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, students may also take coursework through the prestigious Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI). Students can take up to 50% of their coursework at BTI member schools.
95% of 2021 M.T.S. graduates found placement within six months of graduation.
"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.”
A. Demonstrate knowledge of the Bible, its historical contexts and methods of interpretation;
B. Articulate methodologies of moral reasoning in relation to Scripture, Tradition, and experience,
demonstrated by literacy in a specific area of interest;
C. Demonstrate knowledge of Christian tradition, articulated in systematic thought on Christology,
ecclesiology, or fundamental theology;
D. Demonstrate critical knowledge of the historical development of the Christian church, its institutions, practices and teachings; and
E. Articulate methodologies of pastoral studies and practical theology, and demonstrate a capacity for interdisciplinary and contextual analysis for Christian discipleship.
This 48-credit program is typically completed in two years of full-time study. Part-time study is an option as well.
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.
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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, applicants will have the opportunity to indicate interest in being paired with an STM alum from their program of interest to learn more about STM and provide support during the discernment process.
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, veterans, applicants currently completing a year of service, and current STM students. Email the admissions office at email@example.com to request a waiver.
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.
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All applicants for whom English is not their native language must also provide TOEFL or IELTS 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 a transcript is only considered official if received directly from the institution issuing it.
Please note that your application may be reviewed with unofficial copies of your transcripts. If you send unofficial copies, know 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:
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 interviews all master's applicants. All interviews take place remotely.
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:
Please note that MTS students can submit an optional writing sample as part of their application.