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Successful completion of this program prepares the student theologically for ordination to the diaconate and other ministry-related vocations. Graduation does not guarantee ordination or job placement. All decisions regarding ordination remain with the student's jurisdictional hierarchy. If a student is seeking ordination, we highly recommend confirming with the respective hierarchy before enrolling.

Completion Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (15 of the 60 must be completed at SAAOT).

  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

  • Completion of four field education projects (practicum).

Below is a list of required courses for the Associate program. The courses listed below add up to 56 credit hours. This allows for one elective at the end of module two and one elective at the end of module four OR the student may transfer in two liberal arts courses. Click HERE for our course catalog. All courses are taken one at a time in the order prescribed below and are self-paced except for the Practicum classes which are taken concurrently during that module. Eventually, each course will be hyperlinked to the syllabus so that you can know what to expect before beginning the course.

Module 1 - 1st Semester

  • PC 101: Practicum, Introduction to Project Management (syllabus)

  • ENG 101: English Composition I (syllabus)

  • SG 101: Salvation & Spiritual Growth (syllabus)

  • TH 101: The Incarnation (syllabus)

  • CHST 101: Pentecost to 313 (syllabus)


​Module 2 - 2nd Semester

  • PC 102: Practicum (syllabus)

  • TH 102: The Use of the Holy Scriptures in the Orthodox Church (syllabus)

  • SG 102: Humility & Spiritual Guidance (syllabus)

  • LTS 101: Introduction to the Divine Liturgy (syllabus)

  • CHST 102: The Seven Ecumenical Councils


Module 3 - 3rd Semester

  • PC 201: Practicum (syllabus)

  • PHL 102: Introduction to Critical Thinking

  • SG 201: Grace & Mercy (syllabus)

  • LTS 201: The Sanctification of Time (syllabus)

  • TH 201: The Theology of Presence


Module 4 - 4th Semester

  • PC 202: Practicum (syllabus)

  • MATH 201: Personal Finance

  • LTS 202: The Sanctification of Life - Sacraments

  • CHST 202: American Civil Religion

  • TH 202: Foundations of Orthodox Christian Ethics (syllabus)

Once per module, the student will select, perform, and report on a project related to the Orthodox faith and the student's interest or skillset, all with the help and guidance of a faculty member.


Students may transfer up to 45 qualified credit hours into the degree program (review and approval of the dean required).

Online Learning

To assist students in having an efficient and productive education at St. Athanasius College, we have created a free PDF file about online learning. Click HERE to download for free.

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Are you interested in a specific course, or maybe just a handful? Our automated enrollment process allows you to select the specific courses you are interested in.

Please review the annotated Course Catalog below to decide which classes you are interested in. Class descriptions begin on page four. All classes are self-paced and one at a time, even for students not seeking graduation.

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