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 "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.
  • 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.
To request general information about our Doctor of Ministry Programs click here

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.

    Leaders in a wide variety of pastoral care settings: Apply now for the D.Min in Christian Spirituality.

    For more information, email 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 at .  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. 

    Education Requirements

    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:
    • 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.
    Applicants who earned their degrees in countries other than in the United States or Canada must also provide third party evaluations that equate their coursework and academic programs to those in the US system.  A list of third party evaluating organizations can be found in the download area on the DMin electronic application webpage. For inquiries about MDiv educational equivalency, please contact the Director of the Doctor of Ministry program.

    “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

    DMN > Contact

    Doctor of Ministry
    Emily Riley
    Virginia Theological Seminary
    3737 Seminary Road
    Alexandria, VA  22304
    Phone: 703-461-1863

    Dates to Remember

    January Term:
    January 4-15, 2016 - New Ministry Development and Christian Sprituality cohort, returning Christian Spirituality cohort
    January 4-8, 2016 - Returning Ministry Development cohort

    Summer Term:

    June 20-July 8, 2016
    (for new and returning Education Leadership students and for returning Ministry Development and returning Christian Spirituality students)

    Application Deadlines for DMin programs:
    Ministry Development:
      July 1
    Christian Spirituality:
      July 1
    Educational Leadership:
      January 15
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