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MTh in Applied Orthodox Theology

MTh in Applied Orthodox Theology

The Antiochian House of Studies (AHOS) has been offering programs of theological study in a distance-learning format for over 35 years. The Master of Theology (M.Th.) Degree in Applied Orthodox Theology is granted by AHOS in partnership with the Saint John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in the Republic of Lebanon, under the aegis of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch.

The M.Th. is a three-year distance-learning graduate program designed for those interested in a rigorous graduate education in theology across a range of topics: Scripture, Doctrine, Fundamentals of Orthodoxy, Liturgical Theology, Pastoral Theology, Church History, Patristics, Canon Law, and Spirituality. An overview of the general Applied Orthodox Theology curriculum is provided below. In addition, concentrations are offered for those who would like to specialize in one of the following subjects: Youth MinistryChurch Music, Iconography, and Oriental Orthodoxy.

General Theology Curriculum (For students who do not select a Concentration)


The courses of the Applied Orthodox Theology general curriculum are as follows (course list will differ slightly for students selecting one of the Concentrations – see links above):

Unit I:

  • Fundamentals I: An Introduction to Orthodoxy
  • Church History I: The Christian Church from Its Foundation through the Seventh Century
  • Liturgical Theology I: Introduction to Liturgical Theology, Baptism and Eucharist

Unit II:

  • Church History II: The Orthodox Church from the Seventh Century to 1453
  • Holy Scripture I: The Old Testament
  • Project I

Unit III:

  • Liturgical Theology II: Sanctification of Life and Time
  • Holy Scripture II: The New Testament
  • Patristics: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years

Unit IV:

  • Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge in the Tradition of the Church
  • Pastoral Theology I
  • Project II

Unit V:

  • Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
  • Pastoral Theology II: Spiritual Care to Suffering Persons
  • Canon Law: The Canon Law of the Orthodox Church

Unit VI:

  • Master’s Thesis

Directed-Project Courses

The directed-project courses are offered in the spring semester of each year (Units II, IV). They will include a proposal submitted for approval to the relevant Faculty member and the Projects Mentor; the directed Project itself; and a Project paper with supporting detail.


An intensive week-long Residency takes place in late August or early September at the start of the first two academic years, and is held at the Antiochian VIllage Conference & Retreat Center in western Pennsylvania.

Master’s Thesis

Students who successfully complete the required coursework of the Applied Orthodox Theology curriculum, and who satisfy the other prerequisites, may enter the final phase of the Master’s Degree program which will include research and thesis composition focusing on a practical application of Orthodox Theology. During the spring semester of their second year, Master's degree students will be enrolled in a year-long, non-credit preparatory course titled "Master's Thesis: Sources and Methods" which covers:

  • Presentation of a Thesis Proposal (abstract)
  • Thesis research and preparation
  • Thesis approval process and deadlines
  • Completion and defense of the Master’s Thesis.

Please note that the programs of the House of Studies do not guarantee ordination. All policy regarding ordination resides with the student’s respective hierarchy.

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