Degrees

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The educational experience at VTS begins with a core curriculum of scripture, theology, and church history, and expands to include electives and experiences that unite theory with practice. This integrative approach makes the curriculum with our Masters, Doctoral, or Non-Degree programs come alive as students use their classroom learning in the field.

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Master’s Programs

The Master in Divinity (M.Div Program)

The Master in Divinity (M.Div Program)

The Master in Divinity program is a three-year residential program designed to meet the educational and formational needs of those in the ordination process in the Episcopal Church or in an equivalent process in another denomination.

The Master of Arts (M.A. Program)

The Master of Arts (M.A. Program)

The Master of Arts program at Virginia Theological Seminary aims to prepare students academically for advanced research and/or professionally for service to the church.

Anglican Studies Program

Anglican Studies Program

Through courses and co-curricular offerings in Anglican history, theology, liturgy, and polity, the Diploma in Anglican Studies prepares students for ordination in the Episcopal Church.

Diploma in Theology

Diploma in Theology

The 24 credit hour Diploma in Theology program allows for the greatest amount of flexibility in the design of a program of theological study that will meet the student’s overall goals for study and academic interests.

Pathway to Ministry

Pathway to Ministry

Pathway to Ministry is a one-year academic program from Virginia Theological Seminary for students who have not yet engaged in a discernment process but wish to pursue formal theological education in an academically rigorous and spiritually nurturing environment.

Doctorate Programs

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min)

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min)

Students in D.Min tracks complete pre-thesis coursework in three years. Classes consist of two basic types: Seminar courses and online courses. Seminar courses follow a hybrid learning model, combining online education with in-class time during summer residencies.

The Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min)

The Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min)

The Doctor of Educational Ministry is designed for professionals who hold a master’s degree in a discipline related to D.Ed.Min studies rather than a Master of Divinity. Like the D.Min, there are three tracks students can choose from.

Non-Degree Programs

Auditor Program

Auditor Program

The Auditor Program is design for those interested in taking master’s level courses at the Seminary without enrolling in a degree program or receiving credit. This option is designed for alumni, clergy, and lay leaders seeking continuing education opportunities.

Non-Degree Program

Non-Degree Program

The Non-Degree Program is designed for those who want to learn more about a particular area of interest, experience the academic life at seminary before committing to a degree or diploma program, enjoy study with the greatest degree of flexibility, or take classes in conjunction with seminary study elsewhere.

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