The Registrar’s Office, located in Suite 108 at 745 Commonwealth Avenue, values the privacy of all students and is dedicated to providing quality assistance and service. The staff of Suite 108 welcome inquiries and will respond as promptly as possible. Please note that all paperwork requires a 24-48 hour turn around time at minimum. Appointments to talk with the Registrar may be made by signing up in Suite 108, by phone (617-353-3053), or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs assigns all faculty advisors to students based on the student’s academic and vocational aspirations and denominational ties while taking into account also overall faculty advising load, sabbatical leaves, and other factors. The Associate Dean generally assigns students who are considering or preparing for ordination an advisor of the same denomination who will be adept at guiding and encouraging the student’s ordination preparations. Students receive a letter of welcome from the Associate Dean during Orientation, which includes the name and contact information for their program advisor.
Advising responsibilities in the School of Theology vary according to degree program, but always include a high degree of mentoring, support with vocational discernment, and, in the case of advanced degree programs, an apprenticeship relationship between advisor and student. Because of the high degree of flexibility and customization in most School of Theology degree programs, tracks, and specializations, registration requires robust faculty advising – thinking through course selection carefully and in a way that will produce a cohesive curriculum alongside ongoing discernment of the student’s vocational interests. Advising at the School of Theology, therefore, is not a mere checking off of requirements and is utterly integral to the curriculum itself and to the aims of student formation.
How to Register: Incoming Students
Incoming students register for courses prior to their arrival on campus. Click here for additional information.
Registration dates can be found here: http://www.bu.edu/reg/dates/. Registration and payment deadlines are strictly enforced for all students. Failure to meet these deadlines will result in a Late Fee, charged by the Office of Student Accounting Services. The registration and payment deadlines are listed on the Student Accounting Services Website. Registration after the first day of classes is at the discretion of the faculty and the School of Theology registrar and can only be done through a petition process.
How to Register: Returning Students
All returning STH students are required to register themselves online. There are four steps to registering as a returning student:
- Review your academic work and your degree requirements by filling out the appropriate Plan of Study. Select your courses for the next semester by visiting the online University Class Schedule or through the Boston Theological Institute. Fill out the Permission to Register Form with the courses that you would like to take in the coming semester (instructions for completing the form and review of financial aid eligibility are on the back of the Permission to Register form).
- Schedule an appointment to meet with your academic advisor. Bring your Permission to Register Form and your Plan of Study to your scheduled appointment with your advisor; the signature and approval of your advisor is required on both forms!
- Once you have determined your next semester schedule in consultation with your advisor, submit your signed Permission to Register Form, Plan of Study Form, Religious Affiliation Report Form and an unofficial copy of your transcript to the Office of Registration and Financial Aid, Suite 108.Also, if you intend to change your student status from full-time to part-time, you must let our office know. This may affect your financial aid.
- To register for a course through the BTI, please note that the forms have all moved online. Although the forms are online, please include your course selection on your permission to register form. If you have an account already, simply use the BTI portal to choose your class. To get access to the portal, fill out the new student registration form on the BTI’s cross-registration page More information about the online registration process can be found at: http://www.bostontheological.org/btiportal.
- After thorough review of your transcript and paperwork by the Registrar, your forms will be returned to your STH mailbox with your advising access code (AAC). You must officially register yourself using the University WebReg system. The Permission to Register form will be returned without the AAC if it is incomplete, is missing the signature of your official academic advisor, or if there is a problem with your academic transcript from a previous semester.
Registration dates can be found here: http://www.bu.edu/reg/dates/. Once you receive your approved registration form containing your advising access code (AAC), you will be able to process your registration using the WebReg system via the Student Link. You will only be officially registered once this process is complete. Registration and payment deadlines are strictly enforced for all students. Failure to meet these deadlines will result in a Late Fee, charged by the Office of Student Accounting Services. The registration and payment deadlines are listed on the Student Accounting Services Website. Registration after the first day of classes is at the discretion of the faculty and the School of Theology registrar and can only be done through a petition process.
How to Register: PhD, DMin, and STM Students
After meeting with your academic advisor to discuss course selections, please use the appropriate paperless registration form:
Registration dates can be found here: http://www.bu.edu/reg/dates/. After your paperless registration form is approved and processed, you will receive an advising access code (AAC), which enables you to process your registration using the WebReg system via the Student Link. You will only be officially registered once this process is complete. Registration and payment deadlines are strictly enforced for all students. Failure to meet these deadlines will result in a Late Fee, charged by the Office of Student Accounting Services. The registration and payment deadlines are listed on the Student Accounting Services Website. Registration after the first day of classes is at the discretion of the faculty and the School of Theology registrar and can only be done through a petition process.
The following criteria and procedures must be met without exception for those students wishing to register for a directed study:
- Opportunities for directed study are available to all students (contingent upon degree requirements) who have completed three semesters and have a cumulative grade point average of B (3.0).
- Registration for a directed-study is by petition only after consultation with the professor, and requires approval by the professor, then the student’s advisor, and finally the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (who does not review those petitions until they are authorized by the instructor and advisor). If you have any questions regarding directed studies, please direct them to the Registrar’s office.
- Any directed study must build upon rather than serve as a substitute for introductory coursework in a particular field of study and may explore interests stimulated by a particular faculty member, taking into consideration that faculty member’s own interests and strengths.
- Directed studies may not be taken for courses already taught in regular rotation unless some dire circumstance requires it, and then by successful petition to the professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
- Doctoral students may take a directed study at the 800-level providing they do the work of the directed study at a doctoral level. Doctoral students seeking to take a directed study at the 900 level (and thus count it as one of their required four 900-level courses) must receive approval by petition from the Advanced Studies Committee prior to the beginning of that directed study. This takes careful planning and advanced timing.
- A student who wishes to apply for a directed study must submit a petition that includes a proposed syllabus including bibliography, assignments, methods of evaluation by the instructor, and a statement of how the grade will be calculated. The petition should justify the directed study in light of the above criteria and showing the genesis of the study in a regular course as well as the particular issues or problems to be studied and the ways in which they will be investigated. Any directed study should include appropriate periodic meetings between the student and professor for progress reports, discussion, and planning of the next stage of work. A student must spend the same amount of time on a directed study as on any course for the same number of credits.
- Because it is often difficult for students and their instructors to prepare the directed study syllabus at the time of registration, the registrar’s office will accept registrations for directed studies without the approved petition and accompanying syllabus (though still signed off by the professor in the “special approval” box on the “Permission to Register” form). The full petition and syllabus, however, must be received in the registrar’s office already approved by the instructor and the student’s advisor prior to September 1 for the fall semester and prior to January 15 for the spring semester. If the registrar does not have that, the student will be notified that he or she is being dropped from the directed study.
- More than one student taking a directed study with a single professor may meet jointly with the professor (a “group directed study”), provided that the students are all at the same level of competence in the subject. A directed study undertaken in conjunction with educational travel or in the form of contextual learning must provide that 50 percent of the time required for the study is spent on non-travel activities — for example, reading and writing about the subject of the study.
Registration Forms and Plans of Study
All students use this form to register in any semester. Signature of the advisor is required before one can obtain his or her AAC code to register online. The back page gives guidelines and deadlines that are important for the registration process each semester. Along with the above permission to register form, students must submit each semester the appropriate plan of study from the table below (Note: Plans of Study are dated based upon date of matriculation):
|Degree Program||Plan of Study|
|Master of Divinity (MDiv)|
|Master of Theological Studies (MTS)|
|Master of Sacred Music (MSM)|
|Master of Sacred Theology (STM)|
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)|
|Dual Degree with Social Work MDiv/MSW||
|Dual Degree with Social Work MTS/MSW||
|Dual Degree with Education MDiv/MAT||
|Dual Degree with Education MTS/MAT||
|Doctor of Ministry (DMin)|
|Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Transformational Leadership|
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)|
Students pursuing ordination should work closely with their advisors and their denominations or congregations to be sure that all course requirements are fulfilled. United Methodist students, for example, should take the time to be in conversation or have a meeting with their district superintendent or member of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOM). Please consult your advisor or the Academic Dean if you have questions about your path to ordination.
University Compliance: Safe, Settled, Healthy & Knowledgeable
Check the Student Link to ensure you have met these requirements. Students not in compliance will be unable to register for future semesters.
- Boston University requires all students studying on Massachusetts campuses to provide a BUAlert phone number.
- Boston University requires all students to Settle their Financial Obligation each semester.
- Massachusetts law requires that all full-time and many part-time students be Immunized against a number of diseases in order to attend a university in the Commonwealth.
- The Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law requires that all out-of-state students sign an acknowledgement that they have been informed of the law.(Compliance required in the Fall semester only)