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Accreditation and Memberships

St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute is fully accredited by the Department of Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Islands of the Caribbean (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople), and is thereby certified to prepare and train candidates for ordination and/or other ministries and leadership roles in the Church. The Institute's Faculty, which has a distinguished international reputation for research and teaching, offers training at an acknowledged world-class standard (see Faculty). Students are trained at the certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate level in an atmosphere of rigour, discipline, and strong collegiality. Characteristic of the Faculty is a staunch unwillingness to divorce Orthodox studies and theological methods or approaches from personal spiritual experience and piety, orthopraxis, and moreover, character. These are all seen as mutually fecund and necessary, and are applied to all the disciplines offered for study. The Faculty offers a broad multidisciplinary spectrum, which promotes and encourages students to pursue cross-disciplinary studies and research.

 

The Institute therefore advances apostolic diakonia and outreach, by creating an environment that fosters growth in knowledge, faith, spiritual life and experience, orthopraxis, and service. The academic offerings at St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute are religious in nature, (i.e., they are not directed toward the preparation of students for the general labor force or other secular purposes). The Institute is therefore exempt from state authorization and accepts no governmental grants or financial aid. St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute’s headquarters are located at the Archdiocesan Offices in Mexico City; with campuses in San Juan (PR) and Nueva Concepción (GT).

 

Notwithstanding, St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute is fully accredited (see Annual Certificate of Membership) by the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA), which operates under the auspices of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education. The Council's cooperating regional associations are: (1) Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA); (2) Asia Theological Association (ATA); (3) the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA); (4) European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA); (5) Euro-Asian Accrediting Association (E-AAA); (6) Association for Evangelical Theological Education in Latin America (AETAL); (7) Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which is recognized by the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); and (8) South Pacific Association of Bible Colleges (SPABC). Through CETA, St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute enjoys links with over 1,000 Christian institutions in 120 countries across 6 continents, For additional information, see ICETE Directory and Manifesto.

The Institute is also an academic unit of Universidad Rural de Guatemala and a full member of the Asociación de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe Para la Integración [Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean for Integration]. Through the Association, the Institute has mutual course and degree recognition and professor / student exchange with over 75 institutions of higher learning (see below).

 

Universidad Rural de Guatemala

St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute is an academic unit of Universidad Rural de Guatemala (URG). URG is an institution of higher learning and is accredited by El Consejo de la Enseñanza Privada Superior [Council of Private Higher Education], Guatemala. URG is listed as an accredited university in the International Handbook of Universities and is included in the International Association of Universities (IAU) database. The IAU is a UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions.

 

Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean for Integration

St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute is a full member of the Asociación de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe para la Integración [Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean for Integration]. Through the Association, the Institute has mutual course and degree recognition with the 75 institutions of higher learning listed below.

Argentina

 

Bolivia

 

Brazil

 

Chile

 

Colombia

 

Cuba

 

Ecuador

 

El Salvador

 

Mexico

 

Nicaragua

 

Paraguay

 

Panama

 

Peru

 

Venezuela

 

University of Cambridge Professional Development Center - PR002

 

St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute - PR002 is a registered and accredited Cambridge International Professional Development Centre and works in partnership with Cambridge International Examinations. The Institute currently offers the Cambridge International Certificate for Teachers and Trainers and delivers high quality and cutting edge educational services that equip potential and existing educators with the skills, tools, techniques, and experience necessary to transform their classrooms into dialectical educational settings in which learners are motivated and empowered to learn. St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute is also in the process of developing new opportunities to pilot additional Cambridge qualifications, which will enhance excellence in learning and professional development for the Institute staff and learners. For additional information, see Cambridge International Examinations.

 

Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), Partnerships, and Alliances

St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute has also joined together with other institutions, societies, associations, and organizations that promote higher education to conclude a number of other cooperative agreements, (including memoranda of understanding, partnerships, and alliances), that commit the signatories to the development of collaborative activities in areas of mutual interest, such as:

 

(a) the exchange of professors, researchers, and/or other academic staff;

(b) the mutual recognition of credits, courses, certificates, and/or degrees;

(c) the exchange and mobility of students and/or researchers;

(d) the development of joint certificate and/or degree programs;

(e) the creation of collaborative research projects;

(f) the promotion of joint lectures, conferences, seminars, symposia, and/or colloquia;

(g) the sharing of resources and technology;

(h) the promotion of Off-Campus and Study Abroad programs;

(i) and/or other academic co-operation as mutually agreed.

 

Memoranda of Understanding

 

Other Partnerships

 

Alliances

 

St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute 'M.Sc. in Orthodox Studies' graduates are encouraged to apply for the Amridge University (AU) Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) program. The prerequisites to acceptance into the D. Min. program can be found in the AU Academic Catalog. Amridge University (which is located in Montgomery, Alabama,  US), is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

 

Exceptional St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute 'B.Sc. in Orthodox Studies' graduates are also encouraged to apply for the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) course leading to the MA in Pastoral Theology, taught within the Cambridge Theological Federation in the United Kingdom. The prerequisites to acceptance into the IOCS course leading to the MA in Pastoral Theology include: (a) an outstanding GPA and/or academic qualifications; (b) a willingness to serve the Church in a pastoral capacity, and (c) a 6.5 or 7.0 score in the academic version of the International English Language Testing System, or its equivalent. Students who pass the IOCS course leading to the MA in Pastoral Theology with distinction may seek access to the Cambridge University M. Phil. Program, which is the gateway to Cambridge doctoral studies.

 

 

Programs of Study

St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute offers certificate and degree programs that have been designed to equip the student for service and ministry in the Orthodox Church. For additional information see the Certificate and Degree Programs table below.

 

Certificate and Degrees Programs

 

 

Certificate

Bachelor’s Degree

 

Master’s

Degree

Doctoral

Degree

Orthodox Studies

Cert. H.E.

(in Orthodox Studies)

 

Distance

with

Final Comprehensive Oral Examination / Interview

 

B.Sc.

(in Orthodox Studies)

 

Distance

with

Final Comprehensive Oral Examination / Interview

 

M.Sc.

(in Orthodox Studies)

 

Distance

with

Thesis and Oral Defense

 

D.Sc.

(in Orthodox Studies)

 

Research

with

Dissertation and Oral Defense

Christian Leadership, Management, and Communications

 

 

 

M.Sc.

(in Area of Specialization)

 

Distance

with

Thesis and Oral Defense

 

 

Hellenic Studies

 

B.Sc.

(in Area of Specialization)

 

Distance

with

Final Comprehensive Oral Examination / Interview

 

M.Sc.

(in Area of Specialization)

 

Distance

with

Thesis and Oral Defense

 

 

Religious Education

 

 

 

M.Sc.

(in Area of Specialization)

 

Distance

with

Thesis and Oral Defense

 

 

Slavic Studies

 

B.Sc.

(in Area of Specialization)

 

Distance

with

Final Comprehensive Oral Examination / Interview

 

M.Sc.

(in Area of Specialization)

 

Distance

with

Thesis and Oral Defense

 

 

 

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