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Admissions Process

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St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute has a rolling admissions policy. Students may apply at any time, and may begin study in any semester (fall, spring, or summer).

Please begin the application process by scheduling a 10-15 minute conversation with our Director of Admissions and Communications, Galen Zook, 410.864.4203, who will guide you through the entire application process. You may also want to review the qualifications for admission to see if you are eligible for study at the Ecumenical Institute.

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Admissions Process

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute follows different application procedures for Master’s and Doctoral level admission.  Each process is outlined below.

Master’s Level Admission

To apply for admission to the M.A. in Theology, M.A. in Christian Ministries, a certificate, or just take a class, you will need the following (with a few exceptions noted). Items may be received in any order, but we recommend beginning with the application and interview.

  • Application. All applicants must complete the Application for Admission and submit it along with a non-refundable application fee of $35. Click here to download an application form from the Forms page.
  • Interview. Most applicants must complete an interview with admissions staff or program director. (Recommended but not required for auditors and visiting students.)
  • Transcript. Most applicants must have an official sealed transcript of a bachelor’s degree sent to the Admissions Office. See exceptions for visiting students, CAS, and certain others here.
  • Photograph and Identity Verification. All applicants must produce a government issued photo identification, and submit a recent photograph, or have one made during their admissions interview.
  • Criminal background check. All applicants must sign and return a Disclosure and Authorization to Release Information form allowing St. Mary’s to perform a criminal background check.
  • References. Applicants for a degree or the Certificate of Advanced Studies require reference(s).

Doctor of Ministry Admission

You will need the following to apply for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program. Items may be received in any order.

  • Application. All applicants must complete the Application for Admission and submit it along with a non-refundable application fee of $35. Click here to download an application form from the Forms page.
  • Interview. Most applicants must complete an interview with the Doctor of Ministry Program Director. 
  • Master of Divinity Transcripts. If you are applying for M.Div. equivalency please send official transcripts for ALL graduate coursework completed.
  • Photograph and Identity Verification. All applicants must produce a government issued photo identification, and submit a recent photograph, or have one made during their admissions interview.
  • Criminal background check. All applicants must sign and return a Disclosure and Authorization to Release Information form allowing St. Mary’s to perform a criminal background check.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation. The DMin application process requires two letters of recommendation:
    • One by a non-relative ministry peer or supervisor who knows your ministry situation well
    • One by any non-relative who knows the applicant’s character and abilities well