Meister Eckhart Divinity School

An Educational Institute For Ministry, Personal Growth And Religious Degree Or Certificate Programs

Orthodox Theology Degree Program

(1) Guidelines

Each student is assigned one or more faculty staff, who will serve as a guide and resource regarding required coursework, tests and term papers.

All programs can be accomplished online.


(2) modus operandi

1. After activation of student status, students may begin their program immediately and work at their own pace within the maximum allotted time frame. Extensions may be granted under certain circumstances.

2. Each student will be provided with a study guide introducing school guidelines, policies and course requirements.

3. Assigned faculty will contact the student to outline and discuss course requirements.

4. The student will receive his first assignment.

5. Both, faculty and student, will stay in regular contact in order to ensure that all assignments are completed successfully.

6. After all courses have been completed and the final assignment (such as a term paper) has been accepted, faculty will make a recommendation to the chancellor for the student to graduate.

7. The student will receive his or her graduation or achievement document and be placed on the alumni list.

8. An official transcript may be requested by the alumnus or alumna at any time after graduation or completion.


PROGRAM A

ASSOCIATE IN SACRED THEOLOGY

THIS PROGRAM CAN BE TAKEN AS INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY (PROGRAM A) WITHOUT TERM TEST LEADING TO A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. ALTERNATIVELY, THE PROGRAM CAN BE TAKEN AS CREDIT WITH TERM TEST LEADING TO AN ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE (PROGRAM B).

DURATION:

DEPENDING ON PREVIOUSLY APPLIED CREDITS (COURSE WORK, EXPERIENCE) AND THE LEARNING PACE OF THE STUDENT IT IS TARGETED TO TAKE ROUGHLY ONE YEAR.

COURSE OF STUDY

I. SCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY

105 OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY

106 NEW TESTAMENT SYNOPSIS

II. DOGMATIC THEOLOGY

201 DOGMATICS (INCLUDING SOTERIOLOGY, MARIOLOGY, CHRISTOLOGY, PNEUMATOLOGY, ESCHATOLOGY)

III. LITURGICAL THEOLOGY

301 SACRAMENTS: INTRODUCTION AND THEOLOGY

303 CHURCH CALENDAR/CYCLE OF SERVICES

IV. MORAL THEOLOGY

402 INTRODUCTION TO EASTERN ORTHODOX SPIRITUALITY

OPTIONAL: SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS (PRACTICUM)


PROGRAM B

DIPLOMA IN SACRED THEOLOGY

(TYPICALLY REQUIRED OF CANDIDATES FOR THE DEACONATE)

DURATION:

DEPENDING ON PREVIOUSLY APPLIED CREDITS (COURSE WORK, EXPERIENCE) AND THE LEARNING PACE OF THE STUDENT IT IS TARGETED TO TAKE ROUGHLY TWO YEARS.


COURSE OF STUDY

I. SCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY

103 INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY

105 OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY

111 ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

112 PAULINE EPISTLES

113 GENERAL EPISTLES

II. DOGMATIC THEOLOGY

201 DOGMATICS (INCLUDING SOTERIOLOGY,

MARIOLOGY, CHRISTOLOGY, PNEUMATOLOGY, ESCHATOLOGY)

202 TEACHINGS OF THE OECUMENICAL COUNCILS

203 PATRISTICS/PATROLOGY

204 ASCETIC THEOLOGY AND MONASTICISM

III. LITURGICAL THEOLOGY

301 THE SACRAMENTS: INTRODUCTION AND THEOLOGY

302 EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION: HISTORY / CONSTRUCTION / THEOLOGY

303 RUBRICS

(A.) CHURCH CALENDAR / CYCLE OF SERVICES

(B.) PRACTICE: LATIN RITE*

IV. MORAL THEOLOGY

401 ETHICS

V. HOMILETICS AND PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

505 DEACONAL PREPARATION

VII. CHURCH HISTORY

701 CHURCH HISTORY: FIRST MILLENNIUM

702 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY

703 CALENDAR QUESTIONS

704 MISSIONARY WORK

CANDIDATES PREPARING FOR HOLY ORDERS MAY BE REQUIRED TO TAKE ADDITIONAL COURSES IN LITURGICAL THEOLOGY, HOMILETICS AND PRACTICAL THEOLOGY. THIS MAY INCLUDE INTENSIVE CLASSES ON CAMPUS, INTERNSHIPS; OR ONGOING PRACTICE IN THE FIELD UNDER A TUTOR.


PROGRAM D

LICENTIATE IN SACRED THEOLOGY

(TYPICALLY REQUIRED OF CANDIDATES FOR THE PASTORAL MINISTRY)


DURATION:

DEPENDING ON PREVIOUSLY APPLIED CREDITS (COURSE WORK, EXPERIENCE) AND THE LEARNING PACE OF THE STUDENT IT IS TARGETED TO TAKE ROUGHLY TWO YEARS.


COURSE OF STUDY

I. SCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY

103 INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY

105 OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY

106 NEW TESTAMENT SYNOPSIS

107 PENTATEUCH

108 JOHANNINE LITERATURE

109 OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS

110 WISDOM LITERATURE

111 ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

112 PAULINE EPISTLES

113 GENERAL EPISTLES

II. DOGMATICS

201 DOGMATICS (INCLUDING SOTERIOLOGY, MARIOLOGY, CHRISTOLOGY PNEUMATOLOGY, ESCHATOLOGY)

202 TEACHINGS OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCILS

203 PATRISTICS / PATROLOGY

III. LITURGICAL THEOLOGY

301 THE SACRAMENTS: INTRODUCTION AND THEOLOGY

303 RUBRICS

(A.) CHURCH CALENDAR / CYCLE OF SERVICES

(B.) PRACTICE: LATIN RITE*

IV. MORAL THEOLOGY

401 ETHICS AND MORAL THEOLOGY

402 INTRODUCTION TO EASTERN ORTHODOX SPIRITUALITY

VI. ECCLESIASTICAL LAW

601 INTRODUCTION TO CANON LAW

602 THE CANONS (OF STUDENT’S CHURCH)

VII. CHURCH HISTORY

701 CHURCH HISTORY: FIRST MILLENNIUM

702 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY

703 CALENDAR QUESTIONS

704 MISSION WORK

CANDIDATES PREPARING FOR HOLY ORDERS MAY BE REQUIRED TO TAKE ADDITIONAL COURSES IN LITURGICAL THEOLOGY, HOMILETICS AND PRACTICAL THEOLOGY. THESE MAY INCLUDE SHORT INTENSIVE PROGRAMS ON CAMPUS, INTERNSHIPS; OR ONGOING PRACTICE IN THE FIELD UNDER A TUTOR.



PROGRAM E

DOCTORATE OF DIVINITY


DURATION:

DEPENDING ON PREVIOUS CREDITS, THE PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO TAKE ANYWHERE BETWEEN ONE TO FOUR YEARS.


COURSE OF STUDY

[PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED PROGRAM, BASED ON PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS, AND MAY NOT REQUIRE ALL OF THE COURSES LISTED BELOW]

I. SCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY

103 INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY

105 OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY

106 NEW TESTAMENT SYNOPSIS

107 PENTATEUCH

108 JOHANNINE LITERATURE

109 OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS

110 WISDOM LITERATURE

111 ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

112 PAULINE EPISTLES

113 GENERAL EPISTLES

II. DOGMATICS

201 DOGMATICS (INCLUDING SOTERIOLOGY,

MARIOLOGY, CHRISTOLOGY, PNEUMATOLOGY, ESCHATOLOGY)

202 TEACHINGS OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCILS

203 PATRISTICS / PATROLOGY

III. LITURGICAL THEOLOGY

301 THE SACRAMENTS: INTRODUCTION AND THEOLOGY

303 RUBRICS

(A.) CHURCH CALENDAR / CYCLE OF SERVICES

(B.) PRACTICE: LATIN RITE*

IV. MORAL THEOLOGY

401 ETHICS AND MORAL THEOLOGY

402 INTRODUCTION TO MYSICAL SPIRITUALITY

VI. ECCLESIASTICAL LAW

601 INTRODUCTION TO CANON LAW

602 THE CANONS (OF STUDENT’S CHURCH)


VII. CHURCH HISTORY 701 CHURCH HISTORY: FIRST MILLENNIUM

702 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY

703 CALENDAR QUESTIONS

704 MISSION WORK

ONE (1) THESIS [PLEASE REFER TO THE THESIS REQUIREMENTS IN THIS STUDY BINDER]

CANDIDATES PREPARING FOR HOLY ORDERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE ADDITIONAL COURSES IN LITURGICAL THEOLOGY, HOMILETICS AND PRACTICAL THEOLOGY. THESE MAY INCLUDE SHORT INTENSIVE PROGRAMS ON CAMPUS, INTERNSHIPS; OR ONGOING PRACTICE IN THE FIELD UNDER A TUTOR.



PROGRAM F

DOCTORATE IN SACRED THEOLOGY

DURATION:

DEPENDING ON PREVIOUS CREDITS, THE PROGRAM IS TARGETED TO TAKE ANYWHERE BETWEEN ONE TO FOUR YEARS.

COURSE OF STUDY


I. SCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY

101-G BASIC KOINÉ GREEK

102 KOINÉ GREEK ADVANCED

103 INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTURAL THEOLOGY

104 EXEGESIS (PRACTICE)

105 OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY

106 NEW TESTAMENT SYNOPSIS

107 PENTATEUCH

108 JOHANNINE LITERATURE

109 OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS

110 WISDOM LITERATURE

111 ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

112 PAULINE EPISTLES

113 GENERAL EPISTLES

II. DOGMATICS

201 DOGMATICS (INCLUDING SOTERIOLOGY, MARIOLOGY, CHRISTOLOGY, PNEUMATOLOGY, ESCHATOLOGY)

202 TEACHINGS OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCILS

203 PATRISTICS / PATROLOGY

204 ASCETIC THEOLOGY AND MONASTICISM

III. LITURGICAL THEOLOGY

301 THE SACRAMENTS INTRODUCTION AND THEOLOGY

302 DIVINE LITURGY: HISTORY / CONSTRUCTION / THEOLOGY

303 RUBRICS

(A.) CHURCH CALENDAR / CYCLE OF SERVICES

(B.) PRACTICE: LATIN RITE*

304 PRACTICAL TRAINING

(A) PASTORAL ASSISTANT

(B) DEACON

(C) PRIEST

304 LATIN READING CLASS

305 GREEK READING CLASS

306 LITURGICAL LATIN

IV. MORAL THEOLOGY

401 ETHICS AND MORAL THEOLOGY

402 INTRODUCTION TO MYSTICAL SPIRITUALITY

V. HOMILETICS & PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

501 SERMON PREPARATION

502 SERMON DELIVERY

503 PASTORAL COUNSELING

504 PARISH LIFE/MINISTRY

505 DIACONAL PREPARATION

506 LITURGICAL MUSIC

VI. ECCLESIASTICAL LAW

601 INTRODUCTION TO CANON LAW

602 THE CANONS (OF STUDENT’S CHURCH)

VII. CHURCH HISTORY

701 CHURCH HISTORY: FIRST MILLENNIUM

702 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY

703 CALENDAR QUESTIONS

704 MISSION WORK

ONE (1) DISSERTATION [PLEASE REFER TO THE DISSERTATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE STUDY GUIDE]

CANDIDATES PREPARING FOR HOLY ORDERS MAY BE REQUIRED TO TAKE ADDITIONAL CLASSES IN LITURGICAL THEOLOGY, HOMILETICS AND PRACTICAL THEOLOGY. THESE MAY INCLUDE SHORT INTENSIVE PROGRAMS ON CAMPUS, INTERNSHIPS OR ONGOING PRACTICE IN THE FIELD UNDER A TUTOR.

II. Non-degree Program:


i. Scriptural theology

101-g Basic Koiné Greek

102 Koiné Greek Advanced

103 introduction to scriptural theology

104 exegesis (practice)

105 old testament history

106 new testament synopsis

107 pentateuch

108 johannine literature

109 old testament prophets

110 wisdom literature

111 acts of the apostles

112 pauline epistles

113 general epistles

ii. Dogmatics

201 dogmatics (including soteriology, mariology, christology, pneumatology, eschatology)

202 teachings of the ecumenical councils

203 patristics / patrology

204 ascetical theology and monasticism

iii. Liturgical theology

301 the sacraments introduction and theology

302 divine liturgy: history / construction / theology

303 rubrics

304 latin reading class

305 greek reading class

306 liturgical latin

iv. Moral theology

401 ethics and moral theology

402 introduction to mystical spirituality

v. Homiletics & practical theology

501 sermon preparation

502 sermon delivery

503 pastoral counseling

504 parish life / ministry

505 deaconal preparation

506 liturgical music

vi. Ecclesiastical law

601 introduction to canon law

602 the canons (of student’s church)

vii. Church history

701 church history: first millennium

702 contemporary issues in world chrisianity

703 calendar questions

704 mission work