St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute offers accredited graduate theological programs for two masters degrees, eight certificates, and introductory explorations.


St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute offers the Master of Arts in Theology, a general theological studies degree, and the Master of Arts in Church Ministries, a ministerial leadership degree. Each degree requires 48 credits (16 three-credit courses) including a culminating experience. Each program is designed primarily for part-time study over several years but is the equivalent of a two-year full-time program.

Doctor of Ministry Partnership

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute has partnered with Ashland Theological Seminary (in Ashland, Ohio) to bring a Doctor of Ministry closer to Baltimore. The partnership allows students to take the first year of coursework from the EI, then transfer to Ashland for the final year and their ministry project phase.


St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute offers seven master’s level certificates designed primarily to serve the needs of laypersons interested in ministry in churches, schools, hospitals, and religious or community organizations. The post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Study is a 30-credit degree program designed for individuals who possess a master’s degree in theology, ministry, divinity, or a related field. Candidates may pursue a general program or concentrate in biblical studies, ecumenical and interfaith studies, history, moral theology (theological ethics), practical theology, religious education, spirituality, or systematic theology.

Explorations in Theology

Explorations in Theology allows people considering serious study of theology, religion, and ethics for the first time to take introductory level courses without committing to a full program. Some Explorations students take only one course, most take several, and many eventually go on to pursue a degree or certificate.