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The primary emphasis of the Seminary academic program is on graduate theological and professional training leading to conferral of the Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree in Orthodox Theology. It has always been the policy of St. Tikhon's Seminary, however, to also provide theological training to those who have not yet completed their college education. The advantages of taking Postsecondary courses at the Seminary prior to completing undergraduate studies are numerous and deserve emphasis: with an ambiguous societal morality and unbelief as widespread as they are in today's world, it is vitally important for the young Orthodox Christian to learn the Church's view of life first, in order to be better prepared to confront the challenge of competing philosophies and world views on the college campus, and thus bear a fuller and more effective Christian witness. Possessing the highest standard of truth, the student can extract the greatest benefit from later college level work. This open-door policy is maintained with no reduction in the quality of essential religious training. Numerous graduates of St. Tikhon's Seminary without prior bachelor degrees have successfully transferred into college programs of their choice.

Although the primary function of St. Tikhon's Seminary is to provide a theological education for those preparing for the Priesthood, the School understands that many individuals choose to participate in a formal theological program for fulfillment of other needs. Therefore, St. Tikhon's Seminary continues to support all honorable reasons for Seminary enrollment and class participation. St. Tikhon's Seminary will consider for admission all qualified applicants who desire to prepare for Priesthood in the Orthodox Church, as well as those who aspire to academic and spiritual growth and enrichment for the purpose of Church service in the fields of religious education, Church music, religious secretarial work, social service, missions, administration, and other related fields.

She Who is Quick to Hear<br> from Mt Athos
She Who is Quick to Hear
from Mt Athos
She Who is Quick to Hear
from Mt Athos

Entrance Requirements

The applicant must give evidence that he is prepared to undertake successfully the programs of study offered by the Seminary. This evidence, provided by the credentials and other documentation required with the application, is submitted to the Board of Admissions for action. The Seminary reserves the right at any time to refuse to admit or cancel the registration of any applicant who in the judgment of the Seminary Administration and Faculty lacks the necessary spiritual, religious, or mental ability or maturity of character, or physical strength and endurance, to successfully pursue the demands of academic and spiritual life. To be considered a candidate for admission, the applicant must submit to the Office of Admissions the following documents and information with the Application Form:

  • a recent photograph (passport size or similar);
  • a certified copy of the Record of Baptism and/or Chrismation;
  • a completed Health Examination Form;
  • if you are not applying for admission to the M. Div. Program, the results of the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). This requirement is waived for M. Div. applicants (more about the SAT);
  • evidence of proficiency in the English language at an academic level; while all applicants whose native language is not English are tested by the Seminary for English language proficiency, it is strongly recommended that TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores (500 for the M. Div. program) be forwarded to the Seminary at the time of your application. (more about the TOEFL );
  • letters of reference from the applicant's Bishop and parish Pastor, to be sent directly to the Seminary;
  • two additional letters of reference from individuals (other than relatives) who can write specifically about the applicant's personal, academic and vocational qualifications, to be sent directly to the Seminary;
  • a brief biographical essay indicating reasons for application, interests, and professional background;
  • a non-refundable $15.00 Application Fee;
  • official transcripts of all academic work since High School, sent directly to St. Tikhon's Seminary . If the applicant does not possess Baccalaureate Degree (B.A., B.S., etc.) from a North American college or university, the High School transcript must be sent as well. If you are currently a College Senior, please have a current transcript forwarded, and a supplementary transcript showing receipt of the Degree.

Download Application Materials.

Mid-year admissions

Many of the courses at the Seminary form part of a two-semester sequence (the prior semester constituting a prerequisite for the latter) which begins in the Fall Semester. In addition, an orientation program for new students is conducted only in the Fall Semester. For these reasons, admissions are not normally permitted in the Spring Semester. In very rare cases, however, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Seminary Board of Admissions.


A student formerly enrolled at St. Tikhon's Seminary who wishes to re-enroll must submit, in writing, a formal request for readmission to the Rector and the Seminary Board of Admissions.

The personal and academic information supplied by the applicant forms an essential part of the admissions process. Failure to make written disclosure of all information solicited on the Application Form or misrepresentation of the information supplied constitutes a prima facie basis for denial of admission. If such omissions or misrepresentations come to light after initial admission and are reasonably believed to cast doubt upon the candidates suitability for seminary study, the applicant will be subject to dismissal from the Seminary.

It also is important that all applicants know that various canonical impediments to ordination exist. Applicants should thus recognize that fulfillment of Seminary academic requirements does not constitute an automatic basis for ordination into the Holy Orders of the Orthodox Church, since, according to canonical rule, this right is reserved only for the appropriate Diocesan Bishop.


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   Post Office Box 130
   South Canaan, PA 18459

   Phone:  570-561-1818
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