At the School of Theology and Ministry, we seek to form students to become agents of change and transformation in a variety of fields, prepared to address sensitive and complex challenges with compassion, faith, and courage – and through integrative inquiry.
Our dual degree programs pair our M.A. in Theology and Ministry with one of three master's programs across Boston College, offering students resources from the School of Theology and Ministry, ranked #7 globally (QS World University Rankings), as well as from one of Boston College's other highly-ranked graduate schools (data from U.S News and World Report):
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The dual degree paired with the Master of Social Work is designed for students who are interested in serving both the pastoral and social needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. The program reflects the University’s mission to educate individuals who are committed to the pursuit of social justice. A specific goal is to develop the skills and credentials necessary to plan, administer and/or provide social services within a local church or church-related agency. Students admitted to the program may expect to receive both the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.) and the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degrees in approximately 3 years of full-time study (more if approved for part-time study by the SSW).
In addition to coursework in both schools, students must complete two social work field education placements: one during their M.S.W. foundation year and another during their final year of study.
The dual M.A./M.A. in Counseling program was developed for individuals who wish to pursue graduate studies that combine theories and practice in counseling and psychology with studies in religion and exploration of the pastoral dimensions of caregiving. It combines the foundational studies and faculty resources of the M.A. in Theology and Ministry with the M.A. in Counseling. Students generally complete the dual degrees in approximately 3 years of full-time study
The dual M.A./M.A. program attracts students who wish to include an appreciation for the faith or spiritual dimensions of human life into their practice of mental health counseling. Dual-degree students couple their study of counseling psychology with the study of pastoral care and spirituality and can seek licensing as professional mental health counselors. Such licensed counselors are well equipped to seek positions in mental health agencies, shelters, pastoral placements in parishes, campus ministry programs, prison work and youth and young adult programs. Graduates will bring the strength of solid counseling skills and exposure to spiritual direction work to their positions.
This program is designed for students interested in careers in the management and administration of churches and Church-related organizations and corporations such as dioceses, hospital systems, and social service agencies. Understanding competent and ethical management as a ministry to the Church and related organizations, the program reflects the University’s mission to educate individuals to serve with excellence in their fields and to work for social and economic justice. Students generally begin their studies at STM, and students are encouraged to stay in close contact with advisors both in STM and the Carroll School.
Applicants must apply separately to both schools. Full dual degree status is granted when accepted to both.
Our dual degree programs are typically completed in three years of full-time study, including 2 summers.
Students in the M.A. program take a one-credit Spiritual Formation for Ministry seminar in their first year, during which they design a spiritual formation plan to be completed during their time in the program. The STM also offers funding for students in spiritual direction and who want to attend a retreat.
M.A./M.S.W. and M.A./M.A. students complete M.A.T.M. Contextual Education requirement through field placement at partner school. M.A./M.B.A. students complete Contextual Education at STM.
Each student completes the M.A. thesis requirement. Dual degree students should explore a topic of interest that spans both fields. This project gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their learning across coursework and applied experiences. | Thesis Guidelines
Dual degree students can only be enrolled in one school at a time. Typically, the student is enrolled at STM in year 1 and both summers, and at the partner school in years 2 and 3.
Students receive a separate financial aid package from both schools. The package from each school is applied when a student is enrolled in that school, even if the student may also be taking classes at the other school. For example, in year 1, if a student takes courses in both the STM and the School of Social Work, STM financial aid applies to credits from both schools. In year 2, the School of Social Work financial aid would apply to credits in both schools (if applicable). | STM Financial Aid
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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, dual degree applicants will have the opportunity to indicate interest in being paired with a dual degree alumni or current student to assist in learning more about the program and navigating the application and discernment processes.
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 automatically granted to the following applicants: Jesuits, veterans, applicants currently completing a year of service, and current STM students. We do not waive the application fee for other reasons.
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, IELTS, or Duolingo 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 your application may be reviewed with unofficial copies of your transcripts, though we prefer official copies at the time of application. If you send unofficial copies, please note 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
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
For applicants using FedEx or UPS, please use this address:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
9 Lake Street
Brighton, MA 02135-3841
M.A. applicants are required to submit three recommendations using the online application system.
Each recommender should be familiar with the applicant’s academic competence. 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. 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 applicants to the M.A. program. All interviews take place remotely.
The resume must be uploaded as part of the application. It is helpful if you highlight relevant ministry, service, 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: