We're committed to helping students afford an excellent graduate education. Each year, generous funding is provided to students through several types of assistance—supporting candidates who have the strongest academic credentials, most devoted ministerial commitment, and greatest financial need.
of master's students receive financial aid
Tuition scholarships are awarded based on considerations of academic achievement, potential for ministry, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. They are awarded at the time of admission and are usually renewable at the same level in years following your initial award year, assuming your need and academic standing do not change markedly. In addition to the named awards below, STM offers many general tuition scholarships. Some awards have designated amounts; the rest range from 25% to 100%.
These full-tuition scholarships seek to support students who approach theological study with rigor and zeal, and who demonstrate an exceptional academic record. Recipients of this award demonstrate potential for further study in theology and are committed to the discipline of theology as a means of transformation for our world. Applicants must have at least a 3.8 undergraduate GPA and significant theology or philosophy study to be considered for this award.
Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, reminds us that “the Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.” These awards recognize students who respond to this call from the Gospel and embody one or more of the corporal works of mercy - feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, care for the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead, and care for creation. Recipients will seek to integrate these works into their graduate studies, such as through healthcare ministry, prison ministry, or social service work, growing into faithful disciples committed to compassionate ministry oriented toward a more just world.
Karl Rahner, S.J. notes that “mystery is not just an unfortunate remainder of what is not yet known but rather the blessed goal of knowledge which comes to itself when it is with the incomprehensible One, and not in any other way.” STM is committed to the intensive study of theology and pursuing a more adequate understanding of our incomprehensible God. As aspiring theologians and ministers, recipients of this award are driven by intellectual curiosity and academic rigor. They have identified a theological focus area, which they desire to explore more deeply during their degree program with the hopes of eventually pursuing further studies in theology. Applicants are inquisitive, courageous, and faithful – willing to ask challenging questions with an openness to where the answers may lead them.
Named for the Jesuit value of magis (Latin for “more”), this scholarship award honors applicants who are pursuing studies in ministry later in life. Recipients of this award have committed to growing and discovering this “something more,” integrating the riches of their work and life experiences with deep theological inquiry.
Boston and its healthcare network—rich in history and in contemporary innovation —offer a distinctive setting for formation in ministry. Recognizing the unique opportunities this context provides, the STM supports the legacy of Boston and its healthcare system through a commitment to the education and formation of professional chaplains. Through this award, STM supports students who recognize the important role that chaplaincy can play in holistic healing in hospitals and healthcare settings today, thereby helping shape the future of whole-person care in Boston and beyond. Candidates for this scholarship demonstrate interest in advancing hospital chaplaincy work and spiritual care ministries that are rooted in rigorous theological study and are aligned with the dynamic work for which Boston healthcare is renowned.
Nearly 500 years ago, in Messina, Sicily, the young Jesuit order founded its first school, known today as St. Ignatius College. The College would revolutionize the order, positioning education at the heart of the Jesuit mission and re-envisioning the Society as a teaching order—the first of which within the Catholic Church. The Jesuit mission today remains committed to facilitating education that forms whole persons, prepared to serve the world in its multivalent joys, challenges, and surprises. STM furthers this mission through its commitment to the intellectual, ministerial, spiritual, and human formation of future Catholic school educators. Recipients of this award display a commitment to providing whole-person learning and formation to their own students in diverse Catholic educational placements through a dynamic appropriation of this educational legacy.
We seek to form faith-filled leaders committed to transformation in our Church and world. The Agent of Transformation Awards are for applicants committed to God’s vision for justice in each specific area. Though certainly not exhaustive, the following awards and fellowships celebrate the myriad ways our students work creatively toward a more just and inclusive Church and world. These awards cover 100% of the recipient's tuition costs.
"What does it mean to be Black in the Church in society?” In 1989, Sr. Thea Bowman gave a moving speech to the USCCB and raised this important question. She goes on, “It means that I come to my Church fully functioning...I bring myself; my black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become." This fellowship recognizes the need for transformative ministry and amplified voices in pursuit of racial justice and reconciliation – working to heal the sins of our Church and nation. Candidates for this fellowship should demonstrate a commitment to the work of anti-racism and show potential for critical thinking and advocacy around the intersection of theology and race.
In Laudato Si, Pope Francis invites humankind to hear the “cry of the earth” and the “cry of the poor,” calling each of us to care for our common home. This award seeks to provide support for students who hear both cries and act with courage and conviction to meet creation’s urgent need for care. Applicants must demonstrate interest in the intersection of theology and ecological ethics and/or demonstrate a deep commitment to ecological justice in pursuit of care for our common home in order to be named a recipient of this scholarship.
Throughout the Christian tradition, women have served as prophetic witnesses to the inbreaking of the reign of God. In the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat, they have bravely proclaimed that God uplifts the poor and scatters the proud. Like the women at the tomb, who were the very first to recognize and announce the resurrection, they have perdured in the face of many obstacles to announce the good news of love and justice. This award remembers all of the named and unnamed holy women who have followed their examples as ministers, leaders, and prophetic proclaimers of Good News. Through this award, STM recognizes students who witness and advocate for the powerful ways that women lead, minister, and inspire our Church.
In 2019, the Society of Jesus announced four apostolic preferences for the next decade, one of which is to walk with the “poor and outcasts of the world.” Central to this is a commitment to caring for migrants and refugees, seeking “to create conditions of hospitality, to accompany all these people in their process of integration into society, and to promote the defense of their rights.” With this scholarship, STM honors deserving recipients who are committed to welcome for the weary and hospitality for the stranger. Applicants considered for this award will be students who demonstrate interest in the intersection of theology and issues facing immigrants globally and/or demonstrate a commitment to ministry within migrant communities.
In 2017, Fr. James Martin, S.J. (M.Div. ‘98, Th.M. ‘99) published Building a Bridge, which sparked pivotal conversations in the ongoing effort within the Catholic Church to affirm the dignity of LGBTQ+ Catholics. Through this award, STM recognizes applicants who seek to serve as bridge-builders within our Church in pursuit of greater inclusion and justice for the LGBTQ+ community. Candidates for this scholarship must have a demonstrated research interest in the intersection of theology and sexuality through areas such as systematics, Christian ethics, or practical theology, and/or demonstrate a commitment to inclusive ministry within the LGBTQ+ community.
In his 1995 encyclical Ut Unum Sint, Pope Saint John Paul II notes, “This unity, which the Lord has bestowed on his Church and in which he wishes to embrace all people, is not something added on, but stands at the very heart of Christ's mission.” Attentive and committed to this mission, the School of Theology and Ministry seeks to cultivate meaningful conversation as a community that welcomes students of all denominations (and faith traditions) to study and worship. This scholarship award aims to provide support for students who demonstrate a commitment to ecumenical dialogue, and who are passionate about seeking out ways to integrate ecumenism into their own ministry practices – serving as bearers of hope for our world.
As a school community, we are enriched each year by students who have engaged in full-time service, seeking to better understand our society and world and to integrate these realities with core themes of justice, spirituality, and community. In recognition of the value of this service, STM is committed to providing scholarship funds to cover at least 75% of tuition costs for lay students in our M.A., M.T.S., or M.Div. programs who have served in a Catholic Volunteer Network member program in the last five years.
Committed to the vital role that parishes play in the renewal of our Church and the lifelong faith-formation of Catholics, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is excited to offer a 50% tuition scholarship for qualified lay applicants working full-time in parish ministry across the U.S. and world who are admitted to an STM master's or 18-credit certificate program. Opportunity for more aid is also available.
Catholic education has always been at the heart of the Church’s mission in the world, animated by educators who are committed to honoring the dignity of each student, ultimately helping to form compassionate, faith-filled disciples committed to the common good. In honor of their steadfast work, STM is delighted to offer at least a 50% tuition scholarship for qualified lay Catholic school teachers and administrators in an STM master's or 18-credit certificate program.
The School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Boston College offers a thorough curriculum in Hispanic ministry and theology. This partnership will prepare or renew people – academically, professionally, and spiritually – to render effective ministry within Hispanic communities in pastoral settings. Qualified lay applicants, Hispanic and non-Hispanic, who demonstrate a clear commitment to Hispanic ministry and theology, and who intend to work with Hispanic communities after completing their studies are eligible for at least a 75% tuition scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, promise and availability.
STM has more than 20 graduate and research assistantship positions available, with offerings expanding nearly every year. In addition to the financial benefits of these positions, our students and alumni often report on the professional and ministerial skills gained from their time as graduate assistants. The majority of these positions last for one year and are reserved to support entering, first-year students.
The application process for these positions begins during the admissions process. If you are interested in being considered for the positions we have available, make sure to indicate that on your application form (there is a question that asks about assistantships).
In addition to positions through STM, there are many positions offered throughout the Boston College campus. Boston College's Office of Graduate Student Life maintains a listing of these positions, which are open to all BC graduate students. Recent positions held by STM students include working with the Church in the 21st Century Center, BC President's Office, Center for Teaching Excellence, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning, Information Technology Services, Center for Student Formation, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Provost's Office, and the Women's Center.
STM externships offer students administrative experience in positions throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, in parishes, schools, and other service offices. Both new and returning students are welcome to apply for these positions, which are for one year. A specific application for the externship program is made available (emailed to all eligible students) each spring for the following academic year.
The Office of Student Services at Boston College provides the option for students to apply for need-based loans and federal work-study. Students can borrow up to their total calculated cost of attendance (minus any scholarship/assistantship funding they are receiving from STM) through the Stafford Loan Program.
Graduate students are advised to complete the 2022–2023 BC Graduate and Law Supplemental Information Form or the 2022–2023 BC Graduate Student (Non Law) Enrollment Form.
Graduate students seeking federal financial aid for the year 2022–2023 will need to complete the 2022–2023 FAFSA application online. The BC college code: 002128
You can find theGraduate and Law Students Supplemental Information for Financial Aid on the Office of Student Services website. Complete the form and return it to the Office of Student Services:
Boston College Financial Aid Processing Center
P.O. Box 67486
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Please note that Federal Stafford loans are only available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Federal loans are not available to S.T.L. or S.T.D. degree seeking students.
You should submit your application for federal financial aid as soon as possible. You do not have to wait to be admitted to a degree program to apply for federal financial aid, however notification of your loan package will occur after you receive an admissions decision from STM.
If you receive a scholarship or assistantship, this may affect your federal financial aid. If adjustments are needed your financial aid counselor will notify you.
The total financial aid awarded to you cannot exceed your cost of attendance, which includes assistantships, fellowships, grants, scholarships, non service stipends, tuition remission and your federal financial aid.
If you have questions about any adjustments you can contact your Financial Aid Counselor at the Office of Student Services 617-552-3300 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For AY 2023–2024 the tuition cost per credit at STM is $1,262.
To help you budget the cost of your graduate program, we've provided this breakdown of expenses. Additionally, the Office of Student Services has resources to help you calculate an approximate cost of attendance, which includes both tuition and living expenses.
The amounts shown here are estimates.
|Expense||Estimated Cost per Academic Year|
|Tuition and fees
||$28,700 (24 credits)
|Rent and utilities
|Books and supplies||$600|
of M.Div., M.A., & M.T.S. students found a placement within six months
(Class of 2022)
of all degree program graduates found a placement within six months
(Class of 2022)
As a graduate student at Boston College, many additional financial aid options are available to you. In accepting an STM award you are still eligible to explore these additional opportunities. However, the total financial aid awarded to you cannot exceed your total estimated cost of attendance. If you receive a graduate assistantship from Boston College, your STM scholarship may be adjusted to accommodate the funding you receive from the assistantship.
Many of our students fund their studies through a combination of STM aid and federal student loans. Please make sure you complete both the FAFSA and the Graduate and Law Students Supplemental Information for Financial Aid.
We make a steadfast commitment to helping students afford our programs—especially students looking to serve diverse and underrepresented populations and work in high-need areas. Funding resources provide both financial support and, in the case of assistantships, opportunities for ongoing formation.