The Master in Orthodox Ecumenical Theology Programme is being offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University. The programme is an inter-Orthodox and inter-jurisdictional Programme, which aims at applying the invaluable theological legacy of the Orthodox Christianity to the needs of the present, following all international standards of excellence and the critical study pursued in modern academic scholarship.
Aims and objectives
- Provide research and education in foundational Orthodox theology that meet the needs of the Church in the 21st century in local, inter-Christian, and inter-Faith environment. Though it primarily refers to Orthodox Theology in its ecumenical perspective – the term “ecumenical” referring to the universal, catholic and ecumenical dimension of the Christian faith – it also applies to all Christian theologies designated not in a confessional sense as “orthodox”.
- Enhance understanding of the ecumenical, socio-economic, ecological and gender issues facing the Churches and society today, through teaching and research of the highest academic standard.
- Create an international, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and diverse student and faculty community to foster greater understanding between cultures, nations, and Church traditions.
The Master in Orthodox Ecumenical Theology is addressed to English-speaking theologians, and graduates of relevant disciplines, who wish to acquire or broaden their specialization through a high level instruction aiming at an effective application of the foundational doctrine of Christianity, especially the Orthodox (Biblical, Liturgical, Patristic) to our secular, multi-religious and multi-cultural context. Eligible for registration are holders of any undergraduate degree from accredited higher education institutions.
The courses are taught exclusively in English. The academics teaching on the programme come from universities both abroad and in Greece.
Official Government Gazette:
Establishment PDF (in Greek)
Regulation PDF (in Greek)
Start date: October 2020
12 October 2020 extended until 29 October 2020 or until places are filled
Campus: Thermi, Thessaloniki
14 months full-time (also available in part-time mode) / weekdays, early in the afternoon
An undergraduate degree from a recognised University
IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), TOEFL (IBT, 90 and above) or TOEIC (850 and above) score, or a recognised by the Greek State certificate of proficiency in English
How to apply:
Programme announcement (en+gr)
Who can apply
To be considered for the programme, candidates are required to have:
- an undergraduate degree from a recognized University
- proof of English competence [a recognised certificate of proficiency, recently acquired IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), or TOEFL (IBT, 90 and above) or TOEIC (850 and above) score]
The Core Courses – First Term
The Core Courses – Second Term
The Elective Courses
During the second semester, students should choose three courses from one of the following streams and one course from the rest of the two streams, according to their interests and their current and future career orientation:
(a) Foundational Orthodox Theology
(b) Systematic, Ecclesiology & Missiology
(c) Ecumenical, Inter-cultural and Environmental Studies.
During the third semester, students submit their Dissertation, an individual project on a subject relating to their studies and career. The topic is chosen by the student with input and advice from a faculty member, who acts as supervisor, working closely with the student. The dissertation is an individual 10,000 – word paper of original scientific work, which upon completion is submitted for examination and approval by a three-member committee chaired by the student’s supervisor.
The Master in Orthodox Ecumenical Theology is a 14 month program of study comprised of three parts over three semesters. It is taught exclusively in English, mainly on weekdays, early in the afternoon. In special occasions also electronically from renowned scholars from abroad.
Students are required to successfully complete 90 ECTS.
The first semester covers an introductory course (worth 6 ECTS) and 4 core courses (worth 6 ECTS each). The second semester covers the remaining 3 core courses (worth 6 ECTS) and 4 elective courses (worth 3 ECTS each), taken from the following three special areas: (a)
Foundational Orthodox Theology (Biblical, Liturgical, and Patristic); (b) Systematic, Ecclesiology & Missiology; (c) Ecumenical, Inter-cultural and Environmental Studies. Each teaching term has 13 teaching weeks through face-to-face instruction and seminar work or educational exposures,
followed by a 6-day exam period. The third period is taken up with work on the Master’s dissertation (worth 30 ECTS) in one of the above three special areas.
The Academic Committee
- Emeritus Professor Metropolitan Ioannis Zizioulas| Professor of Dogmatic Theology | Former President of the Academy of Athens
- Emeritus Professor Metropolitan Kallistos Ware| Professor of Orthodox Theology | Oxford University
- Professor Metropolitan Nifon Mihaita| Professor of Old Testament | Rector of the University of Targoviste
- Professor Metropolitan Makarios Tylliridis| Professor of Church History | Dean of Makarios III Seminary
- Professor Metropolitan Vassilios Karayannis| Professor of Systematic Theology | President of St. Epiphanius Cultural Institute
- Professor Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev| Professor of Patristic Theology | Rector of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Theological Institute
- Professor Elpidoforos Lambryniadis| Professor of Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Christian Relations | Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
- Emeritus Professor Petros Vassiliadis| Professor of New Testament | Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Director)
Most of the Academic Staff are members of CEMES.
Fees & Financing
The programme fees for the Master in Orthodox Ecumenical Theology is 2500€. The amount is payable in two instalments for the full time mode or in four instalments for the part time mode at the beginning of each semester. The fees are also eligible for financing through LAEK 0,45% – OAED programme.
If you have been accepted to a postgraduate programme, you will need to make a payment of the deposit of 500 Euros to secure your place. This amount will count towards the first instalment of your tuition fees. The deposit is non-refundable once you have commenced your studies at the IHU. Prior to that, a refund can be made but a 20% administrative fee will be retained. The deposit can be paid by bank transfer or bank draft. Credit card payments can be made through electronic banking (contact your Bank as handling fees may apply).
The School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics offers a number of scholarships for the programmes it offers, covering a significant proportion of the fees. These scholarships are competitive. Award criteria include the quality of the first degree, the undergraduate grades of the candidate, his/her command of the English language and overall profile. Candidates for scholarships should include a separate letter with their application documents in which they request to be considered for a scholarship, stating the reasons why they think they qualify.
Ideal career path
The Master in Orthodox Ecumenical Theology offers a critical and multifarious study of Christianity, from the traditional focus of the Christian Faith to the present day realities. The obtained skills that the graduates develop will allow them to work in Educational Institutions and Academies, concentrating on classical Christian Theology, in contemporary missionary work and Church administration, concentrating on Ancient Macedonia or Greece, Archaeological Departments, Research Institutes, Museums, etc.
The Master in Orthodox Ecumenical Theology takes place in the facilities of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University in Thermi-Thessaloniki.
School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics
Department of School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics
University Center of International Programmes of Studies
14th km Thessaloniki – Nea Moudania 570 01 Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: +30 2310 807 529/526