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Academic Programs

Pathway to Ministry

Pathway to Ministry is a new academic program from Virginia Theological Seminary offering one tuition-free year of study to students who have not yet engaged a discernment process but wish to pursue formal theological education in an academically rigorous and spiritually nurturing environment. 

During this year at VTS, students: enroll in a selection of courses that provides a well-rounded foundation of theological knowledge; participate in a structured program of discernment; are eligible to receive the Diploma in Theology at the end of one year, with the option to continue for a second year (earning a Master of Arts degree), or stay for a third year (earning the Master in Divinity). 
Any of these three degree/diploma options is open to any student in the program regardless of canonical status. Students also have the option of engaging in a diocesan ordination process while in residence at VTS.
Students enrolled in Pathway to Ministry will receive a financial aid package covering tuition, fees, meal plan, and lodging for those who live on campus. A $5,000 stipend is also included.
For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@vts.edu.

Final Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the academic year with the following deadlines:
  • December 1 – Priority Domestic and International Applications (decision notification by January 30)
  • February 1 – Round 1 Domestic Applications (decision notification by March 15)
  • May 1 – Round 2 Domestic Applications (decision notification by June 1)
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