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Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

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The degree of choice for many students who plan to go on to doctoral studies in religion or theology or teach theology in high school, the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) program exposes you to the various disciplines of theology. The degree is flexible: half the coursework is made up of core requirements in general theological literacy and competence (in fields such as biblical studies, systematics, moral theology, and Church history); the rest comprises a rich range of electives. You may want to pursue an M.T.S. out of intellectual curiosity, to enrich your personal or professional life, or enhance your work with religious or other nonprofit organizations.

While the M.T.S. program doesn't require spiritual and pastoral formation programs and activities, you are welcome and encouraged to participate in the retreats, days of reflection, faith-sharing, and prayer groups the school offers.

Highlights of the M.T.S. program include:

  • 48 credits usually completed in two years; half are theology core credits, the other half credits in electives  
  • Up to nine credits in ancient or modern languages can be applied to the degree
  • Students may pursue directed readings with faculty members during the program’s second year
  • Optional research thesis for credit


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. The STM faculty members are recognized experts on theological matters, and their connections across the Church and in the academy are valuable for forming your own professional network. Our faculty consider their STM jobs ministries—a service to the Church and to the world.

Lumen et Vita

Lumen et Vita, meaning "Light and Life," is the graduate research journal of the School of Theology and Ministry. An online, open-access volume of research, reflections, and reviews, its goal is to encourage ongoing dialogue within the school and fuel interdisciplinary conversations across the Boston College community. Lumen et Vita also organizes and hosts an annual graduate conference where students can present their scholarly work to peer students, faculty advisors, and theologians.

Common career paths

Graduates of the M.T.S. program have gone on to:

  • Doctoral studies
  • High school teaching (of theology, usually)
  • Diocesan administration
  • Nonprofit careers

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Doctoral Studies

Recent STM graduates have attended a number of universities for doctoral studies, including the following:

Boston College

Catholic University of America 

Fordham University

Graduate Theological Union

The Gregorian University

Harvard University

Loyola University (Chicago)

Northwestern University

Oxford University

Princeton Theological Seminary

Stanford University

University of Chicago

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

Yale University