Become a More Empowered Spiritual Leader With a Doctorate of Ministry

Our doctoral programs begin with a question: What vision does God give us for transforming lives, communities, and cultures?

Because every baptized Christian carries out a distinct expression of that vision, we offer varying program tracks that are oriented to varying ministries. Each track puts theological and biblical resources into conversation with developmental, organizational, and social scientific learning. Our doctoral students focus on their specialized track while sharing knowledge with students in other tracks.

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.

Online integrative courses entail specific engagement with a ministry context, in conversation with both theology and social sciences. The capstone of all our doctoral programs is the thesis, a substantive work of action-reflection scholarship based upon rigorous examination of a ministry context and robust engagement with academic disciplines. Contact us today to learn more and find the right path for the next chapter of your spiritual education!

VTS celebrates the richness of the Orthodox Christian tradition. We affirm the centrality of the Scriptures, the historic creeds, and our Prayer Book in our learning and living together. We recognize that Christians disagree about much and encourage the conversation as we seek to discern God's will for our age. Christians across the spectrum are welcome at VTS.

Our eighty-acre campus, nestled in historic Alexandria, provides an environment for growth, learning, and community. Contact our Admissions Office for a tour and come see the delights of our campus, including our library, chapel, refectory, dormitories and classrooms!

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Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship seminary of the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1823, VTS prepares women and men from around the world for both ordained and lay service in the Church. VTS offers Masters and Doctoral level degrees, non-degree diplomas, and Continuing Education programs. 

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