Rigorous and comprehensive, the three-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a professional degree program that combines broad study of theology with supervised ministry and spiritual formation. It is the program best suited for students preparing for full-time lay ecclesial ministry or the ordained priesthood. Women and men, lay and religious, work and study collaboratively as they prepare for leadership roles in today's Church.
The focus of the first year is to establish a theological and professional foundation and to help students begin to form an approach to ministry. The goal is a mastery of basic courses in History of Christianity, Bible, Christian Ethics, and Systematic Theology.
The second year focuses on developing theological and professional competencies. The goals are to deepen students’ familiarity with scripture and prepare them for effective preaching; to increase their understanding of the Church’s moral and theological teaching; and to further the formation of their ministerial identity and personal spirituality.
The primary aim of the third year is to own and articulate an integrated, collaborative theology of ministry. The goals are to further and enhance integrative studies through advanced course work, seminars, and ministerial experience; to demonstrate competency in preaching, liturgical presiding, and prayer leadership; and to identify and acquire other pastoral skills for collaboration in team ministry.
Meet with your academic advisor and director of spiritual formation throughout the program.
Gather with your cohort every semester for conversation, prayer, and a meal.
Participate in small-group faith sharing with other lay M.Div. students at least once a month.
Access ongoing spiritual direction over the course of your program.
Receive funding to participate in spiritual direction and the guided retreat of your choice.
Gain two semesters of experience in liturgical ministry at STM or in a local parish.
Conduct meaningful service in collaboration with local communities around Greater Boston.
Observe and explore ministerial work, deepen your skills, and examine how ministry relates to theological study.
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Typically completed in three years of full-time study, this 82-credit program provides students with a thorough grounding in Scripture, Church history, historical-systematic-practical theology, moral theology, and pastoral studies. Under the guidance of a mentor, students also complete an extensive Spiritual Formation Plan.
|Pastoral Care and Counseling (TMPS 7093)||3|
|Pastoral Studies Elective||3|
|Supervised Ministry Practicum (TMPS8023)||3|
|Supervised Ministry Practicum (TMPS8023)||3|
|The Core Narrative: Genesis to Kings (TMOT7014) or Synoptic Gospels (TMNT7005)
|Old Testament Elective||3|
|New Testament Gospels (TMNT7210) or Synoptic Gospels (TMNT7005)||3|
|New Testament Elective||3|
|Fundamental Theology (TMST7009)
|The Church (TMST7020)||3|
|Ecclesial Ministry (TMST8017)||3|
|Systematic Theology Elective||3|
History of Christianity
|Narrative Church History Survey Course
|History of Christianity Elective
|Fundamental Moral: Theological Ethics (TMCE8002)||3|
|Christian Ethics Elective||3|
|M.Div. Spiritual Formation (TMPS7187)||1|
In addition to courses indicated above, students take six elective courses in their area of interest.
MDiv students are required to pass a theological synthesis exam before they graduate. This exam is taken in the last semester of coursework (in January, a few days before the new semester begins) and consists of both a written and oral portion.
These outcomes reflect the five commitments of STM (gracious leadership; discernment; Catholicity; integration; and rigor across formation) and the four pillars of formation (intellectual; spiritual; human; and pastoral) outlined in Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord and the Program of Priestly Formation.
Upon completion of the M.Div. Program, students will be able to:
of 2022 M.Div. graduates found a placement within six months of graduation
Please note you can submit your application form once it is completed; you do not need to wait for all of your supplemental materials to arrive. We are able to schedule your interview once we have received your submitted application
On the application form, applicants will have the opportunity to indicate interest in being paired with an STM alum from their program of interest to learn more about STM and provide support during the discernment process.
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.
A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.
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 STM students. Email the admissions office at email@example.com to request a waiver.
The GRE is optional, but preferred. We especially recommend applicants submit scores if 1) they feel their undergraduate transcript is not indicative of their capacity for success in graduate studies, OR 2) they do not have a strong background in the humanities. We review all applications holistically. Applicants who choose not to submit GRE scores will not be penalized in the admissions process.
Applicants who do send GRE scores should have them sent directly from ETS. Our GRE code is 2508.
English Proficiency Exam
All applicants for whom English is not their native language must also provide TOEFL or IELTS test score results. Read more about special instructions for international applicants here. This webpage will also indicate under with criteria a waiver may be granted. Waivers must be approved in writing by the admissions office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, transcripts must be mailed and be contained in a sealed, signed envelope. If the official transcript is not 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 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. In addition, if you are currently finishing a degree, you must send a final, official version of the transcript upon graduating, and before beginning coursework at STM.
For applicants using the U.S. Postal Service:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
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Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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M.Div. applicants are required to submit three recommendations using the online application system.
At least two recommenders should be familiar with the applicant’s academic background and potential. For applicants who have been out of school for a significant amount of time, recommenders should be familiar with the applicant's professional competence. One recommender should be familiar with the applicant's ministerial potential and experience.
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. This is in addition to the other three recommendations. Please select "Bishop/Major Superior" as the recommender type on the application form.
Please be sure that your recommenders are 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.
The admissions office interviews all master's applicants. All interviews take place remotely.
The resume must be uploaded as part of the application. It is helpful if you highlight relevant ministry, service, research, teaching, and leadership positions you have held.
The personal statement must be uploaded as part of the application. The personal statement should be three pages in length, double-spaced.
Your statement should address the following:
Graduate studies at STM offer a unique opportunity to engage in rigorous theological studies for ministry in the context of one of the world's most expansive healthcare settings.
Seeking God in all things, our engagement with artistic mediums like poetry, music, drama, and literature nourishes our imagination, informs our ministry, and enlivens our theology.
Mindful that nearly 45 percent of all Catholics in the United States identify as Hispanic/Latino, STM is at the forefront of the conversation about how to serve the needs of an increasingly Hispanic church.