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Oriental Orthodox Concentration

Oriental Orthodox Concentration

The Oriental Orthodox Concentration is designed specifically for students who are members of Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian, and Indian Orthodox churches. Anyone outside of these traditions should select General Theology or one of the other Concentrations. An overview of the courses for this concentration is provided below. See also the more general description of the M.Th. Program in Applied Orthodox Theology.


The courses for the Oriental Orthodox Concentration are a customized hybrid of those in the general Applied Orthodox Theology degree and the Youth Ministry Concentration, with three courses focused specifically on the Oriental Orthodox tradition. 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: Oriental Orthodox History after the Fifth Century*
  • Holy Scripture I: Old Testament
  • Project I

Unit III:

  • 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

Unit IV:

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

Unit V:

  • Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
  • Pastoral Theology II
  • Canon Law

Unit VI:

  • Master’s Thesis

*courses specific to the Oriental Orthodox Concentration

Directed-Project Courses

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.

Master’s Thesis

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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