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Can I buy a doctorate?

from: David

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May I purchase a "Doctorate in Divinity" from your organization?

The Patriarch replies:


We are not in the business of selling degrees. I think that if we started doing so, it would devalue the free degrees we provide to members and clergy. It would also hurt our credibility.

We do issue a doctorate (and your requested Doctorate in Divinity is one of the options) to members of our clergy who subsequently qualify as Bishops, but the process to become a Bishop (or equivalent) is designed to discourage application by anyone except the dedicated and sincere. And the process is made more difficult each time there is a successful application.

If you really need an "instant" degree, through a simple web search you can find numerous diploma mills which will be only too happy to take your money

Best wishes