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Non-Conjoint Diplomas & Certificates

The Diploma Programs offer flexibility in course selection. Ten units of study constitute each diploma program. A student has a maximum of eight years within which to complete all requirements of the program on a full-time or part-time basis.

Admission Requirements for all Diploma Programs

  • A bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, with at least a C standing, although a limited number of qualified mature students without a bachelor’s degree are admitted.
  • Official transcripts of previous studies sent directly to the Faculty by the granting institutions.
  • Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the Faculty by those writing the letters.
  • A “Letter of Intent” from the applicant.
  • Payment of a non-refundable application fee.

The Sheptytsky Institute offers primarily graduate university degree programs in Eastern Christian Studies.

At this level, there are two professional (pastorally oriented) basic degrees: M.Div. and M.T.S., with an emphasis on Eastern Christianity, as well as two research-oriented advanced degrees: the M.A. and the Ph.D. Sheptytsky Institute professors teach in four general areas of specialization: Spirituality-Doctrine, Liturgical Studies, Historical Studies, and Ecumenism and Eastern Christianity.

Some courses are offered online as distance education through videoconference.

Purpose/Goal
The Diploma in Eastern Christian Studies is designed to provide a broad
theological, historical, and pastoral grounding in the Eastern Christian tradition.

Five required foundational courses:
Introduction to the New Testament
Introduction to the Old Testament
Foundations of Eastern Christian Theology SMT1104H
General Introduction to the Eastern Churches SMJ161HF
Early Church History to 843

Remaining courses:
Five elective courses, at least one course from each of the following categories (please note this list is exemplary not exhaustive).  It is highly recommended that students consult with the Programs Coordinator regarding course selection.

Category 1: Theology
The Three-Personed God: Eastern Christian Perspectives SMT2215H
Christ the Savior: Eastern Christian Perspectives SMT2210H
Introduction to Eastern Christian Ethics SMT2944H
Eastern Christian Doctrines RGT3563

Category 2: History
Eastern Christian Ecclesiology
History of Eastern Christianity RGH3430
Canon Law and the Church SMP2721H

Category 3: Liturgy
Byzantine Eucharistic Liturgy SMT3451
Introduction to Eastern Christian Worship SMP1102H
Byzantine Christian Sacraments SMT2141H
Introduction to Byzantine Liturgy

Category 4: Spirituality
Explorations in Eastern Christian Spirituality SMP2271H
Theology and Spirituality of Icons RGH3755

*At least 50% of all courses applied to the graduate diploma must be St. Michael’s courses.

If you would like to learn more about the Diploma in Eastern Christian Studies or would like some information about applying, please click the contact button above.