The degree of choice for many students who plan to go on to doctoral studies in religion or theology or teach theology in high school, the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) program exposes you to the various disciplines of theology. The degree is flexible: half the coursework is made up of core requirements in general theological literacy and competence (in fields such as biblical studies, systematics, moral theology, and Church history); the rest comprises a rich range of electives. You may want to pursue an M.T.S. out of intellectual curiosity, to enrich your personal or professional life, or enhance your work with religious or other nonprofit organizations.
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.
This 48-credit program is typically completed in two years of full-time study.
Students may pursue directed readings with faculty members during the program’s second year.
Up to nine credits in ancient or modern languages can be applied to the degree.
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.
Please note: We are still accepting applications for Fall 2018.
The application to the STM must be completed online.
Make sure you click the "Submit" button on the last page of the application. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted. Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you should receive an email with your Boston College credentials (your Eagle ID and BC username) so that you can login to the BC applicant system and check the status of your full application. If you have been a BC student before, your credentials will be the same and you may not receive a credentials email. If you have not been a BC student before, and do not receive your credentials email, please contact the admissions office for help: email@example.com or 617-552-6506.
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, applicants currently completing a year of service, and current STM students. Email the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a waiver.
GRE scores are required for M.Div. 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.
All applicants for whom English is not their native language must also provide TOEFL 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. Learn more about the TOEFL and about qualifications for a TOEFL waiver.
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 email@example.com. 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
P.O. Box 67406
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.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.
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, 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: