Divinity School Admissions
Exploring Theological Education? Start here.
As an ecumenical, university-based divinity school committed to the faith that brought the church into being, we believe that Vanderbilt is a place to ask big questions, grow intellectually and spiritually, and prepare for diverse ministry and professional vocations.
Vanderbilt Divinity School offers two degree programs, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.). Joint degree programs for both M.Div. and M.T.S. students are available in concert with Vanderbilt Law School (J.D.), School of Medicine (M.D.), School of Nursing (MSN), Owen Graduate School of Management (MBA), and Peabody College of Education (M.A.). The Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religion, including the Program in Theology and Practice, are administered through the Graduate Department of Religion, which is part of the Graduate School at Vanderbilt.
In addition to taking classes across the University's departments and schools, Vanderbilt Divinity students are eligible to take courses at the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South. If you are considering ordination in the Anglican or Episcopal traditions, or just want to broaden the options for your theological education, this is a wonderful resource to consider.
What could YOU do with a theological degree?
Learn more about our Prophetic Pathways program and what VDS graduates do with their degrees.
Ready to take the next step?
- Begin an application online.
- Explore financial aid options and how to fund your degree.
- Schedule a visit to campus.
If you have specific inquiries regarding M.T.S. and M.Div. admission and financial aid, they may be addressed to:
Rev. Katherine H. Smith
Assistant Dean for Admissions, Vocation, and Stewardship
Vanderbilt Divinity School
411 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: (615) 343-3963 -- Fax: (615) 322-0691
For inquiries regarding the M.A. and Ph.D. admission and financial aid, follow this link.