and future work in related fields as their call to ministry. On a personal level, the dual degree has been valuable to students by providing them with academic and faith communities, classes, and practical experiences that are rooted in their values and align with their professional, personal, spiritual, and social interests. On a professional level, dual degree students are equipped with a unique interdisciplinary skill set that opens up professional possibilities, with graduates living out their call to ministry through a wide variety of fields, or applying the lens of the partner field to more explicitly ministerial settings.
School of Theology and Ministry
Carroll School of Management
School of Social Work
Lynch School of Education and Human Development