EUCLID (Pôle Universitaire Euclide | Euclid University), an international intergovernmental organization with university charter, in the context of its inter-religious dialogue mandate, offers to select students from the general public two high-level external (distance or online) degree program in Orthodox Christian theology:
(1) The “EUCLID Master of Theology in Orthodox Christian Studies” (MEOS)
(2) The “EUCLID Doctorate (PhD) in Orthodox Theology” (DEOTh).
The DEOTh is to date the only doctorate degree program in this field offered by a public intergovernmental organization with a UN-registered charter, yet with the option of a joint-degree with an ecclesiastical institution (in this case the St Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute, under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico).
Its purpose is to prepare highly qualified experts able to make a contribution to inter-religious dialogue, including in civil service, international organizations, higher education institutions, as well as ecclesiastical bodies globally.
EUCLID gives preference to applicants from its Participating States, ECOWAS region, and Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria region.
The EUCLID program, with hierarchical blessing, has also trained students in North America for ordination, and has been registered with the Assembly of Bishops Committee for Theological Education.
Theology is often studied within institutions that are directly affiliated with the related religious body, but EUCLID shows that in this particular case, Orthodox Christian theology can be studied in the context of a public, intergovernmental organization. Within the framework of its inter-religious dialogue mandate, EUCLID has designed a comprehensive and challenging online doctoral degree in Orthodox theology (PhD classification) which is presented here with full documentation of syllabus and faculty resources, as well as total tuition.
This comprehensive information will enable students globally to determine if this program is suitable for them.
In accordance with international guidelines, the distance (non resident) ThM program in Orthodox theology represents at least 36 US credits of coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree. The thesis module (6 credits) is optional but recommended.
Possible areas of specialization include:
Theology and Psychotherapy
Temple Theology and Liturgical Studies
Modern Orthodox theologians
Ecumenical relations / Inter-religious dialogue
Advanced Scriptural Studies
Both programs (Master’s and Doctorate) can be offered as joint degree programs with the Saint Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute (an academic unit of the Universidad Rural de Guatemala, and under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico) in order to enjoy ecclesiastical oversight and approval.
Studying Orthodox Theology with Fr Laurent
The V. Rev. Laurent Cleenewerck is not only EUCLID’s international faculty coordinator but also one of the school’s principal professors of theology and interfaith studies. He is the author of two important books (“His Broken Body” and “Ever-Virgin”) and served as the Editor of the acclaimed Eastern-Greek Orthodox New Testament. Fr Laurent was the author of the landmark academic paper based on “A Common Word” which was mentioned in the EUCLID / UN Interfaith Harmony Week First Prize Award.
Photo above: EUCLID’s Secretary General Syed Zahid Ali (center) with Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem (left) and Fr Laurent Cleenewerck (right), in Amman, Jordan, April 2016.
Admissions / Entry Requirements for the MTh
Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU handbook / database. Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered
Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without the required educational credential if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program.
Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested.
Students are expected to be in position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.
Tuition and Fees
The EUCLID Master of Theology program provides outstanding academic preparation to its students for further studies at the doctoral level or for ecclesiastical service. Its main purpose is to offer an engaging, academically and theological sound graduate program to anyone interested in Eastern Orthodox / Orthodox Christian studies.
It is worth mentioning that two graduates from the program have been ordained to the priesthood in the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).
EUCLID’s Master’s of Theology programs are supported by a world-class faculty group which is truly global in scope and dedicated to high-quality interaction with each student. For each program, 3 faculty members are featured below, and the full faculty roster is accessible via the top menu.
Pr Laurent Cleenewerck
Professor of Theology and International Administration (USA)
Pr Nektarios Trevino
Adjunct Professor (USA)
Pr Lev Smith
Adjunct Professor (C.A.R.)
The full MDIA Brochure can be downloaded in PDF format.
Why study at EUCLID?
EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and recognized expertise in diplomacy. Join the alma mater of ambassadors and senior officials globally.