- Oriental Orthodoxy
The Oriental Orthodox Concentration is specifically for students who are members of Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian, and Indian Orthodox churches. Students outside of these traditions should select the General Track or one of the other Concentrations.
Courses Required for Oriental Orthodox Students
The three courses specific to the Oriental Orthodox Concentration are listed in blue. All other courses are the same as General Track students:
- Fundamentals: An Introduction to Oriental Orthodoxy*
- Church History I: The Christian Church from its Foundation through the Seventh Century
- Liturgical Theology I: Introduction to Liturgical Theology, Baptism and Eucharist
- Church History II: Oriental Orthodox History after the Fifth Century*
- Holy Scripture I: Old Testament
- Project I
- Holy Scripture II: New Testament
- Liturgical Theology II: Oriental Orthodox Liturgical Theology*
- Patristics I: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years
- Pastoral Theology I
- Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge In the Tradition of the Church
- Project II
- Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
- Pastoral Theology II
- Canon Law
Unit VI (Master's students only):
- Master’s Thesis
*Courses specific to the Oriental Orthodox Concentration
The directed-project courses of the Oriental Orthodox Concentration are offered in the spring semester of each year (Units II and IV). They will include a proposal submitted for approval to the Projects Director; the directed Project itself; and a Project paper with supporting detail.
An intensive week-long Residency takes place in late August or early September at the start of the first two academic years, and is held at the Antiochian VIllage Conference & Retreat Center in western Pennsylvania.
Students who successfully complete the required coursework, and who hold a Bachelor’s degree, may choose to pursue a Master’s thesis, leading to the degree of Master of Theological Studies. Students who do not wish to pursue the Master’s degree will receive the St. Stephen’s Certificate in Orthodox Theology.
Master's students who successfully complete the required coursework, and who satisfy the other prerequisites, may enter the final phase of their program which includes research and thesis composition focusing on a practical application of Orthodox Theology. Master's students will also be enrolled in a thesis-preparatory course titled "Master's Thesis: Sources and Methods" which covers:
- Presentation of a Thesis Proposal (abstract)
- Thesis research and preparation
- Thesis approval process and deadlines
- Completion and defense of the Master’s Thesis