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« on: July 24, 2007, 06:40:02 PM »

Is there an online / distance-learning program for an Orthodox seminary ?

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007, 07:00:22 PM »

The only one that I know of is The Orthodox Pastoral School, which is more of a certificate program than a program from an actual seminary. Also, while it is open to people from all jurisdictions, it is focused on Russian Orthodoxy so it might not be for everyone (e.g., I'm not sure how many people are interested in taking an entire class on the history and canonical status of ROCOR).
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007, 07:16:45 PM »

I think St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg has a correspondence option available, but don't quote me on it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2007, 07:36:12 PM »

There is always the St. Stephen's course through the AOA.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2007, 08:29:09 PM »

The St. Stephen's Course in Orthodox Theology is probably the best known. It takes three years. I believe the Antiochian Archdiocese has initiated a program whereby graduates of the St. Stephen's Course can continue their studies and ultimately receive a Masters Degree in Applied Orthodox Theology (in cooperation with St. John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in Lebanon). http://www.antiochian.org/638

There's also St. Athanasius Academy's Orthodox Theology Correspondence Study Program. http://www.saaot.edu/index.php

And the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is currently developing a correspondence course in cooperation with all the Metropolitans and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. In one or two Metropolises, the program is already in beta form.

Not sure there are any that are 100 percent online. Something for the future, eh?
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2007, 11:25:51 PM »

Just stay away from this school:  the St. Elias School of Orthodox Theology in Seward, Nebraska.  Someone else came here a few weeks ago to warn us about them.  They're run by a vagante sect.
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2007, 11:45:06 PM »

Peter,

I hadn't seen that one before! It has some interesting stuff on it. I could get my doctorate for $5000... sweet! Grin  Cheesy I also liked this part...

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Religious accrediting agencies are recognized by various religions and Christian jurisdictions which have no supreme central office here on earth, as their authority is founded on spiritual grounds. The State or any civil government is not superior to the Church. The Church does not need approval from the secular world. Civil authorities should not be dictating standards of Christian education, in much the same way as a police officer would not be directing the worship of God. Theological Seminaries should not be accredited by accrediting associations that are "recognized" by an agency of the federal government, because it is contrary to the principle of "Separation of Church and State", indicated by Christ when He said, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" (Mark 12:17)...
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2007, 11:52:33 PM »

WOW!
IERA SUNODOS DIASPORAS AMERIKHS G.O.C.

Holy Synod for the American Diaspora of True Orthodox Christians

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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2007, 09:55:50 AM »

Thanks, everyone, for your responses !
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2007, 05:17:33 PM »

No one mentioned Joensuu University, and their Approbatur program in Orthodoxy Theology (through the Orthodox Church of Finland) http://tkk.joensuu.fi/avoin/opiskelu/verkko-opinnot/orthod/
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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2010, 03:07:32 PM »

I never considered looking at an online university for my undergraduate studies. It ended up being the best decision I ever made.
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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2010, 04:26:31 PM »

Depends on what you want to do with the degree. If you want to be a chaplain whether VA or Military you need an MDiv from an accredited Orthodox Seminary and the only ones that I know of are St Vlad's, St Tikhon's, and Holy Cross. Unfortunately the accrediting agency, ATS, does not allow for 100% online/distance ed.
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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2010, 02:44:44 AM »

I was researching online seminaries for quite some time and finally settled on Reformed Theological Seminary's Virtual Master's program (60 credits). It has a very good reputation academically and is fully accredited. I am only in my 1st semester there but so far so good. The program seems well thought out and the admin staffs have been very good to work with. You can complete the entire program through distance learning except for two on-campus seminars at the beginning and end of the program.
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2010, 04:37:44 PM »

I was researching online seminaries for quite some time and finally settled on Reformed Theological Seminary's Virtual Master's program (60 credits). It has a very good reputation academically and is fully accredited. I am only in my 1st semester there but so far so good. The program seems well thought out and the admin staffs have been very good to work with. You can complete the entire program through distance learning except for two on-campus seminars at the beginning and end of the program.

The school is definitely not an Orthodox seminary.
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« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2010, 06:01:14 PM »

Depends on what you want to do with the degree. If you want to be a chaplain whether VA or Military you need an MDiv from an accredited Orthodox Seminary and the only ones that I know of are St Vlad's, St Tikhon's, and Holy Cross. Unfortunately the accrediting agency, ATS, does not allow for 100% online/distance ed.

Hey, I was going to say that too.   And that I think ATS is right about accrediting online degrees.  Being in Seminary is not just about academic learning it is also about participating in all the services every day.
Plus, living in residence gives the church an opportunity to have a character analysis of the seminarian.  Very important.
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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2010, 06:03:42 PM »

I never considered looking at an online university for my undergraduate studies. It ended up being the best decision I ever made.
Are you sure this school is accredited by CHEA?
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