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.

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.