Summer Student Information

Summer Student Information

Simboli Hall

We look forward to you joining our community!


New students are invited to attend an orientation session on the first day of summer classes. This orientation has been designed to provide you with an introduction to summer study at Boston College and an opportunity to meet other new students.  

Session I Orientation
Monday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Simboli 135
* New degree and certificate students are required to attend the orientation session.


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Getting Started

New students who plan to enroll in an STM degree program and would like the credits they are taking this summer to count toward their degree should consult the degree-specific policies regarding summer courses on the STM website before registering for courses.

Summer Registration begins Thursday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m., (EST) for all STM students.  

All students must be registered for their class prior to the first class meeting. 

For step-by-step instructions to register for a course in Eagle Apps please go to this link. You will need your BC credentials and also be connected to the BC VPN (if you are off campus) in order to access this website. You can find instructions to access the BC VPN here.  If you need assistance, please email Donna DeRosa.

To access all resources for your summer course you MUST activate your BC Credentials.  Information on how to set up your BC Account was sent to you after you registered.  NOTE: you will need to know your BC username and Eagle ID, which were sent to you upon your admission.

Students with questions about how to access and/or use Canvas should contact the BC-LMS helpdesk for support.  They are available by email 24 hours a day and by text chat or phone Mon-Fri 9:00 pm to Midnight (Eastern US time). Contact information can be found here:

Course Degree Requirements

Summer Course List

Activating BC Credentials

If you are a new student and setting up your BC credentials for the first time follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the BC Agora Page:

  2. Enter your user name

  3. Enter your Eagle ID

  4. You will be prompted to change your password.

Your Boston College credentials can be found in the right column of your admissions status page in the Slate Admissions system.. You will need these credentials to log onto the Boston College Portal ( 

If you are a returning student follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the BC Agora Page Page:

  2. Enter your username

  3. Enter your last known password.  If you have forgotten your password click on the link “forgot your password?” and follow the instructions.  NOTE: you will need to know your BC username and your Eagle ID to follow this process.

  4. If you experience any problems with reactivating your account, please contact the BC help desk: (617) 552-HELP or email them at  

Activating BC Email

Using your BC credentials (found on the right hand column of your application status page, where you accessed your admission letter), log into and navigate to Common Services > Address/Alias Settings

Two email addresses will be listed. Both go to the same email inbox. Some people prefer to share the format, but either one will get to you.  Use whenever you login to Google Workspace.

Set up your Secondary Password

BC Google Workspace requires a separate password called Secondary Password; this is different from your Agora Portal password, and it is only used for Google Workspace.

Log into and navigate to Account and Personal Info >  Change Secondary Password

Follow the listed guidelines to create your Secondary Password.

Check your BC email

Go to

Log in with your Google Workspace credentials: 

  • (not the first.last format)
  • Your new Secondary Password

: Google will prompt you to set up 2-Step Verification. Don’t delay setting it up. You have 7 days after logging into your Gmail account to set up 2-Step Verification. If you don’t set it up within 7 days, you will be locked out of your account, and need to contact the BC ITS Help Center for assistance (617) 552-HELP (4357).

Given the brevity of these summer courses, it is essential that students come prepared to engage in learning the very first day. To facilitate this, each course has work to complete prior to the first day of class. This generally includes reading and often requires a written essay to be submitted before or on the first day of class.  

Pre-course work and first day of class assignments will be posted in the Canvas page for your class in late April.

To access Canvas:
  • Go to
  • Enter your BC username
  • Enter your PRIMARY password
  • You can also access Canvas from your Agora Portal, in the first block named Academics and Courses


Activate BC Zoom Account

If you are taking an ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS class, please follow the directions found at the following link to activate and access your BC licensed Zoom account. This is the account you will use to interact with your class this summer.

Please note that all tuition charges must be paid prior to the first class.  You can pay your student account through your Agora Portal.

Payment by International Wire Transfer: Boston College has partnered with FLYWIRE to make international tuition payments.  For more information, please visit the Student Services website at:

Course Costs:

COURSES FOR CREDIT ($1,196 per credit)

(3 credit courses)   1 course = $3588

(2 credit courses)   1 course = $2392

(1 credit courses)   1 course = $1196

COURSES FOR AUDIT ($598 per audit)

(3 credit courses)   1 course = $1794

(2 credit courses)   1 course = $1196

(1 credit courses)   1 course = $598

ONLINE DROP/ADD: Drop/add must be done prior to the third class meeting for all three-week courses. Drop/add must be done prior to the second class meeting for the 19th Annotation course and the Post-Master's Certificate course. Donna DeRosa and Melissa Bjorklund will be available before and after class during Sessions I and II to process any drop/add requests.  REFUNDS:  Students who withdraw from a course before the add/drop deadlines will receive a 100% refund. PLEASE NOTE: Refunds are not available after the posted add/drop deadlines.

Contextual Education is the supervised ministry requirement of the MATM and is usually completed in the last full academic year of the degree program. The experience continues across both fall and spring semesters. It is composed of three elements: work at a supervised ministry site; supervision; and participation in the classroom component (synchronous and asynchronous online for those in hybrid format). 
The establishment of ministry sites and supervisors must be done prior to the beginning of the experience. Therefore, in the spring or summer prior, MATM students must meet one-on-one with Dr. Callid Keefe-Perry, Faculty Director for Contextual Education, or Marcia Ryan, Associate Director of Supervised Ministry.  Once they have done so, students doing the MATM in the Hybrid format should register for TMPS800702 for the fall and spring semesters. 


Summer-only and hybrid M.A. degree students are required to register for Spiritual Formation for the Practice of Ministry.  In this one-credit formation process, students gather in small cohort groups for prayer and reflection on central themes of spirituality for ministry in order to cultivate practices for integrating faith, life, and ministry. The process consists of two parts: the weekly cohort and the creation of a personal spiritual formation plan, the components of which may be fulfilled throughout the duration of one’s degree program. Groups meet twice a week for three weeks in session one from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., under the guidance of a trained facilitator. The meeting dates are Tuesday, June 28, Thursday, June 30, Tuesday, July 5, Thursday, July 7, Monday, July 11 and Thursday, July 14. The required Spiritual Formation syllabus and readings are available online. Graded on a pass/fail basis. NOTE: Master’s degree students who live locally and/or who also take courses in the academic year are required to take TMPS7080 in the academic year rather than the summer. Students with questions about this policy should contact Sr. Barbara Quinn, R.S.C.J., Associate Director of Spiritual Formation at (617) 552-8447.


Important Announcements


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STM Continuing Education Events


Christian Spirituality as a Resource in Polarized Times

Saturday, July 9, 10:00-11:45 a.m. EST

Presenter:  Julie Hanlon Rubio, Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University
Location:  Robsham Theater, Chestnut Hill Campus

Free of charge, Register at

In the context of increasing polarization in church and society, people of faith may need to turn to spiritual practices. As we head into another election season, Julie Hanlon Rubio, Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Santa Clara University and author of Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Polarized Church (2016) explores how  "practical mysticism" can help Christians heal divisions in the church and cultivate a better politics.

Sponsored by STM


The Struggle for a Place at the Table: Jesus and the Syrophoenician Woman

Friday, July 22, 12:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Presenter:  Maria Pascuzzi, CSJ, SSL, STD, Director, Spirit Alive: The CSJ Institute for Faith Inquiry and Theological Education
Location:  St. Ignatius Church and Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus *This celebration of the feast of St. Mary Magdalene begins with Mass and lunch, followed by a lecture.

Free of charge, Register at

The dismissive response by Jesus in Mark 7:24-30 to the Syrophoenician woman’s request has left many struggling to explain the dynamics of this interaction. Traditionally, the story has been interpreted as a test of the woman’s faith. Others see it as a boundary-breaking encounter in which, through the woman’s agency, Jesus comes to broaden his thinking and reorient his mission to include Gentiles. This text invites us to consider the difficulty of relinquishing privileged status and power, a difficulty that persists in our own day.

Sponsored by STM