Master’s program in Eastern Christian Studies

This is a two-year program in which students study the subject areas within the field of Eastern Christian Studies in greater depth, learn to conduct independent research at an advanced level and develop high-level analytical and communication skills.

Why study for a Master’s in eastern Christian Studies?

Today, in Europe, the voice of the Church is struggling to be heard in a society in which many different religious political and philosophical ideas compete for attention. The Church can no longer claim a privileged place within society or take for granted popular acceptance for its message and values. Those who have leadership roles and positions of responsibility within the Church therefore need to have an objective and critical understanding of their Church’s identity, historical context and the way in which identity and message relate to the modern world. The MTh in Eastern Christian Studies will equip students with the necessary understanding and skills to help them to understand the Churches’ identity and mission historically and in the modern world.

Program objectives

The program aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to think critically and independently about themes and issues within the field of Eastern Christian Studies. The program will prepare students for teaching roles within the Church and also to study at a higher (doctoral) level. Student’s also receive a rigorous training in research methodology and practice in preparation for further research at doctoral level or in the Church and community. All students are required to present and defend a research thesis of in order to successfully complete the program. 

Program outcomes

By the end of the program students will have an in-depth knowledge of certain subjects and issues within the field of Eastern Christian studies, be able to understand and critically evaluate the various methods used to study this field of learning, be able to independently formulate and conduct an original research project, critically analyze and assess ideas and theories of others and present and defend their own ideas. To gain high grades students will be expected to develop their own ideas and tocommunicate them clearly and logically.

Program Requirements

To be eligible to be admitted to the program, an applicant must either have a bachelor’s degree in theology/religious studies, comprising 180 ECTS credits or a degree in another subject which includes Religious Studies or theological courses worth at least 60 ECTS credits, including a thesis worth at least ECTS credits.

At 15 least ECTS credits should be in Eastern Christian Studies or an equivalent subject area. Students with other relevant subjects or an equivalent foreign degree may be admitted on the basis of individual assessment and examination.

Students may also be admitted to later parts of the program (61-120 ECTS credits) on the basis of a special application, provided that the relevant prerequisites are met.

Students who successfully complete the first year of the program may finish their studies at the end of that year and be awarded a magister’s degree.

The entry requirement for studies is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. Students from outside Sweden, or students who cannot verify, proficiency in English, are required to make an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL IELTS or equivalent.

Cost of study

If you are a Swedish citizen, or a citizen of an EU / EEA country or Switzerland and you have a residence permit for Sweden, you do not have to pay tuition fees. If you are an international student coming from another country, you must pay tuition fees, see Fees&Finance

Membership of the student union is mandatory for students at EHS. The student union fee is SEK 125 per semester, regardless of the kind of study. Read more about union fees and the student union’s work: Membership in the Student Union.

Career prospects

A master’s degree in Eastern Christian Studies is a necessary qualification to pursue further research at doctoral level. A master’s degree also demonstrates  a high level of analytical and critical skills and the ability to grasp complex and controversial issues, skills which are in great demand within business, government, NGOs, and trans-national organizations such as the EU and UN.

Program director: Michael Hjälm,
Director of Studies: Pierre Aziz Nehme,
How to apply? Apply through or
Length: 2 years (full-time) 120 ECTS credits
Type of instruction: On-campus learning
Study Pace: Full-time
Teaching Hours: Daytime
Language of Instruction: English
Location: Campus Bromma, Stockholm

You can find out more about the program here (pdf)