Our 48-credit M.A. degree program in theology and ministry can now be completed through a combination of on-campus courses and online courses taken throughout the year.
The M.A. program has been designed to be flexible. Students in this program will be guided by our faculty advisors to craft the best program of study and sequence of courses for you. You can take advantage of our on-campus course offerings throughout the academic year, take online courses, and take courses over the summer sessions. Please note that all summer courses will be offered remotely in 2021 due to Covid-19. Through an intensive program of study, it is possible to complete the program in 3 years. However, you have up to 5 years to complete the program, if you would rather focus on taking one or two courses at a time.
*If you plan to take online STM courses during the academic year in order to complete the M.A. in 3 years, please do not take courses that will satisfy similar area requirements during the summers. For planning purposes, upcoming online courses are listed below.
For students already working in a full-time ministry setting, our faculty and staff
work with them to complete this requirement within their current roles. | Supervised Ministry
Each student completes a thesis that explores a topic of interest and gives the student an opportunity
to demonstrate their learning across theological and pastoral coursework and applied contextual experiences. | Thesis Guidelines
Scholarships are available. | Financial Aid
Christology (Summer 2021)
Christology (Fall 2021)
Pastoral Care in Communities of Faith (Fall 2021)
Introduction to New Testament (Spring 2022)
The Church (Spring 2022)
Synodality and Reforms in the Church (Spring 2022)
Please note that due to Covid-19, we currently have classes being offered online synchronously as well. Please reach out for a list.
The application to STM must be completed online.
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 form, resume, and personal statement.
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 for spring 2021, summer 2021, and fall 2021 applications. 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.
The GRE is waived for applicants who have completed a previous graduate degree.
All applicants for whom English is not their native language must also provide TOEFL or IELTS test score results. An acceptable TOEFL score is 85 or above on the internet-based test. When taking the exam, include STM’s institutional code – 3971 – so that your scores may be sent directly to the school.
To request a TOEFL waiver, you must email email@example.com.
One copy of each transcript is required 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).
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. International applicants are asked to submit a video essay on their application instead of a live interview.
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: