New Program and Degree Options
St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute provides faith-based distance learning opportunities in higher education through flexible and high quality undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs, including a 24-credit-hour Undergraduate Certificate in Eastern Christian Studies, a 72-credit-hour Undergraduate Diploma in Eastern Christian Studies, a 130-credit-hour Bachelor of Arts in Eastern Christian Studies, a Master of Arts in Eastern Christian Studies (Research), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Eastern Christian Studies (Research), with specialization tracks in Eastern Orthodox Studies, Oriental Orthodox Studies, Eastern Catholic Studies, and student-initiated specializations, (which must be pre-approved by the Director).
In addition to these specializations, which concentrate on the creation of a learning and research environment that fosters growth in specific disciplinary knowledge, faith, spiritual life and experience, orthopraxis, and service, the Institute offers integrated, (i.e., interdisciplinary), double majors, minors, and concentrations in Business Administration, Education Sciences, Hellenic Studies, Information Technology and Security, Leadership and Management, Slavic Studies, or student-initiated double majors, minors, and concentrations, (which must be pre-approved by the Office of Academic Affairs). These interdisciplinary double majors, minors, and concentrations can supplement and/or strengthen the specific major specialization tracks, and assist in the development of a full range of integrative skills in the areas of critical thinking and inquiry, creative synthesis, conceptual blending, dialogue, and multicultural/transcultural thinking. The intention is to foster a creative and transformative paradigm in which movement across the regulated perspectives and methodologies of disciplinary thought and learning can be achieved, and ultimately employed to span the divides between cultures, languages, philosophies, worldviews, and lifeworlds. The dynamic goal orientation is the formation of Christian men and women who are prepared for service in the Church, and leaders who are equipped to ‘break down the middle wall of enmity’, (cf. Ephesians 2:14), and to move across seemingly insurmountable chasms in an effort to ‘bridge and build’ for the Kingdom of God.
Personalized Learning Options
St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute utilizes the Individualized Distance Learning Delivery Model, which combines personal choice, quality, convenience, and flexibility. This model includes: (a) Open/Rolling Enrollment; (b) Advanced Placement; (c) FlexStart Scheduling; (d) Independent Study, (i.e., Individualized Learning for Motivated Students); and (e) College Level Testing.
The model's Open/Rolling Enrollment policy allows a prospective student to submit his/her Admissions Application to the Institute at any time. The Institute then reviews the Admissions Application and notifies the applicant as to the admission decision within a few weeks after submission. Advanced Placement allows the student to transfer credits from other recognized institutions, (subject to review and approval by the Registrar’s Office), and/or to earn credits upon the satisfactory completion of Advanced Placement examinations/evaluations. FlexStart Scheduling allows the student to choose and register for non-sequential fast-track courses. Independent Study rewards the diligent student by allowing him/her to enroll in a course, complete the requirements, and move on to the next course at his/her own speed or pace. College Level Testing allows the student to translate life experience into academic credit.
The dynamic goal orientation of this learner-centered model is to facilitate the student’s pursuit of academic excellence, spiritual growth, and orthopraxis, and to foment the acquisition of critical thinking, emotional literacy, social intelligence, and other ‘soft skills’, (e.g., attention, communication skills, conflict resolution, flexibility, focus, independence, integrity, Christian leadership, motivation, multitasking, organizational skills, patience, self-discipline, self-direction, situational awareness, sound judgment, teamwork, time-management, and tolerance). Ultimately, St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute’s innovative distance learning programs provide study tracks and spiritual growth pathways that fit the adult learner’s individual needs, schedule, and learning style, making it possible for the student to manage a family, job, career, and/or other responsibilities while studying.
Flexible Payment Options
St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute’s flexible payment options enable the student to (a) make a discounted one-off payment for his/her entire certificate or degree program or (b) to spread the cost of his/her tuition over the duration of the program of study through a payment plan. For additional information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.