Master’s Degree In Theology – Because of our community location as a theological major at a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), the MDiv curriculum exposes students to the rich history, heritage, and heritage of African peoples and cultures. The African diaspora as a guiding motif in theological understanding and research.
As a first degree in theology, the MDiv is designed to provide a broad theological foundation with practical application to ministry engagement as well as further study in theology. The Master of Divinity degree program is offered in a three-year full-time format as well as a five-year Extended Preparatory program format and requires 135 semester credits (30 courses). More information on the format of the Extended Preparatory Program is available here. (hotlink) To complete an MDiv begun elsewhere, students transferring to STVU must complete at least 70 credit hours at STVU and meet all graduate degree requirements.
Master’s Degree In Theology
Our academic year has four 10-week terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Each course is worth five credit hours. MDiv required and elective courses are offered weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays. Select courses are offered online, hybrid, one-week intensive, and year-round (fall enrollment only).
Master Of Arts In Religious Studies
Required and elective credits can be earned in a learning model that suits the student’s schedule, learning styles, and interests: in-person, online courses, hybrid courses, one-week intensive courses, live study, self-study, and through service. learning or experiential learning opportunities. Detailed information on requirements and restrictions for classroom and non-classroom options can be found in the current academic catalog and program handbook. Students should consult with their faculty advisor early in the program to discuss their academic goals and plan the best way to obtain required elective credits that meet their interests and needs.
A very important part of the MDiv degree program is the preparation of each individual for ministry. For this, we need three (3) ministry formation courses: PT555, PT556, and PT557. These courses are not electives and do not accumulate time earned. They are offered on a pass/fail basis. Students should consult advisors and the current academic catalog and program handbook for additional information on this important requirement.
The admissions process varies among diploma programs. For more information on applying to the Master of Divinity degree program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (804) 257-5724 or email STVUAdmissions@
The Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) degree program is a two-year professional graduate degree specializing in educational ministry. The primary goal of the MACE degree program is to prepare individuals for leadership in educational ministry in congregations and other broader settings. The MACE degree program is offered in a one-year study model for Master of Divinity students.
Programs — Acts
The two-year MACE degree program requires the successful completion of 90 semester credit hours (18 courses). The one-year MA in Christian Education course model requires the successful completion of 45 semester credit hours (9 courses).
Our academic year has four 10-week terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Each course is worth five credit hours. All required MACE courses are delivered in person in a classroom setting on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Select MACE courses are offered online and in hybrid formats. The two required courses in the MACE degree program are one-year courses that begin in the fall and meet once a month from September through May. Registration for annual courses is open only in the fall term.
Elective credits may be earned through in-person study, online courses, hybrid courses, one-week intensive courses, guided courses, independent study, service learning, or experiential learning opportunities. Students should consult with their faculty advisor early in the program to discuss their academic goals and plan the best way to obtain required elective credits that meet their interests and needs.
Students who wish to enroll in the two-year program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, be able to pursue graduate studies, and be appropriate for the ministry. Students wishing to enroll in the one-year program must hold a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited institution. For more information about applying to the Master’s in Christian Education degree program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (804) 257-5724 or by email at STVUAdmissions@
Master Of Community Leadership (mcl)
Through a partnership with the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work, students can earn a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at VCU. This four-year graduate professional degree program is offered by VCU in partnership with STVU.
The purpose of the MDiv-MSW dual degree program is to prepare students to serve in professions where social work and ministry intersect; Enable social workers to perform and evaluate social work experiences related to biblical, theological, ethical, educational, and pastoral perspectives; Equip graduates for various forms of ministry where clinical and administrative social work skills are essential.
To be accepted into the program, a student must apply separately and be admitted to both STvu’s Master of Divinity and VCU’s Master of Social Work programs. Also, the student pays separately from the school. This program requires four consecutive years of study, resulting in a Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degree. Approval for part-time study must be obtained from VCU’s dual degree advisor and STvu’s dean or faculty advisor. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of admission. Students can apply to both schools at the same time and start studying at either school according to the approved study plan. Alternatively, a student may attend VCU or STvu and then apply to the other institution during their first year of study by the application deadline.
For more information about admission to the joint Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (804) 257-5724 or by email at STVUAdmissions@
Online Master Of Theology Degree
Through a partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), students can earn a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology and a Master of Science in Patient Counseling from VCU. The Graduate Program in Patient Counseling is designed to assist individuals in the healthcare industry with interpersonal skills and interprofessional team work in crisis situations. It is recommended for those who have a career as an assistant or consultant.
The joint MDiv/MS program is aimed at those seeking professional certification as chaplains in health care as well as clinical pastoral education leaders. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) by Richard S. Kabor developed it as a method of learning pastoral care practice in a supervised clinical setting. This concept was expanded by Anton T. Boysen to include the case study method of theological research, or the study of “living human documents.” As CPE developed, other leaders opened the door to integrating knowledge from medicine, psychology, and other behavioral sciences into pastoral practice.
A separate application must be submitted for admission. Interested parties should contact Virginia Commonwealth University, 1001 Grove Ave, Richmond, VA 23284 (804) 828-6916 or [email protected] and the STVU Office of Admissions, 1500 North Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA 22 (2002). 804) 257–5724 or STVUAdmissions@. Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) joint degree programs in Social Work and Patient Counseling complement and enhance the M.Div. degree.
For more information about applying to the Master of Divinity/Master of Science in Patient Counseling degree program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (804) 257-5724 or by email at STVUAdmissions@
Degree Master Of Theology (m.th) Theology
The Doctor of Ministry Program (DMin) at Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology is a three-year professional doctoral program designed for active pastors and leaders in Christian institutions. The program requires completion of 62 credit hours and includes four on-campus residency requirements; four online courses; and a variety of learning settings that may include regional or international travel depending on the group’s chosen major. Students are notified 12 months in advance of all required travel. The colloquium is held for two consecutive weeks in January and July.
The STvu Doctor of Ministry program focuses on personal and cultural realities in ministry; therefore, the program is often described as a ministry within Culture. It recognizes the unique and unique contribution that each cultural context makes to the church. Moreover, it recognizes that people are best prepared to serve the world when they are aware of their own cultural identity. The ultimate goal is to prepare ordinary people to understand and integrate their unique gifts as individuals and groups in order to share these gifts in a pluralistic society.