Online Master in Eastern Orthodox Theology
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.
2016 Highlight: Orthodox Conference Cruise to Alaska (09/2017)
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.