In accordance with international guidelines, the distance (non resident) doctoral program in Orthodox theology represents 90 US credits of coursework beyond the Bachelor's degree, or in practice about 55-60 US credits of coursework beyond the Master's degree. This includes 20-25 US credits for the thesis / dissertation which must result in a publishable work.
Possible areas of specialization include:
- Liturgical Studies
- Orthodox theologians
- Ecumenical relations
- Advanced Scriptural Studies
Both programs can be offered as joint degree programs with the Saint Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute (an academic unit of the Universidad Rural de Guatemala, and under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico) in order to enjoy ecclesiastical oversight and approval.