Ph.D. in Theology and Education
The Ph.D. in theology and education is intended to prepare future leaders and scholars in the integrative field of religious education. The program combines resources from the School of Theology and Ministry, the Lynch School of Education, and the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.
Participants take courses in theology, education, and religious education; faculty members from each of these areas serve on both the comprehensive examination committee and on the dissertation committee.
Courses, advisement, examinations and dissertations focus on developing the following proficiencies:
All students admitted to the doctoral program receive a 4-year stipend of approximately $20,000/year. In exchange for the four-year stipend, Ph.D. students give two years of service to the STM. Additionally, students also receive full tuition for 50 credits plus doctoral continuation fees through their fourth year.
After the fourth year, each student is charged a doctoral continuation fee, which is equal to 1 credit hour per semester enrolled and for which the student is responsible. For more information, please see the prospectus.
The application to the STM must be completed online.
Make sure you click the "Submit" button on the last page of the application. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted. Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you should receive an email with your Boston College credentials (your Eagle ID and BC username) so that you can login to the BC applicant system and check the status of your full application. If you have been a BC student before, your credentials will be the same and you may not receive a credentials email. If you have not been a BC student before, and do not receive your credentials email, please contact the admissions office for help: email@example.com or 617-552-6506.
A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for every degree and non-degree application submitted.
Please note: The application fee cannot be refunded for any reason. If you qualify for a fee waiver, you should not pay the fee when you submit the application form. Fee waivers are automatically granted to the following applicants: Jesuits, applicants currently completing a year of service, and current STM students. We do not waive the application fee for other reasons.
All applicants applying to the Ph.D. program must submit GRE scores -- no exceptions will be made. Scores need to be received directly from ETS. Our GRE code is 2508.
All applicants for whom English is not their native language must also provide TOEFL test score results. An acceptable TOEFL score is 85 or above on the internet-based test. When taking the exam, include STM’s institutional code – 3971 – so that your scores may be sent directly to the school. Learn more about the TOEFL and about qualifications for a TOEFL waiver.
One copy of each transcript is required from all colleges, universities, seminaries, or theological schools that you have attended. Each transcript should contain a list of all coursework taken, grades/marks received, and, if applicable, degree granted and date of degree confirmation. If your college or university will send official transcripts electronically, they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, transcripts must be mailed and be contained in a sealed, signed envelope. If the official transcript is not English, a translation should be provided with the official document. Please alert us if your transcript will be arriving with a different name than the one you are using on your application (e.g. your maiden name).
For applicants using the U.S. Postal Service:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
P.O. Box 67406
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
For applicants using FedEx or UPS, please use this address:
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
9 Lake Street
Brighton, MA 02135-3841
Ph.D. applicants are required to submit three recommendations using the online application system.
Each recommender should be familiar with the applicant’s academic competence. For applicants who have been out of school for a significant amount of time, the recommenders should be familiar with the applicant's professional competence. Applicants to our certificate programs are required to submit one letter of recommendation. Please be sure that your recommenders are aware of the application deadlines and online process, and choose them carefully to ensure that they can write on your behalf in a timely manner.
The writing sample must be uploaded as part of the application. The sample should be an academic paper of around 25 pages.
The resume must be uploaded as part of the application. It is helpful if you highlight relevant teaching, research, ministry, service, and leadership positions you have held.
The personal statement must be uploaded as part of the application. The personal statement should be three pages in length, double-spaced.
Your statement should address the following: