STM From a Distance

STM prides itself on being a school that is deeply aware of context – both in how it informs our theology, and also how it shapes the realities of our students. We recognize that some students cannot commit to moving to Boston full-time, but are interested in pursuing an STM degree, and with it, the resources of a world-class Jesuit, Catholic institution. Below is information about two programs we offer that can be completed from a distance – a hybrid M.A. in theology and ministry and an 18-credit Certificate in Theology and Ministry.

We also offer a robust Continuing Education program, in both English and Spanish, which offers vast resources for ongoing faith formation and enrichment. More information can be found below.

Degree Programs

Students typically take on-campus courses during the summer, when on-campus housing is available, and leverage online courses during the fall and spring. Because our program features both in-person and online interaction, students maintain close connections with their classmates.

Program Highlights:

  • 48 credits
  • Can be completed in three years
  • Robust spiritual formation program
  • If working in ministry, upon consultation with the Director of Contextual Education, your work could count as your contextual education placement
  • Thesis grounded in pastoral praxis—a traditional essay-based thesis, an artistic/performance thesis, or a research-based thesis


Explore a specific area of ministry or an expansive range of theological and pastoral areas through this flexible 18-credit certificate. Complete the program through a combination of academic year, summer, or online offerings. This certificate can also be completed fully online.

Program Highlights:

  • Work with a faculty advisor to choose courses that fit your goal—either focusing on a specific theological area or gaining broad exposure to what STM offers. 
  • Of the six courses required for this Certificate, three should be in theology and three in pastoral/ministerial studies. At least 50% of the courses must be taken at the STM.
  • If you decide to continue into an M.A. degree program after you complete this program, you can use the courses toward the degree. 
  • Certificate students are eligible for STM’s tuition scholarships.

Online Courses

Upcoming Asynchronous Online Courses

Fall 2022

Practice of Ministry with Youth and Young Adults (asynchronous) - Theresa O'Keefe

The Mystery of the Trinity (asynchronous) - Rafael Luciani

Introduction to Old Testament (asynchronous) - Andrew Davis

Education in Living Faith: Foundations and Practice (synchronous, Zoom) - Thomas Groome

Spring 2023

Call and Response: An Introduction to the Moral Life (asynchronous) - Mary Jo Iozzio

Synodality and Reforms in the Church Today (asynchronous) - Rafael Luciani

Theological Anthropology (asynchronous) - Dominic Doyle

Discernment and Prayer in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (asynchronous) - Bart Geger, SJ

Summer 2023

Christology (asynchronous) - Barbara Radtke

Synchronous courses are conducted in real time. In asynchronous courses there is no weekly day/time that students are required to be online; however, students must check in frequently, often on a daily basis, to complete assignments and/or engage in written discussion sessions.

Student Voices

student voice

"I am truly grateful for the opportunity to pursue a world-class theological education through this 'best-of-both-worlds' approach, in-person learning and on-line education. The blend allows people from all over the world, with like hearts and faith-inspired intentions, to collaborate and create an invaluable support network of colleagues and resources in ministry. My original goal entering the STM was preparation for a career change, but the magical combination of experiences has also led to a deepening of faith and renewed commitment to serve the Church.”  — Lynn Berardelli CSOM ’88, STM ‘20

student voice

"The Hybrid MA in Theology and Ministry Program has afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with other faith-filled individuals on transmitting faith to those we minister to! Through both academic and spiritual learning experiences, this program continues to equip me with the tools necessary to be a witness of Christ to those I serve. With the ability to take synchronous and asynchronous classes throughout the year, I am able to apply and transmit what I've learned to my ministry as a high school educator." — Narciso Matthew Gonzales Bernardo

Continuing Education Offerings

Non-Credit Opportunities


STM Online: Crossroads

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With a focus on shared reflection in an online learning community, Crossroads offers non-credit courses for spiritual enrichment and faith renewal.


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Encore is a free, curated collection of digital resources covering a range of topics. This archive includes podcasts and videos of our on-campus events.

Formación Continua

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Los cursos en español están orientados a la formación continua de todas las personas que quieran profundizar en su desarrollo humano, espiritual y teológico desde una perspectiva cristiana.