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.