Frequently Asked Questions from Prospective Students:


I. Why should I consider graduate theological education at a BTI institution?

  • You are part of the largest and most diverse theological consortium in the world! 
  • When you enroll at one school... 
    • You may take courses at all ten schools-- over 650 courses taught annually!   
    • You can borrow books and use the library facilities at all the ten schools. 
    • You may chose from the 200 + local, national, and international training sites for field/contextual education that are approved by the ten schools. 
  • No other American city offers Boston’s breadth and depth of theological resources and faculty excellence. 

II. What is Interreligious Education at the BTI?

  • The BTI's 10 schools are religiously diverse, and we work towards interreligious community and learning: the engagement between people of different (or no) religious traditions, with the aim of mutual understanding and growth.1  
  • The schools are not all alike; rather, our strength is in our diversity.  
  • However, we do value sharing time and space with those whose beliefs differ from ours. 
  •  It is in listening and talking to others that our understanding of our own tradition is sharpened and strengthened.   
  • In doing so we gain a better understanding of the people, practices, and beliefs of those around us. 

III. What else do I gain by studying in Boston?

  • When you attend a BTI school, you will study in or around Boston, the college capital of the US.  
  • You'll study alongside tens of thousands of students, studying the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  
  • Boston provides a stimulating academic environment along with great restaurants, parks, theater, art, and historical sites.  

IV. Why should I consider a graduate theological education? 

  • Studying theology means studying religious faith, practice, and experience. It connects you to the ways these things have and continue to shape the world around us.   
  • This ancient discipline still speaks to us today—and is still highly relevant to gaining an understanding of the highly diverse nature of societies around the globe.  
  • Some people study theology to better understand their own religious tradition; others focus on another tradition or traditions.  
  • This is an inherently interdisciplinary field. Theology includes the study of human culture, meaning making, myths, philosophies, gender, poetry, and politics, among other things. 

V. What can I do with a graduate theological education? 

Recent BTI graduates have gone onto a wide range of careers including:  

  • Ordained and lay ministry 
  • Chaplaincy 
  • Higher and secondary education 
  • Mental health and healthcare administration 
  • Community development  
  • Law enforcement 
  • Advocacy and human services 
  • Management and consulting  
  • Nonprofits 
  • Public policy 
  • Law 
  • Conflict resolution and mediation 
  • The arts 
  • Publishing  
  • Communications and media

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