Of course, there IS an Orthodox education program that was ran as a Certificate for years; none other than the original St. Stephen's Course from Antiochian House of Studies. It's the pioneering correspondence course; they offer a top-up MTh from University of Balamand (accredited in Lebanon). It seems like they, too, are entering the degree-granting game and now offer a PhD, as well as applying for accreditation from ATS (ambitious!). https://tahos.org/ For an Orthodox learner, I see no reason not to choose St. Stephen's. St. Sophia remains a top choice for a handful of people who want to be ordained in Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA. St. Stephen's had two goals: Deaconate formation and training of converting clergy, both for the Antiochoian Archdiocese (which incidentally is known for admitting converting clergy, and whole congregations - including into their Western Rite Vicariate). They seem to broaden their mission. Good stuff, can't go wrong.