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Certificate in Pastoral Studies (On-Campus)


The Certificate in Pastoral Studies (HEGIS 5623) is designed for the Orthodox Christians who wish to undergo theological, spiritual, and pastoral formation in preparation for the service to the Orthodox Church but cannot or are unwilling to enroll in a full Bachelor of Theology program.  The objective of the program is to provide basic theological and pastoral training to the candidates wishing to serve the Orthodox Church as priests, deacons, minor clergy or lay leaders, or to those who wish to enrich their theological education and ecclesial life.  

Application Requirements

Application requirements and tuition are the same as for the Bachelor of Theology. All classes are taught in English and must be completed on-campus, and a distance study option is not provided.  

Course Requirements

The program requires a completion of 68 credit hours, normally over the course of four semesters.  The courses included in this Certificate program include survey courses in the Scriptures, liturgics, systematic theology, and church history.  The language courses are not required by this program.


Term: Fall of the First Year

  1. BIBLE-331 Old Testament I (3 credits)
  2. BIBLE-333 New Testament I (3 credits)
  3. LITURG-241 Liturgics I (4 credits)
  4. PHILO 365-Byzantine Philosophy (3 credits)
  5. HIST-419 Church History I (3 credits)

Term: Fall of the Second Year

  1. PATR-435 Patrology (3 credits)
  2. THEO-448 Comparative Theology (3 credits)
  3. THEO-417 Homiletics I (1 credit)
  4. THEO-443 Liturgical Theology (3 credits)
  5. THEO-453 Pastoral Theology I (3 credits)

Term: Spring of the First Year

  1. BIBLE-332 Old Testament I (3 credits)
  2. BIBLE-334 New Testament I (3 credits)
  3. LITURG-242 Liturgics II (4 credits)
  4. THEO-352 Dogmatic Theology (3 credits)
  5. HIST-420 Church History II (3 credits)

Term: Spring of the Second Year

  1. HIST-226 Russian Church History II (3 credits)
  2. THEO-425 Canon Law (3 credits)
  3. THEO-454 Pastoral Theology II (3 credits)
  4. THEO-456 Moral Theology (3 credits)
  5. THEO-418 Homiletics II (1 credit)

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