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Doctoral Program Applicants

Applications for 2019 will become available on October 2, 2018.
Strengthen your leadership now!

"What are the ultimate aims of Christian ministry and leadership, for transforming lives, communities, and cultures?"  This is a guiding question undergirding our Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry programs at Virginia Theological Seminary. It points to what really matters, wherever we are serving - in congregations, schools, colleges, the military, mission field or the larger community.

Program Offerings
Doctor of Ministry
Ministry Development
Educational Leadership
Christian Spirituality

Doctor of Educational Ministry
Educational Leadership

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 bring knowledge, wisdom, and skill from your ministry. You know your own challenges, strengths, and areas for growth. We honor what you bring to this program. You are treated as an adult professional learner. You contribute to the learning of your cohort through intensive reflections on real situations you have faced.
  • Strengthen your ability to read, understand, and shape the life of congregations, schools, universities, and communities of faith
  • Renew and clarify your focus for ministry and leadership in your current context
  • Develop habits that foster leadership and deeply committed discipleship in yourself and others
  • Know and claim afresh what you are trying to achieve in Christ's name, why you are trying to achieve it, and how you can pursue it through transformational ministry, leadership, and mission

Education Requirements

Doctor of Educational Ministry Program

The D.Ed.Min. program is for those professionals who are employed in positions of significant service and leadership in religiously affiliated educational settings, who do not possess an M.Div. or equivalent graduate theological degree, but who do possess a Master's degree in a field relevant to the course of study.

Doctor of Ministry Programs

VTS considers applicants holding an M.Div. degree. VTS also considers applicants who have the equivalent of 72 credit hours of graduate-level education that includes core components of an M.Div. degree. This typically means a Master’s degree from an accredited graduate school plus additional work as necessary to account for at least 72 credit hours of graduate-level courses with a suggested distribution in the following areas:
  • Bible – 12 credit hours, with work in both testaments
  • History, Theology, Ethics – 12 credit hours, with work in all areas
  • Field Education – 12 credit hours or equivalent (e.g., 3 years full-time ministry, CPE residency, internship)
  • Other Theological/Interdisciplinary Focal Areas – 18 credit hours (areas related to the arts of ministry and leadership – equivalency from other fields considered)
  • Plus an additional 18 graduate-level credit hours in an applied field.

International Applicants

All non-US citizens who come for study at VTS must apply for and be granted a student visa to allow them to enter the United States.  Please read the information about F-1 Student Visas found in the "International Applicant" section of the VTS website

Applicants who earned their degrees in countries other than in the United States or Canada must also provide third party evaluations that equate their coursework and academic programs to those in the US system.  A list of third party evaluating organizations can be found in the download area on the DMin electronic application webpage. For inquiries about MDiv educational equivalency, please contact the Director of Doctoral Programs.

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Dates to Remember

Application Deadline
January 10 - all Doctoral programs

Summer 2019 Residency
June 17 - July 5

Summer 2020 Residency
June 22 - July 10
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