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. STM 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 STM 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 STM, the BC Theology Department, and the BTI Consortium
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 STM 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.
“Faculty, administrators, staff, students, and alumni are invested and involved in the greater STM 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 STM community.”
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 STM experience. Faculty and staff offer encouragement and wisdom throughout your formation journey, helping you prepare to serve and lead within the Church and beyond.
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.
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.
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 STM truly distinct.