Greetings prospective Master's level students!
Thank you for your interest in study in the M.Div., MA, Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology
and Post-Graduate Diploma in Anglican Studies
programs at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Virginia Seminary's admissions process is a modified "rolling admissions". Applications are received, interviews held and offers of admission are made throughout the academic year (September through May). 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. Those who wait until the final May 1 deadline to submit their applications will likely not be able to visit campus and have their interviews before the end of classes. Financial Aid and Residence Hall space are less assured the later one applies.
This page contains all the information and forms that you will need to assemble a complete application to the M.Div. and MA
degree programs, to the Post-Graduate Diploma in Anglican Studies program
and Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology programs
at Virginia Theological Seminary.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -The basic application form can be completed electronically on-line. Click here for instructions and the application form link. Information about supporting documents for the application process are also posted.
You will be responsible for requesting and collecting transcripts, letters of recommendation and other materials. Please read all instructions carefully. A $75.00 application fee is part of the application.
NOTE if you anticipate applying for FINANCIAL AID:
You can begin applying for financial aid as you are also completing the admissions process. We understand that you may not be able to gather all the required materials for the financial aid application, such as a copy of your tax return, until the spring. However, you should be in touch with our financial aid office as soon as possible. Applications should be mailed to the attention of the Director of Financial Aid and Housing
. Please do NOT include these forms with your application packet. Information and application forms for financial aid can be found in the "Student Financial Services" tab on the website.
If you have any questions about our programs of study or the application process we encourage you to be in touch. Please call the admissions office at 703-461-1951 or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Admissions
Assistant Director for Admissions and Financial Aid
Click here to request information or plan a visit. The information and visit planning form will be found in a link on the right-hand side of the next page.
Taking the GRE is not a general requirement for application to the Master's level programs. We will gladly accept GRE scores if you feel that including these will enhance your application. We also reserve the right to require the GRE in instances when other supporting documents for the application cannot be provided or when we need additional information about an applicant's academic readiness.
|Scheduling Visits and Interviews|
We look forward to hosting all Master's level applicants for a visit to the VTS campus at least once in the application process to experience the rhythms of life in this community, to worship, attend classes and meet students, faculty and staff. If complete application packets have been received 2-3 weeks in advance of the visit, we can also plan for your admissions interview at this time.
Below you'll see a list of dates during the 2015-16 academic year on which we cannot host prospective student visitors to campus or on which there are some limitations in the schedule. Please keep these dates in mind as you consider when you may be able to visit VTS:
September 7- Labor day. The seminary is closed
September 29- Quiet Day, a day for reflection and prayer, is held on campus. No classes or regularly scheudled activities take place
October 12-14 - Convocation/Chapel Consecretation
October 24-27 - Reading and Exam Days- Seminary classes are not in session. Visits can be scheduled, but there are no opportunities to visit classes.
October 28 - November 1 - Fall break. Classes are not in session, worship is not held and students are away from campus.
November 6 - Fall Visit Day - All prospective student visits will be within the context of our Fall Visit Day program. Registration will open in September 2015 and is available to those prospective students who can travel to and from the seminary on the day of the event.
November 26-28 - The Seminary is closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
December 17- 21 - Reading and Exam Days
December 22- January 2nd - Christmas Break - no classes are in session and the Seminary is closed December 24-January 2nd
January 4- January 29 - The January term is in session and students are not required to be on campus. The typical Seminary schedule is not in effect during this time so it is not the best option for visits. However, those who cannot visit at other times, may work with the admissions office to plan a January visit. Note that an alternative, intensive format, class schedule is maintained during the January term. The Seminary is closed on January 18th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 10 - Ash Wednesday Quiet Day - a day for reflection and prayer, is held on campus. No classes or regularly scheudled activities take place
February 12-14 - Spring Visit Weekend for Prospective Students. All visitors will be participants in this prospective student event. Registration to attend the Conference will be open in November and will take place through the VTS website.
February 15 - President's day. The seminary is closed
March 16-18 - Spring mid-term reading day and exams. Classes are not held. Visits can be scheduled, but there are no opportunities to visit classes.
March 21-25 - Spring Break and Holy Week. Classes are not in session, worship is not held, and students are away from campus. Seminary offices are closed on Good Friday.
March 28 - Easter Monday - The Seminary is closed.
May 10-13, 16 - Spring semester reading days and final exams. No classes are held. Visits can be scheduled, but there are no opportunities to visit classes.
May 17-19 - Board of Trustees visit campus and Commencement is held (May 19).
May 25-26 - Employee Development day and final faculty meeting for year.
May 30 - Memorial day. The seminary is closed
We strive to have all campus visits and interviews completed by the first week of June.
Visit Day for Prospective Students:
Friday, November 6, 2015: The Fall Visit Day for Prospective Students is a day long event designed to provide information and insight into our programs and community. The day's schedule is designed for those who can drive to and from campus on the day of the event. Registration will be available in September 2015.
February 12-14, 2016: The "Spring Visit Weekend for Prospective Students" event attracts participants from around the US, and is the premier event for all prospective students. Registration materials and information will be available in November of 2015 and will be posted on the VTS website.
Individual visits to campus. Informational visits prior to submitting an application, and interview visits scheduled once all application materials have been received at VTS can be arranged for any day of the work week. Although we do hold some interviews in the fall, the largest number are held during the spring semester between March and Mid-May. For those who can travel in mid-week, we particularly encourage you to be on campus on Wednesdays, the day on which the entire community gathers for a community Eucharist over the noon hour. Services of Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist and Evening Prayer are held daily. Interviews are not held on weekends. We do not schedule an interview appointment until we have received, reviewed and processed your application. Occasionally it is possible to forgo a second trip to campus for an in-person admissions interview if the applicant has already experienced a substantive visit which was planned under the auspices of the admissions office at some earlier point during the academic year in which the application is received. Such visits would include conversations with faculty members on the admissions committee, visiting class, meeting the Financial Aid and Housing Director, attending worship and enjoying lunch on campus . In these circumstances, a tele-conferenced interview may be scheduled instead.
For those who have not previously visited VTS, a personal interview is required. Usually, the interview can take place two to three weeks from the time we receive your application packet, providing the packet is complete and all credentials are in order. If you know of particular dates on which you can travel to VTS, please include those dates in the application packet, on a separate piece of paper, on top of the application materials so the sheet is visible immediately upon opening the envelope.
In addition to arranging for your admissions interview, we are happy to plan activities and appointments that will introduce you to the communal and academic life at VTS as well as provide overnight accommodations in our guesthouse (based on availability) and meals in the refectory.
|Tips For Mailing Your Application Materials|
A $75.00 application fee is now part of the application. Be sure to include the words "Admissions Office" on the address line of your envelope or mailing label. This will assure that your packet finds its way to the appropriate office.
We will be scanning all application materials, so please follow these guidelines for assembling your application.
*Please DO NOT staple pages together.
*Please DO NOT put your application materials in binders, folders, plastic page covers, etc. While this does make a beautiful initial presentation of the materials, we must then remove all of the documents from thier holders in order to scan them and set up your file.
*Please also send documents copied on one side of the page only. This also aids us in processing the materials.
DO NOT use United States Postal Service Express delivery mailers, USPS certified mail or return receipt mail to mail your application packet. Although you would think that using these means would guarantee prompt delivery of the packet, that is not the case. Because of the procedures at our local post office, using one of these methods will actually cause a delay in your application packet being delivered. If you wish to use a means to send your packet that can be tracked, use United Postal Service (UPS), FedEx, or another courier company of that type.
|Admissions and Deadlines|
May 1 is the application deadline for Master's level applicants who will begin seminary in the August term /Fall . Those applying for the King-Mitchell Academic Excellence Scholarship Prize should send all materials, including the entrance essay by March 1.
October 1 is the applicatin deadline for M.A., Diploma in Theology and Diploma in Anglican Studies students who will begin seminary in the Spring Term.
Applications are received, admissions interviews held and offers of admission are made throughout the academic year. Because the number of spaces for new students is limited, prospective students are urged to apply as early as possible. 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.
Dormitory space is limited and assigned on a “first come-first served” basis. Those who desire to live in a dorm should plan to complete the admissions process as early as possible o increase the likelihood that a room will be available for them. Students who pay their deposits after all on-campus housing is filled must make their own housing arrangements off campus.
|May 1 is the final date by which complete application packets must be received from those US citizens planning to enter the M.Div., MA, Anglican Studies, and Diploma in Theology programs in the following August term/Fall semester. We STRONGLY encourage you to apply as early as possible especially if you will want to be considered for a residence hall room.|
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.
January 15 is the application deadline for those applying to the Doctor of Ministry in Educational Leadership program that begins in early summer.
July 1 is the application deadline for those applying to begin the DMin in Ministry Development and the DMin in Christian Spirituality in the following January
October 1 for those beginning the MA, Anglican Studies and Diploma in Theology programs in the Spring term.