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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 and Doctor of Educational 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.

Program Offerings

Doctor of Ministry
Ministry Development
Educational Leadership
Christian Spirituality

Doctor of Educational Ministry
Educational Leadership

Our D.Min and D.Ed.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

Questions? Email or call the D.Min office at 703-461-1863.

International Applicants

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.  Please read the information about F-1 Student Visas found in the "International Applicant" section of the VTS website

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
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road, Box 143
Alexandria, VA  22304
Phone| 703-461-1863

Dates to Remember

January Term:
January 9-20, 2017 - New Ministry Development and Christian Sprituality students, returning Christian Spirituality students
January 9-13, 2017 - Returning Ministry Development cohort

Summer Term:

June 19-July 7, 2017
(for Education Leadership students and returning Ministry Development and Christian Spirituality students)

Application Deadlines

Doctor of Ministry
Ministry Development:
  July 1
Christian Spirituality:
  July 1
Educational Leadership:
  January 15

Doctor of Educational Ministry
Educational Leadership:
  January 15
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