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Admission to the Doctoral Programs
Contact the Doctoral Programs directly to determine the right degree and area of concentration that will best suit your ministry goals. 

Applications are accepted from October 15 to January 10 prior to the first summer residency.

Applications for Summer 2021 are available here

Education Requirements

Doctor of Educational Ministry Program

The D.Ed.Min. program is for those professionals who are employed in positions of significant service and leadership in religiously affiliated educational settings, who do not possess an M.Div. or equivalent graduate theological degree, but who do possess a Master's degree in a field relevant to the course of study.

Doctor of Ministry Programs

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 M.Div. 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.

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

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 Doctoral Programs.

"We believe that God’s Spirit is ever enlivening the Church, fostering wise, skillful, and faithful leaders, to empower the church to hear anew the calling of God’s Spirit."
-The Rev. Ross Kane Ph.D.,
Director of Doctoral Programs
Applications Available for Summer 2021 Residency
October 15, 2020

Application Deadline for Summer 2021 Residency
January 10, 2021

Summer 2021 Residency
June 21- July 9 
Applications Available for Summer 2022 Residency
October 15, 2021

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