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Online Master in Comparative Christian Theology (MA)

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Program Type

Program Type: MA

School / Institute

School of Theology and Interfaith Studies

Study Mode

Online (Asynchonous)

Duration

Target duration: 12-28 months

Overview

The School of Theology and Interfaith Studies at EUCLID (Euclid University) offers a primary external (distance or online) degree program specifically called: Master of Arts in Comparative Christian Theology (MCCT).

Its aim is to offer a broad, deep and objective review of the main expressions of Christian theology and ecclesial structures. This includes:

  • soteriology
  • ecclesiology
  • Reformation themes
  • major theologians.

For Roman Catholic students, it is useful to note that the degree is recognized by the Holy See under applicable UNESCO conventions. Notably, the program is also supported by several Roman Catholic priests.

The program also contains an adequate coverage of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christianity.

Academic Presentation

In the context of its interfaith / inter-religious mandate, EUCLID offers a online master degree in comparative theology that is primarily focused on Christianity but which also covers fundamentals of comparative religion.

Our faculty group has identify ‘must read’ textbooks that are combined with engaging multimedia resources including lectures and debates. EUCLID’s world-class LMS platform delivers the material in a logical progression which is both academic rigorous and achievable for part-time students.

Also a Master’s thesis is technically optional, EUCLID recommends that all students consider producing a thesis on an area of interest in comparative theology.

Possible areas of specialization include:

  • Comparative Liturgical studies
  • Comparative Hermeneutics
  • Ecumenical Studies
  • Dialectic and Apologetics
  • Comparative World Religions
EUCLID faculty members at work:

Below: Fr Matija Maticic presenting his doctoral dissertation via video conference at EUCLID's EU liaison office in Montpellier, France. Fr Maticic is the episcopal vicar of the Cathedral of St Vitus in Rijeka (Croatia).

Below: EUCLID is an official partner of the Ecclesiastical Order of Saint John Chrysostom whose patron is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jos.

PDF Academic Paper by Jose Kuruvachira on “Dialogue and Mission”
PDF Academic Paper by Jose Kuruvachira on “Revelation”

Requirements

Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU handbook/database or otherwise duly recognized/accredited. Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered for Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) who 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 a position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.

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Program Outline

PRIMARY COURSES
Code
Course Name
USCH

International Academic and Professional Paper Writing

2

New Testament Greek

2

Argumentation and Critical Thinking

2

History of Development of Christian Doctrine

4

Evangelical Theology

2

Lectures on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

3

Eastern Orthodox Theology

2

Christian Denominations (in the United States)

1

The Canon of Scriptures

2

History of the Church

2

Old Testament Review

2

New Testament Review

2

Patristics I (Early Church Fathers)

2

Patristics II (Latter Church Fathers)

2

Early Church Studies

2

The Trinity and Filioque Controversy

2

Comparative: Sola Scriptura

1

Comparative: Papacy / Infallibility

1

Comparative: Old Testament Canon

0.5

Comparative: Eucharist Transustantiation

0.5

Comparative: Marian Doctrines

0.5

Comparative: Purgatory

0.5

Comparative: Images / Icons / Prayer to Saints

0.5

Comparative: Deity of Christ

0.5

Comparative: Predestination / Eternal Security

0.5

Comparative: Church Organization

0.5

Comparative: Infant Baptism

0.5

Comparative: Revelation / Millenarism

0.5

Note: to consult the current and official curriculum/list of courses from the EUCLID CMS database, please visit: EUCLID Available Degree Programs and follow the program link.

Employment Outlook

This advanced program in Comparative Theology provides an outstanding academic preparation to its students for further studies at the doctoral level as well as service in churches and institutions of higher learning. Its main purpose is to offer an engaging and academically sound graduate program to anyone interested in comparative theology (focus on Christian theology).

Why Study @ EUCLID?

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