The Antiochian House of Studies (AHOS) was established in 1980, under the aegis of the ancient and unbroken tradition of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, with the express purpose of offering a theological education to as broad a public as possible. For over 35 years, through its unique distance-learning framework, AHOS has offered programs of theological study for Orthodox Christians and others to increase their knowledge of the faith and to acquire practical skills in support of their work in the Church. For more about the history of AHOS, please see Our History. Today, as an internationally renowned program of Orthodox theological study, AHOS offers three graduate theological degrees as well as a non-degree certificate program. In addition, the faculty and resources of AHOS contribute significantly to the D.Min. Program with Eastern Christian Focus offered by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
AHOS currently offers the following programs of study:
• St. Stephen’s Certificate in Orthodox Theology (non-degree program)
• M.Th. in Applied Orthodox Theology
• M.Th. in Pastoral Care & Counseling
• Ph.D. in Orthodox Studies
In the nearly 40 years since the inception of AHOS, its programs of study have offered specialized academic training on a professional level to thousands of students from all over the world, representing all Orthodox Christian jurisdictions as well as students from the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant denominations including Lutheran, Episcopal, Evangelical, Methodist, Baptist, the Church of England, and many more.
The mission of the Antiochian House of Studies is to prepare pastors and lay-servants of the Church for bearing witness to the healing and regenerating love of Jesus Christ in the world. Each program of study, therefore, strives to convey the ascetico-theological vision of the Christian way of life, as expressed in the Holy Scriptures, Worship and Tradition of the Orthodox Church.
AHOS Master’s degrees are granted in partnership with the Saint John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in Lebanon, and are internationally accredited by the Commission for Higher Learning of the Republic of Lebanon.
Additionally, the Master of Theology in Pastoral Care & Counseling is professionally accredited as a Level-One Pastoral Counseling Training Center by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and also by the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (in partnership with the Spiritual Care Association) to independently offer Level One Clinical Pastoral Education.
On September 1, 2017, the Antiochian House of Studies initiated the process of accreditation with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).