The master’s program is a two-year program in which students acquire a deeper understanding of the field of Eastern Christian Studies as well as proficiency in communicating in a scholarly way at an advanced level. A master’s program involves seminars, lectures and reading of set texts. The program also prepares students for doctoral studies.
A student can choose to finish his or her studies after one year of study in which case, if their work has met the required standard, they receive a magister’s degree (60 ECTS credits). The 1 year magister’s degree should then include a 15 credit magister’s thesis.
The first semester focuses on methods of study and the sources of our tradition and includes subjects such as:
- Sacred texts in Orthodoxy and how to read them
- Methods and sources for the study of patristics
- Liturgics and liturgical theology
- Ecclesiology and canon law
In the second and third semesters, students specialize in one of the following two areas:
- Church history, with a specialization in Biblical Studies or in Patristic Studies
- The Church, its spirituality and its mission or its organization and the relation of the churches to one another and to the wider world
In the fourth semester students write a thesis on a chosen area of study. If instead choosing to take a 1 year magister’s degree, students write a 15 thesis in the second semester.