admissions

Boston University School of Theology is one of the most exciting seminaries in the world.  Let us tell you why:

  • Here at the School of Theology outstanding faculty and an unwavering commitment to academic excellence are paired with the goal of creating a diverse community of scholars committed to social justice on a global scale.
  • As a University-based seminary, we have the academic, social and financial resources of a 35,000+ student University behind us, while remaining a small community of approximately 300 students at any given time.  This means you will experience personal attention in both the classroom and the community, even while the outstanding amenities of Boston University are at your fingertips.
  • Our location within the city of Boston, one of the most historic and beautiful cities in the United States, provides not only a rich environment filled with culture, champion sports teams, and urban beauty, but also association with the Boston Theological Institute (BTI).  The School of Theology’s membership in the BTI makes it a part of a consortium of ten seminaries in the Boston area, which means that students are granted automatic cross-registration and library privileges at each member school.  This means that, as a student of the School of Theology, not only would you have the academic resources of a fine seminary and wider Boston University at your fingertips, you would be able to take classes, attend lectures, go on international excursions, and use the library resources of all BTI-member schools, as well.
  • With these resources, practically any theological discipline you can imagine can be explored fully and with some of the finest scholars in the world.

That said, we know that the process of choosing a seminary and applying to a degree program can be a complicated one.  There is much to consider:  what are your vocational goals and to what type of ministry are you being called, what school can provide you the best academic and practical resources to hone your abilities and acheive your goals, what kind of seminary are you looking for (University-based or independent, urban or rural, homogeneous or diverse), and what seminary can provide you the best financial aid package?  These are some of the many questions you are likely asking yourself as you consider your next steps in graduate theological education.

The admission staff of Boston University School of Theology would like to help you in your discernment process.  Take a look at the “Discernment Questions” section of this site; here you will find resources to help you ask the right questions as you consider your vocational goals.  Take a look at the School of Theology’s seven degree programs and dual degree options; we hope that you will find a program that excites you and that can help you prepare for your future vocation.  You can learn about the cost of tuition at the School of Theology and types of financial assistance available to you in the “Tuition and Financial Aid” section of the site.  If you have questions along the way, do not hesitate to email us at sthadmis@bu.edu, chat live with us via Skype (our username is “sthadmis”), or even stop by for a visit.  Our “Visiting the School of Theology” section of the website will help you plan your trip to Boston University.

If you decide to apply to a program at the School of Theology, check out the “Application Process” and “Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)” sections to answer most all of your admissions questions.  When you are ready to start your application, please do so through the “Online Application” site.

We wish you the best of luck in the process, and look forward to meeting you and receiving your application!  Please be in touch with us if we can be helpful in any way!

Sincerely,

Anastasia Kidd, Director of Admissions and College Relations,

Andy Linscott, Admissions Officer

Josh Hasler, Senior Administrative Secretary