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Iconography Concentration

Iconography Concentration

The MTh in Applied Orthodox Theology with a concentration in Iconography provides a graduate theological education across a range of topics – Scripture, Doctrine, Fundamentals of Orthodoxy, Liturgical Theology, Pastoral Theology, Church History, Patristics, and Canon Law – as well as coursework in Iconography. An overview of the courses for the Iconography Concentration is provided below. See also the more general description of the MTh Program in Applied Orthodox Theology.


The courses in the Iconography Concentration are identical to those in the standard Applied Orthodox Theology concentration, with the exception of three courses which specifically focus on the practice of Iconography. Courses are as follows:

Unit I:
• Fundamentals I: An Introduction to Orthodoxy
• Church History I: The Christian Church from Its Foundation through the Seventh Century
• Liturgical Theology I: Introduction to Liturgical Theology, Baptism and Eucharist

Unit II:
• Church History II: The Orthodox Church from the Seventh Century to 1453
• Holy Scripture I: Old Testament
• Iconography I*
• Project I

Unit III:
• Holy Scripture II: New Testament
• Patristics: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years
• Iconography II*

Unit IV:
• Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge In the Tradition of the Church
• Pastoral Theology I
• Project II

Unit V:
• Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
• Canon Law: The Canon Law of the Orthodox Church
• Iconography III*

Unit VI:
• Master’s Thesis

*courses specific to the Iconography concentration

Directed-Project Courses

The directed-project courses of the Byzantine Iconology Concentration are offered in the spring semester of each year (Units II, IV) and will generally address a particular need in the area of Iconography. They will include a proposal submitted for approval to the Iconography Program Director and 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 of the Applied Orthodox Theology curriculum, and who satisfy the other prerequisites, may enter the final phase of the Master’s Degree program which will include research and thesis composition focusing on a practical application of Orthodox Theology. During the spring semester of their second year, Master's degree students will be enrolled in a year-long 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.

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