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House of Studies Academic Programs

The Antiochian House of Studies offers four distinctive programs in Orthodox Theology and ministry. 

St. Stephen’s Certificate of Theology Program

The most popular House of Studies program offers a non-accredited certificate in Orthodox Theology. This certificate is for laymen or clergy with college diplomas who are ready for a rigorous graduate education in Orthodox Theology.

Under the guidance of Orthodox professors and pastors from across the United States, students engage in a challenging three-year distance education program consisting of reading, writing, directed ministry, and a residency. (Note: The certificate program is not currently accredited.)

St. Stephen’s Master of Arts Program

The St. Stephen’s Master of Arts in Applied Orthodox Theology offers an accredited graduate degree for those interested in rigorous graduate education in theology.

Under the guidance of Orthodox professors and pastors from across the United States, students engage in a challenging three-year distance education program consisting of reading, writing, directed ministry, and residency, and a master’s thesis.

St. Stephen's Youth Ministry Concentration

The St. Stephen's Program is a graduate-level directed-reading course of studies in Applied Orthodox Theology. Successful completion of the program leads to a Diploma in Applied Orthodox Theology.

The Youth Ministry concentration in the St Stephen's Program comprises 15 directed-reading courses, three projects, and three weeks of residency (one week each year). Each entering Class completes the coursework, projects, and residency on the same trimester schedule (two long sessions and one residency) during the course of the Program. Each Fall session includes three directed-reading courses; each Spring session includes two reading courses and one directed- project course; and each Summer session includes one week of residency in the Antiochian House of Studies.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Program

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program is designed for three specific populations: clergy looking for more exposure to counseling theories and techniques; professional counselors and caregivers looking to grow in their ability to spiritually integrate their work from an Orthodox worldview; and select lay persons interested in a local Church vocation in pastoral counseling.

The program requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree and evidence of Christian maturity in active parish service for admission. The program will take 3 to 4 years to complete, depending on thesis time, and students will participate in a practicum which will integrate their local work with supervision during VTC sessions and residency weeks.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for board certification as a pastoral counselor with either the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) or the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy (CPSP), and may also complete a certificate with the National Center for Crisis Management (NCCM).

Doctor of Ministry Program

Accredited through the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the ministry program offers active ministers a chance to deepen their knowledge and widen their impact by earning a doctoral degree. This program is open to those who have already been serving for at least two years in full-time ministry. The D. Min. program consists of coursework taken on site in ministry, ecclesiology, canon law, homiletics, spirituality and pastoral care.

Pastoral Marriage and Family Counseling Program

The Pastoral Marriage and Family Counseling program aims to enhance the ministry of men and women currently serving in parishes. This two-year program is available to Orthodox or non-Orthodox clergy and staff, and provides training in counseling married couples, families, and individuals.

Typical pastoral marriage and family counseling students have a Master of Divinity (or a St. Stephen’s Certificate) and have at least three years of experience as clergy, chaplains, Christian educators, or counselors.