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Religious Educator Program

A religious educator is a teacher and theologian who plays a key role in the life of the Church and in its future development. An educator inspires and stimulates clergy and laity to deepen their understanding and to relate their faith to the world outside the Church. Therefore, an educator must have an in-depth understanding of the Church’s tradition, as well as the tools which will allow him or her to communicate that understanding to others. Students on this program receive a theological education at master’s level with a focus on Eastern Christian Studies, at Stockholm School of Theology. In addition, they learn how to create a safe and stimulating learning environment within a Church congregation or a diocese and how to encourage participation in the life of the Church by clergy and lay members. The successful student will be well equipped to help the Church to meet the challenges it faces today. The program can be taken over two years (for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a theological or a biblical subject) or over three years (for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a subject within the humanities other than theology).

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Quick Facts

Length: 2 or 3 years, 120 ECTS credits

Study Pace: Full-time (100%)

Teaching Hours: Daytime, certain weekends and evenings
Type of Instruction: On-campus
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Campus Södertälje & Campus Bromma

Level: Seminary – Post secondary school level &
University – Second cycle

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola and Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm)

To be eligible to be admitted to the program, an applicant must either have a bachelor’s degree in theology/religious studies, comprising 180 ECTS credits or a degree in another subject as part of which they have taken religious studies or theological courses worth at least 60 credits, including a thesis of at least 15 credits. At least 15 credits should be in Eastern Christian Studies or an equivalent subject area within religious studies studied at an advanced level. Students with other relevant subjects or an equivalent foreign degree may be admitted on the basis of individual assessment and examination.
Students may also be admitted to later parts of the program (61-120 ECTS credits) on the basis of a special application, provided that the relevant prerequisites are met.
Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify proficiency in English, are required to take an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.


Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is a citizen of Sweden or another EU country or who have been granted permission to live in Sweden. Students must be registered as living in Sweden.

Students at Stockholm School of Theology are not required to pay tuition fees if they are citizens of Sweden, of another EU country or if they have been granted permission to live in Sweden. The information about tuition fee for other international students is available on  https://ehs.se/tuition-fees.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola: Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this program is SEK 1200 per semester.

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