Theological Distance Learning Seminary




(Priestly Studies Program)



The Priestly Studies Program is designed for candidates to Holy Orders and others interested in advanced theological training who, due to personal circumstances, cannot commit to full-time residency. It is also meant to provide theological coursework tailored for the specific needs of the Orthodox Archdiocese of St. Julius (extablished in 1995 by the Patriarchate of Kiev). The Hierarchs of the Orthodox Archdiocese of St. Julius and Classis have directed that enrollment and completion of this program is obligatory for all candidates for ordination to the Diaconate and Priesthood.  Students are accepted from all jurisdictions with the agreement of their Hierarchs.

The registration and participation in the courses is totally free. There will be a selection at the beginning of the courses through a TEST FOR ADMISSION IN MASTER IN DIVINITY.

To subscribe, please send an email to the following address: archdiocese.stjulius@gmail.com or elearning.stjulius@gmail.com attaching the “Application Form” (modulo_iscrizione_seminario_on_line) properly filled in all its parts, and that you can download in this page . All exams will be considered valid only if the score is above 80%. Every single examination may be repeated only 3 times. In case of no exceedance of the third Test, contact your tutor through the platform or the Archdiocese via Email just been provided (elearning.stjulius@gmail.com).


Distance Learning Component

The first component of the Master of Divinity degree is the Saint Julius Distance Learning program.  This component consists of guided study, the writing of scholarly papers, and a comprehensive exam. Students are required to pass their exams (e-learning). 

The Admission Test offers the opportunity to demonstrate one’s basic knowledge to begin theological studies. The mastering of the admission test with a score that exceeds 80% will give one the opportunity to access the theological courses for free. The test can be taken 3 times. With success in the course, the student will receive an online certificate of approval. The certificate will have the logo of the training platform and the Orthodox Archdiocese of Saint Julius Island and Classis. The receipt of this certificate will be considered valid and compulsory for obtaining the recognition of final exams and an official certificate from the Colorado Orthodox Academy (after a direct control from the Staff of the C.O.A.).

At the end of each week of study, students will take a test (scrolling the mouse on the “verification” button); without passing the test, students will not be authorized to proceed with the conclusion of the course and then they cannot make the final Test.

Each test will be considered passed if students have exceeded 80% of applications.

Again it should be noted that the participation in the course is totally free.

Students will have the right to obtain for each over the final Test, three different certificates:

1) Certificate of Overcoming of the course by the Study Platform  in pdf (free);

2) Official Certificate of the Archdiocese of St. Julius (free)

3) Certificate of Theological Academy of Colorado, writing directly to the Office of Denver (USA), at the following address (around 30,00 USD to optain the original Pergamena from the COA):


and following the rules listed here:

http: // corthodoxa.wixsite.com/co-orthodoxacademy

see the following link for the course calendar of the Orthodox Academy Colorado: 



Seminarians who have advanced theological training may be exempted from all or part of the Distance Learning component.  This will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

The Distance Learning component satisfies the educational requirements for ordination to the Holy Diaconate.

Great emphasis is placed on extensive preparatory reading of assigned texts and the regular presentation of written assignments when classes are convened on the e learning platform.

Together, the Distance Learning component and approved alternative) and the Short-Residency Component confer the Master of Divinity in Priestly Studies (MDiv) and satisfy the educational requirements for the priesthood.



The completion of the Distance Learning Component or the equivalent at another seminary will qualify the candidate academically for ordination to the Holy Diaconate. The completion of the therd year of Master of Divinity Degree will qualify the candidate academically for ordination to the Holy Priesthood. There is an additional requirement for the Holy Priesthood of one full year post-MDiv degree serving as a Deacon in a parish assignment.

Distance Learning Component

(Fall Semester) Credits (Spring Semester) Credits
BIB 101: Intro to OT 3 BIB 102: Intro to NT 3
CH 201: Patristics I 3 CCL 102: Canon Law 1 3
Total Credits 6 Total Credits 6
(Fall Semester) Credits (Spring Semester) Credits
BIB 201: OT Prophets & Wisdom 3 BIB 202: NT Epistles & Acts 3
THEO 101: Dogmatic Theol I 3 CH 202: Patristics II 3
Total Credits 6 Total Credits 6
(Fall Semester) Credits (Spring Semester) Credits
PPM 364: Intro to Pastoral Care 3 PPM 372: Canon Law 2 3
CH 301: CHURCH HISTORY I 3 CH 304: Ukrainian Ch Hist II 3
Total Credits 6 Total Credits 6

To subscribe, just write an Email to the following address: archdiocese.stjulius@gmail.com and it will send you all the instructions for registration and free attendance of the courses. At the end of each exam taken, it will be given a official certificates, which will have a value even if performed individually. The exams will be held incurred only if the score exceeds 80%.