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Academics
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 an option to apply to continue in either the Master of Arts program or the Master in Divinity program. 
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.
 
Eligible s
tudents enrolled in Pathway to Ministry will receive a financial aid package covering tuition, fees, meal plan, and lodging for those who live on campus. 
 
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 (note that Pathway to Ministry applications will be considered only in the February 1st Round):
  • December 1 – Priority Round: All master's level application types except Pathway to Ministry (decision notification by January 30);
  • February 1 – Round 1: All Pathway to Ministry applications, as well as additional applications for all other tracks (decision notification by March 15);
  • May 1 – Round 2: All master's level application types except Pathway to Ministry (decision notification by June 1).
PLEASE NOTE: INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN THE 2020-21 APPLICATION ROUND DUE TO COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS. THE NEXT APPLICATION CYCLE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WILL BE IN FALL 2021 FOR ENTRY IN FALL 2022.
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