The Byzantine Catholic Seminary offers two programs of Theological study: The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.T.) Degrees. Seminarians are generally enrolled in the M.Div. Program. However, for those seminarians who are deacons, who have been through a deacon formation program, and who have been serving proficiently in the diaconate for an adequate number of years, a special two-year M.A.T.-Ministerial Leadership program may be employed at the discretion of the seminarian’s ordinary. Those who are not in formation for holy orders enroll in the standard M.A.T. program.
All classes are assessed for educational effectiveness of teaching and learning. Given the unique sending process of the Byzantine Catholic Church, 100% of graduating M.Div students and M.A.T.-Ministerial Leadership students who are ordained to the priesthood are assigned immediate parish placement, usually as parochial vicars or administrators. Within two to five years they are usually appointed as pastors.
Since the inception of the Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.T.) program in 2003, 29 students, both men and women, have enrolled and 8 have successfully received their degrees. Most are actively employed in theologically relevant fields, including teaching and chaplaincy. Others are using their degrees to further their work as lay leaders in the parish.
Enrollment in the M.A.T. program increased significantly following September 2017 when the Byzantine Catholic Seminary launched a fully online M.A.T. curriculum which seamlessly integrates content, goals and outcomes from the on-campus program to a distance learning format. Of the 29 M.A.T. students since 2003, 17 of those are online students. Of these, four are set to graduate in December 2019, our first online M.A.T. graduates.
The Byzantine Catholic Seminary also offers a Certificate of Eastern Christian Studies for adult and ongoing learners. This non-degree, fully online program has resulted in nearly 100 unique registrations from individuals in the United States and as far away as Australia, Canada, and Mexico. Since its inception in 2010, seven individuals have completed the non-credit Certificate of Eastern Christian Studies and 20 others are in the process of completing the certificate.
Generally, our graduates have assessed their program at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary as very effective in developing their ability to think theologically with enhanced knowledge of Christian philosophy, ethics, Church doctrine, and history, and developing their ability to relate social issues to faith, to preach well, and to use and interpret Sacred Scripture.