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We live in a day of thrilling advances in Christian scholarship. The resources of the rich traditions of patristic, Eastern, medieval, Reformation and Reformed Orthodox theology are available in unprecedented degree, and excellent work in biblical studies, dogmatics, and ethics signals a great opportunity for the advancement of the confessional Reformed theological tradition, both in theory and in practice.
Greystone’s Reformed and Presbyterian Studies (RPS) Program has been carefully crafted to make the most of this opportunity. The RPS is an advanced academic program for those seeking rigorous post-MA or post-M.Div. training and research in the liturgical, confessional, homiletical, and ecclesiological identity and mission of the Reformed and Presbyterian traditions. This Program is directed by Daniel R. Hyde and Alan D. Strange (see Leadership, below), with courses in Coraopolis/Pittsburgh and other locations in the USA and internationally. The Program modules are taught by a many of the finest international scholars working today across the disciplines, and students and supporters can expect a program, instructional, and mentorship quality level that meets and ordinarily exceeds the best Th.M./STM/M.Phil. programs available today.
In a text-focused context of mentorship and discussion, Greystone students will strengthen their grasp of the Reformed theological tradition and, as applicable, their practice of ministry with deep biblical, historical, and theological reflection in dialogue with a wide range of advances in scholarship and the concrete realities of church life. Read below to learn more about the structure and commitments of the RPS Program.
Effective 15 July 2019, the Program is now accepting applications and registration is now open (see below).
Several residential and online course modules may be started immediately or as soon as this fall, including the inaugural RPS core-qualifying course: RP 775/975: “Studies in the Reformed Confessions: Gender, Divorce, Milton, and the Contexts of WCF 24,” which will be held over three weekends both on-site at Greystone Coraopolis/Pittsburgh and online via Greystone Connect’s (Zoom) live-stream. See the current course schedule for more information (check back often for additions).
The Reformed and Presbyterian Studies program can be completed in one year of full-time study, or two-years of part-time study, and has a four-part structure: languages, coursework, research project, and final examination. The heart of Greystone Theological Institute Studies is our “six-course-and-thesis” certificate program which not only stands alone as an advanced graduate Certificate but which also can be applied toward the acquisition of Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees, jointly, with our growing list of partnering institutions. (Students interested in completing the ThM or PhD via Greystone’s Program must apply separately to the partner institution and abide by that institution’s policies and procedures, which vary.)
The Program’s four-part structure is as follows:
1. Language competency
As a text-focused program committed to training careful, charitable readers, language facility is key to the Greystone Program. A graduate of the RPS Program will have documented or demonstrated reading facility in at least biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, and Latin sufficient for productive access to the texts of Holy Scripture and the tradition, and is encouraged to pursue other important research languages. By the conclusion of the program (except in cases where course modules include a language prerequisite) and prior to submitting the final research project, students will demonstrate facility in biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, and Latin by passing exams in each language. Greystone is pleased to provide language instruction in some cases, and to provide counsel and oversight in all cases, for study of Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Syriac, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and select other research languages. Students who have earned an ‘A’ or ‘B’ in the equivalent of a third term of any of these languages may formally request an exemption from a Greystone examination. We encourage students without backgrounds in Latin to complete this requirement using the instructional program run by our partners at the Davenant Latin Institute. Successful completion of the Davenant curriculum satisfies the Program Latin requirement.
Students will complete six course modules, which are available both in residential and in online formats, focusing especially on the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to continue in the Program. With the exception of students at great distance from a Greystone Learning Community site, at least three modules must be taken in the residential format (most modules are one-week intensives). Up to three (3) of the required courses may be taken in Greystone Connect’s blended online format which features a full set of online lectures with 3-4 required seminar, discussion, and research training meetings at the 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3 junctures of the modular schedule.
The modular course of study is as follows:
Click below for a schedule of the classes Greystone will offer through 2021. Use this extended course calendar to chart a course to complete the program!
3. Research project
Students will complete one substantial supervised research project as the capstone of their Program. This project is the result of an extensive process of learning and of mentorship, and reflects the students expanded or deepened areas of understanding. The project topic, scope, and length will be customized to the individual interests, needs, and plans of the student. It is important to note that, as an academic program, the research project must reflect high standards of inquiry and method commensurate with a program designed to foster quality advanced research and communication. This project is subject to prior approval and provides a tightly argued and carefully executed theoretical analysis of a historical, biblical, philosophical, or ethical question, and not a vocational project.
4. Oral Examination
The final stage of the Program is a two-hour oral examination in the area of the student’s chosen program concentration. This examination includes evaluation of the research project as well as assessment of the student’s general and special knowledge of his or her program concentration. The examination is ordinarily carried out on site at one of Greystone’s Learning Communities. A customized list of required and recommended readings is available to students after the conclusion of their third module in the Program.
Frequently Asked QUestions
Is Greystone accredited?
Greystone is not accredited but is pursuing accreditation. However, Greystone partners with a growing number of select accredited academic institutions who collaborate with Greystone to provide an ATS accredited degree program in which Greystone delivers up to 50% of the required course modules. The Greystone Program Certificate is ideal for students interested in an affordable program whose quality level meets or exceeds existing ThM programs but who are not planning on using the Greystone credential for admittance into a USA-based PhD program.
Is this program of study affiliated with a specific church communion or denomination?
Greystone is not affiliated with any particular church body. Greystone’s Fellows are members of Reformed churches and agree to teach in a manner consistent with the confessional Reformed tradition.
What are the qualifications for admission to the program?
Students who desire to extend their Greystone education a ThM, STM, or PhD with a partner institution must have completed the M.A. or M.Div. degree, or equivalent, with a GPA of at least 3.0 for admission into the Program. The Greystone Program is rigorous and not all applicants can be accepted. Students lacking this educational background and who wish to complete only the Greystone Program may write to Greystone to request an exception. Note that students pursuing an accredited degree through Greystone’s partnerships are responsible to ensure that they also satisfy the admission requirements of the partner institution.
What does the program cost?
Tuition for comparable programs in the USA typically ranges between $2,500 and $3,500 per course/module. Greystone’s cost per module is currently $1,074 (USD). The auditor fee is $199 per module. With low tuition rates and a purposely minimalist fee structure, admitted students are able to complete the entire Program for approximately $7,500 (tuition + fees).
What is the schedule of a one-week module at Greystone Coraopolis/Pittsburgh?
The daily schedule is as follows (Greystone also provides a full, specially catered meal on one evening for students and spouses):
8:30 am Morning Prayers
9:10 am Coffee
9:20 am Lectures & Discussion (Lecturer determines break times)
Noon Lunch (class ends at lunchtime on Friday)
1:30 pm Lectures & Discussion (Lecturer determines break times)
4:30 pm Evening Prayers