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