The Evening School

Evening School Programs
The Evening School of Theology (EST) at Virginia Theological Seminary offers two programs: the "traditional" program and the "enriched" program. The traditional EST was established in 1971 to provide serious theological education for lay people and the enriched program began in 2011 to offer EST students the opportunity to study along with master-level students. Lay or ordained, seeker or believer, leader or listener; all are invited to enroll in a course to deepen one's experience and knowledge of the Christian faith.

Courses in the “traditional” program generally meet in the evening for two-hours weekly during a ten-week period.
The traditional program has an open enrollment policy for all who wish to register. At the beginning of a course, students may elect to audit the course or take the course for credit. An auditor is expected to complete the assigned readings for class discussions and to participate in discussions and other assignments during a class session. A student taking the course for credit would be required to complete a project or paper(s) assigned by the instructor to receive credit for the course. The cost for each registrant is $125.00 (with a 10 percent discount for households.)

Courses in the “enriched” program, are master-level courses with limited enrollment for Evening School participants. Admission into the enriched program requires an application (available online) that must be submitted by a stated deadline and completion of the Theological Education Toolbox: An Intro to Theological Education course.
If accepted into the program, an EST registrant may only participate as a student taking the course for EST credit; meaning that one is expected to complete the course's required reading and submit a paper or project to receive credit for the course. Course fees range from $200 - $400 for each registrant is $200.00 and is payable after acceptance into the program.

Students in the traditional or enriched programs may elect to work towards a Diploma in Theological Studies. The Diploma is awarded for the satisfactory completion for credit of six courses, including at least two courses in Bible, one course in Christian theology, and one course in either liturgy or spirituality and the arts. Credits from the satisfactory completion of an Evening School course or for the Diploma are not transferable to Virginia Seminary or to other academic institutions.
Q. Do I need a college degree?
A. No. The Virginia Theological Seminary Evening School does not require any previous academic degrees of any kind.

Q. Who teaches Evening School courses?
A. A variety of Virginia Theological Seminary faculty and qualified adjunct instructors teach the courses. Adjunct instructors are not faculty members, but have expertise in their fields.

Q. Where are the classes held?
A. The classes are held, on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary, in the Addison Academic Center. The Addison Academic Center is next to the Bishop Payne Library. You may consult our general information page for a map and directions.

Q. Will I receive a confirmation of enrollment before the first day of the course?
A. Yes. Confirmation is sent at the time of your online registration. Further instructions are sent via email about one week prior to the beginning of the term with information about the course(s) for which you have registered along with directions to the campus and to your classroom.

Q. May I withdraw from a course?
A. Yes, you may withdraw from a course at any time. If you withdraw after the third meeting of the course, you will receive a tuition refund less a charge of $20.00 for administrative costs.

Q. How do I find out if a course has been cancelled, due to inclement weather?
A. Notification of course cancellations will be posted on the vts website by 5:00 p.m., on the day of the course. Information will also be available at the seminary switchboard (703) 370-6600 by 5:00 p.m., on the day of the course.
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