Strengthen your leadership now!
"What are the ultimate aims of Christian ministry and leadership, for transforming lives, communities and cultures?" This is a guiding question undergirding our Doctor of Ministry programs at Virginia Theological Seminary. It points to what really matters, wherever we are serving - in congregations, schools, colleges, the military, mission field or the larger community.
Our D.Min. programs are unparalleled in their integration of interdisciplinary academic rigor, unflinching challenge for personal growth, and demanding expansion of skills and habits for the sake of transformational leadership.
You bring knowledge, wisdom, and skill from your ministry. You know your own challenges, strengths, and areas for growth. We honor what you bring to this program. You are treated as an adult professional learner. You contribute to the learning of your cohort through intensive reflections on real situations you have faced.
Leaders in congregational, missionary, and military settings: Apply now for the D.Min in Ministry Development program.
Leaders in schools, colleges, and other educational settings: Apply now for the D.Min in Educational Leadership program.
- Strengthen your ability to read, understand, and shape the life of congregations, schools, universities, and communities of faith
- Renew and clarify your focus for ministry and leadership in your current context
- Develop habits that foster leadership and deeply committed discipleship in yourself and others
- Know and claim afresh what you are trying to achieve in Christ's name, why you are trying to achieve it, and how you can pursue it through transformational ministry, leadership, and mission.
Leaders in a wide variety of pastoral care settings: Apply now for the D.Min in Christian Spirituality.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the D.Min office at 703-461-1760.
NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Please read the information about F-1 Student Visas found in the "International Applicant" section of the VTS website. All non-US citizens who come for study at VTS must apply for and be granted a student visa to allow them to enter the United States.
VTS considers applicants holding an M.Div. degree. VTS also considers applicants who have the equivalent of 72 credit hours of graduate-level education that includes core components of an MDiv degree. This typically means a Master’s degree from an accredited graduate school plus additional work as necessary to account for at least 72 credit hours of graduate-level courses with a suggested distribution in the following areas:
For inquiries about MDiv educational equivalency, please contact the Director of the Doctor of Ministry program.
- Bible – 12 credit hours, with work in both testaments
- History, Theology, Ethics – 12 credit hours, with work in all areas
- Field Education – 12 credit hours or equivalent (e.g., 3 years full-time ministry, CPE residency, internship)
- Other Theological/Interdisciplinary Focal Areas – 18 credit hours (areas related to the arts of ministry and leadership – equivalency from other fields considered)
- Plus an additional 18 graduate-level credit hours in an applied field.
“Students must possess an ATS Board of Commissioners-approved MDiv or its educational equivalent from an institution of higher education accredited by a US agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or approved by a Canadian provincial quality assurance agency. Degrees from institutions outside of North America may be accepted provided schools can demonstrate that they meet the standards of the Board-approved degrees for admission. MDiv equivalency is defined as 72 graduate semester hours or comparable graduate credits in other systems that represent broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry and that include a master’s degree and significant ministerial leadership. Ministerial experience alone is not considered the equivalent of or a substitute for the master’s degree.” -- Association of Theological Schools standards for degree programs, E.4.1
Lifetime Theological Education Office
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
January 5-16, 2015 - New Ministry Development and Christian Sprituality cohort
January 5-8, 2015 - Returning Ministry Development cohort
June 22-July 10, 2015
(for new and returning Education Leadership students and for returning Ministry Development and returning Christian Spirituality students)
Application Deadline for those beginning the programs in 2015:
Ministry Development - September 15, 2014
Christian Spirituality - September 15, 2014
Educational Leadership - January 15, 2015