Our doctoral programs begin with the question, “What vision does God give us for transforming lives, communities, and cultures?” Because every baptized Christian carries out a distinct expression of that vision, we offer varying program tracks oriented to varying ministries. Each track puts theological and biblical resources into conversation with developmental, organizational, and social scientific learning. Our doctoral students focus in their specialized track while also sharing learning across all three tracks.
Our D.Min and D.Ed.Min programs are unparalleled in their integration of interdisciplinary academic rigor, an unflinching challenge for personal growth, and demanding expansion of skills and habits for the sake of transformational leadership.
You have valuable experience in ministry. We offer coursework and a leading team of faculty to facilitate new learning. The four doctoral programs at the Virginia Theological Seminary provide unparalleled opportunities to transform ministry and leadership for the mission of God. We integrate your lived experience with rigorous learning to shape leaders who are building the church of the future. Faculty in our interdenominational program are both scholars and practitioners who draw from multiple disciplines to fully integrate learning and practice. We believe that God’s Spirit is ever enlivening the Church, both through careful study of our sacred tradition and through new words spoken by the Spirit in our contemporary contexts. Through fostering wise, skillful, and faithful leaders, we seek to empower the church to hear anew the calling of God’s Spirit.