Master of Theology in Oriental Orthodox Studies

Agora University is offering a Master of Theology (M.Th.) in Applied Orthodox Theology with a concentration in Oriental Orthodox Theology. Candidates for the M.Th. must successfully complete the first 2 and half-years Graduate courses in Orthodox Theology. The candidate will then start research under the guidance of two advisors. The candidate will be expected to submit a research thesis of about 10,000 words in one term. The M.Th. program is 54 credit hours (45 Diploma + 9 Thesis). The program tailored to young professionals who have busy schedules yet are able to dedicate 10 to 15 hours of reading and writing per week. The program is designed to engage with roots of Eastern Christianity and make them relevant to our contemporary challenges. The program of study is 3 modules per term for 5 terms. Each module is 16 weeks and requires a total of 3 research papers. Students who maintain a grade of B in all 3 modules are given the opportunity to advance to the MTh program by writing the MTh thesis.

Objectives

The M.Th. program is designed to offer a general introduction to Oriental Orthodox theology through the introductory graduate level study of church history, dogmatics, ethics, scripture, patristics, spirituality and liturgics. In addition to five semesters of academic study, students are afforded the opportunity to write a master thesis in a specialized area of study.

Program Outcomes

The MTh program outcomes are intended to prepare students to:

  • Demonstrate a broad familiarity with Orthodox theology and history as expressed in the various fields of Scripture, church history, dogmatics, ethics, patristics, spirituality and liturgy.
  • Articulate a holistic understanding of the Orthodox religious heritage.
  • Think theologically and critically about the Orthodox Christian tradition both historically and within contemporary church and society.
  • Communicate coherently, effectively, and persuasively in writing.
  • Construct in a thesis a coherent, sustained theological argument in an area of specialized study.

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Orthodox Christian Theology
  • The Christian Beginnings until 451 A.D.
  • Baptism and Eucharist
  • The Oriental Orthodox Tradition from 451 A.D. to the Modern Day
  • The Pentateuch and the Prophets
  • Sanctification of Life
  • The Greek and the Latin Fathers
  • The Gospels and Acts
  • The Trinity
  • Orthodox Spirituality
  • Orthodox Synthesis and Ministry
  • Christian Ethics