In order to address the need to train highly qualified experts in Orthodox Christian theology, notably for interfaith work, EUCLID offers an online PhD in Eastern Orthodox Theology which aims at offering a truly comprehensive and doctoral level of education to qualified applicants. This program is unique and of special interest due to its low tuition, non-resident model, and presentation by EUCLID, an international intergovernmental organization with a university charter.
It is of special interest to Orthodox and non-Orthodox graduates in the Global South, notably in the canonical territory of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. This public program can also be combined, through a dual degree option, with a degree from 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 intra-Orthodox, ecumenical, and inter-religious dialogue. Competency in Easterh Orthodox theology may in some cases be of interest to higher education institutions, as well as ecclesiastical bodies globally.
The EUCLID programs in Eastern Orthodox Theology, with hierarchical blessing, has also trained students in North America for ordination, and has been registered with the American 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, this distance (non resident) PhD program in Orthodox theology represents 90 credits of academic coursework (the dissertation counting for 25 credits) beyond the Bachelor’s degree. Most students must complete 20-40 credits of coursework prior to commencing work on the dissertation.
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 Master’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 PhD in Theology program provides outstanding academic preparation to its students for ecclesiastical and academic service globally. The quality of the dissertation is especially important to establish the graduate as a world authority in particular theological area of expertise.
It is worth mentioning that two graduates from the Master’s level program have been ordained to the priesthood in the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).
EUCLID’s PhD in Eastern Orthodox Theology program is 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 DEOT Brochure can be downloaded in PDF format.
Why study at EUCLID?
This PhD can be combined with an ecclesiastical degree (St Gregory Nazianzen) and is directed by recognized Eastern Orthodox theologians. EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and acclaimed expertise in interfaith studies.