Applications for all programs are now online. Apply here.

Applying to the St. Stephen’s Certificate program
Deadline: August 15 of each year.
The following is required as part of the online application:
• Recent full-face photograph of the applicant
• Statement of the reason for application to the program
• Brief autobiography with an emphasis on church activities
• Letter from the applicant’s pastor
• Non-refundable application fee of $75 (seventy-five U.S. dollars).

Applying to a Master’s degree program
Deadline: August 15 of each year.
The following is required as part of the online application:
• Recent full-face photograph of the applicant
• Statement of the reason for application to the program
• For MTh in Applied Orthodox Theology, a brief autobiography with an emphasis on church activities. For MTh in Pastoral Care & Counseling, a 2,500-word autobiographical sketch capturing important dimensions of one’s own personal journey (theological, psychological, spiritual, social/familial, etc.)
• Evidence of successful completion of an accredited baccalaureate degree
• Letter from the applicant’s pastor, or FOR ALL CLERGY, a letter from the applicant’s bishop or pertinent ecclesiastical authority
• Non-refundable application fee of $75 (seventy-five U.S. dollars)

Applying to the PhD program:
Deadline: PhD program applications are accepted biennially, with the next application deadline of February 28, 2020.
The following is required as part of the online application:
CV / Résumé. This includes personal details with a history of your education, research and employment to date.
Personal statement. In not more than 1,000 words, the personal statement is an autobiographical account outlining the major events in one’s life.
Description of Research Interests. A brief outline of applicant’s area of interest for research, not more than 500 words.
Two samples of academic work written in English, of approximately 2,000 words each, including notes, but not including bibliography.
Three academic references. References should be written in the traditional way, sent preferably as email attachments, and arrive in a timely manner, before the deadline.
Academic transcripts and degree certificates. Please have the granting institution send certified transcripts directly to AHOS with official English translations, if applicable.
Certificate of proficiency in the English language, if applicable. See English Language Requirements on p. 116 of AHOS Catalog.
Non-refundable application fee of $75 (seventy-five U.S. dollars).

PhD Admissions Requirements
Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Orthodox Studies typically requires a graduate degree specifically related to the candidate’s area of research. A Master’s degree in Theology (MTh), Divinity (MDiv) or Religious Studies, is preferred. However, graduates of other academic disciplines may be admitted to the Ph.D. Program upon completion of such bridging courses as are deemed necessary by the Admissions Committee.

PhD English Language Requirements: Ph.D. applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English. This can be either an IELTS score of 7.0, a TOEFL score of 100 iBT, or a Cambridge CPE at grade C. English language requirements may be waived if the applicant is a graduate of a recognized university whose language of instruction is English.

PhD Ancient Language Requirements: Ph.D. applicants who do not have proficiency in Ancient or Biblical Greek must acquire a sufficient knowledge of Greek by the end of the second year of the Ph.D. Program. Ancient or Biblical Greek is a prerequisite for the AHOS Ph.D. in Orthodox Studies, in addition to which one other ancient tongue is required, such as Latin, Syriac, Hebrew, Coptic, Armenian, Slavonic, Georgian, Arabic.

PhD Modern Language Requirements: Proficiency is also required in at least one modern language other than English. French and German are strongly recommended, but proficiency in other modern languages might also be acceptable, depending on the character of the proposed topic of research.

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