Academics

Part-Time Non-Degree Program

If you are interested in study at the Seminary on a part-time basis without being enrolled in a degree program, consider applying as a Part-Time Non-Degree (PTND) student. This option is suitable for those who want to learn more about a particular area of interest, experience the academic life at seminary before committing to beginning a degree or diploma program, enjoy study with the greatest degree of flexibility, or take classes in conjunction with seminary study elsewhere. 

Students who already have earned a bachelor's degree may apply to be a PTND student, a status that would entitle one to take one or two courses per semester (up to 6 credit hours), either for credit or as an auditor. This would not, however, constitute admission to a degree program.

Application for the fall semester must be made no later than June 15, and by November 1 for the spring semester. There may be limitations on the number of PTND students admitted, and the courses in which they are permitted to enroll. Status as a PTND student is reviewed annually and is subject to renewal.  PTND students are not eligible for financial assistance.

If you wish to apply, please assemble the following materials and return them to the Admissions Office by the deadline. You will find the necessary forms in the download box to the right on this screen:
      1. The completed application form.
      2. A brief letter outlining your reason for applying to study as a Part-Time Non-Degree student and mentioning the courses in which you hope to enroll for the upcoming semester.
      3. The completed reference form, sealed in an envelope. The person supplying the reference should be your Rector or Pastor, or another church professional who is well acquainted with your life and work in the Church.
      4. Official Transcripts from all institutions of higher education you have attended. These may be mailed directly to VTS by the school.
Once your application materials have been received in the Admissions Office, you will be contacted to arrange a time to come to campus for a brief, informal interview with the Director of Admissions.

If you are accepted for Part-Time Non-Degree study, you will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance; then, once your nonrefundable $50 registration fee is received, you will be able to register for classes through the VTS Registrar. A bill for tuition will be made available to you by the Business Office once you have registered.

Contact Us

Academic Administration
and Student Life Department
Admissions Office
E-mail: admissions@vts.edu
Phone: 703-461-1706
Fax: 703-370-0138

Mailing address:
Admissions Office
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304

Seminary Switchboard:
703-370-6600


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