Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.)

All around the world, at parishes, high schools, and college campuses, in healthcare and social service settings, our M.A. graduates serve as leaders in ecclesial ministry roles. Online and summer options allow you to tailor the program to your needs.

This two-year, 48-credit program is particularly well suited for lay students seeking intensive study of theology, pastoral development, active engagement in spiritual formation, and practical experience gained through a supervised ministry placement. 97% of 2019 M.A. graduates found placement within six months of graduation.

You can also pursue dual-degree programs, combining the M.A. with master’s degrees in social work (M.S.W.), business (M.B.A.), counseling (M.A.), or nursing (M.S.).

Theresa Nguyen

Theresa Nguyen

M.A. '21

"Upon finishing my missionary work, I realized how much I wanted to empower young people. My latest VIDES+USA volunteer placement in Geneva, Switzerland, at the UN, filled me with great dreams. I wanted to inspire youth to see that they mattered and that their one small voice, together, made a difference. Coming home to assist with my parish Confirmation program was a challenging and humbling experience. As a young person, compelled to serve the youth, here at the STM, I am reminded that although I am an educator, I am first and foremost, a learner, a seeker – created in the imago Dei to live the very theology I spoke."


Connect with STM to learn more about the M.A. application process.


At a Glance

How long will it take?

This 48-credit program is typically completed in two years of full-time study.

Supervised Ministry

Veteran supervisors oversee your work, and weekly meetings provide a forum for
STM students to reflect on and synthesize ministry experiences within a classroom setting. | Supervised Ministry

Thesis Project

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

Finanical Support

Scholarships and on-campus assistantships are available. | Financial Aid

Common Career Paths

Parish ministry

Religious education

High school teaching

High school or university ministry

Hospital chaplaincy

Prison ministry


Program Options

Hybrid M.A. Program


Dual Degrees


Application Information



Fall 2020 Priority Scholarship Deadline:
January 15, 2020. We will continue to allow applications after this date.
Spring 2020
December 1, 2018

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 your submit your application form.  However, if you do not pay the fee at the same time you submit your application, 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 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.

Standardized Tests

GRE scores
GRE scores are required for M.A. applicants. They should be sent directly from ETS.  Our GRE code is 2508.

The GRE is waived for applicants who have completed a previous graduate degree.

TOEFL scores
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. 

Read more about special instructions for international applicants here.

To request a TOEFL waiver, you must email


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  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).

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, please use this address:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Simboli Hall
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 may contact applicants to set up an interview either in person or by Skype.


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.

Personal Statement

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:

  • The academic, professional, and personal development that has motivated you to apply to STM. Include a sketch of your educational background and interests, any experience you have in ministry and/or religious education, and any other relevant professional and volunteer experience
  • Your understanding of theological education and/or ministry in the context of the Church’s mission
  • How you plan to apply your theological education
  • Given your experience, how you assess your principal strengths for theological education and/or ministry as well as your areas of needed development