The Ecumenical Institute

Theological studies for people of all denominations

The Ecumenical Institute of Theology (E.I.) was founded in 1968 by St. Mary’s Seminary & University, America’s oldest Roman Catholic seminary, in cooperation with ecumenical leaders. St. Mary’s is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Ecumenical Institute encourages people of all denominations to explore theological studies in a serious, open-minded, and supportive environment.

About Us

Our student body of women and men is both interdenominational and interracial, as is our excellent faculty. Nearly all of the Ecumenical Institute's professors have earned doctorates, and a significant number are well-known published scholars. The faculty is drawn from neighboring academic and religious institutions as well as from St. Mary's.

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The Ecumenical Institute offers accredited graduate theological education that is intellectually rigorous, personally enriching, and professionally empowering. Students in our diverse learning community pursue two masters degrees, seven graduate certificates, introductory explorations, and a post-masters Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS).

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The Ecumenical Institute of Theology has a rolling admissions policy. Students may apply at any time for admission by submitting the appropriate materials.

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Student Resources

Current students have a host of resources available to support their theological education, from free parking and a great library to writing assistance and advising. If you cannot find it here, call the EI office (410-864-4200) or contact the appropriate staff member.

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EI Alumni

More than 750 alums of the Ecumenical Institute are making a difference in Baltimore, in Maryland and D.C., West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and around the world. They remain engaged with the E.I. through social media, attendance at public lectures, discounted library and audit fees, and through the work of their Alumni Council.

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News & Events

News and announcements of events at the Ecumenical Institute

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Accreditation & Educational Effectiveness

St. Mary’s Seminary and University: Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, with the following degree programs approved: Masters in Divinity, Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Arts in Church Ministry. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, with the following degree programs approved: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Arts in Church Ministry.

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Support Us

There are a number of different ways of making a gift, whether during your lifetime or as a legacy.

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Contact Us

General communication and individual contacts

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