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The Academy of Iberian Philosophy

Master of Science in History of Religion


The Academy of Iberian Philosophy’s Master of Science (M.S.) program in History of Religion provides a greater degree of focus on the Eastern Orthodox thought and the ancient Eastern pre-Christian religions, which include philosophies of Georgian, Hebrew, and Indo-European people. Compared to more general graduate programs in philosophies, which other universities offer, this is a highly concentrated field of study. Our goal is to develop potent and active scholars who, along with thinking, teaching and theorizing in an academic environment, are also capable of doing, achieving and leading in real life.


Students who complete five courses, but do not finish the entire curriculum in order to meet graduation requirements for the M.S. degree, and decide to drop out of the program, nevertheless will be awarded a Graduate Certificate instead. In order to earn the Graduate Certificate a student must complete three of the principal courses and two courses either from the concentration or the electives.


The Academy of Iberian Philosophy offers more than just the traditional online experience. It combines in-class seminars and examinations with online guidance. It provides our graduate students with valuable extracurricular opportunities to exchange ideas with renowned philosophers, participate in moral debates, and attend the ESAP the European Study Abroad Program of Georgian International University which gives our students unique opportunities to study, as well as teach in Europe, and receive full certifications and dual degrees from premier European academic institutions. Attending the ESAP is not mandatory for this program, but it is highly recommended. This will allow the candidates to become closely acquainted with international academic and philosophical cultures, people and unique philosophies, traditions and viewpoints of different nations and civilizations.


*Tuition is based on credit hours and is calculated as $US 200.00 per credit hour

Principle Course Credits
PHI 527 Alexandrian School of Philosophyt 3
THEO 520 Church History 3
PHI 511 The Dhammapada 3
THEO 500 Religion in Philosophy: Pascal, Kierkegaard, Plotinus 3
PHI 414 History of Economic Thought IV: A Multinational Compendium 3
PHI 413 History of Economic Thought III: Bastiat 3
PHI 565 Persian Philosophic Thought: The Avesta 3
PHI 561 Anatolian Thought: Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite 3
THEO 575 St. Augustine 3
Concentration Courses Credits
THEO 596 Christian Leadership and Hagiography 3
THEO 521 History of Hereticism 3
THEO 585 Exegesis: Philo of Alexandria 3
MSJ THEO 592 St. John Chrysostom 3
PHI 595 Cappadocia Fathers: St. Basil the Great 3
MSJ 596 Cappadocian Fathers: St. Gregory of Nyssa 3
MSJ 597 Cappadocian Fathers: St. Gregory Nazianzus 3
Electives (1 of 2) Credits
THEO 515 American Orthodox Theology 3
THEO 591 St. Maximus the Confessor 3
Dissertation Credits
THEO 001 Proposal, APA Style, 2 pages 3
THEO 002 Dissertation, APA Style, 30 pages 3
Total Credits & Tuition Cost 57 $11,400.00


We admit graduate students on a quarterly basis. We welcome international students, as well as transfer students of good academic standing into our graduate programs.


  1. A transcript(s) with undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or instead a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test score of 550 on the verbal and 600 on the quantitative portion. In some cases Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be also acceptable.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation from the school(s) previously attended.
  3. TOEFL score for international students.


6 Philosophy Credits
3 Literature Credits

Prior undergraduate or graduate courses in which a grade of B- or higher was attained can be used to meet the prerequisites of the program. Areas in which the student does not have prior coursework can have the necessary requirements met by taking the following foundation courses at Georgian International University:

PHI 330 – Classical Economics I: Milton Friedman
PHI 335 – Classical Economics II: F. A. Hayek
PHI 340 – Classical Economics V: Thomas Sowell
PHI 350 – Basics of Philosophy

Truly exceptional applicants, who do not meet the enrollment requirements, still may be considered for the program. They must be interviewed in person and evaluated by the Graduate Committee. Taking additional prerequisite courses will be a part of the provisional admission. Prospective applicants must take under consideration that the university rarely makes such exceptions.