All applicants must submit a complete application to the following address:

Registrar, Antiochian House of Studies
Attn: MTh in Pastoral Care & Counseling Program
385 Ivy Lane, Bergenfield, NJ 07621-4598

In addition, applicants are required to send a duplicate electronic copy of the complete application to the program director at Please note that no application will be considered unless a full duplicate electronic copy is sent to this email address.

A complete application package for the MTh in Pastoral Care & Counseling program consists of the following 6 items:

  1. a completed application cover sheet (next page in this catalogue);
  2. a recent passport-style photograph of the applicant;
  3. a 2,500-word autobiographical sketch capturing important dimensions of one’s own personal journey (theological, psychological, spiritual, social/familial, etc.);
  4. a general statement of interest for application to the program;
  5. evidence of successful completion of an accredited baccalaureate degree;
  6. FOR LAYPERSONS, a letter of reference from a pastor; FOR CLERGY, a letter from the applicant’s bishop or pertinent ecclesiastical authority;
  7. a non-refundable application fee of $75 by check or money order payable to: “The Antiochian Archdiocese,” and designated for “Antiochian House of Studies.”

Please see the catalog document for a sample application cover sheet.