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Welcome to the Doctoral programs application page.  On this page you will find all of the documents and information you'll need to apply to the Doctor of Ministry programs in Ministry Development, Christian Spirituality or Educational Leadership, and to the Doctor of Educational Ministry program at VTS. 
Applications for all doctoral programs are due January 10th.  The basic application form can be completed online. Click here to read the instructions and complete the form.  If you are not ready to complete the application form, but would like to let us know of your interest in our Doctoral programs, feel free to submit the form found here as a first step. This will provide us with the information we need to contact you and discuss the program.
In addition to completing the online application, you will need to prepare and submit a variety of written materials. These materials are described in the "Information" section of the application.  Links to the reference request forms, the Ecclesiastical Endorsement form, and the Context Grant application form can be found on this page in the box to the right labeled "Doctoral Supplemental Forms for Application."
International applicants must fulfill some additional application requirements to document the equivalency of their academic backgrounds to academic programs in the United States.  A resource list for academic credential evaluation can be found here.  International applicants should also plan to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) as part of the application process.
NOTE: A criminal background check is also part of the application process. The VTS Admissions Office staff will provide information and instructions for initiating the background check to each applicant at the appropriate time in the application process.

Your materials may be mailed or emailed ( to the VTS Admissions Office at 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304.  If you have questions or encounter difficulties completing the application, please contact the Admissions Office at

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