Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

An ideal degree for students wishing to prepare for doctoral studies in religion or theology or for teaching theology in a high school, the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) program enables rigorous studies in the various subdisciplines of theology. The degree program is highly flexible: half the coursework consists of core requirements aimed at general theological literacy and basic competence (in the subfields of biblical studies, systematics, moral theology, and history of Christianity); the remaining half consists of electives that allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest. Our Theology and Ministry Library, home to the largest collection of Catholic literature outside the Vatican, is a tremendous resource to students during their studies.

In addition to taking courses at the School of Theology and Ministry, M.T.S. students may take coursework through the prestigious Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium.

Given the focus of the M.T.S. on forming students as scholars and teachers, funding is available to support those who wish to attend and/or present at academic conferences. Learn more.

While the M.T.S. program doesn't require spiritual and pastoral formation programs and activities, you are welcome and encouraged to participate in the retreats, days of reflection, faith-sharing, and prayer groups the school offers.

96% of 2019 M.T.S. graduates found placement within six months of graduation.

Zac Karanovich, M.T.S. '18; Ph.D. Candidate in Systematic Theology, Boston College Theology Department

Zac Karanovich, M.T.S. '18; Ph.D. Candidate in Systematic Theology, Boston College Theology Department

"Distinct from religious studies, theology is a confessional discipline—we practice what we teach. While theologians certainly strive for the objectivity that the academy demands, it is nevertheless true that when we write or teach, we are communicating a reality about God that draws from our deeply held convictions of faith and informs those same convictions in our readers, students, or audiences.” 

Read Zac's Blog Post   Learn More About Zac

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At a Glance

How long will it take?

This 48-credit program is typically completed in two years of full-time study. Part-time study is an option as well.


Faculty Support

Students may pursue directed readings with faculty members during the program’s second year. 
Faculty Expertise | Faculty Publications


Language Study

Up to nine credits in ancient or modern languages can be applied to the degree.


Final Paper

A Final Reflection paper is a requirement for all M.T.S. students.
One elective may be used to write a 30–50 page thesis.


Financial Support

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

Common Career Paths


High school teaching

Doctoral studies

Diocesan administration

Nonprofit careers

 

Application Information

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Deadlines

Spring 2021:
November 15, 2020
Fall 2021 Priority Scholarship Deadline:
January 15, 2021 We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after this date
Summer 2021:
Summer applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Form

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.

Application Form

 

Additional requirements for international applicants

Additional requirements for religious applicants

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 granted to the following applicants: Jesuits, veterans, applicants currently completing a year of service, and current STM students. Email the admissions office at stmadm@bc.edu to request a waiver.

Standardized Tests

GRE scores

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.
 

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 stmadm@bc.edu.

Transcripts

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 stmadm@bc.edu.  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

Recommendations

 

 

 

M.T.S. 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. 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.

 

 

 

Interview

The admissions office interviews all applicants to the MTS program. All interviews take place remotely. International applicants are asked to submit a video essay on their application instead of a live interview.

Résumé

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.

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
  • Information outlining your specific area and field of academic interest, and how your previous academic, professional, and/or pastoral experience has prepared you for studies within that particular field

 

Please note that MTS students can submit an optional writing sample as part of their application.