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Degrees

Please see Course Offerings for detailed explanations of how courses are offered at VTS. Click on Course Listings to view the descriptions of specific courses in each ministry area or check the 2011-2012 VTS Catalog.

The Master in Divinity, (M.Div Program)

The Master in Divinity program M.Div is a three-year residential program designed to meet the educational and formational needs of those in the ordination process in the Episcopal Church or in an equivalent process in another denomination. The program provides a foundation in all theological areas: Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, Ministerial Studies, Studies in Christian Worship, Studies in Faith and Society, and Theological Studies.  While the curriculum is designed particularly to meet the needs of those who are seeking ordination, those who desire to earn the M.Div. for other vocational/professional goals are invited to apply to the program, as well.  Applicants who are not in the ordination process in the Episcopal Church should be able to provide information about the professional preparation that is required for their chosen vocation or profession and be able to articulate why they believe the M.Div. curriculum at VTS will prepare them for their chosen vocation or profession.

The Master of Arts (M.A. Program)

The Master of Arts program is an academic Master’s degree accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. It is intended to prepare students for competent Christian theological engagement and leadership in a variety of settings. The 48 credit degree allows students to design personalized plans of study to match their academic  backgrounds, the needs/expectations of the Church, and their vocational/professional goals.

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min Program)

Virginia Seminary offers three Doctor of Ministry programs:  Ministry Development, Educational Leadership and one in Christian Spirituality. Our ecumenical D.Min programs ask, “What is the vision God has given us for transforming lives and communities?” This question helps us focus on the things that really matter and make a difference in your ministry and leadership in parish, school, college, military, mission field, and the larger community. Click here for education requirements.