Graduate Theological Union

Orthodox Christian Studies






Student Work


Djurica Gordic, Saints Cyril and
Methodius-Mission among the Slavs
in Relations between Rome and

Nick G. Tarlson, Greek Orthodox
Liturgical Music in America:
Practices and Innovations among
Late 20th Century Composers in
the Western United States


Certificate in Orthodox Christian Studies

This program is designed to enhance the academic offerings available to students throughout the GTU as well as clerical and lay students from the community by providing a rigorous and interdisciplinary program in the study of Orthodox Christianity. Students complete the equivalent of two semesters of full time study (8 three unit classes, or 24 units of study) at the PAOI to earn the Certificate. The introductory courses, Orthodox Christian History and Theology, and Orthodox Christian Spirituality provide a basic grounding in approaches to the study of Orthodox Christianity. Areas of emphasis include religious education, liturgical studies, liturgical music, pastoral studies, missions and evangelism, and youth ministry.


This is a specialized program offered by the GTU and the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute


The M.A. in Orthodox Christian studies allows for the focused study of the history, theology, liturgy, spirituality and praxis of the Orthodox Christian tradition from its origins to the present day. The program provides both an academic structure for sustained inquiry into the theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and a theological foundation for service and leadership within an Orthodox parish or diocesan ministry.

M.A. Requirements

M.A. Orthodox Christian Studies Program Description



Core Doctoral Faculty

John Klentos (GTU/PAOI)

Consortial Faculty

Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias (PAOI)