The duration of the program is 4 years and each academic year begins in October, and is divided in 2 semesters, winter and spring. An exam period follows at the end of each semester on the specific semester’s courses.
In the early semesters students are taught mainly introductory courses, and in subsequent semesters they are led to deeper theological concepts and focus in the consolidation of knowledge, research and practical application of theoretical knowledge and concepts through practical courses.
The courses are based on essential areas of Orthodox theology and Human Studies and cover the following academic disciplines:
- Practical sector
- Systematic sector
- Interpretative sector
- Historical sector
- Humanity sector
The program is accompanied by the teaching of ancient and modern Greek language so that students can study and utilize the origins of theology as well as express themselves in a sound and substantiated scientific way.
In addition to courses in the field of theology and humanities, students are invited to indulge on the principles of modern pedagogy. Further, students are taught the teaching methodology of courses in religion studies and upon graduation are called to make a presentation on how to teach a course on religion.
In addition to providing knowledge, the program cultivates students’ skills related to the interpretative approach to texts, critical thinking, synthesis skills, the desire for lifelong learning and the search for ways of practicing the gospel and ecclesiastical tradition in the modern world. Helping towards this direction are important subjects of the program such as "Pastoral Psychology", "Social Dimension of Theology", "Mission" and "Contemporary Christian Counseling".
Students delve deeply in the courses of Orthodox Theology and Human Studies gradually, so that they are able to assimilate the subject and to have the appropriate background to understand the new specialized teaching. Lessons related to each other are characterized as "chains". Students need to successfully complete their studies in each course/chain in order to continue their studies in the next course of this particular cognitive chain.
A thesis is mandatory and needs to meet the rules and ethics of scientific writing. The final grade of the course emphasizes the research methods used, as well as the form, structure, content, extent, bibliography and references of the thesis
Students are trained in such a way that by successfully completing their studies they are able to carry out responsible religious work and provide useful services to various educational, social and charitable activities, always guided by the Love of Jesus.