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Academic Programs

For a detailed listing of all courses being offered in the current academic year, as well as descriptions and explanations, please reference Course Offerings.

The Master in Divinity (M.Div Program)

The Master in Divinity program 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)

Virginia Theological Seminary offers three Doctor of Ministry programs: Ministry Development, Educational Leadership and Christian SpiritualityOur 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 on each program for specific education requirements.

The Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min)

VTS is proud to be one of the only Episcopal seminaries to offer the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree. Launching in Summer 2017, the D.Ed.Min in Educational Leadership is for those in positions of significant service and leadership in religiously affiliated educational settings who do not possess an M.Div or equivalent in graduate theological education, but who have a Master’s degree in a field relevant to the course of study.  Click here for more information.
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