Board of Trustees Approves Dual Degree Program
At its recent Spring meeting, the Board of Trustees of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary unanimously voted to implement and promote the dual BA/MDiv degree program. The Seminary has been authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its accrediting agency, The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), to offer this 5 year program which will permit a candidate to complete his undergraduate requirements and to satisfy the academic requirements for the Master of Divinity degree.
The Board authorized the Dean and Chief Operating Officer, V. Rev. Alexander Atty, to actively promote this program to interested candidates who meet the entrance requirements for the successful completion of the dual degrees. Eligible candidates for both degrees will have already completed some required undergraduate courses and will be able to apply those credits toward the completion of the dual degree program. It is expected that BA/MDiv candidates will spend a minimum of 5 years at the seminary campus, completing their priestly formation requirements, as well as the academic requirements of both degrees. The two degrees, the Bachelor of Arts in Orthodox Theology and the Master of Divinity degrees will be awarded together at the completion of all requirements for both degrees.
Father Atty was especially pleased that the Board initiated and is promoting this program. As he has been traveling around the country, representing St. Tikhon’s Seminary, he has been meeting many young Orthodox men with a calling to the Priesthood and appropriate Orthodox Theological formation, who will benefit from the availability of such a program. Interested individuals should contact the Seminary for more information.