The Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies of the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University encourages and facilitates research on all aspects of the Cistercian tradition and in the broader field of religious traditions. It was established in 2010 as a research center under the aegis of the Medieval Institute as the successor to the Institute of Cistercian Studies, which had been founded in 1973 as a cooperative venture between Western Michigan University and Cistercian Publications, Inc. The center sponsors sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies and collaborates with the University Libraries on digitization projects. Through the center, the Medieval Institute offers a Graduate Certificate in the History of Monastic Movements, which is open to students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Western Michigan University. The center's advisory board meets annually at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. The center's current interim director is Susan Steuer, associate professor, University Libraries.
The Center sponsored twelve sessions at the 50th congress on a variety of topics pertaining to the medieval history of the Cistercian order.