Admissions & Aid

Masters Level Applicants

Thank you for your interest in Virginia Theological Seminary! 

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)
While our master’s level programs may be pursued on a part-time basis, students in the Master in Divinity program must complete the last two years in residence full-time.
An integral part of the application process is visiting the VTS campus and interviewing with a faculty member. Visit days are available throughout the year and provide the opportunity to meet one-on-one with admissions/financial aid officers, attend classes, eat lunch with students, and engage with all aspects of VTS life. Some applicants choose to attend one of our prospective student events: Fall Visit Day or Spring Visit Weekend. Registration can be made through the VTS website in the weeks leading up to the events.

We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as you are able, and for those in an ordination process in the Episcopal Church, as soon as you have received diocesan permission to do so.  On-campus apartments and residence halls are available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Our new paperless, cloud-based application will be available on or around October 15, 2019.  Please check back around that time to begin the application process.

If you have questions about our programs of study or the application process, we encourage you to be in touch with the Admissions Office at

More About the Application Process

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  • Admissions and Deadlines

    June 1 is the application deadline for Master's level applicants  who will begin study in the August term /Fall. 

    October 1 is the application deadline for M.A., Diploma in Theology, and Diploma in Anglican Studies students who will begin study in the Spring Term. 

    Applications are received, admissions interviews held, and offers of admission are made throughout the academic year.  Applicants to the M.Div. program (or other programs) who are in the ordination process in the Episcopal Church may apply and interview before postulancy is granted; however, any offer of admission is contingent upon the applicant being named a postulant.

    On-campus housing is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students who pay their deposits after on-campus housing is filled must make their own housing arrangements off campus.
  • Submitting the Application Materials

    Please email your essay to the Admissions Office at the address below.  Your recommendations may be sent directly to VTS by your recommenders via mail or email.  Transcripts should be mailed to VTS directly by your school(s).  Our contact information:

    Admissions Office
    Virginia Theological Seminary
    3737 Seminary Road
    Alexandria, VA  22304


Final Deadlines

June 1 is the deadline for submission of application materials for US citizens planning to enter a master's level program in the following August term/Fall semester.  

December 1 is the deadline for international applicants wishing to begin study in a master's level program in the following August term/Fall semester. This deadline applies to applicants who are not US citizens and are not currently residing in the United States

October 1
is the deadline for those beginning the M.A., Anglican Studies, and Diploma in Theology programs in the Spring term.
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