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In the Doctorate Program each student completes 90 quarter credits including the dissertation; at least
72 quarter credits in SPENTA. Each student demonstrates a reading knowledge of “Avestan”
and a reading knowledge of other ancient or modern language necessary for the field of study.

Students complete the doctorate program in four stages.

Stage One: Students master the general knowledge of the Zarathushtrian Studies.

Stage Two: The students deepen and refine acquaintance with the field of study in preparation
for candidacy decision.

Stage Three: After attaining candidacy students concentrate on hands-on experience in field research
or teaching.

Stage Four: Students write a dissertation and defend it in the school oral examination.

The Doctorate course requirements are as follows:

Stage one :

Note: Students are required to have two basic undergraduate or graduate courses in philosophy:
Critical Thinking and Introduction To Philosophy .

GRL 501A Religious Studies I
GRL 501B Religious Studies II
ZSP 501 Introduction to Zarathushtrian Studies
ZSP 502 Gathas
ZSC 501 Avesta
ZSC 502 Practice and Discipline of Zarathushtrian
ZSH 501 History and Development of Zarathushtrian

Stage Two :

ZSP 503 Zarathushtrian Ethics
ZSH 502 Leadership and Authority in Zarathushtrian Religion
ZSL 503 Avestan
ZSC 504 Myths in Zarathushtrian Religion
ZSP 506 Advance Studies
Six elective courses in field of study: Philosophy, Language, Culture or history

Stage Three :

ZSP 504 Conference in Zarathushtrian Studies
ZSP 503 Seminar in Gathas
ZSD 999 Doctorate Exam Preparation
ZSI 996 Internship

Stage Four:

ZSDD Dissertation



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