The Master in Divinity degree is the classic professional degree for ministry. With a particular focus on the preparation of persons for ordained ministry, the three-year M.Div. program at Virginia Theological Seminary also provides for those preparing for non-ordained ministry. 

The M.Div. program highlights the following areas of study:


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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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Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary seeks to form women and men for leadership in the Episcopal Church. Students from every Episcopal province in the United States and from many other countries have found their way to VTS. Here they have been shaped by the discipline of worship in an environment committed to learning so that they can serve Christ effectively. 

As we count down to our bicentennial celebration, our task remains to make the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion stronger, more vital, and more effective. VTS celebrates the rich orthodox Christian tradition. We affirm the centrality of the Scriptures, the historic creeds, and our prayer book in our learning and living together. The Jesus Movement has been alive at VTS for almost 200 years.


  • Religious heritage

  • Ministerial and public leadership

  • Personal and spiritual formation

  • Liturgical formation and leadership

  • Understanding of cultural context

The program is designed with the assumption that students will be enrolled on a full-time basis and, in addition to completing the academic requirements, will be part of worship and community life at the Seminary. 

For students who would like to focus their studies in distinctive areas, we offer two concentrations within the M.Div. program:


  • New Mission Practices, to equip leaders with critical and constructive competencies for creative ministries in local, national, and international contexts and at the edges of traditional ministry. 

  • Christian Spirituality, to explore the cultivation and growth in holiness as the foundation for contemporary Christian spiritual practices. Against the background of biblical and classical texts and schools of Christian spirituality, special attention is given to the Anglican ascetical tradition and its enrichment through ecumenical and interfaith engagement.

VTS is committed to making theological education accessible to all with a newly expanded financial aid package. Students applying with a combined adjusted gross income of less than $150,000 annually (single/family) and combined assets of less than $200,000 (single students; this figure is higher for families) will receive a package including the costs of tuition, housing, and a meal plan. Master in Divinity and Master of Arts students will also receive a significant contribution toward healthcare premiums if selecting the Seminary’s sponsored health insurance plan.