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 under California Education Code Section 94874(e)(1), the Ph.D. Program in Orthodox Studies of the Antiochian Orthodox Institute, 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 TAOI Ph.D. 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 such technological means as Skype and FaceTime, in order to facilitate personal and frequent contact with course instructors and supervisors throughout the year, the TAOI Ph.D. Program also provides the opportunity for on-campus training, both at Antiochian Village, 140 Church Camp Trail, Bolivar, PA 15923, and at the home campus Antiochian Orthodox Institute, 1020 Baseline Rd, La Verne, CA 91750. The two campuses, each of which is adorned with a chapel, 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 Ph.D. dissertations. The highest priority of the TAOI Ph.D. Program in Orthodox Studies is to ensure that our students receive the personal attention that is characteristic of an Orthodox Christian formation.

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