Application Process

Making an Application to the School of Theology

Once you have determined which degree program is right for your academic interests and vocational goals you may begin the online application.  You may start your application at any time, so long as the semester to which you are applying is available on the online application site.  The online system allows you to begin an application and save, review, and change it at your leisure until you are ready to submit it.

Access the Online Application Here

Application Instructions

Each applicant is responsible for submitting all the necessary credentials, documents, and data via the online application system. Decisions on admission cannot be made until all materials have been received from an applicant.  An application will not be considered “complete” for the sake of deadlines until all materials (including all references) have been received by the School of Theology Admissions Office via the online application.

Applications for admission should be completed by the appropriate deadlines to be considered for financial aid and scholarships.

McNair Scholars (http://mcnairscholars.com/) should be in contact with the Office of Admissions directly at sthadmis@bu.edu or 617-353-3036 for a waiver of the application fee.

Anyone with a previous bachelor’s degree who is currently taking part in Peace Corps, Teach for America, UMC Generation Transformation, Life Together, or any other full-time service organization or ministry may also be in contact with the Admissions Office directly at sthadmis@bu.edu or 617-353-3036 for a waiver of the application fee.

  • Online application
  • $95 non-refundable application fee, submitted online
  • Digital copy (PDF preferred) of unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions where the applicant received previous academic credit
    • In the online application, under the “Supporting Information” square, you will click on the “documents” section.
    • In the “documents” section you will be able to upload a digital copy of all of your transcripts using the “Any Additional Supporting Document” link.  Please note that this function limits the size of your uploaded document.  For this reason we recommend uploading each institution’s transcript separately as a PDF, if you attended more than one institution.

Frequently Asked Questions About Transcripts:

  • What constitutes an unofficial transcript? 
    • A scan or photocopy of your paper transcript, which was sent to you by the Registrar of your institution
    • An unofficial transcript that you have downloaded from your institution’s online student system (ex. StudentLink at Boston University)
  • What if I’ve transferred between several institutions?  Do I need to send unofficial copies of all my transcripts?
    • If your final transcript (the transcript that shows or will show your graduation from that degree) includes the following four items then you do not need to provide a separate transcript from the previous institution.  Your one final transcript would suffice.
      1. name of the transfer institution (ex. Africa University)
      2. semester in which each course was taken (ex. Spring 2016)
      3. the names of each course (ex. “Introduction to Philosophy”)
      4. the grades you received in each of your transferred courses
    • If your final transcript does not include all of the above information (ex. if your transfer courses are marked on your final transcript as “pass” with no letter grade) then you will need to provide an unofficial copy of your transcript from the institution from which you transferred.
  • Do I need to complete the WES (World Education Service) transcript evaluation as part of my application if I took courses at a school outside of the United States?
    • Probably not.  If the institution you attended can provide a transcript in English that includes the full names of each course and the grades received then you do not have to complete the WES evaluation.
    • If your previous institution cannot provide a transcript in English then you may either complete the WES evaluation or have a certified professional translation made of the transcript from its original language into English.  If you choose to have a certified professional translation made, you need to provide our Admissions Office copies of both the translation and the original transcript.
    • 3 Letters of reference
      • 1 Pastoral Reference – Reference may be from a pastor, ecclesiastical superior, or denominational administrator.  In the case of an applicant who is not seeking ordination and is not connected with a church, a general character reference from a colleague, mentor, church member, or professor may be substituted for the pastoral reference.
      • 2 Academic References – Reference may be from a previous college professor, academic advisor, or Dean/President.  A reference letter from a work supervisor may be submitted for one academic reference letter.  If you have been out of college for a number of years, you may substitute work supervisors, colleagues, or other appropriate persons for academic references.
    • Personal statement
      • In a statement of 500 words or less, describe and reflect on your life journey and the vocational directions toward which you are pointed.
    • CV or Resume
    • Application essay
      • In a 500-word essay, describe and interpret a favorite book or movie with commentary on why it is meaningful to you.
    • Standardized test results
      • For domestic applicantsNo standardized test results are required of domestic applicants who are applying for admission.  (For example, the GRE is not required.)
      • For international applicants – official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken during the past two years (A TOEFL score of 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or internet-based 89 with at least 22 in each of the four areas are the minimums required for admission.)  Though the Admissions Committee prefers the TOEFL, applicants who cannot take the TOEFL may take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test instead.  A score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required for admission.  If an applicant successfully graduated from an accredited college or university where instruction was primarily in English, the TOEFL requirement is waived.  All standardized testing scores need to be received directly from the testing organization (ex. Educational Testing Service).  Standardized tests submitted by applicants are not considered official until we receive the official scores from the testing organization.  This can be done through the STH online application, as long as the applicant request that ETS forward their scores to Boston University, using the code 3087.
    • MSM Applicants only:  In addition to the above requirements, MSM applicants must submit a pre-screening video by the December 1st prior to their hoped date of matriculation.  Recordings should be made no earlier than six months prior to the final MSM application completion deadline of January 1st.  Recordings should be uploaded via the School of Music’s “DecisionDesk” online portal.  Information about the DecisionDesk portal and requirements can be found on the School of Music’s audition information site:  http://www.bu.edu/cfa/music/prospective/auditions/
    • International Applicants only: International applicants to all School of Theology degree programs must include additional items as part of their visa application with the United States government.  Please see the “Additional Information for International Students” section below for a description of these items and the process by which admission occurs for international students.

    • Online application form
    • $95 non-refundable application fee, submitted online
    • Digital copy (PDF preferred) of unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions where the applicant received previous academic credit
      • In the online application, under the “Supporting Information” square, you will click on the “documents” section.
      • In the “documents” section you will be able to upload a digital copy of all of your transcripts using the “Any Additional Supporting Document” link.  Please note that this function limits the size of your uploaded document.  For this reason we recommend uploading each institution’s transcript separately as a PDF, if you attended more than one institution.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Transcripts:

    • What constitutes an unofficial transcript? 
      • A scan or photocopy of your paper transcript, which was sent to you by the Registrar of your institution
      • An unofficial transcript that you have downloaded from your institution’s online student system (ex. StudentLink at Boston University)
    • What if I’ve transferred between several institutions?  Do I need to send unofficial copies of all my transcripts?
      • If your final transcript (the transcript that shows or will show your graduation from that degree) includes the following four items then you do not need to provide a separate transcript from the previous institution.  Your one final transcript would suffice.
        1. name of the transfer institution (ex. Africa University)
        2. semester in which each course was taken (ex. Spring 2016)
        3. the names of each course (ex. “Introduction to Philosophy”)
        4. the grades you received in each of your transferred courses
      • If your final transcript does not include all of the above information (ex. if your transfer courses are marked on your final transcript as “pass” with no letter grade) then you will need to provide an unofficial copy of your transcript from the institution from which you transferred.
    • Do I need to complete the WES (World Education Service) transcript evaluation as part of my application if I took courses at a school outside of the United States?
      • Probably not.  If the institution you attended can provide a transcript in English that includes the full names of each course and the grades received then you do not have to complete the WES evaluation.
      • If your previous institution cannot provide a transcript in English then you may either complete the WES evaluation or have a certified professional translation made of the transcript from its original language into English.  If you choose to have a certified professional translation made, you need to provide our Admissions Office copies of both the translation and the original transcript.
    • Resume/CV
    • 3 Letters of reference:  The Doctor of Philosophy application requires three evaluations (recommendations) to be considered complete:
      • 1 Character Reference If you are affiliated with a religious tradition, this reference can be from a pastor, ecclesial superior, or denominational administrator. In the case of an applicant who is not connected to a religious organization or tradition, a general character reference from a colleague, mentor, or professor may be substituted.
      • 2 Academic References – Reference may be from a previous college or seminary professor, academic advisor, or Dean/President.  If you have been out of college for a number of years, you may substitute work supervisors, colleagues, or other appropriate persons for academic references.
    • Personal statement
      • In a statement of 2000 words or less, please describe your goals in undertaking doctoral study in your given field, including an indication, even if only general at this point, of your proposed focus and research.  Also, how have your experience and study to this point helped prepare you for this doctoral program and your proposed research focus?
    • Standardized test results
      • For domestic applicants – official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, taken during the past five years; the Millers Analogy Test may not be submitted as part of the PhD application.  All standardized testing scores need to be received directly from the testing organization (ex. Educational Testing Service).  Standardized tests submitted by applicants are not considered official until we receive the official scores from the testing organization.  The student may request that ETS forward a copy of their GRE scores to the School of Theology’s code:  3087.
      • For international applicants – two standardized tests are required:
        • official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, taken during the past five years; the Millers Analogy Test may not be submitted as part of the PhD application
        • official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken during the past two years (A TOEFL score of 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or internet-based 89 with at least 22 in each of the four areas are the minimums required for admission.)  Please note:  the IELTS may not be substituted for the TOEFL of doctoral applicants.  If an applicant successfully graduated from an accredited college or university where instruction was primarily in English, the TOEFL requirement is waived.  All standardized testing scores need to be received directly from the testing organization (ex. Educational Testing Service).  Standardized tests submitted by applicants are not considered official until we receive the official scores from the testing organization.  This can be done through the STH online application, as long as the applicant request that ETS forward their scores to Boston University, using the code 3087.
    • Sample of scholarly writing
      • Not to exceed 30 pages
      • Feel free to excerpt from a larger work or thesis, including an abstract of the entire piece and an indication that the sample is an excerpt from the whole.
    • International Applicants only: International applicants to all School of Theology degree programs must include additional items as part of their visa application with the United States government.  Please see the “Additional Information for International Students” section below for a description of these items and the process by which admission occurs for international students.

    • Online application form
    • $95 non-refundable application fee, submitted online
    • Digital copy (PDF preferred) of unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions where the applicant received previous academic credit
      • In the online application, under the “Supporting Information” square, you will click on the “documents” section.
      • In the “documents” section you will be able to upload a digital copy of all of your transcripts using the “Any Additional Supporting Document” link.  Please note that this function limits the size of your uploaded document.  For this reason we recommend uploading each institution’s transcript separately as a PDF, if you attended more than one institution.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Transcripts:

    • What constitutes an unofficial transcript? 
      • A scan or photocopy of your paper transcript, which was sent to you by the Registrar of your institution
      • An unofficial transcript that you have downloaded from your institution’s online student system (ex. StudentLink at Boston University)
    • What if I’ve transferred between several institutions?  Do I need to send unofficial copies of all my transcripts?
      • If your final transcript (the transcript that shows or will show your graduation from that degree) includes the following four items then you do not need to provide a separate transcript from the previous institution.  Your one final transcript would suffice.
        1. name of the transfer institution (ex. Africa University)
        2. semester in which each course was taken (ex. Spring 2016)
        3. the names of each course (ex. “Introduction to Philosophy”)
        4. the grades you received in each of your transferred courses
      • If your final transcript does not include all of the above information (ex. if your transfer courses are marked on your final transcript as “pass” with no letter grade) then you will need to provide an unofficial copy of your transcript from the institution from which you transferred.
    • Do I need to complete the WES (World Education Service) transcript evaluation as part of my application if I took courses at a school outside of the United States?
      • Probably not.  If the institution you attended can provide a transcript in English that includes the full names of each course and the grades received then you do not have to complete the WES evaluation.
      • If your previous institution cannot provide a transcript in English then you may either complete the WES evaluation or have a certified professional translation made of the transcript from its original language into English.  If you choose to have a certified professional translation made, you need to provide our Admissions Office copies of both the translation and the original transcript.
    • Resume/CV
    • 3 Letters of reference
      • 1 Pastoral Reference – Reference may be from a pastoral colleague, ecclesiastical superior, or denominational administrator (In the case of an applicant who is not connected with a church, a general character reference from a colleague, mentor, professor, or church member may be substituted for the pastoral reference.)
      • 1 Reference from a parishioner or someone who has experienced your ministry – The goal of this reference is to have a sense of your ministerial work from someone you have cared for, worked alongside, and/or served in some way.
      • 1 Academic Reference – Reference may be from a previous college or seminary professor, academic advisor, or Dean/President.  If you have been out of school for a number of years you may substitute work supervisors, colleagues, or other appropriate persons for this academic reference.
    • Personal statement
      • In a statement of 2000 words or less, please describe your goals in undertaking the Doctor of Ministry degree program, including an indication, even if only general at this point, of your proposed focus and research.  Also, how have your experience and study to this point helped prepare you for this DMin program and your proposed research focus?
    • Standardized test results
      • For domestic applicants – No standardized test results are required of domestic applicants who are applying for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program.  (For example, the GRE is not required.)
      • For international applicants – one standardized test is required:
        • official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken during the past two years (A TOEFL score of 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or internet-based 89 with at least 22 in each of the four areas are the minimums required for admission.)  Please note:  the IELTS may not be substituted for the TOEFL of doctoral applicants.
        • If an applicant successfully graduated from an accredited college or university where instruction was primarily in English, the TOEFL requirement is waived.  All standardized testing scores need to be received directly from the testing organization (ex. Educational Testing Service).  Standardized tests submitted by applicants are not considered official until we receive the official scores from the testing organization.  This can be done through the STH online application, as long as the applicant request that ETS forward their scores to Boston University, using the code 3087.
    • Sample of scholarly writing
      • Not to exceed 10 pages
      • This paper should be an example of scholarly writing rather than a sermon-style piece.  It should include a bibliography and reflect your ability to do solid independent research in your field of interest.
      • Feel free to excerpt from a larger work or thesis, including an abstract of the entire piece and an indication that the sample is an excerpt from the whole.
    • International Applicants only: International applicants to all School of Theology degree programs must include additional items as part of their visa application with the United States government.  Please see the “Additional Information for International Students” section below for a description of these items and the process by which admission occurs for international students.

    Those who wish to take foundational courses in preparation for Deacon’s Orders or a Certificate Program, or who want to take courses without applying for candidacy in a degree program may apply as a “Special Student” of the School.  Special Student applicants must submit the following application materials:

    • Online application form
    • $95 non-refundable application fee, submitted online
    • Digital copy (PDF preferred) of unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions where the applicant received previous academic credit
      • In the online application, under the “Supporting Information” square, you will click on the “documents” section.
      • In the “documents” section you will be able to upload a digital copy of all of your transcripts using the “Any Additional Supporting Document” link.  Please note that this function limits the size of your uploaded document.  For this reason we recommend uploading each institution’s transcript separately as a PDF, if you attended more than one institution.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Transcripts:

    • What constitutes an unofficial transcript? 
      • A scan or photocopy of your paper transcript, which was sent to you by the Registrar of your institution
      • An unofficial transcript that you have downloaded from your institution’s online student system (ex. StudentLink at Boston University)
    • What if I’ve transferred between several institutions?  Do I need to send unofficial copies of all my transcripts?
      • If your final transcript (the transcript that shows or will show your graduation from that degree) includes the following four items then you do not need to provide a separate transcript from the previous institution.  Your one final transcript would suffice.
        1. name of the transfer institution (ex. Africa University)
        2. semester in which each course was taken (ex. Spring 2016)
        3. the names of each course (ex. “Introduction to Philosophy”)
        4. the grades you received in each of your transferred courses
      • If your final transcript does not include all of the above information (ex. if your transfer courses are marked on your final transcript as “pass” with no letter grade) then you will need to provide an unofficial copy of your transcript from the institution from which you transferred.
    • Do I need to complete the WES (World Education Service) transcript evaluation as part of my application if I took courses at a school outside of the United States?
      • Probably not.  If the institution you attended can provide a transcript in English that includes the full names of each course and the grades received then you do not have to complete the WES evaluation.
      • If your previous institution cannot provide a transcript in English then you may either complete the WES evaluation or have a certified professional translation made of the transcript from its original language into English.  If you choose to have a certified professional translation made, you need to provide our Admissions Office copies of both the translation and the original transcript.
    • A brief explanation of the proposed study plan indicating courses desired (“What classes do you want to take, and why?”)

    Please note that the four above items are all that is needed to apply for Special Student status.  There is no need to submit letters of reference, the personal statement, or essay.

      Transcripts in English

      All transcripts submitted to the School of Theology must be translated into English.  The School of Theology’s online application system will give you the option of completing a World Education Services (WES) Evaluation on any transcripts that you hold from non-U.S. institutions.  However, completing the WES Evaluation is financially costly, and we do not want our applicants to have to complete one if it is at all possible.  The WES Evaluation is not required for international transcripts, as long as the transcripts are readable in English.

      • If your previous academic institution was not in the U.S. but offers a transcript in English you do not need to complete the WES Evaluation.  Instead you may simply upload a PDF copy of your English-language transcript as an “Additional Document” in the School of Theology’s online application system.  This will save you the expense of having to complete the full WES evaluation, and will not affect your application in any way. 
      • If your previous academic institution was not in the U.S. and does not offer a transcript in English you have one of two choices:
      1. You may choose to complete the WES Evaluation by following the instructions in the School of Theology’s online application system.
      2.  You may choose to have your transcript professionally translated into English by a third party, and you would upload a PDF copy of both the original non-English transcript and the translation of the transcript as “Additional Documents” in the School of Theology’s online application system.

      If you have any troubles or questions about this, please contact the School of Theology Admissions Office (sthadmis@bu.edu).

      English Language Requirements:

      A TOEFL score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based), or 89 with at least 22 in each of the four areas (internet-based) is the minimum score required for admission to the Boston University School of Theology.  Though the Admissions Committee prefers the TOEFL, master’s-level applicants who cannot take the TOEFL may take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test instead.  A score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required for admission.  Doctoral applicants must submit TOEFL scores – the IELTS cannot be a substitution on doctoral applications.  All standardized testing scores need to be received directly from the testing organization (ex. Educational Testing Service).  Standardized tests submitted by applicants are not considered official until we receive the official scores from the testing organization.  This can be done through the STH online application, as long as the applicant request that ETS forward their scores to Boston University, using the code 3087.

      Applicants who do not meet the TOEFL requirement but are otherwise eligible for admission to the Boston University School of Theology will be required to attend and successfully complete an English language preparation program as evidence of their readiness for graduate theological study in English.  The applicant may do this here at Boston University through its Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (bu.edu/celop), or through a program of their choosing either in the U.S. or in their home country.  If an applicant chooses a program other than CELOP this program must be approved by the School of Theology Admissions Office via email to sthadmis@bu.edu.  The applicant should send information about the English preparation program to sthadmis@bu.edu, including number of classroom hours each week, length of program, and subjects it will cover.  The Admissions Office will send word of approval or will suggest another program if the one suggested is unacceptable.

      An applicant can always bypass the need to attend CELOP or any other English-language preparation program by achieving the required minimum TOEFL score prior to making an application to the School of Theology.

      Admission to Degree Programs:

      All degree programs at Boston University School of Theology are open to international students. Admission to the School of Theology for international students is completed in three parts:  Academic Admission, Applicant Decision, and Visa Processing.  

      • Academic Admission:  The applicant is notified that he or she is “academically admitted” to the degree program, so long as the academic credentials presented through the application merit an admission.
      • Applicant Decision:  Once academically admitted, the applicant must decide whether to matriculate into the Boston University School of Theology or not.  The applicant confirms or declines their admission by electronically submitting their decision through the online application website.  If the applicant confirms that they do plan to enter Boston University School of Theology, that is wonderful news, and their visa processing can begin.
      • Visa Processing:  Once the student has confirmed their decision to enter Boston University, the applicant’s proof of financial sponsorship, copies of passport and visa documents, and International Student Data Form are made available for completion through the online application portal.  Once completed by the applicant, these documents are sent to Boston University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).  ISSO works directly with the United States government to secure visas for entering Boston University students.  Once the appropriate document (example, an I-9 form) has been issued it is sent via FedEx to the incoming student at their current address.  It is at that point that the student’s status is updated in the Boston University system and they are considered an “incoming student.”  It is also at this point that the student can sign up for an appointment at their home U.S. Embassy for visa processing.

      Financial Considerations:

      All international applicants to the Boston University School of Theology are required to show original documentation of financial resources and/or sponsorship in order to be considered by the United States government for a Student Visa.  The amount of sponsorship varies from year to year depending on the cost of living in Boston, and was more than $45,000 for the recent school year for a single student.  Students who plan to bring family members with them during their study will have to show additional sponsorship for the support of these family members.  Please consult the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) website (www.bu.edu/isso) for an estimate of expenses.

      International Students at Boston University School of Theology are eligible for all the same scholarships as domestic applicants.  Though the School of Theology provides significant tuition scholarships to all of its students, the School is unable to provide complete financial sponsorship for international students to support their living expenses during their studies.  Therefore, without personal financial support from oneself or an outside source a student will not be able to secure a student visa from the U.S. government for study at the Boston University School of Theology.  For this reason, the Admissions Office urges all international applicants to seek financial sponsorship prior to making an application to the School of Theology.

      In all cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to develop these resources and maintain them throughout study at Boston University.  The University requires payment of the semester’s tuition, fees, housing, etc., prior to the beginning of each semester.  International students are advised to collect all financial resources prior to enrolling if possible.  Students who lose their sponsorship during their degree program will not be able to be supported financially by the School, and will likely have to return home until they secure a new sponsor.

      To be considered for a student visa you must confirm your admission to the School of Theology, then complete the following via the School of Theology’s Online Application Portal:

      • Completed “International Student Data Form” – You may have more than one way of spelling your name, especially in English, so make sure that the name you enter on this form exactly matches the name in your passport.  The same is true for your spouse’s or children’s names.  Also, please be sure to answer every question. Unanswered questions delay the processing of documents.
      • PDF copies of your passport and any previous immigration documentation for you and anyone else who will be accompanying you to the United States on your student visa.
      • Proof of sponsorship:
        • If you are sponsoring yourself, you must provide copies of an original bank statement showing the required amount available in U.S. dollars in a bank account.  You may not send proof of real estate ownership, stocks, or any other financial asset in order to satisfy this proof of sponsorship.  The U.S. government requires that sponsorship funds be available for your study in a bank account so they can be readily used for your support.
        • If sponsored by an individual other than yourself, you must provide the following documentation:
          • Copies of an original bank statement showing the required amount available in U.S. dollars
          • A completed “Sponsorship Certification Form,” which is available through the online application or on the ISSO website (www.bu.edu/isso).  This form requires an original signature from your sponsor as well as a statement that the funds shown in the provided bank statement are reserved for your support as you study at the Boston University School of Theology
          • If sponsored by an institution, such as a church, denomination, or grant agency, you must provide the following documentation:
            • A completed “Sponsorship Certification Form,” which is available through the online application or on the ISSO website (www.bu.edu/isso).  This form requires an original signature from a representative of your sponsoring agency as well as a statement confirming that the required amount of funds are reserved for your support as you study at Boston University School of Theology.

      The Boston University School of Theology welcomes transfer students from other institutions.  Applicants for transfer into a degree program are evaluated on the same basis as other applicants. Applicants may also be eligible for consideration for merit awards based on the same criteria as other applicants for admission.  Please read the BUSTH Transfer Credit Policy, listed below:

      Students may transfer credits from any graduate theological school accredited by the ATS or other comparable accrediting agency if transferring from outside of North America. In every instance, course equivalents are determined on an individual basis, by petition, and only when that coursework is demonstrated to be relevant to the course of study being pursued in the School of Theology, as determined by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, operating on behalf of the faculty. Applicants for transfer must include in their personal statement the reasons they are seeking a transfer, and must provide a recently-issued letter of good standing from their previous institution. The following guidelines apply to all requests for transfer of credit to the School of Theology:

      • Undergraduate credits may not apply toward the fulfillment of any degree program requirement at the School of Theology. However, undergraduate credits can be used to petition for advanced standing in masters-level introductory courses.
      • Courses, when accepted, will carry the credit value equivalent to the number of contact hours the course carried (for example, 40 contact hours = 4 credits). , No courses for which less than a B- was received are acceptable for transfer credit.
      • Courses taken wholly online or mostly online will not be accepted.
      • Courses completed more than seven years prior to the intended date of enrollment will not be considered for transfer of credit.
      • Transfer credits may not normally fulfill core requirements for the M.Div. or M.T.S. degree programs, but they may fulfill distributional electives and free electives:
        • Up to 32 credits may be transferred for the M.Div. degree
        • Up to 24 credits may be transferred for the M.T.S. degree
        • Up to 16 credits may be transferred for the M.S.M. degree
        • Up to 8 credits may be transferred for the S.T.M. degree
        • Up to 4 credits may be transferred for the Ph.D. degree
      • For PhD candidates, no more than one course may normally be transferred from previous work, and then only when the work done in that course is of equivalent academic standing to the degree for which the student is currently a candidate.  All requests for transfer to the PhD program must go through the Advanced Studies Committee of the School of Theology.
      • Field/contextual education credits earned previously will be considered for transfer by petition to the Academic Dean in consultation with the co-directors of contextual education. Some additional contextual education may be required to fulfill the requirements of the MDiv degree.
      • CPE credits may transfer as free electives if they are from an ACPE accredited institution. They may not fulfill field/contextual education requirements except in particular circumstances by petition to the Associate Dean and a Co-Director of Contextual Education. One unit of CPE transfers in as 8 credits of free elective credits.
      • Applicants for transfer into a degree program are evaluated on the same basis as other applicants. Applicants may also be eligible for consideration for merit awards based on the same criteria as other applicants for admission.

      If you have any questions about the application process or how to complete your application, please do not hesitate to contact the School of Theology Admissions Office by phone (617-353-3036), email (sthadmis@bu.edu) or Skype (sthadmis).