There are opportunities for Distance Education in the Orthodox Church. This is almost certainly NOT an exhaustive list.
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A new 100% online theological academy, with students in 24 countries, offering a Diploma of Orthodox Theological Studies, courses available in English and Arabic, which also works as a thorough diaconal preparation course, and has as its purpose the academic preparation, and theological formation of men and women for service in the Orthodox Church. Non-Diploma students are welcome, and Continuing Education for clergy is also mentioned.
This well known and acknowledged program is a standard for those seeking ordination as deacons in the Antiochian Church and among heterodox clergy who desire to prepare for ordination to the Orthodox priesthood. It is an excellent course. It is not an online course. Be prepared for a lot of reading and writing, and an annual project for each of the three years of the program.
The Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College offers fully online Orthodox Masters of Divinity (MDiv), Masters of Theological Studies (MTS), and Post-Baccalaureate Certificates. Based within the Toronto School of Theology, the University of Toronto’s world-renowned graduate theological school, the Orthodox School of Theology welcomes students from across North America and around the world from all Eastern and Oriental Orthodox backgrounds, preparing Orthodox Christians for ordained church ministry, lay leadership, counselling, chaplaincy, and other roles within the church. Non-credit auditors are also welcome to take courses for faith and theological development.
Offering diplomas in Pastoral Theology and Orthodox Studies, the Pastoral School of the Chicago and Mid-America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia provides a sixty (60) credit program of study leading to a Diploma in Pastoral Theology (PTh.D), and a forty-two (42) credit program leading to a diploma in Orthodox Studies (OS.D).