advanced studies

The Advanced Studies Program consists of three School of Theology degree programs: Master of Sacred Theology (STM), Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership (D.Min.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology (Ph.D.).

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

The STM is a second-level graduate professional degree for those who wish to pursue a year of more advanced coursework focusing on a particular discipline.

Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership (D.Min.)

The Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) in Transformational Leadership is a professional doctoral degree meant to enrich religious leaders in traditional and non-traditional settings, to deepen their understanding of and commitment to ministry, and to refine its practice. The focus of the Boston University DMin is Transformational Leadership, and persons admitted into the degree program may develop a specialization within this track based on their particular interests.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The PhD degree program is offered to students wishing to enhance their knowledge and competence in
teaching and research and to contribute to scholarship in a specialized area of theological studies.  The PhD is a research doctorate, and requires students to give evidence of the highest standards of scholarship at every stage of the degree program.  STH PhD degrees are to be distinguished from other PhD degrees by their focus on theological approaches to the histories, communities, practices, beliefs, and ethical values of Christian institutions and traditions (and the institutions and traditions of other faiths, resources permitting); and by their intention to prepare students for scholarship and teaching in a broad range of institutions, including seminaries, schools of theology, divinity schools, and religiously affiliated colleges.

Further information on all three of these degrees can be found here.

Schedules, Forms, and Handbooks can be found here.

Graduation Deadlines, Format Review, and Electronic theses and dissertation guidelines can be found here.

The Advanced Studies Committee is a faculty committee that “provides oversight for the operation of all second-level masters and doctoral degrees. Specifically, it serves as the admission committee for these degrees, reviews and approves plans of study and dissertation and project proposals, makes recommendations to the faculty regarding degree program policies, and monitors student academic progress.” (taken from the doctoral handbooks)  The Advanced Studies Committee is comprised of a rotating group of STH faculty members representing each of the four Areas. Dr. David Jacobsen is presently the Chair of the Advanced Studies Committee.  The 2014-2015 meeting schedule can be found here.  For questions on ASC petition or prospectus/proposal procedure, contact Robyn Kinch at 617-353-3045.