Diploma in Orthodox Theological Studies

Diploma in Orthodox Theological Studies

This is the core course of study for the Academy. Comprising two years of full time study, with summers off for seminars, this program thoroughly prepares the student for diaconal ordination, seminary studies, teaching courses at the parish level, and person-to-person evangelism. This program also prepares the prospective priest for excellence in pastoral work – a unique feature to the Academy’s theological education.

The Diploma (Dipl. O.T.S.) is awarded upon successful completion of all coursework, written requirements, and fulfillment of all financial obligations to the GreatMartyr Euphemia Orthodox Theological Academy.


The program consists of the following courses, and is completed over 4 semesters or two years.

FIRST YEAR

Fall – 1st Semester: Scripture 

Old Testament I – Introduction to the Old Testament
New Testament I – Gospels, Acts, Revelation
New Testament II – The Apostles and their Epistles

Spring – 2nd Semester: History 

Patristics I – Introductory Patristics
Church History I – Orthodox Church History
Canon Law I – Ecclesiastical History of Canon Law

 

SECOND YEAR

Fall – 3rd Semester: Theology 

Dogmatic Theology I  – Orthodox Dogmatic Theology
Comparative Theology – Orthodoxy & Everything Else
Moral Theology – Bioethics and Moral Theology

Spring – 4th Semester: Praxis

Orthodox Spirituality I – The Interior Life and Monasticism
Pastoral Theology I  – Good Pastoral Praxis
Liturgics I – Liturgical History, Theology & Praxis