Diploma in Orthodox Theological Studies

This is the core course of study for the Academy. Comprising two years of full time study, with summers off for seminars, this program thoroughly prepares the student for diaconal ordination, seminary studies, teaching courses at the parish level, and person-to-person evangelism. This program also prepares the prospective priest for excellence in pastoral work – a unique feature to the Academy’s theological education.

The Diploma (Dipl. O.T.S.) is awarded upon successful completion of all coursework, written requirements, and fulfillment of all financial obligations to the GreatMartyr Euphemia Orthodox Theological Academy.  


The program consists of the following courses, and is completed over 4 semesters or two years.


Fall – 1st Semester: Scripture 

Old Testament I – Introduction to the Old Testament
New Testament I – The Gospels, Acts, Revelation
New Testament II – The Apostles and their Epistles

Spring – 2nd Semester: History

Patristics I – Introductory Patristics
Church History I – Orthodox Church History 
Canon Law I – Ecclesiastical History of Canon Law


Fall – 3rd Semester: Theology

Dogmatic Theology I  – Orthodox Dogmatic Theology
Comparative Theology – Orthodoxy & Everything Else
Moral Theology – Bioethics and Moral Theology

Spring – 4th Semester: Praxis

Orthodox Spirituality I – The Interior Life/Monasticism
Pastoral Theology I  – How to be a Good Pastor
Liturgics I – Liturgical History, Theology & Praxis




Do you only want to take one course, or two courses, at a time? Our Non-Diploma Program of study is what you are looking for.