St. Mary's Seminary & University

Academics (Seminary)

St. Mary’s Seminary & University is the first educational institution in the United States with the right to grant academic degrees by the authority of the Holy See, first authorized in 1822 by Pope Pius VII at the request of Archbishop Ambrose Maréchal, S.S., third Archbishop of Baltimore.

The statutes and privileges of the Ecclesiastical Theological Faculty of St. Mary’s Seminary & University were recently renewed by the Holy See in 2010.

The pages of this section of our website deal with academic issues and processes seminarians encounter during their formation at St. Mary’s Seminary & University.


As an institution of higher education, St. Mary’s maintains an admissions process and admission requirements.

Learn more about admissions and requirements.

Transfer of Credits

Students may be able to transfer credits, according to the policies governing such transfer at St. Mary’s.

Learn the policies on transfer of credit.


In order to start the application/admissions procedure, prospective seminarians must complete several forms and work through the steps of the application process.

Obtain forms and learn the steps to complete.


Each year, the School of Theology publishes an updated Academic Catalog listing academic policies, procedures, faculty, administration, courses, and schedules.

See the most recent academic catalog


St. Mary’s awards the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.) civil degrees as well as the ecclesiastical degrees of Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.), Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) and the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.).

Learn more about the degree programs, pre-theology program, and model curriculum schema.

Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness

Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness information is maintained on a single page for all of St. Mary’s Seminary & University (School of Theology and St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute).

See the most current Accreditation/Educational Effectiveness Information.

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St. Mary’s Style Guide

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