Learn about VTS’ full scholarship package and new Christian Formation doctoral track at General Convention

Virginia Theological Seminary
Posted Jun 20, 2024

Students at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Find out about Virginia Theological Seminary’s (VTS) full scholarship package and new Christian Formation doctoral track at General Convention. Visit us at booth 301 to learn more about these initiatives and the Seminary’s many other offerings to students and the wider church. Meet faculty, seminarians, and representatives from VTS’ Lifelong Learning and Center for Anglican Studies.

VTS is offering full scholarship packages to all admitted, full-time residential students beginning in the 2024/25 academic year. The scholarships cover tuition, on-campus housing, and meal plans for full-time, residential students studying its Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Diploma in Anglican Studies, Diploma in Theology, and Pathway to Ministry programs.

The new approach replaces the current system under which scholarships were only available to students who had a household income below $150,000, and assets, excluding their personal home and pension, of less than eight times the value of their housing, which for a single student is around $250,000.

The Seminary is also launching a Christian Formation track for its popular doctoral programs this academic year. The new track focuses on the ministry of Christian education and formation across the Church, and is aimed at Christian educators working in congregations, schools, camp and conference centers, chaplaincies, and resource development organizations.

The Christian Formation doctoral track is being launched to address a gap in the seminary landscape for experienced lay leaders seeking education applicable to their field and vocation at a doctoral level. It is being offered through both the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry programs, alongside the three existing tracks in Ministry Development, Educational Leadership and Christian Spirituality.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., said: “It is a joy to be present at General Convention. We are grateful for all those who give so generously of their time in the governance of our Church. At our booth, there will be opportunities to learn about our full scholarship package and the new doctoral track in Christian Formation. The future of the Church depends on well-trained Episcopalians. Do please come and meet us.”

VTS’ three-year, residential Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is designed to meet the educational and formational needs of students in the ordination process in The Episcopal Church or in an equivalent process in another denomination.

The Seminary also offers three specialized Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in the areas of Biblical Studies, Church and Witness, and Christian Formation, and several one-year master’s-level programs. The Diploma in Anglican Studies provides students who already have an M.Div. degree with the opportunity to dive deeply into the Anglican tradition in preparation for ordination. The Pathway to Ministry program enables students to begin a one-year course of studies and graduate with a Diploma in Theology or continue into the M.A. or M.Div. programs. Full-time residential students on all of these Master’s-level programs are covered by full scholarship funding.

For more information or to apply visit vts.edu.

Notes to editors:

For media enquiries, please contact Nicky Burridge, Vice President for Communications at VTS.
Tel: (703) 461-1782

Mobile: (703) 300-2876
Email: nburridge@vts.edu

About Virginia Theological Seminary:

Virginia Theological Seminary was founded in 1823 and has a long tradition of shaping faithful women and men, lay and ordained, for leadership in The Episcopal Church and beyond. It is the strongest seminary in the Anglican Communion and provides more than 25 percent of the clergy of The Episcopal Church.