Why Choose CSTM?

Why Choose CSTM?

Academic Curiosity

Grounded in the Jesuit tradition of intellectual inquiry, our rigorous curriculum and ministerial placements prepare students to be leaders who serve the Church and world.

We're a school of both theology and ministry—a place where thought and practice meet to form a full picture of faith leadership. Here, you’ll engage in theological study at the highest level, but you'll also connect to active ministry in local and global communities as you discern the role that God is calling you to play in today's world.

Home to the largest library of Catholic literature and the largest theology faculty in North America, Boston College is a global hub for ministerial and theological education. CSTM faculty are known for their expertise in contemporary Church matters, doctrine, and liturgy, as well as social, racial, and environmental justice.

In addition to all that CSTM and Boston College offer, you can also take courses at 10 different area schools through the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium, the world's largest theological consortium.


BC's global ranking for Theology, Divinity, and Religious Studies
(QS World University Rankings 2023)


volumes in our Theology & Ministry Library, the largest collection of Catholic literature outside of the Vatican 


theology faculty members at BC, the largest theology faculty in North America


courses per semester to choose from between CSTM, the BC Theology Department, and the BTI Consortium

Nurturing Community

Our sense of community—as a school and as part of the wider Church—informs all that we do. Bonded together in faith, we challenge one another to become the best versions of ourselves.

STM students enjoy the tight-knit community of a small graduate school and the resources of a world-class research university, including Boston College's robust alumni network and opportunities for leadership and service through Campus Ministry and BC's Office of Graduate Student Life.

Our community aims to embody St. Paul's vision of unity in diversity. Students range in age from 21 to 76 and hail from more than 30 countries. They include single and married lay students of diverse faith traditions, Jesuits and members of other religious orders, women religious, recent graduates, and professionals of all backgrounds.

The CSTM Student Forum is home to a wide range of student organizations, including identity-based affinity groups, the Interreligious Engagement Group, the student academic journal Lumen et Vita, and so much more.

Margaret Eletta Guider, O.S.F.
Faculty, administrators, staff, students, and alumni are invested and involved in the greater CSTM community. Part of forming community depends on people's openness, their resiliency, and their interest, not only in being in community, but creating the conditions for authentic friendships that will go into the future. I believe that's one of the most powerful aspects of the CSTM community.
Margaret Eletta Guider, O.S.F., Associate Professor of Missiology

Integrated Formation

The CSTM experience is so much more than education—it emphasizes students' formation as whole people, helping them grow and flourish throughout the intellectual, spiritual, ministerial, and human dimensions of their lives.

Our commitment to the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis—care for the whole person—is infused throughout our programs. Through curricula, spiritual direction, daily liturgies, retreats, and everyday interactions, we cultivate every student's intellectual, spiritual, professional, and social growth.

This integrated approach to formation includes robust career and graduate school preparation, individual mentorship, career workshops, and alumni connections. 95% of our graduates—and 100% of those who participate in our career workshops—find a placement within six months of graduation.

Mentorship and care are at the core of the CSTM experience. Faculty and staff offer encouragement and wisdom throughout your formation journey, helping you prepare to serve and lead within the Church and beyond.

Intellectual Formation

Rigorous scholarship is central to our mission but doesn't occur in a vacuum—you'll be prepared with a view that what you learn has an impact on the rest of the world.

Ministerial Formation

You'll be challenged to refine your ministry skills and grow through new pastoral experiences. Students serve as leaders on campus and in parishes across Boston.

Spiritual Formation

Theology is not just an academic study—it's a spiritual pursuit that concerns one's whole being. Grow and reflect through prayer, worship, retreats, and spiritual direction.

Academic excellence, caring community, and integrated student formation are just the beginning of what makes CSTM truly distinct.

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