Blessed by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and approved by the California State Bureau of Post-Secondary Education, the PhD Program in Orthodox S tudies of the Antiochian House of Studies (AHOS), is the first of its kind to be set in an English- speaking framework in North America. Its general purpose is to train specialists in Biblical and Patristic theology, with the specific aim of transmitting the wisdom and ethos of the Orthodox Biblical and Patristic tradition to our theologians, pastors and educators; who in turn will be better suited to raising the standards of Orthodox Christian education throughout North America, and beyond.


The AHOS PhD Program in Orthodox Studies offers students the hitherto rare opportunity of being supervised at the highest academic level in their researches by Orthodox Christian professors proficient in those languages in which the Biblical, Patristic and historical sources were first written, and, secondly, of being tutored individually by Orthodox Christian scholars eminent in their field of specialization.

Utilizing the latest technological means, in order to facilitate personal and frequent contact with course instructors and supervisors throughout the year, the AHOS PhD Program intends to provide the opportunity for on-campus training, presently in Pennsylvania at the Antiochian Village (140 Church Camp Trail, Bolivar, PA 15923).

The campuses is adorned with a chapel and will bring faculty and students together twice a year (each time for a two-week period) for intensive instruction, in the form of courses and seminars, and for individual tutorial-style supervision of papers and PhD dissertations.

The highest priority of the AHOS PhD Program in Orthodox Studies is to ensure that our students receive the personal attention that is characteristic of a traditional Orthodox Christian formation.

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