Check out St. Sophia Seminary’s NEW PROGRAM for LATE VOCATIONS!
Would you like to learn more about your Orthodox Christian faith?
Always wanted to go to seminary but couldn’t work it into your schedule and budget?
Thinking about ordination to Holy Orders within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church?
We are accepting applications NOW for Fall Enrollment!
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Priestly Studies is designed for candidates to Holy Orders and others interested in advanced theological training who, due to personal circumstances, cannot commit to full-time residency at St. Sophia Seminary. This program consists of two parts that may be taken concurrently or in order:
Distance Learning Component
A three-year program with two semesters each year and two three-credit hour courses being offered each semester (36 hours total).
Courses are taught correspondence style with significant reading assignments, graded papers, and comprehensive exams.
There is a two-day residency at St. Sophia’s at the end of each semester during which students take their exams, enjoy fellowship with faculty and other students, and participate in liturgical services.
This Distance Learning component satisfies the educational requirements for the diaconate. Students with significant graduate-level theological training can apply for an exemption to all or part of this component.
Short-Residency (weekend) Component
A three-year program, with two semesters each year and two three-credit hour courses being offered each semester (36 hours total).
Courses are taught one weekend a month (Friday afternoon- Sunday afternoon) in the seminar format with significant reading assignments, graded papers, and comprehensive exams.
During each weekend residency, students attend seminars, participate in liturgical services, and enjoy fellowship with faculty and other students.
Applicants for the Short-Residency program must either be enrolled in or already have completed the Distance component (or been exempted from it). Students completing all 72 hours will receive the Master of Divinity Degree. This degree satisfies the educational requirements for ordination to the priesthood. For those that do not hold a Baccalaureate Degree or its equivalent, a Licentiate of Divinity Degree (LDiv) is conferred instead of an MDiv.
It must be noted that acceptance into and graduation from this program does not guarantee or imply ordination.
Contact Fr. Anthony Perkins (401-762-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.stsuos.org for an application or more information.
Details of the Program