Frequently Asked Questions


Prospective Student FAQ’s

How do I apply?

Go to http://actslibrary.org/admissions/acts-application/ and fill out an application and pay the application fee (50$). Once submitted your application will be reviewed within 5-10 business days. 

What do I need to apply?

A completed application for the MTS program consists of the following:
+ Online application form
+ Application fee of $50
+ Essay—500 words. (essay prompt will be provided in application form.)

You may upload the following at this time (however it is not required):

+ Undergraduate Transcript
+ Copy of Diploma
+ Résumé or curriculum vitae
+ Two letters of recommendation

What do I need to provide prior to graduation?

+ Undergraduate Transcript
+ Copy of Diploma
+ Résumé or curriculum vitae
+ Two letters of recommendation

When can I enroll in courses after I apply?

If you have applied and been accepted before the add/drop date of the current semester you can enroll and start courses immediately. Otherwise you will have to wait until registration has opened for the next semester of courses.

Do I have to have a Bachelor level degree to take courses?

If you are concurrently enrolled in an undergraduate program while taking courses with ACTS please provide us a copy of your unofficial transcript for verification. If you have neither obtained your bachelors nor are concurrently enrolled in an undergraduate program you may take courses for personal enrichment only.

Is St. Athanasius and St. Cyril coptic Orthodox Theological School accredited?

Not at this time.

Do you have on campus living?

Not at this time.  However all of our courses can be completed virtually, except for our week-long intensives and our study abroad courses. Students who are interested in attending an intensive are encouraged to book accommodations at any number of local hotels.

What degree(s) does ACTS offer?

Master of Theological Studies

How much does the MTS cost?

~$7,600 with the 2017-2018 tuition pricing (including fees, not including books)

$600 X 12, + $50 app, + $50x 3 terms (assuming completion in 1 year)

Please click here for more information on tuition & fees.

What courses are required for the Master of Theology degree?

Please visit here.

What is the workload for 1 course?

Approximately 48 hours of lectures plus additional time for self study, assignments, and readings (typically spread over 16 weeks)

How many hours per week?

Our standard courses typically have 3 hours of lecture per week, intensives and self paced courses are unique, see course description(s) for more information

Can the degree be completed online?

Yes, 100%.

What courses do you offer?

Please visit here for our current course offerings.

Does ACTS accept transfer credits?

Transfer credits are evaluated on a case by case basis by the Chief Academic Officer. At a minimum, transfer credits must come from an accredited institution, the courses must be at the graduate level and the student must supply all information including transcript, course descriptions, syllabi, and any other requested information.

How can I audit a course?

Register for the course as an auditor, pay a $400 flat fee, gain access to all materials without submitting any assignments or taking any exams. This is for personal enrichment only and will not count towards a degree.

Additional questions?

Email Registrar@actslibrary.org

Current Student FAQ

How do I register for classes?

Once you have applied and been accepted to the school you will obtain a Populi login (student portal). In that student portal, when registration is open, an alert on your dashboard will say “Registration is now open” please click on it and add the courses you wish to take, once you are finished make sure to click “Save Changes”. An email alert will be sent confirming your enrollment.

How do I access the library?

Current students please email Registrar@actslibrary.org for the form to fill out. Once completed, students will receive a library card from the Claremont School of Theology (our partner) and you will have access to the books and databases within CST as well as their partnerships around the world.

I would like to drop past the add/drop date, how can this be accomplished?

Please visit our Academic Calendar for important deadlines.

I need an extension on my course work, how do I do this?

Please contact your professor, it is at their full discretion to allow extensions.

Billing & Financial Assistance

How do I pay my bill?

Once you have an invoice, an email alert will be sent to you, please login to your ACTS Populi account:

Click through the following:

“My Profile” > “Financial” > “Pay Now”

Financial aid?

Please visit here.

Scholarships?

Please visit here.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes please click here for more information