To provide an educational and/or vocational path for students who are interested in learning more about the Orthodox faith who do not already have an undergraduate degree and are interested in using their Orthodox faith as the foundation for their vocation. We also wish to provide a certificate track for students who are only seeking certification in a specific concentration. Certificate students are considered non-degree seeking.

Program Summary

A self-study, self-paced program where adult students take one course at a time. 

Theological Studies

The core curriculum of every degree requires the student to learn and engage with Orthodox theology, scripture, canons, dogma, liturgical theology, and spiritual life.


Concentrations exist for two purposes. The first purpose is for students to apply their theological learning in a potential vocational path, such as counseling. The second purpose is for certificate-seeking students who seek training and education in that concentration but are not degree-seeking. Each concentration is available as a standalone certificate tract. 

Current Concentration Available

Pastoral Care Ministry: The Pastoral Care Ministry concentration offers theory, theology, and application in the area of being present with people during their suffering. Areas of potential suffering include major life events such as the death of a loved one, miscarriage, depression, etc. Crisis scenarios are also included such as potential trauma situations: violence, home displacement, abuse, and disasters. This concentration gives an overview of specialty areas of helping professions to help the student discern future training in a specialized field. Some examples include counseling, first responder, and social work

Leadership: The Leadership concentration trains students for servant leadership as found in 1st Corinthians and prepares the student for leadership in all industries, both for-profit and nonprofit.

Biblical Studies: The Biblical Studies concentration takes students into typology, scriptural canon and interpretations, and the consistent approach of the Orthodox Church on scripture.

Tuition, Fees, and Finances

Every effort has been made for our students to graduate WITHOUT student loans. This is an important principle for this program.

Tuition structure is per course based on hours per course as explained below.

3  credit hours = $225

The estimated cost for tuition and fees for a student per year (30 credit hours) is $2,500. From freshman to senior, the total estimated cost for tuition for all coursework taken at St. Athanasius College is under $10,000. Course materials (textbooks and other required resources) are a maximum of $50 per course.

Continuing Studies

Due to the nature of being online, one course at a time, and self-paced, the college is an excellent option for adults who wish to finish their degree. 

Our structure provides a path for non-traditional students to obtain their degree without putting life on hold, especially for those further along in life. All students take one course at a time and are self-paced. 

Not only does our structure maximize comprehension and retention, but the financial structure also reduces the financial strain on the student. 

Others may already have a bachelor's degree but would like to increase their field of study in a particular concentration. Our structure allows the student to continue in their current vocation while taking courses and pursuing a diploma for one of our concentrations. This is helpful for adults who want to expand their skill set but are unable to attend school due to vocational/family commitments.



We are pursuing both domestic and international accreditation options. We fully expect to have accreditation before this first cohort of the program graduates. St. Athanasius is not required to have accreditation due to the California State Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, California Education Code (CEC) Section 94874 (e) of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).


Program Schedule

All courses are self-study, self-paced, one at a time to help working adults maximize their schedule and embrace the accelerated option of graduating early.

Degree Requirements


The degree will be awarded upon the completion of the degree requirements, which include:

  • A minimum of 120 semester credit hours in courses numbered 100 - 499.

  • Of the minimum total hours, 40 semester hours must be in upper-division courses (numbered 300 - 499).

  • Minimum GPA requirements for coursework in the major, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall in coursework completed at SAC.

  • Candidates for the bachelor's degree must complete at least 30 credits at SAC. A minimum of 20 of these credits must be completed in upper-division courses, and a minimum of 10 credits must be completed in courses in the student’s selected concentration.

  • Candidates for the BTh degree must complete at least 18 credit hours in upper-division theological studies. Up to 9 of the 18 credit hours may be obtained in alternate ways, such as through transfer credit, CLEP, the substitution of a major research paper, or in rare cases through advanced standing with proof of proficiency, pending the approval of the dean.

  • While enrolled, 75% or higher attendance in a monthly colloquium for student engagement and collaboration.

  • While enrolled, 50% or higher attendance at the parish council meeting of the student’s home parish during the senior year (for observation only, unless the student has appointed duties on the council). Written consent is required of the pastor.

  • The degree must be completed within a period of seven years, once begun.