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School of Theology and Ministry

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

boston college school of theology and ministry

Rigorous and intensive, the three-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a comprehensive professional degree program that combines a broad study of theology with supervised ministry and spiritual formation. It is the program most suited for students preparing for the ordained priesthood or for full-time lay ecclesial ministry in the Church. Women and men, lay and religious, work and study collaboratively in the M.Div. program, preparing for leadership roles in ministry today.

Highlights of the M.Div. program include:

  • An 82-credit program typically completed in three years of full-time study
  • A thorough grounding in Scripture, Church history, historical–systematic­–practical theology, moral theology, and pastoral studies
  • Supervised ministry in a setting you choose with the help of a faculty advisor
  • Synthesis exams in the third year

Supervised ministry

The M.Div. program includes a practicum—field experience in which you observe and explore ministerial work in different contexts, deepen practical skills, and examine how your experience relates to theological study. Veteran supervisors oversee your work, and weekly meetings provide a forum for STM students to reflect on and synthesize ministry experiences within a classroom setting. Practicum placements can be done during the academic year in Boston, or over the summer throughout the country.


Our faculty is devoted to your holistic formation—your academic success, practical development in ministerial work, and the cultivation of your faith and spiritual expression. Recognized experts on theological matters, our faculty members consider their STM jobs ministries—a service to the Church and to the world.

Spiritual and Community Life

Deepening your faith through study, praxis, and prayer is an essential part of the STM experience. Opportunities for spiritual formation are abundant within our academic programs and ministerial practice. You can enrich your faith life through spiritual direction, retreats, workshops, and immersion experiences. The school provides financial assistance for many of these programs.

Common career paths

Graduates of the M.Div. program have gone on to:

  • Ecclesial ministry in a parish, high school, university, or diocese
  • Social justice agencies
  • Religious and other nonprofit organizations
  • Doctoral work
  • High school teaching
  • Prison Ministry
  • Hospital chaplaincy

Admission prerequisites

  • One year of full-time, post-collegiate ecclesial ministry or equivalent  
  • Four undergraduate courses in philosophy*


*Candidates who do not meet this requirement should contact the assistant director of admissions.